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

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.

Kirsti Call is one of the collaborators today. If you follow the series you probably recognize her name. She has collaborated with her other four children in previous episodes. It has been delightful to feature this talented family as part of this series. Below I will have links to the other episodes featuring the Call Family.

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

Kirsti Call and her 14 year-old son, James

James’s Movie: Clouds

Artist Statement: The ever changing nature of clouds makes me think of how life gives us a fresh start every moment of every day.

Kirsti’s PoemSlide1

A photo of the collaborators.James and Kirsti Jan 2016 copy

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


Photo by London

Photo by London

 

Meet James: James Call is a 14 year old boy who loves drumming, singing, and making movies.  You can follow him on YouTube, here.  Or Instagram, here.  He’s currently rehearsing for his role as Reverend Shaw in FOOTLOOSE for the local middle school.


James and Kirsti copy

 

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, Kids are Writers and Institute of Children’s Literature. 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.


See all the Call Family Collaborations:

Episode 6: Kirsti Call and Daughter, Naomi
Episode 23: Kirsti Call and Daughter, Sydney
Episode 26: Kristi Call and Daughter, Sophia
Episode 34: Kirsti Call and Son, Sammy


Thanks to Elizabeth Steinglass for hosting 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


 

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt, Guests-Laura Shovan and Niece, Madeline

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 . . .

Laura Shovan and Niece, Madeline, Age 8

Madeline’s Art

Note: Madeline’s class was studying the artist Keith Haring.

Madeline Art copy

Art by Madeline

Laura’s Poem

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A photo of the collaborators. The crown that Laura is wearing was made by Madeline. What a creative young lady! 🙂

Laura and Madeline

Laura and Madeline

Many thanks to Madeline and Laura for sharing such an energetic and sunny collaboration with us today.


Meet Laura: Laura Shovan is former editor for Little Patuxent Review and editor of two poetry anthologies. Her chapbook, Mountain, Log, Salt and Stone, won the inaugural Harriss Poetry Prize. Laura works with children as a poet-in-the-schools and is a Poetry Friday blogger. The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, her novel-in-verse for children, will be published in 2016 (Wendy Lamb Books/Random House). Laura blogs at www.laurashovan.com.


Thanks to Donna for hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup at Mainely Write. 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: Kallie 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 February, but you may have noticed the title of this post says Kallie and Penny instead of Landon and Penny. Something similar happened in January. You see, Landon has three siblings. A brother, Liam, and twin sisters, Kallie and Klaire. Klaire joined me in January and now Kallie is joining me for the February post. So today Landon has another Friday off and this episode is actually A Great Niece and a Great Aunt 🙂 I’m excited to feature Kallie’s art.

The Poem

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The Art

Kallie's art

Art by Kallie

Kallie’s art is spectacular! Frog was royally surprised and she captured it perfectly!

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


Kimberley at Written Reflections 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

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt, Guests-Irene Latham and Niece, Anna

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 . . .

Irene Latham and her 9 year-old niece, Anna

From Irene: I knew right away who to contact for this project: my 9 year old niece Anna. We’ve collaborated before on some stories through the mail – she writes a paragraph, then I write a paragraph, and on and on. When I told her this time we’d do art and poetry, she right away volunteered to do the art. Her piece is called “Imagination Window.” Don’t you love the bright colors? I knew immediately that I wanted to carry forward the imagination theme and used this poem as an opportunity to bring in some nonsense words… my 2016 One Little Word is “delight,” after all!

Side note: One of the best texts I ever received was one from my sister Lynn, who is Anna’s mother. When she was the mom of 2 boys and halfway through her 3rd pregnancy and we were wondering if we would ever buy anything pink (I have 3 boys), she went in for the ultrasound that would reveal the baby’s gender. Her text said, “IT’S NOT A BOY!” That “not a boy” is Anna. She’s pretty special!

The Art
“Imagination Window” by Anna

Anna's art

Imagination Window by Anna

Irene’s PoemSlide1

A photo of the collaborators.

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Irene and Anna

Thanks to Irene and Anna for being a part of the series. Their wonderful collaboration certainly opened my imagination window!


Meet Irene: Irene Latham has written many poems inspired by art, some of which appeared in her National Poetry Month project ARTSPEAK! The 2016 installment of this project will be on the theme “Plant.Grow.Eat!” Irene’s excited to deliver to the world this spring two new children’s poetry books: WHEN THE SUN SHINES ON ANTARCTICA and FRESH DELICIOUS: Poems from the Farmers’ Market. Find out more at her website www.irenelatham.com.


Thanks to Tricia for hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup at The Miss Rumphius Effect. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.poetry friday button