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Poetry Friday: A Bit of This, A Bit of That

There's been a lot going on in my writing world lately, so today I thought I'd round up some of my latest news.

Screenshot of the Cynsations website with picture of editor Joy Bean (smiling, with long straight hair and glasses) and title: Editor Interview: Joy Bean of Arctis Books Brings European Titles to U.S. Readers

I recently talked with Joy Bean, Lead Editor at Arctis Books, about bringing books for young readers in translation to the US market. You can get insights into that publishing process, including her thoughts on which books translate well across markets, in our interview over at Cynsations.

April is National Poetry Month in the US, which means the internet abounds with extra helpings of poetic goodness. Over at Ethical ELA, they are celebrating with Verselove. There's a new post every day to inspire you, including this one by Poetry Friday regular, Denise Krebs. If you're looking for interesting poetic forms and mentor poems, it's a great place to visit this month.

Book Cover: Imperfect II: Poems about Perspective for Middle Schoolers, Edited by Tabatha Yeatts

I'm excited to have a poem in this new anthology for middle-graders, edited by Tabatha Yeatts. I love writing for middle graders, and I loved the first Imperfect anthology, so it was an honor to have my poem selected for inclusion. I'll share more about my poem and what inspired it when my copy of the book arrives, but in the meantime, you can check out the Imperfect II blog here, and order your own copy here.

Book: Things We Eat, open to show list of authors

This week I finally got to hold a copy of the Things We Eat anthology in my hands! I celebrated its publication a few weeks ago, but there's nothing like having a physical copy of the book to really make the publication feel real. This wonderful collection of poems (featuring an amazing group of poets, including many Poetry Friday participants) is perfect for caregivers and parents at home. Pomelo Books editors Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong pack the back matter of their anthologies with extensive resources which makes them perfect for use by educators and librarians. You can find out more about Things We Eat and other titles in the series, including Things We Do, here.

My April is full of writing deadlines that, alas, are not poetry, but I will be eagerly reading everyone else's creative output this month. Our host today is Janice Scully over at Salt City Verse. Hop over to the roundup post see what wonderful poetic goodness awaits you today!


  1. How wonderful! Thank you for the party of this post! I'm delighted to see your publication news and the promise of more with that dreaded word, "deadlines" in your post. Keep going, Elizabeth! You've got this! Maybe there will be some extra chocolate eggs for you if you keep your nose to that grindstone!

  2. Congratulations on your poems. Good luck on your deadlines.

  3. It's nice you took the time to write despite the deadlines, Elisabeth. congrats for your poem in Imperfect II.

  4. Elisabeth, congratulations are in order. Keep knocking off those deadlines.

  5. All around great news, Elisabeth! :)

  6. Congratulations, Elisabeth, on all the publications! (And I hear you about the non-poetry deadlines. Oof. )

  7. Congratulations! Lots to celebrate this month!

  8. It was so interesting to read the Joy Bean interview and the work that is done to get books in other languages to the U.S. market. Congratulations on your publication in Tabatha's Imperfect ll. I've ordered it. I'm looking forward to Things We Eat as well. Janet and Sylvia's books are so well done.

  9. What a lot of great poetry news and resources, Elisabeth! Love your yogurt poem. :)

  10. Congratulations on all of this good news, Elisabeth!


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