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Interview with poet and anthologist Lee Bennett Hopkins

I don’t know how they do it. I have so many writer friends who somehow find the time to not only write stories and poetry, but update their blog every other day, maintain a family, run errands, and do all the other stuff that life requires…and yet for me, it’s always a struggle. I really don’t know how they keep it all together! Myself, I’m taking care of the kids, trying to keep on top of my voiceover business, keeping the house and yard from looking too shabby, trying to be a good hubby, AND find time to get all my writing in. And invariably, every day ends with me wondering where the hours all went.

That said, I’m reposting this interview with Lee Bennett Hopkins today. I’ve been out straight lately with commercial production work and writing children’s poems to submit to a few select publications, and since this interview was first shared in the fall of 2012 (Nov. 13, to be exact), I thought it remained on the shelf long enough and deserved a second posting! I hope you like it…

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Lee Bennett Hopkins’ name is synonymous with children’s literature. He has written and edited numerous award-winning books; he’s worked with a veritable who’s-who of authors, from Dr. Seuss to Madeleine L’Engle; and he has even been an elementary school educator.  In addition to the numerous awards he’s received over the years, he was recognized by Guinness World Records in 2011 as the world’s most prolific anthologist of poetry for children:  at the time, he had edited 113 different titles. and he’s not slowing down.

I recently wrapped up an interview with Lee for Poetry Advocates for Children and Young Adults (PACYA), which we just finished editing and formatting yesterday….you can find the interview HERE.

PACYA is featuring all the recipients of the prestigious National Council of Teachers of English Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children; in addition to Lee, you can read biographies and interviews with poets like Karla Kuskin, X.J. Kennedy, Myra Cohn Livingston, Nikki Grimes, and more.  (I had the honour of interviewing U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis a few weeks ago, and that interview will be posted in a couple weeks.)  See the complete list of all the featured poets along with links to their pages HERE.

My thanks to PACYA for helping to promote children’s poetry, and for giving me the opportunity to help them in their efforts!

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Interview with U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis

Poet and author J. Patrick Lewis was 56 years old when, in 1998, he retired early from his position as professor of economics at Otterbein College in Ohio to become a full-time writer.  During his career, he has written over 80 books and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2011 Poetry Award from the National Council of Teachers of English.  That same year, Pat was named 2011-13 U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation.

I recently wrapped up an interview with Pat for Poetry Advocates for Children and Young Adults (PACYA), which you can find HERE.  On their www.PoetryAtPlay.Org blog, PACYA is featuring all the recipients of the prestigious National Council of Teachers of English Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children (NCTE).  A couple of weeks ago, I interviewed poet and anthologist Lee Bennett Hopkins, who had also received this honour; in addition to Pat and Lee, you can read biographies and interviews with other NCTE Award-winning children’s poets like Nikki Grimes, Mary Ann Hoberman, David McCord, and more.  (See the complete list of all the featured poets along with links to their pages HERE)

So please visit PACYA’s blog and see how they are promoting children’s poetry!  And my thanks again to PACYA for giving me the opportunity to share Pat’s informative and inspiring thoughts!

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