If the names Andrea Gibson, Buddy Wakefield, Sarah Kay, Alix Olsen, and Saul Williams mean nothing to you now, hopefully they will by the end of this blog. The common thread between all of these individuals is that they're spoken word artists--slam poets.
As a lover of children's books (and especially poetry for children), I was wondering who was selected as Children's Laureate here in the U.S. and also the U.K.
The current Children's Laureate in the U.K. is Julia Donaldson. She was born in 1948, grew up in London, and attended Bristol University, where she studied Drama and French. In addition to writing, she spent time working in publishing, as a teacher, and performing songs and street theatre with her husband. A few of her most popular books are:
Do you write poetry? Would you like to meet with others who share your passion? Want to hear the poetry of established poets, and read some of your own works?
Give voice to your musings. Maya Angelou once said that, "Words mean more than what is set down on paper...it takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning." We can make sense of ourselves and our world when we share our experiences through poetry.
When I was a girl growing up, my dad would read to my brother and me from a book of poetry by James Whitcomb Riley. I can still hear his voice and the expression he used reading The Raggedy Man. I really knew very little about this author, so I found a biography of his life.