WATCHEN JOHNSON BABALOLA (LIBERIA)
Watchen wrote three of the first children’s books to be published in her country in 2012. She is the author of the picture books SHOES THAT FIT, TOYUWA’S FEAR, and KA-KA-KO-LO.
DAMIAN BALASSONE (AUSTRALIA)
Damian is an Australian poet whose work has appeared in numerous publications all around the globe. His next book of poems is due out in 2013. Check out some links to his poems here. His favourite sport is Australian Rules football and he is a passionate supporter of the Collingwood Magpies.
PATRICIA BIELA (UNITED STATES)
Patricia was a cheerleader in high school. The poem “Little Brothers” is for her youngest brother, Venancio R. Biela, Jr., who played football starting in little league and continued his football career until he graduated from college. She is a native of Maryland and is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a BA in Psychology. A first generation American, she is of Angolan paternal and Haitian maternal descent. Biela is a Cave Canem South Fellow. She has participated in 16 writing workshops including Callaloo, Cave Canem South, Provincetown, and Hurston Wright. Biela is the co-editor of the poetry collection BROKE ON ICE by Tony Medina. Her own poems appear in Barely South Review, Berkeley Poetry Review, The Caribbean Writer, Drumvoices Revue, Sketchbook- A Journal for Eastern and Western Short Forms and World Haiku Review among others. She has also written over 20 articles and many of them appear on ehow.com.
CONRAD BURDEKIN (ENGLAND)
Conrad is tall, visits gazillions of schools in the UK, and likes nothing better than making children laugh. He is a writer, storyteller and poet and lives with his wife, his three daughters, and rather too many slugs who love to slime their way through his office when he isn’t looking. To find out more about Conrad, please log on to http://www.conradburdekin.com where you can hear him read some of his poems and find out what he’s been up to. This is the first time he’s been published in a poetry anthology, a fact about which he’s very excited!
TERRY ANN CARTER (CANADA)
Educator, activist, poet, bookmaker and artist — Terry Ann is the author of five poetry collections. In 2012 Black Moss Press published DAY MOON RISING; BuschekBooks published HALLELUJAH (a collection of haiku, senryu, tanka). An internationally recognized haiku poet, and president of Haiku Canada, Carter has travelled extensively with her new guide book LIGHTING THE GLOBAL LANTERN: A TEACHER’S GUIDE TO WRITING HAIKU AND RELATED LITERARY FORMS” (Wintergreen Studios Press, 2011). She has published four chapbooks of haiku, the latest – A MONK’S FINE ROBES: HAIKU FROM CAMBODIA (Leaf Press) and NOW YOU KNOW (King’s Road Press). As Random Acts of Poetry poet for the city of Ottawa (2005 – 2010) she often read haiku to joggers along the river.
PATRICIA COOLEY (UNITED STATES)
Patricia has worked in the field of education for thirty years as a reading specialist, classroom teacher, and administrator. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and has completed coursework in writing for children and teenagers at the Institute of Children’s Literature. Her humorous short story, “No Excuse for No Homework”, was published in Stories for Children Magazine. “Truly the Good Old Days”, an educational anecdote, was published by Teachers in Focus. Her background includes being an educational reviewer for Loyola Press’s vocabulary materials. Patricia is currently writing her first novel.
CATHY CRONIN (UNITED STATES)
Cathy lives in Illinois with her husband, three children and their dog Wrigley. Growing up, Cathy always loved reading books. Her favorites were from Shel Silverstein and Judy Blume. She still enjoys reading, writing and spending time with her family — which often involves sports. She’s thrilled to be part of this collection. Cathy’s poetry has also appeared in the anthology Ladybug, Ladybug and Other Favorite Poems, and in the following magazines: Ladybug, Highlights High Five, Turtle, Humpty Dumpty, Hopscotch, Your Big Backyard, Confetti, Wee Ones and U.S. Kids, as well as McGraw-Hill Educational Testing. Visit her at www.cathycronin.com.
HEATHER DELABRE (UNITED STATES)
Heather loves football (Go, Chicago Bears!) and writing. Her poetry, short stories, and activities have appeared in lots of children’s magazines. (She’s published some pretty cool stuff for adults, too.) Heather lives in Peoria, Illinois, USA with her cat, Chaos, who is also a very serious Chicago Bears fan.
