March Madness Poetry 2013: Selection Sunday

Welcome to Selection Sunday!

In this 10-minute video, I unveil the full March Madness Poetry 2013 bracket, region by region, seed by seed. The audio’s a little quiet, so you may need to turn your sound up:

Send your congratulations to this year’s authletes! Over the next two weeks, we’ll all learn a bit more about them.

Then, on March 11th, the fun really begins …

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  • Mrs. Harvey

    Giddy with excitement, how will I rest?
    So thrilled to be chosen for this poetry-fest!

    Thanks, Ed…I can’t wait for the Madness to begin!

    • Ed DeCaria

      Congrats, Melinda. Are you and your students still going to choose a first round word? You’re still allowed, of course; I’ll make sure it doesn’t go to you (or your competitor).

  • Lori Degman

    So excited – can’t wait!! Thanks so much, Ed!!

  • Mrs. Harvey

    It is indeed my intention to promote the tournament and earn a chance at choosing a word. We have been on break for a week. We will finalize our promotion plans early this week!

  • Gloson

    Wow. Thank you!
    I feel so honored to participate in this year’s poetry tournament!
    I feel so happy I’d adorn a Christmas tree with every ornament!
    Thank you Ed.
    The Oscars’s nice.
    But S’lection Sunday’s thrice
    as nice.

  • Linda Baie

    Your prep is amazing Ed. What fun to see my name, & then all the others. I will be speaking poetically for days! Thank you!

  • Jone

    Congrats, Linda.

  • Angie Breault

    Thank you so much! I didn’t even know how much I wanted it until I was chosen. I am so excited thank you again! Angie

  • Renee LaTulippe (@ReneeMLaTulippe)

    Evil man!!!! You have unleashed a cacophony of witches’ cackles. Ha! I am up for the 16-seed challenge! :)

  • Dom D

    Phew! Before I read the Comments section I was afraid the ambulance siren at the end was the sound of Renee LaTulippe getting help recovering from the announcement of her 16 seed. Glad to see you are okay!!

    • Ed DeCaria

      I could have edited it out, but I thought that the ambulance siren at the end was a nice touch.

  • Quinette Cook

    Forget the glam. Forget the fashion
    I’ve got luck, pluck, and passion.
    Give me my word. I’ll knock out a verse.
    Mine will be better and yours will be okay.

    Here’s to another great competition! – Q

  • Mary Lee

    Woot! Looking forward to the fun (and the stress)!!

  • Alison Hertz

    Thank you for the opportunity to show my humor. Wait…are you laughing woth me or at me? Ha! Looking forward to the challenge.

  • Linda Boyden

    Holy crow! Made it in..what a delight. Give me my word and you’ll see a fight.

  • Laura Shovan

    They call me an authlete
    I been versing for years
    Rockin my iambs, jabbing rhythms like spears
    Making poetry roll like a red carpet
    Golden as an Oscar won by a starlet

    Thanks, Ed. Can’t imagine how I landed in the humor bracket.

    • Ed DeCaria

      Easy answer! “By random chance.”

  • Jim Hill

    Looks like great fun. The first round is chock full of great match ups too.

  • Matt Forrest Esenwine

    Poetry Madness is coming to town –
    Gonna rock a good adjective, spit a great noun,
    When all the dust settles, I’ll be wearin’ the crown
    ‘Cause Robyn Hood Black will be goin’ down!

    ;) (Just kidding, Robyn – I wish you the best!!)

    Thanks, Ed…looking forward to it!

  • Catherine Johnson

    Thanks so much, Ed! I’m thrilled to make it in this time. This will be so much fun!

  • Lissa Clouser

    I can’t even say how honored I feel to be competing this year and with such amazing people! I’m ready to start this poetry party!!

  • Carrie Finison

    Thanks, Ed! This is going to be fun. Either that, or it’s going to kill me. I can’t wait to find out which…

  • Katya

    Oh my goodness! I’m so honored to get to compete again this year.

  • Cheryl Lawton Malone

    Thanks! What a hoot!

  • Marcus Ewert

    Yah! Super-thanks!

    Kudos to my fellow 64, and to Ed, and to *everyone* who applied.

    (feel free to friend me on Facebook, folks- I love community!)

  • Josh Close

    Thank you so much for this opportunity!

    The seeding is a little intimidating, but I look forward to the challenge and actually prefer the more difficult word. Better ideas are created through more unique prompts.

    I have a lot of steps to cross, but I plan on winning… so whoever is against me better be prepared for my best! I will make Supercalafragilisticexpialadocious work in a poem if I have to.

    Josh J. Close

  • jone

    A good group. Will promote from the sidelines.

  • Jeanne Poland

    Thank you Ed for including everyone in the fun!
    Jeanne Poland

  • Ann Magee

    This sounds like a fun way to challenge and push myself to do more with poetry, so I’m looking forward to the “games”. “May the odds be ever in MY favor.”

  • Ed DeCaria

    I love all of the trash talk ALREADY … and Allan Wolf hasn’t even arrived yet!

  • Josh Close

    He’s too intimidated of possibly seeing me in the second round, so he’s too busy to respond right now. I think he’s currently going through the dictionary writing a poem for every word that he could possibly receive. I told him it was a waste of time because you were giving him a made up word, but he didn’t believe me.

  • Eric Ode

    Let the pigeons be loosed!
    Let the battles begin!
    I’m hopped up and juiced,
    and I’m in it to…have a really good time.

    • Ed DeCaria


  • Charles Waters

    Looking forward to it and meeting other children’s poets and fans.

  • Deborah Holt Williams

    Love the term “authlete,” and I’m tickled to be here!

  • Robyn Hood Black

    What star-studded brackets
    with brainies and sweeties –
    I’m flexing my fingers.
    Matt, eat your Wheaties.

    Thank you, Ed – can’t wait!

  • Robyn Hood Black

    Okay, I might have to replace my Twitter pic with a more appropriate game face, my friend.
    (See below.) ;0)

    • Robyn Hood Black

      Oops – I thought that was going under “Say Something to This Person” in Matt’s box above. It migrated.

  • Cara Slavens

    I am very excited (and a little nauseous). I’m going to go practice some free throws now.

  • Matt Forrest Esenwine

    Good luck, Robyn! I’m looking forward to seeing your ‘game face!’

  • Julie Larios

    I think Anna Boll got it right – this is like being a chef on the reality show CHOPPED. Poetry cooked up under pressure? Yikes! And we do it willingly, for fun? What are we, nuts? (Absolutely. Thanks, Ed.)

  • Renee LaTulippe (@ReneeMLaTulippe)

    I can take it, Dom! I AM here to discombobulate, after all! :)

  • Penny Klostermann

    Can’t wait….this is going to be sooooooooooooooooooo fun!

  • janeyolen

    Raises hand,
    does a bow.
    Do I want in?
    Yes–right now!


    • Ed DeCaria

      Just so you know, the line to apply for #MMPoetry 2014 begins right behind Jane Yolen …

  • Vikram Madan

    Aaargh! I can’t beleive I missed all the announcements and deadlines for participating in this years tournament….

    Congrats to all the participants. Look forward to the competition. For the record, I’m rooting for Renee… :)

  • Damon Dean

    Can’t wait for this to begin! I’m a first timer, and hope to compete well.
    A few names I recognize and they almost petrify me.
    Congrats to all and may the best verse win.

  • Renee LaTulippe (@ReneeMLaTulippe)

    Hey, I have a fan! Gee, thanks, Vikram! :)