Message from PACYA’s founder, Steven Withrow

Thank you all for taking part in Poetry Advocates for Children & Young Adults. Since September 2011, we have begun to build a base for a thriving children’s poetry community worldwide. I view PACYA as a long-term, multigenerational project, and I’m honored to be here at the very start.

The Poetry at Play blog and our Facebook page will continue to be outlets for news and features, including our popular “Featured Poet” series. We will soon announce a children’s poetry conference in Montreal, Canada, sponsored in part by PACYA. We are also exploring the creation of an advocacy award and the use of YouTube for kids and teens to see and hear poets read their works aloud.

What do I need from you?

  • Essays (critical, historical, or craft-oriented)
  • Reviews and interviews (text or audiovisual)
  • Lesson plans and activities
  • Event reports and calendar items

Please email me at stevenwithrow(at)gmail(dot)com if you’re interested in submitting materials. I can’t keep PACYA growing without your generous contributions. Thanks for your support and for spreading the word!

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