Interview with Margarita Engle

Through her historical verse novels, Cuban-American author Margarita Engle offers readers a window into Cuba’s turbulent past. Her book “The Surrender Tree” earned Engle the 2008 Pura Belpré Medal and a Newbery Honor, the first awarded to an author of Latino heritage. Her other verse novels have also won numerous awards and accolades. [...]

Holly Thompson Poetry!

What a thrill to have poet and verse novelist Holly Thompson ring in our National Poetry Month festivities with THREE original poems!

The Clearing

it had seemed romantic//
to steal a wooden canoe//
and cross the channel to an island//
in the dark against the tide but [...]

National Poetry Month is HERE!

A Contest! Margarita Engle! Ellen Hopkins! Holly Thompson! John Corey Whaley!!

Here at YARN, we are a bit biased about the fourth month of the year. Sure, the weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, the end of school is getting closer, but this is not why we love April.

We love poetry.

WIN! Enter Today! The Random Word CONTEST!

Find out how to enter our Random Word Contest during National Poetry Month, which will be judged by John Corey Whaley!!

Plus, you know, you can win stuff.

Click here!

Diana Renn’s New YA Mystery

Just in time for summer!  A fast-paced international thriller from YARN’s very own Diana Renn. LATITUDE ZERO RELEASE DATE: July 3, 2014 Pre-Order it now! “I have to run,” said Juan Carlos. “You will call? Please? It is very important.” “Yes. I will call. Definitely. At two.” That’s what Tessa promises. But by two o’clock, [...]

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WIN! Enter Today! The Random Word CONTEST!

Find out how to enter our Random Word Contest during National Poetry Month, which will be judged by John Corey Whaley!!

Plus, you know, you can win stuff.

Click here!

Fiction

Crosswire Bend

For this year’s National Poetry Month, YARN is publishing its first story in verse! And it’s a doozy.

By Heather Meloche

Note from YARN: As you’ll see when you click on the PDF, this story in verse has some very special poetic formatting that would have been impossible to reproduce online, so we PDFed it, and linked to it. Please enjoy it, but do not reproduce it.

Poetry

Four New Poems by Margarita Engle

As if the interview weren’t enough, we ALSO have four new poems by Margarita Engle!

The Abolitionist Poets of Cuba

Without a free North//
where lawmakers and orators//
could take a stand//
openly//
//
the work fell to poets//
who veiled their opinions [...]

Interviews

Interview with Margarita Engle

Through her historical verse novels, Cuban-American author Margarita Engle offers readers a window into Cuba’s turbulent past. Her book “The Surrender Tree” earned Engle the 2008 Pura Belpré Medal and a Newbery Honor, the first awarded to an author of Latino heritage. Her other verse novels have also won numerous awards and accolades. [...]

Poetry

Three New Poems from YARN alum Jacqueline Jules

A lesson for all writers: RETURN. Show more work to teachers who appreciate you. Call up your long lost writing buddy. Submit again to magazines who have published your previous work. That’s what one of YARN’s favorite poets and alums Jacqueline Jules has done. Seeing a new submission from her in our inbox is always a thrill. We are so pleased to be bringing you three new poems this National Poetry Month.

News

Holly Thompson Poetry!

What a thrill to have poet and verse novelist Holly Thompson ring in our National Poetry Month festivities with THREE original poems!

The Clearing

it had seemed romantic//
to steal a wooden canoe//
and cross the channel to an island//
in the dark against the tide but [...]

Fiction

The Claim

By Jessi Shakarian

[...] Better to be cold and scared than warm and safe because you were afraid to do something exciting, Grandpa had told me the day Pa and I boarded the steamship for Seattle. Every time the gusts hit my face, I was certain I would freeze right there and die. I wished I’d known that was the last time I would see him. He died not too long after we left. [...]

Poetry

In Like a Lion & The Sound that Afternoon

We’re hoping your own March is going out like a lamb, but this first poem by Suzanne Kamata will remind you of just two weeks ago, and the days you’re likely glad to see behind you.

In Like a Lion

Because March mornings//
were so blustery// [...]

Poetry

Tai-otochi & Railfanning

We’re whetting your appetite for National Poetry Month this week with two beautiful poems by teen writer Eva Rodriguez.

Tai-otochi
we are called up to the mat two by two//
and bow, kneeling, at the edges of the ring//
at two feet apart we bow standing,//
shake hands// [...]

Fiction

The Blizzard, Bladefish, and Beeper

By Kourtnie McKenzie

Americans are the consumers of Armageddon. We play out the death of humanity in our movies, books, and games—with zombies, aliens, and warfare—till the end of the world means nothing. A joke.

That’s why, when Lu says, “What if the rapture—,” [...]

Fiction

Bang

By K.D. Van Brunt

As I approach the classroom door, a rush of adrenaline courses through me, and my hands begin to shake. In three strides I’m out the door, pushing my way into the hallway, where I lose myself among the mass of students rushing to their next class. I’ve done it! Easy money! [...]

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