Meet the Authletes

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Amelia ShearerAmelia spent her childhood documenting life in poem, and she was always a voracious reader, hiding books and a flashlight under her pillow to read at night. She's a former preschool teacher and middle school Spanish teacher, and current mom of two.Visit Amelia!@ameliashearer
Amy MooreAs a kid I loved playing with dolls, dancing & writing. Now I love playing with my two girls, teaching dance & writing! Currently a pre-published author (ok, unpublished), I have a degree in journalism and am represented by Ginger Harris at Liza Royce Agency.@amyliz1225
Andria Warmflash RosenbaumAndria's poetry has been published in Babybug, Cricket, Ladybug and Spider magazines. She has picture books forthcoming from Kar-Ben Publishing, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Scholastic Press.Visit Andria!@andriawrose
Angie KarcherAngie is a mother of 4 teens, wife of a wonderful man named Stan, teacher, author, poet and founder of RhyPiBoMo(Rhyming Picture Book Month)Angiekarcher.wordpress.comVisit Angie!@Ankar2013
Ann MageeI'm a writer, teacher, mother, photographer, and food connoisseur. One interesting thing about me is that I have an identical twin sister and my husband has an identical twin brother. I love all things Irish!@ann_ammwrite
Beth RaynerI'm Beth Rayner. I'm about as green a poet as a youngish middle aged lady can be. I've been a member of SCBWI since 2010. I write and illustrate picture books. If you want to root for a rookie, keep an eye over here!Visit Beth!
Buffy SilvermanBuffy is the author of more than seventy nonfiction books for children. Her poems appear in children's poetry anthologies and popular magazines. She lives in the wilds of Michigan, where inspiration lurks in the woods and swamp next to her home.Visit Buffy!
Carissa MinaI sail across oceans in newspaper boats and practice my rhyming with spotted quail goats. I often play polo while riding a bear and draw crazy pictures with porcupine hair.Visit Carissa!@CarissaMina
Carol Samuelson-WoodsonI’m a proud mom and grandmother. I love poetry, books, reading to kids, birds, horses, dogs, cats, even some bugs. I tame outdoor birds with live mealworms. My parrot Miel likes to dance and means what he says! Be kind to your fine feathered friends!Visit Carol!
Charles WatersChildren's Poet/Actor/Educator. Poems have appeared in numerous anthologies including NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, and the upcoming book AMAZING PLACES, edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins.Visit Charles!@waterscharles
Colleen Owen MurphyMother of three daughters - all now college-aged. English teacher turned math teacher for 7th graders in Glastonbury, CT and Mathcounts coach. Want-to-be writer of rhyming children's books.
Cynthia CottenWestern New Yorker. Writer, photographer, art quilter. Author of 7 picture books—4 in rhyme, including THIS IS THE STABLE (Paterson Poetry Prize 2007) and poems included in numerous collections. Guilty poetic pleasure: Ogden Nash.Visit Cynthia!
Damon DeanDamon writes for why kids read...humor, wonder, feeling. Poetry is one of his favorite avenues in the children's literature neighborhood.Visit Damon!@7AcreSky
Daniel A KayneI am a poet, and a free thinker. I also am a comedian, and hope to inspire everyone involved with this wonderful, worthwhile project!@danny_kayne
Darren Paul SardelliDarren Sardelli has dedicated his life to making poetry fun and exciting for students of all ages. His poems are published in various children's books, popular anthologies, and textbooks (worldwide). Darren has poetry programs for schools, libraries, and camps.Visit Darren!@DarrenSardelli
Deborah Holt WilliamsI live in Glenwood Springs, CO, and my poems have appeared in High Five, Hello and Spellbound. I have 5 published easy readers, and hopefully one day--a picture book!Visit Deborah!@Chamamama2000
Debra ShumakerDebra remembers her first published poem—in her 3rd grade newsletter! It involved a snail who swallowed a nail and went on a cruise. She hopes to have more published poems and some picture books, too. (She is also hoping her first word will be either snail or cruise.)Visit Debra!@ShumakerDebra
Donna JT SmithPoet, forever teacher, sharing life on the Maine coast with two dogs, a cat, and an incredibly supportive husband; writing whenever and whatever she wants. Published in ShadowExpress and self-published.Visit Donna!@DonnaSmith
E. Kristin AndersonE. Kristin Anderson edited the Dear Teen Me anthology & has been published in many magazines. Kristin is the author of three chapbooks of poetry & edits at Hunger Mountain & Found Poetry Review. Once upon a time she worked at The New Yorker, but now lives in Austin, TX.Visit E. Kristin!@ek_anderson
Elizabeth ScarpelliLiz Scarpelli is published in Highlights and Wee One’s Ezine. She has been listed in Writers Digest Top rhyming poems. She considers herself a Wordaholic and toasts all contestants.
Felicia Sanzari CherneskyFelicia Sanzari Chernesky is a longtime academic editor, new children's picture book author of a seasonal rhyming concept book series published by Albert Whitman & Company, and lifelong student of poetry.Visit Felicia!@FChernesky
Helen Kemp ZaxHelen Kemp Zax is a writer of award winning poetry. This month her poem about farmers' markets was published in the anthology Dear Tomato. Helen practices rhyming every day by making up songs for her dog Huckleberry Finn Zax.
