Our Poetry Category Chair, Jone MacCulloch, has posted part one of what will be a three-part series interviewing some of her panelists in the Poetry category. Wondering who these folks are and what they're looking for in a poetry nominee? Here's a brief excerpt of the interview on Jone's blog, Check It Out:
MsMac [aka Jone]: What is your day job?To read the rest of the interview, click here.
Anastasia: I teach writing workshops (online) and write books for kids.
Mary Lee: My day job is 5th grade Language Arts teacher.
Carol: I am a literacy coach at a K-8 bilingual school in urban Denver.
MsMac: Who are your poetry mentors?
Anastasia: I love, love, love poetry by Valerie Worth, Lilian Moore, Margaret Wise Brown and Eve Merriam.
Mary Lee: My poetry mentors are Robert Frost and Kay Ryan; J. Patrick Lewis, Douglas Florian, Joyce Sidman, Jane Yolen, Heidi Mordhorst, and Amy Ludwig Vanderwater.
Carol: Not sure if they are mentors but I love (in no particular order: Kristine O’Connell George, Anna Grossnickle Hines, J. Patrick Lewis, Doug Florian, Valerie Worth, Mary Oliver, Langston Hughes, Mary Lee Hahn, Marilyn Singer, lots and lots more.