Thursday, November 11, 2021

Janet Wong: NCTE Award Winner

My good friend and collaborator Janet Wong is receiving the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children at the annual convention (virtually) next week. I am so excited and happy for her! In celebration, I persuaded her to do a Vogue-style interview with me. Here she answers 10 questions about her routines, her childhood, and her writing. Enjoy! (Click on the white triangle in the center to advance the video)


Do yourself a favor and check out one of Janet's books. She is such a gifted poet and storyteller!



And of course, Janet and I have also collaborated on a dozen poetry anthologies featuring hundreds of poems by many different poets. So proud of those! Yay for Pomelo Books!

If you're attending the NCTE convention (virtually), be sure and tune in to her acceptance speech on Saturday, Nov. 20. We'll also be presenting together along with Carole Boston Weatherford and Elizabeth Steinglass on Sunday, Nov. 21. Look for us there:

Meanwhile, head on over to Radio, Rhythm and Rhyme where Matt is hosting our Poetry Friday gathering this week. 


11 comments:

Linda Mitchell said...

Oh, my gosh! That was so much fun. I'm delighted that I got to do a workshop with the two of you last month. You are such a dynamic duo. And, the washing of dishes really is a thing! I found myself telling students that there weren't enough dirty dishes in the house to wash when I was listening to an audio book (was demo-ing SORA at the time) because I could listen for hours and hours. LOL. Thank you for this interview and all the positive poetry energy you both put out into the world.

Matt Forrest Esenwine said...

Fascinating and fun interview, you two! Congratulations again to Janet - such a well-deserved honor!

jama said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the interview!! And huge CONGRATS to Janet on her well deserved award. I would agree that she is very generous -- in many ways. Do you think she could come to my house and wash the dishes?

Janet Wong said...

Linda: You are definitely a kindred spirit. I like listening to books while washing dishes, too!

Matt: Thanks for watching. Loved chatting with you at the last NCTE that we had in person.

Jama: If you cook for me, I will wash your dishes. DEAL!

Sarah Meade said...

Congratulations, Janet!
What a fun interview! :) I enjoyed watching it.

Janice Scully said...

I loved that your interviews took place while you were doing the dishes! You are an inspiration AND you are generous. I enjoyed hearing about your family.

Linda said...

Thank you for this, Sylvia. I'm excited for Janet. She is so deserving! I wish I could watch her accept the award. I know her speech is going to be inspiring. Maybe someone will record it and share with us?

Seeing Janet washing dishes made me smile!!! I watched all of the Anthology 201 videos while washing dishes! : )

Mary Lee said...

How home-y to be able to chat with Janet while she washes the dishes! Thanks for this wonderful interview, you two! And Janet...endless gratitude for all you have done/do/will do for poets and poetry!! All Hail the NCTE Poetry Award Queen!

Patricia Toht said...

Congratulations, Janet! A well-deserved recognition of your talent and work.

Janet Wong said...

Sarah: Thanks for your compliment! It was FUN to do this video with Sylvia, so I'm glad that it came through. And speaking of fun, kids LOVE your poem "Rainbow Dance" from HOP TO IT!!

Janice, Linda, and Mary Lee: Sylvia didn't want a "talking head" interview and she was so right about that, wasn't she? Now I'll think of your uplifting comments when I do the dishes!

Patty: Thanks for your comments about talent and work, but we all know it's mainly LUCK, right? Will be thinking of you when I go and "pick a pine tree" next month!

Vicki Wilke said...

Wowsa Janet! What a wonderful honor - Congratulations! The interview was so sudsy and fun and your cheerfulness is contagious. Thank you for all you do for poetry!