Poet Interview: Kwame Alexander

Poet Interview: Kwame Alexander

We have a new definition for the word cool: Kwame Alexander. He is one cool customer and we got to interview him for a special bonus podcast this week!

Kwame is the Newbery winning poet whose books are turning a whole generation of Internet gamers and readers into true-blue lovers of poetry! For that achievement, he gets a Poetry Teatime High Five!

The Sonnet

The Sonnet

What does the word “sonnet” remind you of? Often, when we think of a sonnet, we think of love poems. Since the Renaissance, the sonnet has been considered one of the highest forms of the English language--perfect for writing about love. Today, the 14 lines of sonnets still convey powerful messages. Read on to dig into more of the form and delights of sonnets!

Poet Interview: “Father Goose” Charles Ghigna

Poet Interview: “Father Goose” Charles Ghigna

Today we’re delighted to welcome, at long last, Charles Ghigna! Fondly known as “Father Goose,” Charles Ghigna lives in a treehouse in the middle of Alabama. He is the author of more than 100 award-winning books and more than 5,000 poems, which have appeared in textbooks, newspapers, and magazines from The New Yorker and to Cricket and Highlights. He has spoken at events throughout the U.S. and overseas, and has read his poems at The Library of Congress, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the American Library in Paris, the American School in Paris, and the International Schools of South America. For more information, please visit his website at FatherGoose.com. Without further ado, here is the interview!

Poet Interview: Jane Yolen

Poet Interview: Jane Yolen

Today we would like to welcome to Poetry Teatime one of the most prolific writers of children’s fantasy and poetry, Jane Yolen! Check out Jane's written interview and listen to the podcast with Julie Bogart below. Plus enter our FUN GIVEAWAY for a chance to win three books by Jane (UPDATE: Winner announced below)!

Poet Interview: Sylvia Vardell & Janet Wong

Poet Interview: Sylvia Vardell & Janet Wong

What a treat! We were so honored to chat with Dr. Sylvia Vardell and poet Janet Wong. Janet is an award-winning author of picture books and poetry for young readers, and Sylvia is a professor of children’s literature at Texas Woman’s University and author of the acclaimed blog, Poetry For Children. Enjoy their written interviews and audio podcast with Julie Bogart below.

Concrete Poetry

Concrete Poetry

We all know that poetry is a form of art. But there’s a way in which poetry can look exactly like works of visual art—concrete poetry!