I made it to the “Elite 8” of the Madness!Poetry Tournament! WHOOHOO!

Hey Friends!

What a roller-coaster I’ve been on this month! This Madness poetry tournament is NO JOKE! Fun, yes, but the pressure to produce (and produce, and produce) only gets stronger with each round.

BUT, I’m happy to report that I’m still in it ! I am among only 8 Authletes left (If you recall, the competition started with 64!). I honestly never expected to make it past the first round, so the whole thing is pretty surreal!

My competitor this round, Lisa Varchol Perron, is probably one of the most talented poets I know (and she happens to be part of my poetry critique group, as well as super kind and generous human) so this round is particularly tough. She is a fierce competitor, and I am honored to have my work read alongside her’s — no matter what the outcome.

I’d love it if you took a minute to read our poems and cast your vote! Here’s the link.

Thank you again for continuing to read my stuff and for all your support and love!

All the best,


I made it to the “Sweet 16” in the Madness!Poetry tournament!

Hey Everyone! Thank you to everyone who supported the amazing children’s poets in the Madness!Poetry tournament last round (So much fun, right?!) I’m happy to report that I won my last match-up and have moved on to the “Sweet 16”! Whew, it’s been a ROUGH 36 hours, but my poem is now up and voting has begun for this round. If you have a chance, please go check out the amazing poems (they just keep getting better and better!) and vote for your favorites. Here’s the link to my match-up.

Thanks again for all your support of me, my writing, and for helping bring poetry into kids lives via this awesome tournament! You are the best! xoxo

I’m still in it! Madness!Poetry ROUND 2!

What a whirlwind it’s been being a part of the Madness!Poetry tournament for children’s poets, but SO much fun!

Exciting news: I made it to ROUND 2! My word this time was “ARCANE,” which I’ll admit, stumped me for a bit. I kept getting it mixed up with “archaic.” As it turns out, my opponent and I both ended up writing poems about math! What are the ODDS?!

I would love it if you would take a minute to read my poem (posted below) and if –and only if!– you like it, please vote! Voting for this round ends TOMORROW (Tuesday 5/18) at 7pm EST!

If you have any extra time, poke around and look at some of the other match-ups. These poets are truly amazing!

Thanks, as always, for your support! It means so much. xoxo

All the best,


The Madness!Poetry Tournament begins TOMORROW!!!

Friends! The Madness!Poetry Tournament for children’s poets begins TOMORROW! WhooHoo!

The 64 head-to-head match-ups will be visible at www.madnesspoetry.com beginning at 10AM EST. Polls close 5pm Friday!! (Don’t worry, I’ll remind you!

Please pass this on to anyone you think would have interest — especially teachers! — and let your kids help you vote! This is all for THEM! We are trying to show kids how amazing and fun poetry can be.

In the meantime, I’ll share with you my application poem (below). Thanks so much for your support!

I’ll be back tomorrow with a direct link where you can go to vote! 🙂

All the best,


Videos of my poem, “Our Walk To School” featured on TWO poetry blogs this week! So cool! :)

Today, a video of me reading my poem “Our Walk To School,” was featured on fellow poet Michelle Schaub’s Poetry Boost blog, www.PoetryBoost.com. This poem, which I originally wrote last Spring at the very start of the quaranine, was published in the children’s poetry anthology Hop To It: Poem’s To Get You Moving (Pomelo Books, 2020). It is about how my kids and I continued to walk to school every morning, despite the fact that school was closed. That small act gave us a semblance of “normalcy,” even amidst all the uncertainty, confusion and fear we were experiencing at the time.

Check out the video and post here.

Also, last Sunday, the same poem was featured on Sylvia Vardell’s blog Poetry For Children. Sylvia is one of the editors at Pomelo Books and brought my poem to life with some adorable children acting out their own “walk to school.” Love it! You can see that video below (on YouTube) and the full post on the blog here.

Thanks again, everyone, for all your support! 🙂