Worn down, threadbare, and beloved— the teddy bear is a child’s first buddy. Think back to your childhood and pay homage to the most honored of stuffed animals with poetry.
Celebrate Day of the Dead with skeletons, calaveras poems, and children’s books. Best enjoyed with a side of sweet skull cakes.
Laura Willis shares her favorite cookbooks, along with memories of the cookbooks that warmed her mother’s and grandmothers’ kitchens.
Colors have cool histories, intriguing origins, cultural meanings, wonderful names. Today, discover xanthic. Learn facts about this bright yellow color, and write a truly colorful vignette or haiku!
In “Cain: Poems,” British poet Luke Kennard has brought the biblical character of Cain into contemporary life, with funny and poignant results.
Fairytales and fables invite us to an imaginary world with clever animals and princes bewitched and transformed into ghastly beasts. Create a beast of your own imagination, one whose story deserves to be told— with poetry.
Put a little song—and a little Spanish—in your heart with these books based on Latino nursery rhymes from Canticos.
Laura Brown makes her way to the local farmers market to sample teas from De Fer Coffee and Tea in the latest stop on the Pittsburgh tea quest tour.
Join us beginning November 1 for a “romp through the physical world” in our upcoming book club on Helen Czerski’s Storm In A Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life.
The poems of ‘Leaves Surface Like Skin” by Michelle Menting use the images and metaphors of nature to explore and explain the human condition.
“Form It” is a poetry prompt that focuses on exploring our topic through form poetry. The prompt includes recommendations for each form’s best use! This time, we’re going to “form” a bear.
Poets have their own sort of economy—they harvest words. Join us as we read Leo Lionni’s classic fable “Frederick” with Megan Willome as our guide.
The historic Metz Fire at the turn of the 20th century connects Sandra Heska King to the story of a place.
With a little help from a possum, pumpkin spice, and a classroom of kindergartners, Callie Feyen has a no-write poetry prompt for fall.
The Academy of American Poets has awarded the Lenore Marshall Prize to “Brooklyn Antediluvian,” an arresting and innovative collection by Patrick Rosal.
Medieval bestiaries were the National Geographic of their day. Except, some of the bears & beasts were imaginary. Learn about some of the most unique creatures and create your own magnificent beast with poetry.
We celebrated another day of Random Acts of Poetry, delighted by poems chalked and inked and memorized and read aloud in the public square. How did you spend the day?
Come learn the secrets of being a wild reader. Or just share your September pages. Megan Willome leads the way, with her September goodreads.