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Image © Evelyn Berg (

Well.  April is RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER.  And if you live in New England like I do, I that is especially good news.  I’ll take April showers over all this snow any day.  And the flowers that come after (hence the picture I chose–I meditate on it daily).

But April also means National Poetry Month, which is always a total thing here at YARN, as you know.  And this year, because 2015 is our 5th Anniversary, we are plotting some fun 5-themed events.  Like: 5 Question interviews with some pretty awesome authors: Hello, Jacqueline Woodson!  Yes, and thank you for sending us an outtake from Brown Girl Dreaming 🙂  And hello Kwame Alexander–that shiny new Newbery Medal looks very nice on your book.  Perhaps the best news?  These two YA Greats are just the beginning!

We will also host our annual NPM Poetry Contest, which will have a 5 theme (start thinking in creative ways about that lovely number).

And let’s not forget our usual roster of short stories, poetry, and essays by writers of every age and stature.  We’ll have at least one new piece for you every week, from April through August.  Maybe we should call it the YARN beach edition?  We are eminently portable, you know–just open us up on your phone.

And psssst, we’ll actually go live on March 30 with an interview with Sarah Darer Littman, author of the upcoming must-read BACKLASH!

See you in a few weeks!


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