Interviews with Marilyn

Spotlight on Marilyn Singer on Today’s Little Ditty

Marilyn Singer is an award-winning author of over 100 fiction and nonfiction books for children and young adults, including poetry, picture books, and novels. She writes to satisfy her wide-ranging interests and has been recognized extensively for her work in multiple genres.  In 2015, Marilyn joined a prestigious group of children’s poets as the latest recipient of the NCTE Excellence in Poetry for Children Award.  Here, she describes her response to the news of receiving that distinguished award:

It’s the one award I really, really hoped to win someday. Poetry is and always has been my favorite thing to write. I feel deeply honored by the award—and by the company I’m in, which includes many of my favorite poets.

Language Arts, Volume 93, Number 1, September 2015, © 2015 NCTE 

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Interview with Poet Marilyn Singer on Poetry Tea Time

Welcome to our first Poetry Teatime Podcast!

I was honored to interview Marilyn Singer, award-winning poet and author. Marilyn and I met for the interview long distance—she, in her home in Brooklyn, and me, Julie, in a library in Cincinnati.

Unfortunately the library failed us, a bit. The Internet connection was variable throughout and you will notice that in the recording. Stay with it, though. The content is fabulous (delightful) and the sound improves. You will hear the cooing of her doves in the background at times, too. Enjoy!

Also, be sure to explore Marilyn’s wonderful books of poetry, including Mirror Mirror and its sequel Follow Follow! (affiliate links)

Listen to the podcast here.

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Celebrating Marilyn Singer: A Poet of Many Interests

Marilyn Singer is the 2015 winner of the NCTE Excellence in Poetry for Children Award, joining a distinguished group of poets that NCTE has recognized since 1977.  She has published over 100 books for children and young adults in different genres, including 30 poetry collections (with several more in progress or forthcoming in 2016).  Her work tackles a wide variety of topics— US presidents, animals, astronomy, meteorology, celebrations— and poetic formats— triolets, cinquains, villanelles, and sonnets.  She even created her own poetic format, the reverso.  Her work has won numerous awards and has been placed on many notable book lists.  We were fortunate to interview her and hear about her writing quirks (e.g. printing her poems on yellow legal pads), her creative process (writing anywhere— coffee shops, parks, doctors’ offices, the subway), and her evolution as a writer.  We invite you to learn more about Marilyn Singer, a fascinating and talented poet who is always learning and growing in her craft.

Click here to read this article, by Nancy L. Hadaway and Terrell Young, from Language Arts.

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Five Questions for Marilyn Singer in the Horn Book

Marilyn Singer had already demonstrated considerable versatility of poetic talents when in 2010 she debuted a new verse form in Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse (6–10 years, Dutton). This year she is back with a companion, Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems (6–10 years, Dial; both books illustrated by Josée Masse), in which another cast of folkloric characters get the “reverso” treatment.

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Spicy Reads: An Interview with Marilyn Singer

At the Anderson Bookstore Children’s Literature breakfast extravaganza, I was able to steal Marilyn Singer away to speak with me about poetry and students and teachers and caterpillars (among others). Marilyn has published over 100 books for students of all ages. She is delightful. If this video captures even a fragment of her charm, viewers will run out and buy multiple copies of all her books!

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Celebrating Poetry: Marilyn Singer, Parts 1 and 2

Marilyn, congratulations are in order. You have five poetry books, as well as a prose picture book, coming out this year…We’ll focus on poetry and talk about two of the poetry books today:  The Boy Who Cried Alien and A Stick Is an Excellent Thing and cover the other three in the second part of this interview.

Click here to read Part 1 of the interview with Kate Hosford in CYNSATIONS.

Today, we will discuss Every Day’s a Dog’s Day, The Superheroes Employment Agency, and A Strange Place to Call Home.

Click here to read Part 2 of this interview.

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Reading Rockets: A video interview with Marilyn Singer

“Marilyn Singer has written all kinds of great books for children and young adults — picture books, fairy tales, mysteries, non-fiction, and novels — but poetry is her favorite. Singer is on a mission to ‘knock poetry off its pedestal’ and to introduce kids to the pleasing rhythms and powerful emotion of poems, but also to encourage kids to express themselves through verse.”

