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Friday, May 14 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Verse Novels: Gateway to Poetry

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Novels in verse are becoming more popular among both publishers and readers. Shorter than their prose counterparts, verse novels can be a bridge for reluctant readers, capable of telling emotionally resonant stories and tackling difficult subjects in a way that is accessible rather than overwhelming, especially for children and young adults. For those who find poetry intimidating, novels in verse offer the perfect gateway, encouraging readers to explore other poetic forms, collections, and poets. The verse novelists on this panel will discuss their unique paths to writing in verse, their creative process, and how verse novels can engage and inspire readers and writers. Panelists will also share helpful craft tips, and a list of mentor texts and resources.

Link to recording: https://salemstate.zoom.us/rec/share/KSCLY3YKGJj_9vCrgs4kDv0L8zS8EnmrgQp39kNpMVqXXM5amAs_Jt-km0bLCSe2.sAr1qnMjlSMmQ5OK?startTime=1621009956000

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Rajani LaRocca

Author, Simon and Schuster, Abrams Books
Rajani LaRocca was born in India, raised in Kentucky, and now lives in the Boston area, where she practices medicine and writes award-winning novels and picture books. She’s always been an omnivorous reader, and now she is an omnivorous writer of fiction and nonfiction, novels and... Read More →
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Kip Wilson

Kip Wilson is the author of young adult verse novels White Rose (2019, Versify), about anti-Nazi political activist Sophie Scholl, The Most Dazzling Girl in Berlin (2022, Versify), set in a queer club in Berlin during the last days of the Weimar Republic, and One Last Shot (2023... Read More →
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Margarita Engle

Margarita Engle is the Cuban-American author of many verse novels, memoirs, and picture books, including The Surrender Tree, Enchanted Air, Drum Dream Girl, and Dancing Hands. Awards include a Newbery Honor, Pura Belpré, Golden Kite, Walter, Jane Addams, and NSK Neustadt. Margarita... Read More →
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Rebecca Caprara

Rebecca Caprara’s debut middle-grade novel, The Magic of Melwick Orchard, was a Massachusetts Book Awards ‘Must Read’ selection. Her forthcoming verse novels include Worst-Case Collin (Charlesbridge, 2021), and Spin (Atheneum/S&S, 2023). She is the recipient of the SCBWI’s... Read More →

Friday May 14, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT