A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt Guests-Rebecca Gomez and Her Niece, Rebekah

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Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference 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.

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon

Ants may rule the hill, but they don’t rule here! Art by Landon

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 . . .

Rebecca Gomez and Her Niece, Rebekah

From Rebecca: I have 27 nieces and nephews, so it was bit of a challenge to choose one of them! But after some deliberation, I asked my niece Rebekah, who is twelve, to collaborate with me on this project. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to write about, so I asked her if she would draw some kind of wintry scene, and I would write a poem to go with it. I was delighted when her mom sent me this adorable drawing!

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Rebecca’s Poem

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Many thanks to Rebecca and Rebekah for sharing their talents with us today.


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Meet Rebekah: Rebekah is a creative 12-year-old girl who loves to draw and knit. She also bakes a pretty mean cookie!

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Meet Rebecca: Rebecca J. Gomez is a children’s book author and poet who loves to write in rhyme! She is the co-author, along with Corey Rosen Schwartz, of two rhyming picture books: WHAT ABOUT MOOSE? and HENSEL AND GRETEL: NINJA CHICKS. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, baking, watching movies, and dragging her family into the woods for a hike.
Twitter: @gomezwrites

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt: Kennedy and Penny

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Jone at Check It Out 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.

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 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 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.

My great niece, Kennedy, is collaborating with me today. It’s her first time in the series and I’m excited to share her talent.

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Kennedy’s Art
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Thanks so much for joining us today. I appreciate all of you who read this series. See you next week when I’ll have guest collaborators.

A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt, Guests-Matt Forrest Esenwine and His Daughter, Katherine

Bridget at wee words for wee ones 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.

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 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 . . .

Matt Forrest Esenwine and His Daughter, Katherine

From Matt: I looked at Katherine’s art and immediately thought of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot – which is a never-ending storm – but then thought it was too beautiful to be a storm. From there, as they say, the poem wrote itself!

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Many thanks to Matt and Katherine for sharing their talents with us today.


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Meet Matt: Matt Forrest Esenwine has had several adult poems published in independent collections around the country, including the Tall Grass Writers Guild’s Seasons of Change, Trigger Warning: Poetry Saved My Life, and The 5-2: Crime Poetry Weekly, and 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 numerous anthologies, including Kenn Nesbitt’s One Minute till Bedtime (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2016), Lee Bennett Hopkins’ Lullaby and Kisses Sweet (Abrams Appleseed, 2015), and J. Patrick Lewis’ The National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry (National Geographic Children’s Books, 2015), among others, as well as “Highlights for Kids” magazine. Matt’s two debut picture books, Flashlight Night (Boyd’s Mills Press), and Don’t Ask a Dinosaur (Pow! Kids Books), are scheduled for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 releases, respectively.

Matt Forrest Esenwine
(603) 660-6989
matt@mattforrest.com