Award-winning author/poet Joan Bransfield Graham has been widely published in anthologies, textbooks, and magazines. Her books for children SPLISH SPLASH and FLICKER FLASH—concrete poems about water and light—inspire students to write their own poetry. Both books were SLJ Best Books of the Year and NCTE Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts, among many other honors. She also has a poetry/classical music CD— THE SONG WE CHOSE TO SING. Her book THE POEM THAT WILL NOT END: Fun with Poetic Forms and Voices is the opposite of Writer’s Block. Ryan O’ Brian can’t stop writing poetry (http://youtu.be/hCHXuZec6Us) and does so in unique ways. POEM is a NCTE Notable Poetry Book, winner of the Myra Cohn Livingston Poetry Award, and recipient of a Eureka! Silver Award for Excellence in Nonfiction. Former U.S. Children's Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt said “masterful . . . the book belongs in every classroom and school library, and in the hands of every young reader who wants to know more about poetry." Her newest book, AWESOME EARTH (HMH), will debut in Spring 2023.
An honors graduate of Rowan University with a degree in Education, Ms. Graham studied art in Majorca, Spain (USF), writing at UWM, and poetry at UCLA. A former teacher, Joan loves encouraging students to think creatively and has given hundreds of presentations at schools, libraries, and conferences worldwide, including the Casablanca American School in Morocco. An avid photographer and traveler, she uses images from around the globe in her talks. Joan grew up on a barrier island off the southern coast of New Jersey and has lived in the north, south, east, and west--Kentucky, Wisconsin, Virginia, and now California. www.joangraham.com
THE POEM THAT WILL NOT END: Fun with Poetic Forms and Voices
Ryan O'Brian is riding a wave of inspiration with no shoreline in sight--he can't STOP writing poetry. In the cafeteria with French fries. In the bathroom with toothpaste. Even on the soccer field with mud! Has he reached an artistic crescendo with a sonnet on a staircase and a villanelle on the shower curtain? What next? A story poem, 22 poems embedded in the art, and a handy guide to 15 poetic forms and five voices.