As I mentioned yesterday, I am participating in a poem-a-day challenge for the month of April in which I must use a given word in a poem. Today’s word is “Thankful.” The idea for this poem stemmed from a comment my husband made to me about how strange a time we are living in. Thanks to Covid-19, we have been quarantined to our homes for the last 3 weeks and for the indefinite future. There is sickness and death and fear all around us, and yet… Spring is still springing. Birds are chirping, flowers are beginning to bloom, trees are getting greener — all completely oblivious to the horrors happening in the human world. Thinking about this gave me a sense of hope. And this poem was born.
Past Interviews and Appearances:
- Cover reveal for BRAINSTORM!on author Vivian Kirkfield’s blog.
- BRAINSTORM! and KidLit Caravan featured on Tara Lazar’s blog, Writing for Kids (While Raising Them).
- Watch me read my poem, “Our Walk To School,” from the award-winning children’s poetry anthology: Hop To It: Poems To Get You Moving (Pomelo Books, 2020) on Michelle Schaub’s blog, Poetry Boost: Using Poetry to Boost Literacy.
- Watch the mini-movie of my poem, “Our Walk To School,” on Sylvia Vardell’s blog, Poetry for Children.
Awards & Accolades
- Winner of the 2021 SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for my poem, “Lemons!”
- “Elite 8” Finalist (out of 64 children’s poets!) in the Madness!Poetry Tournament, 2021
- Honorable Mention in Vivian Kirkfield’s #50PreciousWords contest, 2021
- Second Place, Susanna Hill’s Holiday Contest for Children’s Writers, 2020
- First Place, Susanna Hill’s Holiday Contest for Children’s Writers, 2019
- #PBChat Mentee, chosen by Lori Degman, 2019
- #PBParty Finalist, 2019