Thursday, March 10, 2022

Poetry Friday: Things We Eat

Welcome to our Poetry Friday celebration! Janet (Wong) is hosting with me today and we'll be visiting all the blogs who link with us today. Can't wait!

Meanwhile, Janet and I are also celebrating the release of a new book, but first... FOOD!

When Janet and I get together, we always enjoy eating together. Janet is a "foodie," so she'll introduce me to amazing new restaurants (pre-COVID!) and we'll share dishes and try new things. But she'll also join me in eating yummy Tex Mex dishes and we couldn't resist In-n-Out burgers (since she grew up in California, the home of In-n-Out)! Here are just a few photos of us EATING! 

So, it made perfect sense for us to focus on FOOD with our latest project: THINGS WE EAT, a poetry anthology featuring food poems from A to Z, avocados to zucchini!

This is a collaborative project that is part of our new workshop initiative. In our Anthologies 201 course, we work with poets on the process of creating anthologies-- from the writing process (with mentoring from Janet) to navigating the technology required to create a poetry anthology and publish it. We were also honored to have several guest poets join us on this venture, including Rebecca Balcárcel, David Bowles, Nicola Davies, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Georgia Heard, George Ella Lyon, Jama Kim Rattigan, and Jacqueline Woodson. Here's a list of ALL the poets featured in Things We Eat. 

This is an ekphrastic collection of poems written to photo prompts of diverse children eating, cooking, picking, growing, or (in one case) warning about foods! It's a picture book designed to be shared with our youngest readers (but also a fun model for older children to try in creating their own poetry books). PLUS, one of our favorite aspects of this book is that all profits go to the IBBY Children in Crisis fund, needed now more than ever. 

Here's just a TASTE of the fun poems in this collection: 

Congratulations and thank you, poets, for working with us to put more poetry out into the world! 

Meanwhile, let's see what y'all have been up to-- as we prepare for National Poetry Month next month! Add your blog to the Inlinkz party below. Don't worry about the "Ohh, no!"-- just click on the blue link to add your blog link. Thanks! 

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