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.
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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What a happy post! The photos of you loving food make me smile! The sly poem of Jama's...I think that's going to have to be a Poem in my Pocket.
Drooling at all those photos of you two eating. Wow. You guys don't mess around. I've yet to eat at an In-n-Out Burger; keep hearing so much about them.
Thanks so much for the chance to participate in this alphabetically delicious project! Such a great cause.
Now I want a chicken hat. And thanks for hosting this week!!
Ha! I am one of those people that can't wait. I love Poetry Friday...having my post all set to go so that I can start reading Friday morning. You two poetry ladies are just so cute! All those food photos make me smile. And, what a great idea for an anthology on many levels. We are lucky for the energy and fun you bring to poets looking to publish. Can't wait to see the new book!
How wonderful! Congratulations, Sylvia and Janet, and all of the Poetry Chefs in this new tasty endeavor. Love this sneak peek (giggling at Jama's!) and looking forward to reading more. Thank you two for hosting this week, and for sharing all those great pictures, too!
WOw, this looks delicious! Can't wait to see it! I just gifted GREAT MORNING and a couple of other Pomelo anthologies to some schools I visited a couple of weeks ago. They were very excited!
Thanks for hosting today!
Oh, you two look like you are really enjoying yourselves! I'm so glad to be a contributor to this happy and worthwhile project. I can't wait to read the rest of the poems! Mine is on my blog today.
Looks like a fun book - congratulations! And a fun, delicious method of research. ;)
Wow, one could gobble up all this good energy wafting off of your post, and I love the pics of the two of you, yum! Congrats on this new book, the poems here are wonderful– got a good chuckle from Jama's and love all the rooty goodness coming from George Ella Lyon's Nut poem! I'm looking forward to reading all the poems. Thanks for hosting this week.
What a fun collection! I would love to be included when you do the next anthology as I have hundreds of fun poems in my files waiting to be read. TY
By Dianne Moritz
Mix the batter,
Toss in berries,
Pour on griddle,
Turn them over,
Stack on a plate,
Syrup on top.
Pancakes! Pig out!
Too good to stop!
Janet and Sylvia, you both are the supreme poetry chefs. I miss seeing you at conferences and joining your presentations. The last NCTE Convention I saw you at was 2019. Congratulations on your new endeavor. The book looks fabulous and has a terrific line-up of poets, and a great cover. Mmm Good.
Congratulations Janet and Sylvia! I love the food focus. So many memories are tied to food throughout life I think it's a great topic for a poetry collection.
The Anthology sounds like such fun, full of giggles like Jama's poem & whimsical information like the other by George Ella Lyon. I rather like those foodie hats! Thanks for hosting, Janet & Sylvia, and Congratulations!
You two are such fun! Love all the food pictures, and congratulations on another great anthology!
Congrats on the new book! What a delectable line-up of poets. :) All the photos of the two of you breaking bread (and burgers) together made me smile.
Thanks, too, for hosting!
Thank you Janet and Sylvia for your mentorship to those of us in the course, and for putting this anthology together! It's an honor to be included with so many talented poets. Thank you for hosting today's round up of poetic goodness! I can't wait to dive in and see what treats await us this week.
I love all the food photos of Janet and you! Now, I'm hungry. Congratulations on THINGS WE DO!
I am so excited about being part of this yummy book of food poetry! Thank you for this opportunity!
Yay, another poetry collection to spread 'hap-pea-ness'! Thanks for hosting. :)
Love a book focused on food! Every kid (and me) can relate to that for sure!
Congratulations on your new anthology! Things We Eat will be perfect for my granddaughter. Thank you for hosting today!
Just yum. The food poems (instructional AND funny!) and the whole process of bringing everyone together around a big old poetry table. Thank you for hosting today and for all you do for poetry and humans who love it. I am now finding myself dreaming of maple glazed bacon....xo
I love all those food pics! And OF COURSE Jama is in with a cookie poem. :) :) :) Thank you for your wonderful work in the world, ladies. You inspire! xo
Multiple gratitudes: for hosting us, for the good work you do in the poetry world, for keeping the FUN in poetry and Poetry Friday! You two ROCK!
Seeing these comments brought back memories of the many times we ate with friends at conferences ... and hauled food back from Trader Joe's to host a mini-party at a hotel or AirBnb apartment. Those were the golden days of conferences! If we have never shared a meal, when things "get back to normal," we MUST eat together! Put it on your calendar: NCTE 2022 in Anaheim? 2023 at TLA?? We WILL make it happen!!
Janet and Sylvia - you two are such precious poet people! It was a blast to work with you on this anthology. I learned so much from the classes, and will continue learning. Thank you so much for your dedication to poetry, and your encouragement of writers. I love the food pictures of you two! Yum …
In-and-out Burger --and Tex-Mex! What wonderful food memories, Sylvia and Janet! Thanks for hosting this week.
Congratulations, Sylvia and Janet, and ALL the authors in the new food anthology! The poems you featured are fun and sure to please a young set of readers as well as their teachers and families. And, of course, for those of us who were in Things We Do, adding this book to our collection will be a must! I look forward to working with you again! You two have such a fun collaborative relationship! Thanks for hosting!
THINGS WE DO is such a beautiful book, I can't wait to add THINGS WE EAT to my collection! I love both of the poems you shared and look forward to reading more from this anthology!
Thank you, Sylvia and Janet, for hosting today. Congrats on a new anthology. I loved seeing George Ella Lyon's and Jama's poems and can't wait to read the other foods represented here.
Hey, y'all! Thanks so much for stopping by, for joining the Poetry Friday party, and for all your kind words! I love Janet's idea-- a party at the next big conference with plenty of food and hugs!
Another great anthology by another terrific team of writers. Delicious children's poetry is always on the menu with Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong.
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