Friday, March 22, 2013

Announcing the 2013 Edition of 30 Poets/30 Days! (And hosting Poetry Friday, too!)

I'm thrilled to announce the 2013 edition of 30 Poets/30 Days, an April-long celebration of children's poetry that takes place here at GottaBook.

Each day of the month, I'll post a previously unpublished poem by a different poet. I've seen a lot of the poetry already, and I can safely say it's gonna be a great month. Here's an alphabetical list of who's work you'll be seeing here during National Poetry Month 2013:

Jon Agee, Stephen W. Cahill, Thalia Chaltas, Kristin Elizabeth Clark, Jill Corcoran, Dave Crawley, Doug Cushman, Kelly Fineman, Nancy Bo Flood, John Foster, Mary Lee Hahn, Steven Herrick, Emily Jiang, Irene Latham, Renée LaTulippe, Debbie Levy, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, G. Neri, Lesléa Newman, Naomi Shihab Nye, Andrew Fusek Peters, Heidi Bee Roemer, Robert Schechter, Laurel Snyder, Sonya Sones, Maria Testa, Robert Paul Weston, Jenny Whitehead, Tamera Will Wissinger, Joyce Lee Wong

Am I excited? YES! Yes, I am. Now, there are a few easy ways to follow along and not miss out on any of the fun. You can visit here every day, of course. Or you can subscribe to GottaBook via email or your blog reader.

You can also join my poetry list, and get all the poems emailed to you the day they hit my blog. To be on the list, enter your email address into the box and click subscribe:

That list runs year round, by the way, so whenever I post a poem here, whether it's my own or a poem from a visiting guest poet, you'll see it.

There are always a ton of people to thank with an event like this and other details to share, but today I'm simply going to wrap it up with a bit hat tip to the extra-talented Carter Higgins for designing this year's 30/30 logo. And, of course, thanks to all of you for reading! Now...


Please leave a comment with a link to your Poetry Friday post, and I'll be adding things in as the day goes on....

Robyn Hood Black shares a poem by Monique Gagnon German... as well as the very Poetry Friday related story about how she came to the poem the first time. 

Over at Great Kid Books, Mary Ann Scheuer features the creativity-loving Dreaming Up by Christy Hale. Looks like a great one to share.

Bullying, March Madness Poetry, and the revision process are all part of Author Amok's post today. Great reading....

The Misfits is on view over at Gathering Books, as Fats uses the poem (and a bonus TED video) to continue their celebration of Oddballs and Misfits. 

There's a Douglas Florian spring poem blooming over at Reading to the Core. Spring's arrival brings National Poetry Month, so I'm a big fan.

It's the poem she didn't submit! Over at A Year of Reading, Mary Lee Hahn (one of this year's 30/30 poets, by the way) shares a poem she wrote for March Madness Poetry... but didn't send in.

A Carl Sandburg book called Wind Song (complete with his note that begins "Dear Young Folks"!) is the launching point for beautiful photos and poetry at A Wrung Sponge today.

Utterly fantastic Police Poetry (yes... poetry by police) is on the plate at The Opposite of Indifference. You gotta check these out.

Liz Steinglass offers up more Madness - her round two poem using the word exertion as well as another poem she tried using the same word. Love the glimpse of process!

Wanna see an original poem about wishes? Exellent! Because that's what's up at the ever wonderful Poem Farm, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater's poetry rich home on the web.

Book spine poetry (and rhyming, at that!) is on the shelf at 100 Scope Notes. Well done, Travis. Well done!

Ahh! Alliteration and an awesome apoetry astarter aby a-Laura Purdie Salas! Seriously - her I Am Fog is up as is a video for teachers or writers to use it to kick off their own writing. A+!

Margaret Simon shares some glimpses of her journals (and poetry). Now I have journal envy!

Poetry about real holidays you've never heard of (like World Rat Day) are the subject of both a new book by J. Patrick Lewis and Anna Raff and today's post at Jama's Alphabet Soup. Jama has also proclaimed today to be World Pat Day and wants you to jump in and tell her your favorite J. Patrick Lewis poem or poetry book. Eeps. I have to pick one????

