Irene Latham at Live Your Poem is hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup today. If you’d like to know more about Poetry Friday, click HERE for an explanation by Renee LaTulippe.
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 seventh-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 one 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’s my pleasure to share a creative collaboration from . . .
Liz Steinglass and Her Daughter, Naomi
From Elizabeth: Naomi began drawing portraits electronically (on an ipad and then a drawing tablet) for a middle school project in 7th grade. Though she graduated from middle school a year and a half ago and the project officially ended, Naomi continues to draw portraits of imagined characters.
Naomi gave me two portraits to choose from but told me this was her favorite, so that’s the one I wrote about. It felt important to me not to go beyond what was presented, not to make any assumptions about this young woman based on her appearance. That’s why the poem takes the form of questions and refers specifically to what I can see.
Many thanks to Liz and Naomi for sharing their talents today.
Meet Liz: Elizabeth Steinglass is a children’s poet. Her first book Soccer Nonsense is forthcoming from Boyds Mills Press. In the meantime you can read her poetry in anthologies, magazines, and on her blog at www.ElizabethSteinglass.com
Meet Naomi: Naomi Steinglass is in the 10th grade. When she isn’t in class or doing homework, she loves to read, write, draw, play the ukulele, and perform in plays.