Is your story not working? Try rescuing a story through poetry! That’s what happened when a dog named Rascal met a ghazal.
Poetry Prompt: Baseball Poems
Join author Callie Feyen as she pays tribute to her father-in-law, and baseball. Then prompts you to write baseball poems!
Children’s Book Club: Children’s Poetry and What the Heart Knows
Children’s poetry speaks to the child within us. Join us as we read Joyce Sidman’s “What the Heart Knows” for National Poetry Month.
Crow Stories: “Rainbow Crow” by Megan Willome and Hasani Browne
“Rainbow Crow” by Megan Willome and illustrated by Hasani Browne tells crow stories in poetry for young readers.
Poetry Prompt: Haiku for Dreaming, Wishing, and Becoming
If you can dream it, you can haiku it. Join author Callie Feyen as she shares how a new job is impacting her writing life.
How To Read Poetry: Hermit Crab Essay 004
How do you read poetry? “It is enough to enter,” says Todd Boss. Author Callie Feyen uses Todd’s poem to give you the easy secrets to poetry reading!
Poet Laura: Finding the Right Words + Ars Poetica
As National Poetry Month begins, Karen Paul Holmes draws upon ars poetica and the work of Ukrainian-American poet Ilya Kaminsky to face this difficult moment.
Brianna: Short Story + Fairy Tale Poetry Prompt
Brianna is an enchanting science fiction story that re-imagines the classic Sleeping Beauty tale. Come try your hand at re-imagining a fairy tale in poetry!
The Mannequin—Short Story + Erasure Poetry Prompt
A shiver-worthy story about a woman who trusts her heart to Society’s solution. The perfect beginning for an erasure poetry prompt!
Poet Laura: The How-To Poem
Poetry is a place of learning and exploration, from a poem’s “aha moment” to a how-to poem full of heart. Poet Laura Karen Paul Holmes shows us how.
Poetry Prompt: Six-Room Poetry
Join author Callie Feyen as she wallows in the Michigan fog. That is, until her daughter changes her mind and prompts poetry.
Poetry Prompt: 5 Things to Do With A Mistake
How many ways can you look at a mistake? Join Callie Feyen and take your mistake out for a walk. And write a poem about the process.
Poetry Prompt: A Not-Yet Valentine
This week join author Callie Feyen as she writes a Valentine poem for people who aren’t Romeo and Juliet. Yet.
Hermit Crab Essay 003: Directions for Metaphor
Join Callie Feyen as she seeks directions for metaphor, accompanied by her high school daughter and the high school parking lot.
Poet Laura: Praise Poems
Karen Paul Holmes invites us to notice the small things and craft our own praise poems. Sample poems included!
Poetry Prompt: Be Your Own Professor — Haiku for Understanding
Something magical can happen when you read a challenging story and then become your own professor — with a summary and haiku.
Poetry Prompt: How Do You Spell “Communicate”?
How do communicate with a would-be writer? How do you even spell “communicate”? Callie Feyen has the answer.
Hermit Crab Essay 002: How To Teach Poetry To Seventh Graders
Teaching poetry to 7th graders begins with vulnerability. Join author Callie Feyen and she walks us through a scene in a middle school classroom.
Poet Laura: Gratitude + Credo Poems in the New Year
As we embark on 2022, our Poet Laura, Karen Paul Holmes, encourages us to explore gratitude poems that praise everyday goodness + write a credo poem.
Poetry Prompt: Football, West Side Story & Mary Oliver
What do football, West Side Story, and Mary Oliver have in common? Each invites us to keep looking. Join Callie Feyen for a Perspective poetry prompt.