Jackie HoskingJackie loves to write in rhyme.Her poems have appeared all over the place, even on a train and her picture book, The Croc and the Platypus was recently published by Walker Books.Visit Jackie!@jackiehosking
Jacquie SewellI'm an elementary school librarian, blessed to be able to work with kids and books everyday. I've been dabbling in poetry since before I could write - it helped to have a mom who was willing to take dictation!
Janie Marie LazoJanie is a Business Manager in L.A. She is a Michigan transplant and loves life in SoCal. She is Mom to 7, Grandma to 10. Her published works include articles in Apartment Prose Magazine and devotional pieces in the God's Abundance series.@janiegirl63
J. J. ClosePoet by day - crime fighter by night! He's yet to be published in anything more than a couple journals. But then again, he hasn't really done much submitting. This is his year. He can feel it. Like me on facebook or google me to find my website!Visit J. J.!
John ChristensonI'm a retired software engineer with a degree in English, a writer of middle-grade novels, and a lifelong lover of poetry for all ages.@JohnCC789
Joseph MillerMy name is Joseph Miller and I'm a librarian and writer. I split my time helping others find books and making up stories of my own. I love to write humorous poetry and fantasy novels.@JosephDMMiller
Julie KrantzJulie Krantz is the author of three picture books (Isabel Plum: Ichthyologist (2014), Tip & Oliver: BFFs (2014), Blueberry Moon (2015)), and one MG novel (Stella Bellarosa: Tales of an Aspiring Teenage Superhero (2012)).Visit Julie!@julie_krantz
Karen G. JordanMy poems have appeared in Cricket and Ladybug magazines and I have several board books published. A former school librarian (elem.& HS), I will always champion books and poetry :-)
Kathryn D. HarrisonKathryn Harrison is an aspiring author living in Colorado. Wife, mother, dancer, designer; she lectures at a local university and writes poetry and fiction in her spare time.
Kelly Ramsdell FinemanI love words, love poetry, love my cat, my kids, and my sweetheart! I've got a picture book called AT THE BOARDWALK out in the world, and poems in some anthologies.Visit Kelly!@kellyfineman
Kerry E.B. BlackKerry E.B. Black is an eclectic writer from a small town in Pennsylvania with her husband, 4 of her 5 kiddos, two dogs, a beta fish, and a cat named Poe.Visit Kerry!@BlackKerryblick
Kristen FooteI am a recent Rocky Mountain transplant, busy mom of 2 who loves to wrangle words in my free time. Hard as I may try not to, writing in rhyme is where my heart is!@littlefoote4
Lill PlutaLill once won a tidy sum for a poem about mustard, but nowadays her poetry is most commonly found on school worksheets. She lives on the South Texas coast with her husband, two sons, and a small herd of domestic animals. Her current project is a middle grade novel.Visit Lill!@lillpluta
Linda J. ArmstrongLinda started composing poems before she could pick up a pencil. Now, she writes books for kids and their teachers including Read and Understand Poetry, Grades 5-6 and Bit, Bat, Bee, Rime with Me!Visit Linda!@bluerabbit47
Lori Grusin DegmanI'm a teacher of deaf & hard of hearing kids by day and picture book writer by night, weekend and school holiday. I have two picture books - 1 Zany Zoo and Cock-a-Doodle Oops! I write in rhyme, most of the time – but not always!Visit Lori!@Loridegman
Marcus EwertMarcus Ewert wrote the award-winning children's picture book, 10,000 DRESSES. He's very proud to say that this July his rhyming picture book, MUMMY CAT, will be published by Clarion Books, with illustrations by the amazing Lisa Brown!Visit Marcus!
Margaret G SimonMargaret Simon is a teacher of gifted students in Iberia Parish, Louisiana. Her passion for writing and poetry is present in her daily work with students. She received the Donald Graves Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Writing from NCTE in 2014.Visit Margaret!@MargaretGSimon
Margo LemieuxMargo Lemieux is a picture book author, teaches art & writing classes, and has a chapbook from Finishing Line Press. Her hound Lulu helps with rhyming because she's so good at it (woof woof).
Marla LesageMarla is a mother, wife, nurse, writer, illustrator, and SCBWI member. She is an old soul with a young heart and has eccentric tendencies.Visit Marla!@marlalesage
Matt Forrest EsenwineThis year, Matt’s poetry can been seen in Lee Bennett Hopkins’ "Lullaby and Sweet Kisses"; "Dear Tomato"; J. Patrick Lewis’ "National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry"; "Poetry Friday Anthology of Celebrations"; and “Highlights.”Visit Matt!@MattForrestVW
Maureen LynasMaureen Lynas is a poet on the funeverse blog where poets of all ages can add their funny poetry for children. She is also the author of the Action Words Reading Scheme and the Florence and the Meanies series for 7-9 yrsVisit Maureen!@maureenlynas
Melissa BullsMelissa's favorite books have always been children's books. As a teacher, she shared those favorites with her students. Now, as a stay-at-home mom, she devotes nap time to writing some of her own. Her first published piece is forthcoming in Highlights.
