Hey You! C'mere! A Poetry Slam by Elizabeth Swados

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Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Liz Swados sets the stage for a hilarious, cathartic poetry slam, with casting and sets by Joe Cepeda.

One summer morning in the sizzling city, seven kids gather on a street corner to share the power of poetry. As they move through the neighborhood, the kids transform their experiences -- standing up to a tough kid, slurping spaghetti and ice cream, a good "hiccup cough sniff" cry -- into a poetry slam celebrating the strength and energy of their own unique voices. Elizabeth Swado's wonderfully aural work is given visual dimension by Joe Cepeda's colorful, character-ful paintings. So come along and heed the call: Hey you! C'MERE!

About Elizabeth Swados

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Elizabeth Swados has published fiction, nonfiction, and children's books and received the Ken Award, as well as a New York Public Library Award for her book My Depression. Other awards include five Tony nominations, three Obie Awards, a Helen Hayes Award, and many others. THE ONE AND ONLY HUMAN GALAXY ((Hanging Loose Press, 2009) is her first collection of poetry. Her newest book is WAITING: SELECTED NONFICTION (Hanging Loose Press, 2011). Joe?Cepeda is the illustrator of many awarding-winning picture books?including "Peeny Butter Fudge" by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison, "What a Truly Cool World "by Julius Lester, a?"Family Life" Magazine Top 10 Best Books of the Year, a "Family Fun" Critic's Choice, and?BCCB Blue Ribbon Book", Mice and Beans "by Pam Mu?oz Ryan, and "Gracias the Thanksgiving Turkey" by Joy Cowley which was an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists. Mr Cepeda received his BFA in illustration from California State University, Long Beach. Mr. Cepeda received the Recognition of Merit Award for 2000 from The George G. Stone Center for Children's Books. His illustrations have appeared in publications such as The Los Angeles Times; Buzz, Inc. Magazine; and Latina Magazine.
Published March 1, 2002 by Arthur A. Levine Books. 48 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Everyone's a poet, according to this exhortative poetry-reading and street-theater combo: "You've got a poem in your pocket,/ A poem on your tongue, did you know that?/ You can be the poet and you can be the poem too./ Yesssss!"

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