A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt, Guests-Matt Forrest Esenwine With Daughter and Son

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon (Click to Enlarge)

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon (Click to Enlarge)

Hello, Great Readers of our series! Just In case you haven’t visited before, let me tell you a little about A Great Nephew and A Great Aunt. My great nephew, Landon (a sixth-grader) and I (his great aunt) collaborate. I write a poem which he illustrates. We started this collaboration in the fall of 2014 and have had so much fun with it that we decided to invite others along. Landon and I will continue to have a new episode on the second Friday of each month. The other Fridays are filling up quickly with guests.

I have created a page on my website to view all the episodes of A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt. Click HERE to visit the page and enjoy past episodes.

Today it is my pleasure to share two creative collaborations . . .

Matt Forrest Esenwine With His Daughter and Then With His Son

Yes! We’re lucky enough to have two collaborations. Both kid drew pictures and Matt wrote two poems. So twice the fun!

First up is Matt’s collaboration with his 2 year-old daughter.

From Matt: My daughter drew this when she was just 3 months past her second birthday. She’s very specific when she draws – rather than scribble large lines all over a page, she makes very deliberate marks and is always concentrating on what she’s doing. When she completed this picture, I asked her what the circles on the left were; she said they were rocks. I asked her what the large, vertical lines in the center were and she said it was a hand. Thinking this may have been simply a 2-year-old responding with some random answer, I asked her again, 5 days later. “What are those circles in the corner?” “Rocks,” she said. “And these lines here in the middle? What are they?” “That’s a hand.” Well now, I guess she knew what she was drawing!

The PicturePhoebe art copy

 Matt’s PoemSlide2

Next up is Matt’s collaboration with his 5-year old son.
From Matt: My son, who loves-loves-LOVES dinosaurs, just turned 6 at the end of December, so he’s still too young to see any of the “Jurassic” movies…but that hasn’t stopped him from living a ‘Jurassic life’! He takes out every dinosaur book he can find at the library, asks me to help him identify the species he doesn’t already know (and he can identify DOZENS), and he has even developed a talent for drawing, which he never liked doing before. In fact, his drawings today are significantly better than the one he drew just a month ago, for this post. An agent recently told a friend and fellow writer that dinosaurs only appeal to the 3-5-year-old demo…but I’m not buying it!

The Picturegreypicturejurassic 001 copy

Matt’s Poem
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Many thanks to Matt and his kids for sharing their talents with us. This collaboration was a double delight!


Matt Headshot 2015 crop copyMeet Matt: A voiceover artist and commercial copy writer, Matt Forrest Esenwine has had several adult poems published in various independent collections around the country, including the Tall Grass Writers Guild’sSeasons of Change, Trigger Warning: Poetry Saved My Life, and The 5-2: Crime Poetry Weekly, among others. In 2012 his poem, “Apple-Stealing,” was nominated by the Young Adult Review Network (YARN) for a Pushcart Prize.

Matt’s children’s poetry can be found in Lee Bennett Hopkins’ anthology, Lullaby and Kisses Sweet(Abrams Appleseed, 2015), J. Patrick Lewis’ The National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry (National Geographic Children’s Books, 2015), and “Highlights for Kids” magazine, among others. Matt lives in New Hampshire and is currently working on several children’s book manuscripts.

You can find Matt in all of these places.
www.MattForrest.com
www.MattForrest.Wordpress.com (blog)
www.Facebook.com/MattForrestVoice
www.Twitter.com/MattForrestVW
http://Soundcloud.com/MattForrestVoiceWorks (demos/samples)


Thanks to Catherine for hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup at Reading to the Core. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.poetry friday button


A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt, Guests-Kirsti Call and Son, Sammy

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon (Click to Enlarge)

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon (Click to Enlarge)

Hello, Great Readers of our series! Just In case you haven’t visited before, let me tell you a little about A Great Nephew and A Great Aunt. My great nephew, Landon (a sixth-grader) and I (his great aunt) collaborate. I write a poem which he illustrates. We started this collaboration in the fall of 2014 and have had so much fun with it that we decided to invite others along. Landon and I will continue to have a new episode on the second Friday of each month. The other Fridays are filling up quickly with guests.

I have created a page on my website to view all the episodes of A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt. Click HERE to visit the page and enjoy past episodes.

Today it is my pleasure to share a creative collaboration from . . .

