Interviews with Marilyn

Chicago Public Library’s Author of the Month

a magical world
created long ago.

Created long ago,
a magical world

Flip your idea of poetry and Greek myths upside down with award-winning author, poet, inventor of reverso poetry and April’s Author of the Month, Marilyn Singer. In her third book of reverso poetry, Echo Echo, Singer breathes new life into 12 familiar myths of god, goddesses and mortals from ancient Greece.

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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 

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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)

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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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