Kenn Nesbitt is named U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate

KennNesbittCongratulations to Kenn Nesbitt on being named United States Children’s Poet Laureate for 2013-2015 by The Poetry Foundation. For the past two decades, Kenn has crisscrossed the country sharing with kids and grown-ups his undeniable gift for composing (and performing) vividly vivacious verse. Check out Kenn’s long-running site, and look for an upcoming interview with Kenn on this blog in the near future. 

And a thundering applause for J. Patrick Lewis, Laureate Emeritus, for his splendid service to children’s poetry for the past two years (and well beyond). Kenn and Pat join Mary Ann Hoberman and Jack Prelutsky as the inaugural quartet of laureates. A fine honor, and a tradition we hope will continue for ages.

Read The Poetry Foundation’s press release here, and a conversation between Nesbitt and Lewis here.

8 thoughts on “Kenn Nesbitt is named U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate

  1. Ditto to Laura. We would love to see you reach beyond the usual poetry community to reel new fans in!! (Actually, forget the fishing line image–bring out the industrial-strength nets!)

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