Kirsti Call and Son, Sammy

From Kirsti: Thanks for allowing me to participate in this. It’s so much fun to collaborate with my kids. Sammy is my youngest (5 years) and this is what he said about his painting:  “I painted these 3 robin eggs because I love them and they remind me of beginning again.”

Three Eggs in a Nest by Sammy

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Kirsti’s Poem

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And a special treat. The Call family is musically talented and today we get to hear Sammy starting off a family song with a solo.

A photo of the collaborators.sammy and sun and mommy

Many thanks to Sammy and Kirsti for sharing their talents with us today.


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Meet Sammy: Sammy Call is a 5 year-old kindergartener who loves asking questions, singing,  beatboxing and running circles around his parents and siblings.


Sammy and Mommy Thanksgiving

Meet Kirsti: Kirsti Call is a homeschooling mom of five.  Her debut picture book, The Raindrop Who Couldn’t Fall, came out December 2013. Her family band, Calling Out, plays songs written by her children. She contributes to Writer’s Rumpus, and Kids are Writers.  If you visit her house, you’ll likely find her reading or writing. You can find out more about her at www.kirsticall.com or on Facebook or Twitter.


Thanks to Tara for hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup at A Teaching Life. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.poetry friday button

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt, Guests-Violet Nesdoly and Grandson, Liam

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon (Click to Enlarge)

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon (Click to Enlarge)

Hello, Great Readers of our series! Just In case you haven’t visited before, let me tell you a little about A Great Nephew and A Great Aunt. My great nephew, Landon (a sixth-grader) and I (his great aunt) collaborate. I write a poem which he illustrates. We started this collaboration in the fall of 2014 and have had so much fun with it that we decided to invite others along. Landon and I will continue to have a new episode on the second Friday of each month. The other Fridays are filling up quickly with guests.

I have created a page on my website to view all the episodes of A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt. Click HERE to visit the page and enjoy past episodes.

Today it is my pleasure to share a creative collaboration from . . .

Violet Nesdoly and Grandson, Liam

My seven-year-old grandson, Liam, loves nature. We’ve spent hours together looking at online video clips of insects and reading about animals from a favorite book of his. My plan was to have him illustrate a poem I wrote about spiders.

But at my last visit (we live far apart and I see him only two or three times a year), when he showed me the sea picture he had drawn, I thought immediately of my poem “Ocean Neighborhood.” They seemed like a perfect pair, except that I felt the poem needed a little tweaking. So I changed the creatures in it to include more of the fish in Liam’s picture. (I labeled the fish with Liam telling me what each one was.)

The Art

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Art by Liam

The Poemtext on background

The talented collaborators!GrandmaViolet&Liam copy

Many thanks to Violet and Liam for this delightful collaboration!


Meet Violet: Violet Nesdoly is a freelance writer who lives near Vancouver, British Columbia. She has had articles, poems and stories for children and adults published in a variety of books, magazines, and online. Her work has appeared in Pockets, Keys for Kids, and Guide magazines. She blogs book reviews at Violet Nesdoly.com and often links to Poetry Friday from her online poetry blog Violet Nesdoly / Poems.


Thanks to Keri for hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup today at Keri Recommends. She just happens to be featuring my first published work today—a poem titled Buttons.  If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.poetry friday button

 

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt: Klaire and Penny

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon (Click to Enlarge)

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon (Click to Enlarge)

Hello, Great Readers of our series! Just In case you haven’t visited before, let me tell you a little about A Great Nephew and A Great Aunt. My great nephew, Landon (a sixth-grader) and I (his great aunt) collaborate. I write a poem which he illustrates. We started this collaboration in the fall of 2014 and have had so much fun with it that we decided to invite others along. Landon and I will continue to have a new episode on the second Friday of each month. The other Fridays are filling up quickly with guests. I have created a page on my website to view all the episodes of A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt. Click HERE to visit the page and enjoy past episodes.

Today is the second Friday of January, but you may have noticed the title of this post says Klaire and Penny instead of Landon and Penny. Here’s the deal—Landon has three siblings. A brother, Liam, and twin sisters, Kallie and Klaire. So today Landon has a second Friday off, and Klaire, who just had her seventh birthday, is stepping in. So today is actually A Great Niece and a Great Aunt 🙂 Klaire is an artist like Landon so I’m excited for you to see her work.

The Poem
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The Art

Klaire's art

Art by Klaire

Klaire is a sunshiney honey-of-an-artist, isn’t she?

Thanks so much for joining us for today’s episode. Please come back next week for another fabulous guest collaboration.


Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference has the Poetry Friday Roundup today. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.poetry friday button