Click here for the video interview on Reading Rockets

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Spotlight on Marilyn Singer on Today’s Little Ditty

Marilyn Singer is an award-winning author of over 100 fiction and nonfiction books for children and young adults, including poetry, picture books, and novels. She writes to satisfy her wide-ranging interests and has been recognized extensively for her work in multiple genres.  In 2015, Marilyn joined a prestigious group of children’s poets as the latest recipient of the NCTE Excellence in Poetry for Children Award.  Here, she describes her response to the news of receiving that distinguished award:

It’s the one award I really, really hoped to win someday. Poetry is and always has been my favorite thing to write. I feel deeply honored by the award—and by the company I’m in, which includes many of my favorite poets.

Language Arts, Volume 93, Number 1, September 2015, © 2015 NCTE 

Read the article here.

Read More »

Interview with Poet Marilyn Singer on Poetry Tea Time

Welcome to our first Poetry Teatime Podcast!

I was honored to interview Marilyn Singer, award-winning poet and author. Marilyn and I met for the interview long distance—she, in her home in Brooklyn, and me, Julie, in a library in Cincinnati.

Unfortunately the library failed us, a bit. The Internet connection was variable throughout and you will notice that in the recording. Stay with it, though. The content is fabulous (delightful) and the sound improves. You will hear the cooing of her doves in the background at times, too. Enjoy!

Also, be sure to explore Marilyn’s wonderful books of poetry, including Mirror Mirror and its sequel Follow Follow! (affiliate links)

Listen to the podcast here.

Read More »

Celebrating Marilyn Singer: A Poet of Many Interests

Marilyn Singer is the 2015 winner of the NCTE Excellence in Poetry for Children Award, joining a distinguished group of poets that NCTE has recognized since 1977.  She has published over 100 books for children and young adults in different genres, including 30 poetry collections (with several more in progress or forthcoming in 2016).  Her work tackles a wide variety of topics— US presidents, animals, astronomy, meteorology, celebrations— and poetic formats— triolets, cinquains, villanelles, and sonnets.  She even created her own poetic format, the reverso.  Her work has won numerous awards and has been placed on many notable book lists.  We were fortunate to interview her and hear about her writing quirks (e.g. printing her poems on yellow legal pads), her creative process (writing anywhere— coffee shops, parks, doctors’ offices, the subway), and her evolution as a writer.  We invite you to learn more about Marilyn Singer, a fascinating and talented poet who is always learning and growing in her craft.

Click here to read this article, by Nancy L. Hadaway and Terrell Young, from Language Arts.

Read More »

Five Questions for Marilyn Singer in the Horn Book

Marilyn Singer had already demonstrated considerable versatility of poetic talents when in 2010 she debuted a new verse form in Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse (6–10 years, Dutton). This year she is back with a companion, Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems (6–10 years, Dial; both books illustrated by Josée Masse), in which another cast of folkloric characters get the “reverso” treatment.

Click here to read this interview.

Read More »

Spicy Reads: An Interview with Marilyn Singer

At the Anderson Bookstore Children’s Literature breakfast extravaganza, I was able to steal Marilyn Singer away to speak with me about poetry and students and teachers and caterpillars (among others). Marilyn has published over 100 books for students of all ages. She is delightful. If this video captures even a fragment of her charm, viewers will run out and buy multiple copies of all her books!

Click here to view the video

Read More »

Celebrating Poetry: Marilyn Singer, Parts 1 and 2

Marilyn, congratulations are in order. You have five poetry books, as well as a prose picture book, coming out this year…We’ll focus on poetry and talk about two of the poetry books today:  The Boy Who Cried Alien and A Stick Is an Excellent Thing and cover the other three in the second part of this interview.

Click here to read Part 1 of the interview with Kate Hosford in CYNSATIONS.

Today, we will discuss Every Day’s a Dog’s Day, The Superheroes Employment Agency, and A Strange Place to Call Home.

Click here to read Part 2 of this interview.

Read More »

Reading Rockets: A video interview with Marilyn Singer

“Marilyn Singer has written all kinds of great books for children and young adults — picture books, fairy tales, mysteries, non-fiction, and novels — but poetry is her favorite. Singer is on a mission to ‘knock poetry off its pedestal’ and to introduce kids to the pleasing rhythms and powerful emotion of poems, but also to encourage kids to express themselves through verse.”

Click here for the video interview on Reading Rockets

Read More »

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