5 Questions for Lamar Giles

Continuing on in our 5 Questions Series to celebrate YARN’s 5th Anniversary, today we bring you YA crime writer, and YARN alum, Lamar Giles!

[…] What worried me when I was writing “Endangered” was “Fake ID.” “Endangered” was essentially done (rough draft) before “Fake ID” debuted. I had no clue what people would think about my first “big” novel, and was terrified I’d be panned by critics and/or readers. […]

Winners! The #yarn5 Contest!

In celebration of National Poetry Month and in honor of YARN’s fifth year of publication, we held a poetry contest this April calling for any and all riffs on the number five. Our guest judge, super-agent, YA author and YARN Alum, John Cusick, had the tough task of picking the winning poems. CLICK TO READ THE WINNERS!

Interview with Sarah Darer Littman

In addition to our 5 Questions series, we are also hosting this full-length interview with the amazing Sarah Darer Littman, whose fourth YA novel Backlash, is out this week!

[…] I wish someone had taught teen me to have the courage of my convictions—and to stick with it, rather than doing what was expected of me. […]

Kwame Alexander: 5 Questions

YARN is psyched to continue its 5th Anniversary 5 Questions series with none other than Kwame Alexander of the multi-award winning novel in verse, The Crossover.

[…] How do you not translate the rhythm of a dribble or a dunk into poetry? It’s the perfect sport because it’s like ballet in sneakers with a ball. Poetry in motion. […]

5 Questions for Jacqueline Woodson!

We are super excited to share the first of our 5 Questions series, which celebrates great YA authors as well as YARN’s 5th Anniversary. How lucky are we that this first one is with the one and only JACQUELINE WOODSON?? Enough said, right?

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Poetry

A Childhood, First World Problems

Welcome to National Poetry Month at YARN! AND to our 5th Anniversary year!  What better way to celebrate than with two lovely poems by Genevieve Poe, a 15-year-old writer?

A Childhood

We played hopscotch
With cigarette butts […]

Interviews

Tribute: Interview with Ellen Conford

Update, 3/27/15: A week ago, Ellen Conford died at her home in Great Neck, NY.  YARN was very sad to get the news, especially since we’d had the pleasure of interviewing her just last year.  As a tribute, we thought we would repost it here, with love and admiration for Mrs. Conford who will always be for us one of the shining stars of YA.

Fiction

Ellen Conford’s Classic “If This Is Love, I’ll Take Spaghetti”

Update, 3/27/15:  A week ago, on Friday, March 20, Ellen Conford died at her home in Great Neck, NY.  We can’t think of a better tribute to this star of YA than to repost this wonderful short story that shows off her trademark humor and insight.  YARN will be thinking fondly of her for a long time to come….

Poetry

Poetry Pop-Up!

We couldn’t resist one last Pop-Up YARN before our official 2015 season opening in April—partly because we’ve always sent our readers a Valentine (and following tradition, this first poem is an anti-Valentine of sorts), and partly because this second poem evokes winter so strongly and beautifully, we couldn’t bear to publish it when the weather warms. 

Fiction

Winterim

A January Pop-Up! Because, you know, we like our readers.

Lynn Vande Stouwe

The second week in January was Winterim, during which students at our second-rate private school could purchase a week of self-discovery for approximately one thousand dollars: camping with Hopi Indians in Arizona, building sweat lodges in Honduras. Most popular were trips […]

Fiction

Pop-Up YARN: Missing Person

Okay, I know we’re not supposed to bring you anything new till April, but we couldn’t resist bringing you this very dark story by Lelac Almagor in October, the month of shorter days and ghosts. Enjoy!

Doree Schultz raised her hand in class and said she was gonna write about a boy who never knew his own father. Everyone rolled their eyes or sucked their teeth because that was Doree for you […]

Fiction

“Into the Vast” Wins SCBWI Magazine Merit Award!!!

We are so excited to announce that “Into the Vast” by Laura Williams McCaffrey has won the Magazine Merit Award for Fiction! The Magazine Merit awards are given by the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) every year in the categories of Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, and Illustration.  Last year, “Swimming Naked” was awarded […]

Fiction

One in the Belly

By the amazing Steve Brezenoff

Fuck fuck fuck fuck . . .

“Wait,” I say through my clenched teeth, and I shift around on the floor and grab at the bunched-up beach towel under me. It doesn’t do a great job making the tiles of the third-floor girls’ bathroom comfortable.

“Christ, Jelly!” Izzy snaps at me as she flinches. Jelly, by the way, is me. […]

Fiction

Tomorrow I’ll Miss You

By Catey Miller

Joshua, Texas is officially a Ghost Town. We exceeded the legal limit for the ghost-to-people ratio last night. It’s not a big deal—it’s not like you can do much to drive a ghost out, or threaten one; no one’s doing violence to them, obviously. But in most cases […]

Fiction

The Last Good Thing

By S. Alexander

“Hey, Adam. New shoes?”

The sound of Naomi’s voice cutting into the quiet of my back-yard scares the ever-loving shit out of me.

“Jesus.” I startle, grabbing onto the rusty chain of the old swing I’m sitting idle on so I don’t fall. I’ve been poking at a huge-ass blister on my heel and it feels like an intrusion on an oddly private moment between me and my foot. […]

Fiction

Drowners

By Lauren Wiser

The summer I turned seventeen was my second year lifeguarding at the Village Pool in Millstadt, Illinois, and I still hadn’t saved anyone. Kurt Zoller claimed he saved someone, once— a young girl trying to reach the bottom of the twelve-foot—but Kurt was in college and had worked there much longer. I mostly just sat around on the stand […]

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