Meet “The Thinkier” (And Start Thinking About MMPoetry2013!)

Remember back in April when I mentioned the idea of a traveling trophy to celebrate the March Madness Poetry tournament? Well, after seven long months of procrastinating and one month of trying …

“The Thinkier” has finally come to life!

I’m very pleased with how it turned out. The statue itself is bronze and very well made. The base is real marble. It weighs 8.6 pounds, which is crazy-heavy for its smallish size. To give you a better sense, here’s what it looks like next to a set of familiar kids’ poetry books:

The one downside of the trophy’s quality is that, unfortunately, it’s rather costly to ship overseas, so our March Madness Poetry 2012 champion Stephen Cahill has agreed to forego receiving the physical trophy and will instead settle for showing it off virtually.

For this year, anyways.

I just extended Stephen his official invitation to join the March Madness Poetry 2013 event. He accepted, making him the first of sixty-four authletes (<--I still love this word) vying to become next year's champion. Details for how YOU can sign up for next year's event will be shared in early January. Due to the high expected number of applicants, tournament spots will not be awarded on a first come, first served basis as they were last year. Exact process has not yet been finalized. Stephen will also stop by TKT for an interview in January. If you have any questions you'd like to ask him -- e.g., "How did you spend the #MMPoetry prize money?", "Are you a household name in Ireland now?", "What was it like to meet Bono?" -- submit them via the right sidebar form and I'll ask him. In the meantime, it is up to you to introduce The Thinkier to the rest of the world! Share this post, pin the picture(s), whatever you can do to show people that kids’ poetry is compelling, enjoyable, exciting, and worthy of an award like this.

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  • Samuel Kent

    I’m totally in for the 2013 competition! Can’t wait!

  • Joy Acey

    Ed, the statue is too GREAT. You are a genius. I love Thinkier and Autholetes. I hope I get to play again this year. Do let us know when to sign up and the selection process. I hope you’re busy collecting words for the primary and elementary age groups.

  • Patricia Nozell

    Great trophy & so happy to learn that sign ups will be happening soon!

  • Renee LaTulippe (@ReneeMLaTulippe)

    Love it, Ed! Can’t wait to put my name in the hat for a spot in MM2013!

  • Eric Ode

    Very cool idea! I’m thinking an inflatable version is in order.

  • Janet F.

    Just as wonderful as one would have expected for the autholetes!! Can’t wait to start spreading the word about this way in advance this year. Someday I may put my hat in the ring, but not yet, not yet….
    The statue is gorgeous!!

  • Robyn Hood Black

    Nice-looking hardware. (And I like Eric’s inflatable version suggestion….) Here’s to more madness!

  • Matt Forrest

    Looking forward to March!

  • Marjorie (PaperTigers)

    How exciting – it’s quite a trophy.

  • Quinette Cook

    Most excellent, Ed! Will be watching for more information for the upcoming madness.

  • Ed DeCaria

    Thank you all for stopping by.

    Funny thing about Eric’s inflatable trophy idea — Stephen’s final poem in MMPoetry2012 (“BATTLE ROYAL”) was about a make-believe battle between inflatable cows and snow giraffes.

  • jone

    The Thinkier and Authletes…I. Love. It. I am looking forward to signing up.

  • Mary Lee

    So glad there’s a word for our sport, and proud to be an Authlete. I like to believe that Stephen was actually the Thinkiest, and the rest of the competitors were Thinkier than the those who cheered us on from the sidelines — they were Thinky. And to you, another huge THANKY for stirring up all this conversation about children’s poetry!

  • Lori Degman

    I’m so excited – I’ve been waiting for this announcement! I discovered MMP 2012 after it was well underway, so I couldn’t participate. I hope I make the cut!!

  • Stephen W Cahill

    Can’t wait for next year Ed. Bring on the Madness!

  • Linda Baie

    Late, but I have a good excuse-I’m moving tomorrow! This is terrific, Ed. Where do you find the time to do these amazing things? I hope I’ll get another chance this year! Thanks!

  • laurasalas

    Hehehe–you do like to do things up in style! Would love to be part of this again in 2013.

  • Pamela

    Ed, you’re the thinkiest of all Thinkiers! Can’t wait to cheer everyone on. So, for all you authletes, Onward, March!