Thursday, December 3, 2015

Back in the Spotlight: a DMC Recap


Photo: Danielle Buma

Hi folks—

Pardon the schedule change, but Renée will not be here today. Stay tuned for her return to the TLD stage in 2016, along with our other awesome contributors.

On the plus side, I've been given the opportunity to visit with you one more time this year. :)  Since there are a few more of you hanging around than when I first introduced the Ditty of the Month Club back in April 2014, how about a recap with all the Spotlight ON interviews published so far?

I'm so grateful to ALL of these authors and editors for sharing their insights, outlooks, and a bit of what makes them tick.

Click on an individual's name to go to their interview, or on the corresponding link to have a look at all the poetry submitted for that month's ditty challenge.



Laura Purdie Salas (WATER CAN BE...)
     — May 2014, water cinquains

Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong
     (THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY FOR SCIENCE)
     — June 2014, poem videos

Tamera Will Wissinger (THIS OLD BAND)
     — July 2014, parody/tribute poems

Lori Degman (COCK-A-DOODLE MOO!)
     — August 2014, waking Farmer McPeeper

Irene Latham (DEAR WANDERING WILDEBEEST)
     — September 2014, poems of address

J. Patrick Lewis (EVERYTHING IS A POEM)
     — October 2014, zenos

Bob Raczka (SANTA CLAUSES)
     — November 2014, monster haiku

Joyce Sidman (WINTER BEES)
     — January 2015, deeper wisdom poems

David Elliott (ON THE WING)
     — February 2015, letter poems

Margarita Engle (ORANGUTANKA)
     — March 2015, tanka

Kwame Alexander (THE CROSSOVER)
     — April 2014, clerihews

Nikki Grimes (POEMS FROM THE ATTIC)
     — May 2015, free verse

Corey Rosen Schwartz (WHAT ABOUT MOOSE?)
     — June 2015, treehouse poems

Penny Parker Klostermann
     (THERE WAS AN OLD DRAGON... SWALLOWED A KNIGHT)
     — August 2015, cumulative couplets

Lee Bennett Hopkins (JUMPING OFF LIBRARY SHELVES)
     — September 2015, me poems

Marcus Ewert (MUMMY CAT)
     — October 2015, (un)requited love poems

Rebecca M. Davis (Boyds Mills Press/WordSong)
     — November 2015, kindness poems

To access DMC archives at any time of year, follow me on Pinterest. You'll find one board for Spotlight ON interviews and another called "Ditty of the Month Club" which includes all of the wrap-up celebrations. You'll also find boards for Haiku Garden, Limerick Alley, Five for Friday parties, and others.


Now, speaking of celebrations, it's that time again—
time to announce the winner of our November DMC giveaway.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed a poem about kindness, and especially to Rebecca M. Davis for the kind encouragement. It was a great way to kick off the holiday season; I'll be carrying those warm fuzzies with me right into the new year!

Random.org has determined that the winner of two books published by Boyds Mills Press, THIS ORQ. (HE CAVE BOY.) and THIS ORQ. (HE SAY UGH.) by David Elliott with illustrations by Lori Nichols, is:

KRISTI VEITENHEIMER
Congratulations, Kristi!



Wishing all of you a magical holiday season 
and wonderfilled new year!

See you January 8th for our next Spotlight ON interview and DMC challenge.


Poetry Friday host Buffy Silverman is sharing an amazing experience abroad and rounding up this week's other inspiring offerings.






28 comments:

  1. Hi michelle.
    So much clicking poetry goodness here. I chose a month randomly (May 2015) and was blown away by the diversity one word prompt can inspire. Have also followed you on Pinterest and will enjoy digging around through your other links.

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    1. Thanks, Sally. Well done for randomly choosing the month with the most contributions! But really it doesn't matter how many poems I receive, the variety each month is always mind-blowing.

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  2. You've given us so much, Michelle, and wonderful times to anticipate, too. Thanks for all, what an accomplishment! Enjoy your time away over the holidays!

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    1. Thank you, Linda. Your participation means the world to me!

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  3. Thanks so much for these titles to add to my growing collection of picture books! I'm so excited to read them.

    Looking back at the year just reminds me what a fabulous job you do here on your site. Thanks for a memorable year! Merry Christmas and best wishes for the new year!

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    1. Thank YOU, Kristi. So many books, so little time!!! I've made many new friends through the Ditty of the Month Club, and you're at the top of the list.

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  4. Thanks, Michelle. I look forward to the new year when hopefully I will be settled in new digs. And hopefully my broken wrist will be all better. Here's wishing you a very joyful Christmas season.

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    1. Thanks, Joy. I've been to Kauai– in terms of beauty, it's the closest to paradise I've ever come. Once the moving dust settles and your wrist is back on the job, your muse is going to be a happy camper indeed!

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  5. Thank you so much for all these spotlight interviews. Thoroughly enjoyed all of them and learned so much. Happy Holidays!

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    1. Happy holidays, Jama! I've certainly learned a thing or two about blogging from you. :)

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  6. Wow! So many fabulous interviews and poems inspired by your blog! Thank you and congratulations.

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    1. I'm a lucky lady, that's for sure. And speaking of fabulous poems, I'm was delighted to sneak your "Dog Love" into last month's wrap-up, Liz!

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  7. Here's wishing you many more years of poetry blogging!

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  8. Love your handy dandy index, Michelle! So much good stuff on your blog.

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    1. Yep. There IS a lot of good stuff on my blog... including you, Buffy. :) Thanks for being one of my fab four!

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    1. Thank YOU for being a regular reader and participant, Rosi!

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  10. Michelle, what loveliness you have brought the blogosphere since April 2014!! Thank you. Blowing those snowflake wishes right back at you. Happy writing as we close down 2015 and breeze into 2016! xo

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    1. Thank you, Irene. Snowflake wishes are good stuff... I expect us both to have a wonderful 2016! xo

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  11. Thanks, Michelle! I've just put this post into my virtual pocket so that I can return to it when I have more time to chase down more of the links. Wonderful series! Thanks for being faithful.

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  12. The kindness challenge is a keeper to return to, as are these interview links.


    Yay! for Kristi & also for this adorable puff of white fluff.

    My hope is you enjoy a quite magical & at times, restful, break.

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  13. Great having all these links so handy - thank you! Here's to many more....

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  14. Thanks for the recap, Michelle, and congratulations, Kristi!

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  15. Michelle,
    Just want to say that your blog is one of my faves and I love reading the posts. I look forward to what you'll bring in 2016 :D

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    1. Thank you, Penny. I feel the same about yours. :)

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