Poetry Palooza: Episode 1
Introducing my new po-folk video series, POETRY PALOOZA!I’m taking advantage of my time off the road visiting schools and performing poems. I’m working on two new books (one non-fiction picture book, and one mid-grade novel). I’m organizing years of old files and papers and manuscripts. I’m playing a lot of music and juggling. My funnest project, by far, has been the launching of Allan Wolf’s Poetry Palooza!, a series of short, informative, fun videos that celebrate poetry, writing, reading, and generally just living the po-folk’s life. Proud to show you Episode 1: Venus in Verse
Make this your Year of 2020 Vision
I have dubbed this year The Year of 2020 Vision. And I have devoted myself to the pursuit of clarity in its many forms. I encourage you to do the same. In fact, why not make this your annus mirabilis! Annus mirabilis—pronounced AN • us • meh • ROB • uh •liss—is Latin for “Year of Miracles,” and has been used to name an unusually productive phase in the life of an artist, scientist, activist, and etc. The poet, John Keats, for example wrote nearly all of his most iconic odes during the course of a short few months. This coming year I will see the publication of my fifth…
Launching Poetry Into Space!
Hello Po-Folk, Let the countdown begin! In just two weeks my book of space poems is “go for launch!” The Day the Universe Exploded My Head: Poems to Take You Into Space and Back Again (Candlewick Press) is beautifully illustrated by the amazing Anna Raff. To mark the occasion I will be offering schools and libraries a special presentation based on the book, complete with music, costumes, puppets, participation, amazing facts, and, of course, a lot of poetry! This book and special author presentation are a great way to mark the 50thanniversary of the landing on the moon! I believe in bringing poems to life, from page to stage, so I’ve…
The Day the Universe Exploded My Head
On March 5, 2019 hang on tight for a raucous bounce through the solar system and back — propelled by funny, fanciful, factually sound poems and exuberant illustrations by the amazing Anna Graff. Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the landing on the moon! The Day the Universe Exploded My Head is ready for pre-order now!
Gimme Some Space!
Hello Po-Folk, A promising new school year is upon us and poetry is everywhere! Here is a photo of me last Spring with the very enthusiastic students at El Colegio Britanico in Quito, Ecuador. Palabra, ya’ll! I’m now booking author visits and poetry presentations (all grades welcome) for the 2018-2019 school year, and beyond. So far my travels will take me to NC, SC, TN, KY, VA, PA, NY, and TX! But I’m willing to go anywhere to get kids jazzed about poetry and the power of words! I can’t wait to present the out-of-this-world new poems from my upcoming book, The Day the Universe Exploded My Head! with a whole new presentation that includes puppets, music, slides, costume pieces,…
Just Out! A Bunch of Punctuation…
A new anthology has been published with one of my poems! The topic… (hint hint). Selected by noted anthologist Lee Bennett Hopkins, A Bunch of Punctuation is a collection of all-new poems written from the points of view of personality-filled punctuation marks, and is a memorable introduction to grammar for children ages 7-12.
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Winter Wolf Howl
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Watch named to 25 Best Poetry Books for Teens!
The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic (Candlewick Press) has been named by TeachThought as one of The 25 Best Poetry Books for Teens. Check it out HERE!
Two Great Days in Houston, Texas
Thanks to all the PO-Folk at Anunciation Orthodox School, in Houston, TX. Read about and see video here!