CARRIE FINISON (UNITED STATES)
Carrie tries to read, write, and rhyme every day. Her poems and stories for children have appeared (or are forthcoming) in Babybug, Ladybug, High Five, and Highlights magazines. She lives near Boston with her family and enjoys going to Red Sox games where she usually eats a hot dog with extra relish, and always wears a clean shirt. www.carriefinison.com
CHARLES GHIGNA (UNITED STATES)
Charles is the author of more than 60 award-winning books from Random House, Disney, Hyperion, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster and other publishers. His books have been featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” PBS and NPR. He is a poet, children’s author, speaker, and nationally syndicated feature writer for Tribune Media Services. He is a former poetry editor of The English Journal for the National Council of Teachers of English. His poems appear in the SAT and ACT tests, and in hundreds of textbooks, anthologies, and magazines for adults and children from The New Yorker and Harper’s to Cricket and Highlights.
PETER GOULDING (IRELAND)
Peter writes both serious and humorous poetry (sometimes at the same time) and has been published in four continents by editors trying to get rid of him. In 2012, he managed to get nominated for both the Forward Prize (UK) and Pushcart Prize (US) though he couldn’t afford the extra bribe to win either. As a serious poet, his verse invokes great humor. Despite all this, he still can’t put up a shelf without bringing down an internal wall or two.
MATT GOODFELLOW (ENGLAND)
Matt is a poetry-writing primary school teacher, from Manchester, England. He wanted to be a famous rock star, but was pretty rubbish at it so stepped away from the microphone and started writing poems. As a child, he was quite good at sprinting and high-jumping. He has two children and very little hair! Check out his website: www.mattgoodfellow.yolasite.com.
KIMBERLY DOUGLAS HANCOCK
Kimberly lives in Geneva, Illinois with her husband and two sons. When Kimberly is not teaching first grade, she spends her time creating through her art work or writing. As a writer and illustrator, her next goal is to create a picture book with her own writing and illustrations. The poem “I am a Special Olympian” was written for her nephew, Samuel Raymond, a true Special Olympian!
AVIS HARLEY (CANADA)
Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Avis earned an MA from the University of British Columbia where she taught poetry in the Language and Literacy Education Department. An elementary school teacher for many years with teaching experience in Canada and England, Avis has also been a writer-in-residence, mentor, and workshop leader. She has given poetry presentations in Canada, U.S., Hong Kong, and Japan. Now retired from teaching, Avis devotes her time to writing poetry. Some of her books she has also illustrated. Many of her poems are published in anthologies and magazines, and are largely focused on the natural world. Avis lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her husband. They have one son.
DAVID L. HARRISON (UNITED STATES)
David has lived in Missouri, Arizona, Georgia, and Indiana. He began making up poems when he was six, sent his first jokes to Bob Hope when he was seven, and started a journal at twelve. He has played trombone, fielded at shortstop in softball, pitched baseball, and carried a 190 bowling average. What he loves to do most is write poems and stories for young people. His work has been translated into many languages and won numerous honors. David feels blessed to be married to Sandy and get to do what he loves. Here’s how to reach him: www.davidlharrison.com and www.davidlharrison.wordpress.com.
FRANCES HERN (CANADA)
Frances divides her time between Calgary, Alberta and Golden, British Columbia, both in Canada. She loves Calgary’s sunny skies, and Golden’s incredible scenery and outdoor activities. She writes poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Her poems have been published in anthologies that include Red Berry Review, Silver Boomers, Freefall, Freckles to Wrinkles, Poems for Big Kids, This Path, Home and Away, Crave It and The Omnibus of Doctor Bill Shakes. Her published non-fiction titles about Canadian history are Norman Bethune, Arctic Explorers, and Yip Sang and the First Chinese Canadians. Check out www.franceshern.ca
CATHERINE JOHNSON (CANADA)
Catherine is a British ex-pat living in Canada. She lives with her husband, two young children and a dog called Sandy. Catherine writes picture books and children’s poetry and has had poems published by Pill Hill Press and The Poetry Institute of Canada. She blogs regularly at http://catherinemjohnson.wordpress.com.
CLAUDIA KOHLBRENNER (UNITED STATES)
Claudia, a speech/language pathologist and reading teacher, has worked for over 30 years primarily with special education students at all grade levels. During that time, she composed countless entertaining rhyming poems to help her students effectively learn and retain language concepts/vocabulary. Now retired, she has more time to write and submit poems for publication. She has been published in Pack-o-Fun magazine and in some local publications. She currently works as a poet for Poetry Salon, which offers original, customized personal poems for all occasions.
