NPM Recap from our new Poetry Editor

Hey there, Kerri here for just a sec, to introduce you again to our NEW Poetry Editor, Kip Wilson Rechea–you can find out more about her on our masthead, but let me just add what a WONDERFUL start she has made at YARN, leading the contest, keeping our poetry section organized and curated.  We are so happy to have her on the staff!  Here is her first little blog for YARN, to recap 2015’s National Poetry Month.

As National Poetry Month draws to a close, it’s the perfect time to reflect on a great opening month here at YARN celebrating our fifth year of publication. With the theme of all things five, we shared our five-question interviews with Jacqueline Woodson and Kwame Alexander, whose amazing novels in verse swept up some of the most prestigious awards in children’s literature earlier this year. We also launched our #yarn5 contest (winners here!) and published some gorgeous poems by new teen voices as well as an outtake from none other than Jacqueline Woodson’s celebrated “Brown Girl Dreaming.”

As the new Poetry Editor, I’ve been catching up on submissions with my ace team of poetry readers. We’ve found some real gems we’ll be sharing with YARN readers throughout the summer. We’re currently still open to new submissions, so please do read our submissions guidelines and send us your best work. We look forward to reading your unique voices!

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YARN is an award-winning literary journal that publishes outstanding original short fiction, poetry, and essays for Young Adult readers, written by the writers you know and love, as well as fresh new voices...including teens.

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