Robyn Hood Black makes poems and art in the South Carolina Lowcountry, where sea breezes beckon and Spanish moss ghosts the live oaks. Her poetry appears in several anthologies and periodicals. She enjoys exploring the creative life with readers, writers, and artists of all ages.
Poetry Friday Power Books from Pomelo Books! Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong of Pomelo Books have started an amazing classroom-friendly series with YOU JUST WAIT (September 2016, and selected as an NCTE Notable for 2017) and HERE WE GO (January 2017, selected as an NCTE Notable for 2018). I'm thrilled to have a poem in each one. Click on the covers to learn more about these one-of-a-kind resources! (And there's a third one in the series - PET CRAZY. You should get all three. ;0) )
You can't start them off too young when it comes to poetry! I'm honored to have a poem included in this collection by Lee Bennett Hopkins for babies and toddlers, Lullaby and Kisses Sweet from Abrams. Check out my interview with LBH here!
YAY for getting together with writers, illustrators, editors, & kidlit peeps!
SCBWI Southern Breeze hosts some fabulous conferences, including Springmingle in Atlanta!
I was thrilled to meet Katherine Jacobs (top) editor at Roaring Brook, who worked on THE ARROW FINDS IT MARK. Also, what a treat to participate in a novel intensive with Nikki Grimes (bottom) and hear her sessions about poetry.
SCBWI Southern Breeze wik
(Writing and Illustrating for Kids) conferences in Birmingham in October are also fabulous.
I've also been fortunate to go to three Highlights Founders Workshops up near Honesdale, Pennsylvania - with the terrific Highlights folks. (Here's my blog post about one.)
Retreats are fun, too! A group of 14 spent a weekend in Birmingham, Ala., for Hester Bass's fantastic "Show Don't Tell" retreat, and Southern Breeze is always cooking up schmoozes and get-togethers. (And here's my blog post with a wee bit more about that!)
Photos - Top: with Claudia Pearson at SCBWI "Show Don't Tell" Retreat, June 2012
Bottom: with Rebecca Shoniker, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Bill Johnson, and Jacqueline Gramman (and Cindi Kennaley taking pix) at the Highlights Founders "Poetry for All" Workshop.
I enjoyed presenting a "Haiku How-To" workshop at the 43rd Annual Children's Literature Conference at the University of Georgia in Athens last spring. What an incredible line-up of speakers, including Barbara O'Connor, Carole Boston Weatherford, and Mike Wimmer. Several of us SCBWI Southern Breezers enjoyed catching up with book award winners Barbara O'Connor and Megan McCarthy.
More Springmingling and More!
Our 20th Anniversary SCBWI Southern Breeze Springmingle, , which I coordinated Feb. 24-26, 2012, in Atlanta, was a blast as well!
HIGHLIGHTS FOUNDERS Advanced Illustrators Worskhop in August 2011: our first session was led by the remarkable and ever-entertaining Eric Rohman. We had to make a relief print school picture of a pig which somehow reflected our personality. This is pretty much how I felt among all the talent in that room - faculty and attendees alike!
"4 Kids 2 Do" and "Press Kit" pages.