GAYLE C. KRAUSE (UNITED STATES)
Gayle writes rhyming picture books, middle grade and young adult novels/short stories. Her YA novel, RATGIRL: SONG OF THE VIPER is forthcoming (Noble Young Adult) and her picture book, ROCK STAR SANTA (Scholastic), an original book club selection, has sold over 138,000 copies to date. She also has short stories, “The Storyteller’s Daughter” in Timeless – YA Historical Romance Anthology (Pugalicious Press) and “Two Best Friends” (Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul II). Her poems have been published in Meanderings; A Collection of Poetic Verse and various children’s magazines. Visit her at www.gayleckrause.com and http://thestorytellersscroll.blogspot.com
MADELEINE KUDERICK (UNITED STATES)
Madeleine likes to root for the underdog through her writing and in life. Her stories and poems appear in Chicken Soup, Cup of Comfort, and Hallmark Gift Books as well as children’s magazines like Appleseeds. Madeleine is a frequent speaker at conferences hosted by the International Reading Association where she inspires teachers with her poem “All I want for Christmas is to Learn How to Read”. She lives on Florida’s Gulf Coast with her husband and two children. For more information, visit her website at: www.madeleinekuderick.com.
B.J. LEE (UNITED STATES)
B.J. is an avid swimmer, bicyclist and poet, both for children and adults. Two of her poems have been nominated for The Rhysling Award and appear in THE RHYSLING ANTHOLOGY 2011 and 2012. Additional anthology credits include: IN THE GARDEN OF THE CROW and, of course, AND THE CROWD GOES WILD. She has poems published/forthcoming in Highlights for Children, The SCBWI Bulletin and many other publications and has won/placed in contests/awards including runner up in the 2011 SCBWI Magazine Merit Awards. At work on a whimsical poetry collection about pigs, she also has a YA, and numerous picture book WIPs. www.childrensauthorbjlee.com
J. PATRICK LEWIS (UNITED STATES)
J. Patrick Lewis was a five-sport athlete in high school (football, basketball, baseball, track, and girls), though his interest in sports waned a bit when age forced him to move from player to mere spectator. He has published over eighty children’s picture and poetry books with Creative Editions, Knopf, Atheneum, Dial, Harcourt, Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press, National Geographic, Little, Brown, Candlewick, Chronicle, Scholastic, Sleeping Bear Press and others. In May 2011, the Poetry Foundation named him the U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate (2011-2013), and he received the NCTE’s Excellence in Poetry for Children Award in 2011.
JOANN EARLY MACKEN (UNITED STATES)
JoAnn is the author of WRITE A POEM STEP BY STEP (Earlybird Press, 2012). Her newest picture books are BABY SAYS “MOO!” (Disney-Hyperion, 2011), WAITING OUT THE STORM (Candlewick, 2010), and FLIP, FLOAT, FLY: SEEDS ON THE MOVE (Holiday House, 2008). Besides poetry, she has written more than one hundred nonfiction books for educational publishers. JoAnn earned her M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She teaches at three Wisconsin colleges and speaks about poetry and writing to children and adults at schools, libraries, and conferences. Visit her web site: www.joannmacken.com.
LIANA MAHONEY (UNITED STATES)
Liana Mahoney is a former volleyball player and coach from upstate New York. Standing at 5′ 2″ on her best days, she rarely played at the net, but always enjoyed the thrill of protecting the floor as a defensive specialist. Now, she really “digs” writing poetry and literature for children, teaching Kindergarten, and raising three kids. Her work has been featured in many magazines, including Jack and Jill, Highlights for Children, and Boys’ Quest. Liana’s picture book, Forest Green, is forthcoming in 2014 from North Country Books. Visit her website at www.lianamahoney.com.
CARMELA MARTINO (UNITED STATES)
Carmela’s favorite sport is baseball! The same is true of Rosa, the main character in Carmela’s middle-grade novel ROSA, SOLA (Candlewick Press), and Josh in her short story “Big Z, Cammi, and Me,” in I FOOLED YOU: TEN STORIES OF JOKES, TRICKS, AND SWITCHEROOS, edited by Johanna Hurwitz (Candlewick Press). Carmela has also had poems published in Pockets magazine and CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: TEENS TALK HIGH SCHOOL. A former freelance journalist, Carmela teaches writing workshops for both children and adults. She cofounded http://www.TeachingAuthors.com, a blog of writing and teaching tips. For more info, see www.carmelamartino.com.