A letter to a student and a Naomi Shihab Nye poem are a great mix over at A Teaching Life.  This post is also part of a Slice of Life blogging challenge, as are others this week. Good stuff there, too!

Outside truth, inside truth, and a poetry workshop are all part of Heidi's post today at My Juicy Little Universe. Clearly some great workshop results!

Maria shares a process and a poem - definitely a process to try yourself - over at Teaching in the 21st Century. And I am jealous because she's done workshops with Kate Messner and Ralph Fletcher!

Donna asks A Rhetorical Question over at Mainely Write... as well as a bonus poem and video. Whooooo are the poems about? Go over and see!

No two ways about it - you must go see what Renee LaTulippe did when she had to write a poem using the word subterfuge for March Poetry Madness. Whew!

Steve Peterson shares an original poem called Late Snow. Here in LA... well... I could write "Late Low 50's" but it wouldn't compare to what Steve's done.

Some Pinksy and ear candy, poetically retold fairy tales, and a poetry quote come courtesy of Random Noodling and the Kurious Kitty. Plus you get poet Ben Jonson on YouTube. No, not him in live video footage, silly....

Daffodils, daffodils everywhere - that's what you'll find at Carol's Corner today. Sunshine yellow soul juice!!!! Indeed.

Irony and poetry and schoolwork all mix together today at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme. You make me laugh, Matt. I think he should get an A+ for his efforts today. And you?

Poems of Goodbyes, you say? Yes, indeed. Linda at TeacherDance shares one of her own that's part of a bigger project. Check more out on her blog!

David Harrison has an original poem up today - The Victim. It's part of his Word of the Month poetry shebang at his blog, something you can checkout... monthly!

You gotta check out Portrait of a Trembling Poet, wherein Buffy Silverman (one of the March Poetry Madness's final 16 poets) details her process of how she crafted her poem using the word "gnawing."

Houston Trail - Langley BC is both the inspiration for and title of an original poem that Violet Nesdoly shares today. There are photos, too!

Jone shares the ways she's participating in National Poetry Month (including a project you can sign up for). How are you celebrating? Let her know!

Great Things Have Happened by Alden Nowlan is what Karen's sharing at her cleverly titled blog. Betcha you'll click the link in her post....

The Sea Gypsy appears... or really, is posted... over at Bildungsroman. If you're a fan of Richard Hovey or if you're not, go on over and be swept away in the wonder of the sea.

Poetry is everything! That's the theme over at the Poetry Friday Anthology blog. Do you have the books? You must get the books. Just sayin'.

Paintings and poetry mix at the Bald Ego blog... as do father and son. Charles and Chip Ghigna share a picture book in progress... and I hope we see it in stores, soon.

Yes, yes, Nonets, I say! Joy plays with the form over at Poetry for Kids Joy.  I've never written a Nonet... but her poems inspires me to try.

Betsy at Teaching Young Writers shares her poem, I Want.... What a list! Makes one want to write a poem on the same theme, don't you think?

Steampunk! Haiku! You Steampunk Me comes from Lorie Ann Grover... complete with a photo you just gotta see (cuz, like, someone out there is a way cool parent).

Barbara Etlin shares her poem To My Neighbour's Cat over at the Owl's Quill. Is it an outdoor cat, one wonders? Read it and see!

Over at Keri Recommends, Keri recommends a poetry book for your enjoyment (a recommendation, by the way, with which I completely concur). Check it out and feel free to share your faves there or here.

Ruth shares Eleanor Farjeon's Morning Has Broken (which some of you might find yourself singing) over at There is no such thing as a God-forsaken town. She also shares some thoughts on teaching and her day with eighth-graders... making me once again say "hats off to teachers!"

Cathy at Merely Day By Day is sharing an original poem - One Wish - today, and it asks a question that I will be mulling over for some time now. I guess it's rhetorical, but it's in my head now, and it'll probably be in yours, too.

Oooh, there's an updated edition of a 1980 book of verses that I always liked - that's what I've learned from All About the Books with Janet Squires. Yup, you gotta go see what it is. Any guesses?

Blake, Basho and a natural connection - that's what Becky's serving up at Tapestry of Words. And whoa - I wish I had the view behind my house that Becky has behind hers!

