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Poetry Camp!


What a Great Day!

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Poetry Camp (for grown-ups!) - is a day about sharing, teaching, and understanding poetry!

Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

Questions? Contact Sylvia Tag: sylvia.tag@wwu.edu or 360-650-7992


WHO: Poet Janet Wong and Poetry Scholar Sylvia Vardell

WHEN: Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 9:30 am to 3:30pm

WHERE: Poetry Camp will take place in the library, on the WWU campus. Breakfast, lunch, keynotes and book sales will take place in the Wilson Library Rotunda and Reading Room. Break out sessions will be held in classrooms thorughout the library.

COST: Registration $75.00 / Students $35.00

More than thirty poets from The Poetry Friday Anthology series will speak or perform poetry at the conference, including: Joy Acey, Kathi Appelt, Jeannine Atkins, Brod Bagert, Doraine Bennett, Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, Robyn Hood Black, Susan Blackaby, Linda Dryfhout, Nancy Bo Flood, Cynthia Grady, Joan Bransfield Graham, Nikki Grimes, Lorie Ann Grover, Stephanie Hemphill, Sara Holbrook, Carol-Ann Hoyte, Michele Krueger, Julie Larios, Irene Latham, Suzy Levinson, Jone Rush MacCulloch, JoAnn Early Macken, Bridget Magee, Kenn Nesbitt, Eric Ode, Greg Pincus, Bob Raczka, Heidi Bee Roemer, Michael Salinger, Michelle Schaub, Ken Slesarik, Liz Steinglass, Holly Thompson, Patricia Toht, and April Halprin Wayland. If you would like to arrange a community or school visit with one of these poets, contact info@pomelobooks.com for arrangements and fees.

Washington State Poet Laureate, Tod Marshall, will participate in Poetry Camp! http://www.humanities.org/programs/washington-state-poet-laureate



Welcome, Book signings, Keynotes, lunch, and the Jack Prelutsky Celebration will all take place in Wilson Library 4th Floor Reading Room.

8:30am: Doors open - Continental Breakfast with Poets

9:30-9:40am: Welcome - Sylvia Tag and Nancy Johnson

9:40 - 10:30am: Keynote on "Poetry for Fridays and EVERY Day" - Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong

10:45-11:30am: Workshop Session 1 (choose one): Writing and Understanding Poetry

  1. Playing with Sound (rhyme, repetition, rhythm, alliteration & more): Susan Blackaby, Kenn Nesbitt
  2. Playing with Visuals (& unusual forms): Kathi Appelt, Joan Bransfield Graham, Bob Raczka
  3. Metaphor & Simile: Irene Latham, Liz Steinglass
  4. Verse Novels: Jeannine Atkins, Nikki Grimes, Stephanie Hemphill, Holly Thompson
  5. Poetry & Picture Books: Robyn Hood Black, Julie Larios


11:45-12:30pm Workshop Session 2 (choose one): Reading and Sharing Poetry

  1. Poetry Performance Tips (Elementary): Joy Acey, Brod Bagert, Michele Krueger
  2. Speaking for Change: Writing and Performance for  YA: Sara Holbrook, Michael Salinger
  3. Writing for Journals, Magazines and Anthologies: Bridget Magee, Janet Wong
  4. Publishing Anthologies (for children & by children): Carol-Ann Hoyte, Kenn Nesbitt, Ken Slesarik
  5. Blogging about Poetry: Jone MacCulloch, JoAnn Early Macken, Greg Pincus


12:30-1:30pm: Lunch and Autographing

1:30-2:15pm: Keynote on Poetry Across the Curriculum by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong

2:30-3:15pm: Workshop Session 3 (choose one): Teaching Poetry

  1. Poetry + Science: Jeannine Atkins, Linda Dryfhout, Heidi Bee Roemer
  2. Poetry + Grammar: Michelle Schaub, Patricia Toht
  3. Poetry + Social Studies: Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, Doraine Bennett
  4. Poetry + Movement: Nancy Bo Flood, April Halprin Wayland
  5. Poetry + Art & Music: Cynthia Grady, Eric Ode, Lorie Ann Grover
  6. The Dancer and the Dance: Tod Marshall (current Washington State Poet Laureate)


3:15-4:30pm: Conference Closing and Autographing

4:30-5:30pm: FREE Public Performance by Guest of honor JACK PRELUTSKY


Sylvia Vardell is Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman’s University. She has published extensively, including five books on literature for children and over 100 journal articles. Her current work focuses on poetry for children, including a regular blog, PoetryforChildren. She is also the regular “Everyday Poetry” columnist for ALA’s BookLinks magazine and the 2014 recipient of the ALA Scholastic Library Publishing Award.

Janet Wong is a former lawyer whose dramatic career change has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN’s Paula Zahn Show, and Radical Sabbatical. She is the author of 30 books for children and teens on a wide variety of subjects, including writing and revision, dumpster diving, diversity, and chess. A frequent speaker at schools, Wong is active in the ILA Literacy & Social Responsibility SIG and the NCTE Children’s Literature Assembly.


Hotel Reservations

SpringHill Suites in Bellingham - use this link to get the Poetry Camp rate for online reservations: Book your group rate for WWU Poetry Camp


Home2Suites by Hilton - To book a room call 360-734-3111 and ask for the "WPC" group code on your specific dates.


1. Go to www.bellinghamairport.home2suites.com

2. Choose the dates for your reservation

3. Below the dates section there is a "+" symbol to add a rate code. Click that and put the "WPC" code under the group section and then hit the "check rooms and rates" button to pullup the group rate. Complete your reservation.


Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 9:30am
Doors open at 8:30 - Poetry Camp begins at 9:30am! Western Washington University Bellingham, WA