When did I begin writing? I
started writing children's poems in 1997 when I was inspired by a Shel Silverstein
poem--"Sarah Sylvia Cynthia Stout Would Not Take The Garbage
Out" (You have to hear Shel sing it to get the full impact of the
poem--he's fantastic). I am not a natural writer and it has taken me
years just to get to this point. I am completely self taught and I
hope I always continue to improve.
How long does it take me to write a poem?
That all depends. I hear some poets can sit down and write poems
daily. I don't think that has ever happened to me. Even if I
write a poem in one sitting and like what I wrote that night, when I take
a look at it again the next day I'll be sure to hate it and immediately
start re-writing. I think re-writing is the most important
and hardest part of writing poetry. Some of my poems have hatched
after sitting in notebooks
for years. Sometimes, if a poem sits long enough, it allows me to
see it with fresh eyes. As you can see, I'm a bit slow at writing but I don't mind. I want to make
each of my poems the best that it can be.
Where do I get my ideas from?
them from many places: I've gotten ideas while driving to work, or
should I say while
sitting in traffic; watching TV; or hearing something unusual from
one of my swimmers.
Am I published? I'm just getting started.
- Several poems will appear in "An Eyeball in my Garden--And Other Spine-Tingling Poems." An anthology by Marshall Cavendish, August 2010
- "Super Straw" in Highlights for Children, TBA
- "From the Pits of the Slush Pile" in SCBWI Bulletin, July/August 2009
- "Worms and Snails" in Highlights High Five, June 2009
- "Inside my Room" in Wee Ones, November/December 2008
- "Train Travel" in Wee Ones, March/April 2008
- "Writing a Poem" in the SCBWI Bulletin, March/April 2007
My ultimate goal is to publish a large collection of
my poetry. What you see on this
site is just a small sample.