I'm caught up with links... but keep 'em coming, y'all, in the comments below. Poetry Friday is like the New York City subway: there's always room for one more.


Greg Pincus said...

As always when I post the announcements, you won't find 30 names in the list just yet. You will soon. With the vagaries of email, my inability to count well, and other factors, there are not 30 poets yet. But there will be!

Author Amok said...

Hi, Greg. Thanks for hosting! My poem for the March Madness Poetry Sweet Sixteen is "Dear Bully." I am sharing my revision notes, and my own "Dear Bully" story.

I can't imagine what it's like for today's teens, when social media adds another layer to the bullying issue.

GatheringBooks said...

Thanks for hosting. Fats is in this week with some poetry for misfits. Here's the link:

Catherine said...

I'm really looking forward to 30 Poets/30 Days! For Poetry Friday, I have a Douglas Florian poem about spring:

Thanks for hosting today!

Mary Lee said...

Greg, I'm THRILLED to be one of you 30 poets this year!

Today, I'm sharing the poem I DIDN'T submit in round two of #MMPoetry.

Mary Lee said...

Oh, and THANKS for hosting the roundup!!

Amy LV said...

Greg! I always look forward to your 30 Poets/30 I want April to be here today!

Over at The Poem Farm I have a wee rhyme about wishes and welcome a homeschooling family of poets -

Happy Poetry Friday! Thank you for hosting.

Andromeda Jazmon said...

Greg you always start me up with your 30 Days/Poets!!! So excited it's almost here.

Thanks for hosting today. I have Carl Sandburg poems up, found in a lovely little discarded library book.

Tabatha said...

I always love your 30 Poets posts, Greg! Looking forward to it!

I've got Police Poets today:

Thanks for hosting!

Liz Steinglass said...

Thanks for hosting. I'm looking forward to your 30 poets.
I have my round 2 March Madness Poetry Tournament process and a cute picture of a sloth.
Happy Friday,

Scope Notes said...

Thanks for hosting! At 100 Scope Notes I have a book spine poem:

laurasalas said...

Thanks for hosting, Greg! The National Poetry Month excitement is building:>)

I'm in with my poem "I Am Fog," plus a poem starter video for teachers featuring that poem.

Margaret Simon said...

I am excited about all the goings on for National Poetry Month. Today I have a poem about all my journals:

jama said...

Yay, another 30 Poets/30 Days! Can't wait!

Today I'm featuring J. Patrick Lewis's World Rat Day:

I'm also asking everyone to stop by and share their favorite J. Patrick Lewis poem or book in honor of World "Pat" Day. :)

Thanks for hosting, Greg. *doughnut doughnut*

Tara @ A Teaching Life said...

Thanks for hosting today Greg. Today I am doing double duty over at A Teaching Life - a slice of life for the Two Writing Teachers' March writing challenge ( a letter I wish I could share with a student) and a poem by Naomi Shihab Nye about siblings:

Heidi Mordhorst said...

Good morning, Greg, and thanks for keeping the 30P30D tradition going! Today I'm sharing the first two in a series of poems written by kids in a Sunday School workshop I did...

Maria said...

Thanks for hosting today. Sometimes I want to go back and just remember.

Donna Smith said...

Here's my offering. My March Madness 2013 entry and another I wrote that I found lying around on my computer...both short ones about owls.

Renee LaTulippe said...

Thanks for hosting, Greg! I am so excited to be included in your 30/30 event this year - yay!

Today I am in with a poetry video and play-by-play brainstorm session for my Round 2 March Madness poem "Anthem."

Steve Peterson said...

Hi, Greg.
Thanks for hosting PF! Please put me in with a poem about a late winter snow.

Diane Mayr said...

This morning at Random Noodling I have ear candy provided by Robert Pinsky.

Kurious Kitty has some fairy tale thoughts. Make sure you click on the fashion link.

KKs Kwotes continues a month of women's quotes with Toni Morrison.

Carol said...

Thanks for hosting. I'm double dipping on SLICE OF LIFE with Ralph Fletcher's "Daffodils" and then a little writing of my own! Looking forward, as I do every spring, to our terrific April line up!

Robyn Hood Black said...


