Meet This Year’s Poetry Judges

Our Poetry Category Chair, Jone MacCulloch, has posted part one of what will be a three-part series interviewing some of her panelists in the Poetry category. Wondering who these folks are and what they're looking for in a poetry nominee? Here's a brief excerpt of the interview on Jone's blog, Check It Out:

MsMac [aka Jone]: What is your day job?

Anastasia: I teach writing workshops (online) and write books for kids.

Mary Lee: My day job is 5th grade Language Arts teacher.

Carol: I am a literacy coach at a K-8 bilingual school in urban Denver.

MsMac: Who are your poetry mentors?

Anastasia: I love, love, love poetry by Valerie Worth, Lilian Moore, Margaret Wise Brown and Eve Merriam.

Mary Lee: My poetry mentors are Robert Frost and Kay Ryan; J.
Patrick Lewis, Douglas Florian, Joyce Sidman, Jane Yolen, Heidi
Mordhorst, and Amy Ludwig Vanderwater.

Carol: Not sure if they are mentors but I love (in no
particular order:  Kristine O’Connell George,  Anna Grossnickle Hines,
J. Patrick Lewis, Doug Florian, Valerie Worth, Mary Oliver, Langston
Hughes, Mary Lee Hahn, Marilyn Singer, lots and lots more.

To read the rest of the interview, click here.