MARJORIE MADDOX (UNITED STATES)
Professor of English and director of Creative Writing at Lock Haven University, Marjorie has published 8 collections of poetry and over 400 poems, stories, and essays in journals and anthologies. She is the co-editor of COMMON WEALTH: CONTEMPORARY POEMS ON PENNSYLVANIA and author of two children’s books: RULES OF THE GAME: BASEBALL POEMS and A CROSSING OF ZEBRAS: ANIMAL PACKS IN POETRY. The recipient of numerous awards, Marjorie lives with her family in Williamsport, PA, home of the Little League World Series. She is the great-niece of Branch Rickey, the general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers who helped break the color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson. For more info: http://www.lhup.edu/mmaddoxh/biography.htm.
JILL MCDOUGALL (AUSTRALIA)
Jill wrote her first poem on the dusty window of her family’s Ford Falcon. You might say it was a very moving poem (heh heh). Many poems later, she became a teacher and wrote silly verses for her classes about skeletons and ghost trains. Jill lives in Adelaide, South Australia with a partner, dogs, chickens and a spider named Son of Ruth. She writes for children full time. Her poetry anthologies include THERE’S A COCKROACH IN MY MUESLI (Era Publications) and ANNA THE GOANNA AND OTHER POEMS (Aboriginal Studies Press). Her website is: www.jillmcdougall.com.au.
EILEEN R. MEYER (UNITED STATES)
When Eileen grew up in northern Illinois, she was hooked on all things sports-related, Monopoly games, chocolate chip ice cream, and books. So it’s fitting that her volleyball poem, The Letter, found a home in this new sports anthology. She lives outside Chicago with her family. When she’s not writing or visiting schools, she enjoys reading, watching sports and traveling. Eileen is the author of WHO’S FASTER? ANIMALS ON THE MOVE, (Mountain Press, 2012). Her upcoming picture books include BALLPARK (Amazon Publishing, 2014) and SWEET DREAMS, WALRUS (Mountain Press, Date TBD). Visit Eileen on the web at www.eileenmeyerbooks.com.
DIANA MURRAY (UNITED STATES)
Diana is not a synchronized swimmer, but she can touch the bottom of the pool…even in the deep end. She is the author of forthcoming picture books, NED THE KNITTING PIRATE: A SALTY YARN (Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan) and GRIMELDA, THE VERY MESSY WITCH (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins). Diana was awarded the 2010 SCBWI Barbara Karlin Grant and she has many poems published and forthcoming in magazines including Spider, Highlights for Children, and Highlights High Five. Diana lives in New York City with her husband, two children, and a goldfish named Pickle.
PATRICIA J. MURPHY (UNITED STATES)
Patricia is an award winning children’s writer/author and poet–and founder/chief creative director of Pattycake Productions, her creative services company. Patricia is the author of over 150 children’s books (e.g. board books, early readers, picture books, creative non-fiction, chapter books, and middle grade novels), hundreds of magazine articles, and a growing list of scripts for children’s television–with more on the way! When she’s not writing, she offers a variety of author visits and programs to inspire young artists, spends time with her family + friends, dabbles in acting, runs her own charity that makes Raggedy Ann Dolls for children in need, golfs, runs, and visits Ireland every chance she gets.She lives in Chicago, IL, USA. Visit her at www.patriciajmurphy.com.
RAYMOND NAKAMURA (CANADA)
Raymond Nakamura has been an ice hockey goalie for over forty years. When he is not driving his eight-year-old daughter to karate in Vancouver, Canada, he writes and draws cartoons. www.raymondsbrain.com
KIMBERLY O’BRIEN (ENGLAND)
Kimberly has written poetry for fun from the first moment a writing implement found its way into her hand. She has penned numerous stories and poems for children, and has written and performed poetry and plays in Cambridge, London and Brighton, UK. For two years she had her own monthly column in a leading national parenting magazine in London. This is the first time one of her poems for children has been published. Kimberly lives near Cambridge, UK with her husband, two children and dog. She enjoys mountain climbing, which is unfortunate as Cambridgeshire is extremely flat!
