For Immediate Release

Children’s Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman to Read in New Orleans

A public poetry reading for children and their parents at the University of New Orleans

April 8, 2010

CHICAGO—Poet Mary Ann Hoberman, currently serving the second year of her two-year term as Children’s Poet Laureate, will soon give her last official reading under the title. The event will take place at the University of New Orleans on Monday, May 3, at 4:30 p.m. The reading is free and open to the public, and teachers, librarians, students, and parents are encouraged to attend.

What: Mary Ann Hoberman’s last official reading as Children’s Poet Laureate
Where:
Homer Hitt Alumni & Visitors Center, University of New Orleans, 2000 Lakeshore Drive
When:
Monday, May 3, 2010, 4:30 p.m.

Admission to the reading is free and open to all ages. A reception and book signing with Hoberman will follow the reading. Children in attendance will receive a free poetry book bag and cap.

In addition to the reading, Hoberman will spend Wednesday, May 5, working with students at the Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School in the Ninth Ward. She is hosted in New Orleans by Patricia Austin, professor of children’s literature and director of the university’s Children’s Literature Library Collection.

Findings from the Poetry Foundation’s major research study, Poetry in America, demonstrate that a lifelong love for poetry is most likely to result if cultivated early in childhood and reinforced thereafter. Hoberman’s popularity, as evinced by praise from NPR, the Washington Post, and School Library Journal, reflects a growing awareness that children have a natural receptivity to poetry and are an appreciative audience, especially when poems are written specifically for them.

Mary Ann Hoberman was appointed by the Poetry Foundation to a two-year term as Children’s Poet Laureate: Consultant in Children’s Poetry to the Poetry Foundation in 2008. She is the author of over 40 children’s books and has won the National Book Award, the National Council of Teachers of English Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children, a Society of School Librarians International Best Book award, and a National Parenting Publications Awards gold medal, among other accolades. She has also been recognized by magazines such as Child and Parenting. Hoberman’s most recent publication is a moving anthology of more than one hundred poems, The Tree That Time Built. One hundred of her favorite poems are collected in The Llama Who Had No Pajama. Other popular titles include Strawberry Hill, Hoberman’s first novel; The Seven Silly Eaters; and the You Read to Me, I'll Read to You series.

About the Poetry Foundation
The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine and one of the largest literary organizations in the world, exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. The Poetry Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry through innovative literary prizes and programs. For more information, visit www.poetryfoundation.org

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