Thank you for hosting today! (And for posting my link up there.) Can't wait to read all the wonders from your 30/30 list this year. Happy (Early) Poetry Month.

Anonymous said...

Your 30 Poets feature sounds fun! Today I'm featuring a poem I wrote a little over a year ago that's filled with words one might expect from a #MMPoetry competition!

Linda B said...

Your list of poets is awesome, Greg. Time for April & lots of poems! Thanks for hosting. I'm in today with a new poem for my goodbye project, saying goodbye to different stages in children's lives.

David Harrison said...

Thanks for hosting, Greg. For my offering I'll pitch in my Word of the Month poem for March, "The Victim," which can be found on my blog at All the best, David

Buffy Silverman said...

Hi Greg,
Thanks for hosting. I'm looking forward to your 30 poets!
I'm in today with some alternate versions of my March Madness Poetry sweet-sixteen entry, "Portrait of a Trembling Mouse."

Violet N. said...

Hi Greg. Thanks for hosting. Your 30 Poets/30 Days sounds like a lot of fun, as always1

My poem today is about one of my favorite mossy woods walks: "Houston Trail - Langley BC" is here.

Jone said...

Plans for Mational Poetry Month

Jone said...

Greg thanks for hosting. Looks like a great month.

Karen Edmisten said...

Greg, thanks for hosting today, and the upcoming 30 days look great.

I'm in this week with an Alden Nowlan poem. It's here.

Anonymous said...

Happy Friday, everyone! Thanks for hosting, Greg.

I posted The Sea Gypsy by Richard Hovey at Bildungsroman this morning:

Anonymous said...

Happy Friday, everyone! Thanks for hosting, Greg.

I posted The Sea Gypsy by Richard Hovey at Bildungsroman this morning.

Janet Wong said...

Wow--police poems to book spine poems to everything in between! Tying in with the theme of "Poetry Is Everything," this week's Poetry Friday Anthology post features a poem ABOUT poetry by Patricia Hubbell.

Charles Ghigna said...

Thanks, Greg! We're playing with a new picture book poem "The Night the Forest Came to Town" at the BALD EGO blog

Joy said...

Hey Greg,
Thanks for hosting Poetry Friday Roundup today. Can I come to the party?
I have a form poem, a nonet, up today about spring in the desert at:

Betsy Hubbard said...

Looking forward to all the 30 poets in April! Here is my offering for the day...

Lorie Ann Grover said...

Congrats to the upcoming April celebration. It sounds grand, Greg!

At On Point, I have my haiku, You Steampunk Me. Thanks for hosting!

Barbara Etlin said...

Thanks for hosting today, Greg.

I'm in with my original poem, To My Neighbour's Cat, on my blog:

Keri said...

Hi Greg! Wonderful hosting job, and I'm excited about your 30/30 project.

I'm in today with a poetry book recommendation . . . because I left my poetry notebook at home today. Hope that's allowed!

Ruth said...

Here's my post for today:

It's Eleanor Farjeon's poem "Morning Has Broken," which I thought of this morning and which I'm thinking back to now after a not-so-great day with eighth graders.

Teresa Robeson said...

Love it! I think my head's going to explode with excitement. ;)

Cathy said...

Looking forward to following your April event. I really enjoyed stopping by last year.

Here's my link for Poetry Friday:


Charles Waters said...


Thanks for hosting Poetry Friday. I'm so flippin' excited about another 30/30. April is going to rock out socks, I can feel it! PINCUS POWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mary Lee said...

Here's a link that wound up over at A Year of Reading by accident (I had the roundup 0n 3/22/2012!!)

Tamera Will Wissinger said...

Hi Greg,

I intended to stop by yesterday, but I guess for me it's Poetry Saturday! Thank you for hosting the roundup; what a great group of posts we have to explore. I can feel and see the energy building as we head toward National Poetry Month. I'm honored to be a participant in your 30 poets/30 Days celebration!



Ruth said...

Just finished up reading the posts! Thanks for hosting. You did a great job!

Becky Shillington said...

Hi, Greg! I am just joining in the Poetry Friday party. Yesterday I posted about finding inspiration in nature at:

Thank you!!

John said...

Great job man!

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