GREG O’CONNELL (NEW ZEALAND)
Greg is a popular children’s poet and performer, with eleven poems published in New Zealand’s iconic School Journal (Learning Media). Greg is a unique, high-energy poet who thrills school audiences throughout New Zealand and around the world. His interactive poetry shows are crafted to entertain and engage every student. Each show is a literacy extravaganza for students to see, hear, explore and enjoy. Greg is a wholehearted ambassador for poetry because ‘Poetry has the power to make literacy exciting, enriching, and sensational FUN!’ Read more at www.gregoconnell.com.
ERIC ODE (UNITED STATES)
Eric is an author, poet, and award-winning songwriter for kids. His poems appear in some 17 anthologies, on a Grammy nominated and a Grammy award-winning CD, and in numerous magazines, but you can find the great majority of his poems in his notebooks where they will never see the light of day.
DK OSEI-YAW (GHANA)
DK (born Emmanuel Dickson Osei-Yaw) is a poet, writer and performing artist who observes everyday life experiences and interprets them in a multiplicity of art forms including mainly Music, Fine Arts and Videos. He takes inspiration from his childhood upbringing in Accra, Ghana, West Africa. He has been very instrumental in developing the Spoken-Word (Slam Poetry) Poetry scene in Ghana by creating performance platforms, producing events and pioneering numerous authentic contemporary African performance presentations of the genre. DK still performs Spoken-Word, Music and Rap by accompanying himself on the Djembe drum.
JANE L. PATTON (UNITED STATES)
Jane, a native Chicagoan, lives in San Diego, California. A graduate of Marycrest College, Davenport, Iowa, she taught music, drama, and kindergarten, in Iowa, Illinois, California, and Texas. At one time a professional actress and singer with The Jim Patton Trio-“The Right Touch,” Patton now concentrates on writing for children. This is her first children’s poetry anthology publication.
HEATHER F. REID (SCOTLAND)
Heather lives in Scotland with her sons, a series of guide dog puppies and a cat. She writes for adults and children and was a winner of the Plough Prize (poem for children) in 2010 and the BBC Wildlife Magazine Nature Poet of the Year 2009. Her favourite subjects for poems are wildlife, sport and food and her favourite letter is C (for chocolate and cats.) She has swum with dolphins and sharks but doesn’t like slugs. Find more about Heather at www.soutarwriters.co.uk/heatherreid.
LAURA PURDIE SALAS (UNITED STATES)
Laura is the author of BOOKSPEAK! POEMS ABOUT BOOKS (Clarion, 2011), A LEAF CAN BE… (Millbrook, 2012), STAMPEDE! POEMS TO CELEBRATE THE WILD SIDE OF SCHOOL (Clarion, 2009), and more than 100 other books for kids and teens. She loves to write many things, but poetry is her favorite! She challenges her body in drum corps, zumba, yoga, ballet-fusion, and other activities. Note: She did not say she is great at all of those, just that she likes to do them! She hopes to try goalball someday. Learn more at laurasalas.com or connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LauraPSalas.
ELLEN L. RAMSEY (UNITED STATES)
When she isn’t hiking, biking, or doing yoga, Ellen loves to read and write poetry, mysteries, and fantasies. She has published poems and stories in Highlights, Hopscotch, and Stories for Children. Her poem,”Hippity Zippity,” published in Highlights High Five, won the 2012 SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for Poetry. Ellen lives with her tall, sporty husband and her short, not-so-sporty teddy bears in a friendly and bear-safe home in Pennsylvania. www.EllenLRamsey.com
MiCHELLE SCHAUB (UNITED STATES)
Michelle is a children’s author and poet who enjoys writing about sports, outdoor adventure, and nature. She received plenty of practice writing about athletics while working on her book THIS OR THAT SPORTS DEBATE, Capstone Press (2013). Michelle has also published numerous articles with Highlights, Faces, and Appleseeds magazines. In addition to writing, Michelle teaches language arts to middle school students. In her free time, Michelle enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, biking, cross country skiing, and nature sketching.
SHERRY SHAHAN (UNITED STATES)
Sherry is the author of more than thirty books, including Alaska-based adventures FROZEN STIFF and ICE ISLAND. When she’s not snorkeling with penguins in the Galapagos or riding horseback back with a herd of zebras in Africa, she can be found studying ballet or competing in West Coast Swing at a dance convention. Sherry holds and MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in a laid-back beach town in California. Visit her on the Web at SherryShahan.com
JOCELYN SHIPLEY (CANADA)
Jocelyn played catcher on a city championship softball team but was a reluctant piano student. Besides loving sports as a kid, she also wrote poetry, and at age nine won first, second and third prizes for her poems in a local contest. Her later poems have been published in Chickadee magazine and the anthology Canadian Poems for Canadian Kids. She has written many books, including the tween novel SERAPHINA’S CIRCLE. She lives in Toronto and on Vancouver Island. When not writing she goes hiking, biking, swimming, skating or cross-country skiing. Please visit her website and blog at www.jocelynshipley.com.
