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New Website!

Hello everyone!

My new website is live! I am so in love with the design by Donna Farrell, which uses art by Rich Lo. Check it out:


My new site contains a new blog… and my first post includes a contest for teachers looking to get one of three FREE author visits in April. If you’d like to find out more, and/or continue getting updates about my writing journey and other book-related things from my blog, you’ll need to subscribe to my new blog… which can be found here:


I am going to leave this blog up for at least a little while longer, but all new content will be posted to my new blog. I’m looking forward to new book adventures. I hope you’ll come along!


With gratitude,


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A Poem is Published!

I am absolutely honored to have my poem “Water Around, Water Within” included in the anthology THE BEST OF TODAY’S LITTLE DITTY: 2016, compiled by Michelle Heidenrich Barnes. You can read her release about the project here, and purchase the book in paperback or e-book format here.

Trust me when I say there are some true gems in here. To be included in this book alongside poets whose work I admire is a true gift. Thank you Michelle!

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May I have a drumroll please?

And now, I am thrilled to present… the cover for HIDDEN CITY: POEMS OF URBAN WILDLIFE, coming March 8, 2018!


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And, as an extra added bonus, I just recently received the printer’s proofs! Here’s me being ridiculously happy while holding the unopened package:



Folks, the book is almost here…




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Here are a couple of fun things concerning my upcoming book Hidden City for this Friday.


Thanks, once again, to illustrator Amy Schimler-Safford for posting clips from the art for Hidden City. View her post by clicking here.


And, Publisher’s Weekly included Hidden City in their Spring 2018 preview post! Look under the publisher’s name (Eerdmans) for the one-sentence blurb. Click here to visit their post.




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Getting Unstuck

19990274_449735185424887_1900573782951226455_nI spent part of my birthday this year working on a new project at one of my favorite  spots in Boston– the New England  Aquarium! Sometimes, the best way for me to get unstuck on a manuscript is a small switch– from cursive to print handwriting, notebook to loose paper, one pen to another. Anything that makes the manuscript look different can give me just that little bit of distance needed to find what needs to be fixed. Sometimes I change the font or spacing on the computer, or change the paper orientation from portrait to landscape. And sometimes, I head outside to a different place that helps me be in a different mindset. On this particular project, I was frustrated every time  I opened my notebook. So, I went to a place that makes me happy. And, sure enough, once the frustration was gone, the words flowed out. Thanks, Aquarium!

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Oh happy day! My picture book of poetry on city ecology, HIDDEN CITY, is slated to be published in Spring 2018, and I have sneak peeks to share with all of you!

The talented Amy Schimler-Safford is the illustrator for HIDDEN CITY, and she’s been posting sneak peeks of her work on her blog. (Thank you Amy, for both the sneak peeks and your beautiful art!) So now, I present to you a roundup of her HIDDEN CITY art posts. From what I can tell, this will be a gorgeous book. Thank you so much to our publisher, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, for making an excellent illustrator-author match.

In the coming days/weeks, I will be giving other updates and some poetry book reviews for Poetry Month. But, right now,  it’s all about the art. Enjoy!




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A Book Deal!

It’s official! My board book, tentatively titled STRIPE, SPOT, SQUIGGLE, has been purchased by The Creative Company. I am thrilled that it has found such a wonderful home! STRIPE, SPOT, SQUIGGLE features the lovely art of Miriam Nerlove and lots of sea creatures. Thanks to my agent, Anna Olswanger, who made this book a possibility.


Check out the latest issue of Publisher’s Weekly Children’s Bookshelf. There we are, down at the bottom in the Rights Report section! Click here to see the official announcement!


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