Michele KruegerWorking as a California Poet in the Schools, Michele coaches high school students each year for the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation competition. In her spare time, she enjoys the thrill of gardening, the beauty of flowers and the taste of almond chai.Visit Michele!@michelekrueger
Michelle Heidenrich BarnesMichelle's poetry appears in anthologies, magazines, greeting cards, and on her blog, Today's Little Ditty. There, she interviews contemporary children’s writers and offers monthly challenges for anyone (including students!) with a love of wordplay.Visit Michelle!@MichelleHBarnes
Nessa MorrisNessa works at a Braille and Talking Book Library and is learning Braille. She likes to read, crochet, and run 5K races. Her kids groan when she reads her poetry aloud.Visit Nessa!@Nessa_Morris
Patti RichardsPatti Richards is a freelance writer and editor, former teacher, wife and mother of three.

She writes children’s books and poetry and is a regular contributor to parenting, health and education websites and magazines. She and her family live in Michigan.
Visit Patti!@pattigail
Phillip Van WagonerPhil has been working in television to support his children's poetry habit for the past 7 years in Los Angeles. He regularly marvels at his good fortune in being surrounded by such incredible, kind, and talented people (and one dog). He also dances poorly... a lot.Visit Phillip!@pvpoems
Randi SonenshineRandi is a middle school literacy coach and a writer of all things kidlit. She is mom to two boys, one very sneaky Schnauzer, and an immortal goldfish. She lives in Northwest Georgia where the mountains are small, the pines are tall, and YOU is Y'ALL!Visit Randi!@rsonenshine
Rebekah HoeftI'm a wife (to Jim), mom (to Audra and Simon), teacher (at Hosanna-Tabor Lutheran), and writer (of poetry) who loves long walks, long books, and long naps.
Renée M. LaTulippeAn editor, children's writer, and poet, Renée has co-authored nine early readers and has poems in several anthologies. She creates kids' poetry videos for her blog at No Water River, teaches The Lyrical Language Lab online, is a mom to twin boys, and lives in Italy.Visit Renée!@ReneeMLaTulippe
RJ ClarkenRJ Clarken is a writer, photographer and graphic artist and also, currently an opticianry student, too. She is the author of Mugging for the Camera (humorous rhyming poetry) and Penny Wishes (a young adult novel) along with other works.Visit RJ!@lightverse
Robert SchechterRobert Schechter's poems for children have been published or are forthcoming in Highlights, High Five, and anthologies such as the National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry, Sixty Minutes Till Bedtime, and the Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations.Visit Robert!@bobschechter
Ryan Stockton1) Children's poet living in Brooklyn, New York. 2) Husband to a wonderful wife, and father to three crazy kids. 3) My poetry is for the young in age and/or young at heart. 4) I also write soccer poetry. 4) Doritos and more Doritos make me a happy person.Visit Ryan!@RyanRStockton
Shanda TrentEducator, mother, wife & friend. Observer of the big world & the little rhyming voices that urge me to write. Author of picture books Farmers' Market Day, and Buckaroo Bandits (coming in Spring of '16).Visit Shanda!@ShandaTrent
Stephanie SalkinI have a poem in Lullaby and Kisses Sweet, Lee Bennett Hopkins’ new anthology; a story in February’s Ladybug Magazine; a ballad going into Spider Magazine; and a poem in Dear Tomato,a Carol-Ann Hoyte anthology.
Stephen CahillIrish Dubliner | Wannabe Picture Book author | Currently seeking agent in UK & USA | Former #MMPoetry winner | Daddy | Tutor | Adman | Smithwicks drinker | Roquefort loverVisit Stephen!@woozlecatcher
Susie SawyerI’ve been pursuing my love of writing for children since 2003. My goal is to create poetry and stories that leave kids laughing, appreciating something new, or just thinking in a different way. Kids deserve great writing, and I want to give it to them!Visit Susie!
Suz BlackabyI'm a full-time writer, part-time poet, occasional teacher, marginal artist, & reluctant cook, scribbling away in the verdant, drizzly Pacific Northwest. Fully caffeinated (obviously).
Suzy LevinsonSuzy lives in NYC, where she can usually be found writing a poem, a picture book, even the occasional wacky greeting card. Her first published children's poems will appear this spring in THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY FOR CELEBRATIONS (Pomelo Books). Now let's rumble.Visit Suzy!@suzylevinson
Tiffany Strelitz HaberMomma of 2 awesome boys, rhyming children's book author, stock trader and food nut. Also- when birds come too close, I FREAK out.Visit Tiffany!@tiffrhymes
Tricia Stohr-HuntI have worked as a boat hand on a private yacht, assembled physics equipment in a factory, taught (and survived!) middle school, and even tested dog biscuits for fat content. Now I prepare teachers and, once in a while, write poetry that doesn’t stink.Visit Tricia!@missrumphius
Vikram MadanSeattle-based artist and poet best known for his hilarious award-winning humorous-poetry book 'The Bubble Collector'. www.VikramMadan.comVisit Vikram!@vm0


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