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Happy National Poetry Month

April 18th, 2012 by Terra | No Comments | Filed in After the Kiss

Poetry is my favorite. It’s part of why I wrote a whole novel in verse (After the Kiss)–because I just love what a good poem can do to you inside. The combination of the right image, the right feeling, and the right word is, simply, exquisite.

April is National Poetry Month, a month when everyone gets to celebrate poetry for thirty days. There are a lot of great activities out there around it thanks to the Academy of American Poets, and you should look around your town for special poetry readings or events that might be going on near you.

But I think poetry should be celebrated every day–not just in April, so I’m sharing some sites today that will help you do this. These are some of my personal faves, so even if you only look at them once, I hope you will.

In the meantime, grab a good slice of cake, something sparkly to drink, a party hat, and a poem, and get your poetry party on!

Young Adult Review Network — This is an AMAZING site
that is full of all kinds of fantastic writing advice, writing by young people, interviews with writers, and, of course, fantastic poetry.
Check out the state-by-state poetry project they’ve been doing all month!


The Writer’s Almanac — Okay, The Writer’s Almanac doesn’t always
have poetry on it, but the way Garrison Keillor reads makes everything
sound like poetry. There’s great information about poets there,
too, so it totally counts.

Poets and Writers Magazine — I started reading this magazine
when I was in high school, and every time I crack open a copy (or click on one),
I discover something wonderful.


Enjoy these. Enjoy April. And, above all, enjoy yourself some poetry!

All Kinds Of Things to Say About Poetry!

April 13th, 2011 by Terra | No Comments | Filed in After the Kiss

Including being countdown-to-The Summer of Firsts and Lasts month, April is, as we all know, NATIONAL POETRY MONTH! All month long people across the country are celebrating poems, poets, and poetry in a variety of different ways.

And I am too!

This week, for example, you can see my new videos, courtesy of Chronicle. I talk about writing for teens, I talk about writing a novel in poems, and I even read some poems from After the Kiss.

But I’m not just making an appearance on my own website! I had the distinct pleasure of meeting “Miss Print” while in New York for the NYC Teen Author Festival in March, and she and I had a great interview that will be running on the 15th. But she has got a great poetry entry every day this month, so you should be checking her out no matter what!

Meanwhile here are the poems songs that have been in my head upon waking this week:

“Made Up Love Song #43,” by the Guillemots
“Final Fool” (mashup of “Finally” by CeCe Peniston and shoot I forget what else!)
“Sweet Georgia Brown” (that Globetrotters song)
“Postcard to Nina,” by Jans Lehmon
“Terrible Love,” by the National
“Come On Eileen,” by Dexys Midnight Runners
“Falling Slowly,” by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova

AFTER THE KISS Officially in Paperback!

January 4th, 2011 by Terra | No Comments | Filed in After the Kiss

Book groups, get ready!

My second novel, After the Kiss, is officially now in paperback!

And, besides the narrative in poetry, and the back-and-forth perspective between two girls who have, it turns out, kissed the same boy, in this edition there is a teaser for my forthcoming book, The Summer of Firsts and Lasts. (Due out May 2011). It starts out a little something like this:

Sneaking out to meet Brynn was so easy and uneventful and normal the first time, I almost forgot it was against the rules. When I see her tonight at karaoke, we don’t talk about yesterday’s thing at lunch at all, or her “camp apology” cloaked in disdain. All that happens is that she plunks next to me, and then we laugh a ton together. When I hug her around the neck to tell her how awesome her Janis Joplin was, she only husks in my ear, “Tonight again.”

And this time I’m way more excited than I am scared.

So don’t miss a chance to check out what will be my newest book, and also to read After the Kiss, about which the Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books said (in a starred review):  “. . . the imagery is often startling with an originality that exhales into a perfect aptness for the experience. This is more than simply a language-lover’s edition of traditional chick-lit fare . . .”

(For more about After the Kiss, click on the candy heart at the top of the page.)