Tuesday, March 24, 2009

30 Poets/30 Days

My friend Greg over at Gotta Book is doing a really great thing for National Poetry Month. He's hosting something called 30 Poets/30 Days, a celebration of children's poetry. Every day in April, he will be posting a previously unpublished poem by a different poet. I'm thrilled to have this new way to celebrate National Poetry Month!

Some really wonderful poets are participating. Here's a list, in alphabetical order:

Arnold Adoff, Jaime Adoff, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Douglas Florian, Betsy Franco, Kristine O'Connell George, Charles Ghigna, Nikki Giovanni, Joan Bransfield Graham, Nikki Grimes, Mary Ann Hoberman, Lee Bennett Hopkins, X. J. Kennedy, Julie Larios, J. Patrick Lewis, Pat Mora, Kenn Nesbitt, Linda Sue Park, Ann Whitford Paul, Gregory K. Pincus, Jack Prelutsky, Adam Rex, Jon Scieszka, Joyce Sidman, Marilyn Singer, April Halprin Wayland, Janet Wong, and Jane Yolen.

One of my favorite poets, Jack Prelutsky (former Children's Poet Laureate), kicks the whole thing off on April 1 with a new poem, "A Little Poem for Poetry Month".

Sounds like just the thing for poetry month!

6 comments:

Gregory K. said...

Thanks for the linkage. I think April is gonna be a blast....

An Anonymous Child said...

That's a very nice idea for National Poetry Month. I'm intrigued just to see some great children's authors included in the list - Linda Sue Park and Jane Yolen especially.

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Gentle Reader said...

Greg--I'm really excited by this project!

An Anonymous Child--I'm excited to see Jane Yolen, Jon Scieszka, Nikki Giovanni and Jack Prelutsky, especially. Should be fun!

Iliana said...

Oh yay! Thank you for posting this. I was just thinking of doing a link round up for National Poetry Month so I hope you don't mind if I also link 30 Poets/30 Days. I don't read children's poetry but I'm excited to see what I'll find! :)

Gentle Reader said...

iliana--I'm glad you're linking 30 Poets/30 Days--isn't it a great idea? It's a really great group of poets, so there should be some interesting stuff :)