TIFFANY STONE (CANADA)
Tiffany is the author of three books of nonsense verse for children—FLOYD THE FLAMINGO AND HIS FLOCK OF FRIENDS, BAAD ANIMALS and, new for fall 2012, RAINBOW SHOES—all published by Tradewind Books. She has written poetry for several magazines and is a children’s book editor. She is not, nor has she ever been, a professional hockey player. Tiffany lives in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, with her husband, three children and lots of pets. When she isn’t playing with words, she watches ice dance and practises Shotokan karate. Visit her online at tiffanystone.ca.
M SULLIVAN (UNITED STATES)
M Sullivan is an award-winning writer, a storyteller, and a pediatric nurse. He has performed songs and stories throughout the country (the U.S. that is) in libraries, schools, bookstores, and museums. His writing has appeared in numerous books and magazines. He lives in Richmond, VA, with his wife and three children and is often seen smiling and playing sports with them. For more information, please check out his website at www.msullivantales.com or www.eyeballinmygarden.com, where he resides as Spooky.
SAVANNAH TESLA (CANADA)
Savannah does all sorts of fun things like writing and acting and filmmaking. She likes books by dead Russian authors, films with subtitles, oxford commas, and football. A graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Creative Writing and Film Studies programs, this is Savannah’s first published poem.
PATRICIA TOHT (UNITED STATES/ENGLAND)
Patricia Toht was a very energetic child. Her parents kept her busy with tennis, track, gymnastics and swimming. But she also spent time at the library and fell in love with books. When she grew up, she opened a children’s bookstore, Never Never Land, in the Chicago suburbs. After seven years, she said ‘goodbye’ to the store, but then ‘hello’ to writing for children. Her poems and stories have appeared in magazines and she has written a book about the city of Moscow. Two years ago her family moved to England where she saw the 2012 Olympics!
PRISCILA UPPAL (CANADA)
Dr. Priscila Uppal is an internationally-acclaimed poet, fiction writer and York University professor. Among her publications are eight collections of poetry, including Ontological Necessities (shortlisted for the $50,000 Griffin Poetry Prize), and Winter Sport: Poems; and the novels The Divine Economy of Salvation and To Whom It May Concern. She was the first-ever poet-in-residence for Canadian Athletes Now during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic games and the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as the Roger’s Cup Tennis Tournament in 2011. Time Out London recently dubbed her “Canada’s coolest poet.” For more information visit priscilauppal.ca
ROSALEE VAN STELTEN (CANADA)
Rosalee van Stelten has written articles, stories, plays and poems for young people. They were often about astronomy, space, animals, cowboys, cowgirls, First Nations people, or childhood and family memories. Her first book of poetry, Pattern of Genes, was about many of these things. When she was small, Rosalee’s Mom recited poetry to her as bedtime stories. A grandmother was a secret poet. So, it runs in the genes!
CHARLES WATERS (UNITED STATES)
Charles Waters has performed professionally in theatres across the country since 1997. He also dedicated 3 years of service to Poetry Alive!, a performance and teaching theatre troupe that reaches an estimated 600,000 students nationwide each year and where he performed in 38 of the 50 states. His poems appear in the anthologies AMAZING PLACES (2014) edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BOOK OF ANIMAL POETRY edited by J. Patrick Lewis (Children’s Poet Laureate of the United States), THE ARROW FINDS ITS MARK: FOUND POEMS edited by Georgia Heard and THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. He performs his one man show POETRY TIME WITH UNCLE CHARLES to elementary and middle school audiences.
KATE WILLIAMS (WALES)
Kate used to love doing gymnastics; now she loves making words do gymnastics! She has over 100 published poems, mostly in anthologies for children by international publishers (such as Macmillan and Oxford University Press), and in Australia’s The School Magazine. She also has a book of her own: Wildlife Poems. Kate shares amazing poetic adventures with the youngsters in her workshops, sometimes rushing off afterwards to entertain grown-ups – or ‘big kids’ as she calls them – with her comedy poetry shows. For more information, visit Kate’s website: poemsforfun.wordpress.com