Linda Kulp Trout

Thursday, April 23, 2015


Last week, I shared my poems from the POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY FOR CELEBRATIONS along with a chance to win a copy of the teacher/librarian edition. I'm happy to announce the winner is the lovely Linda Baie!  Congratulations from one Linda to another! 

This week I received an email showing the beautiful postcard Janet Wong made for my poem from the POETRY FRIDAY FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL ANTHOLOGY.  I love it!  Janet and Sylvia Vardell are two amazing, generous, hard-working ladies.  I am extremely grateful to be part of the PFA family! 

Can you believe this is the final Friday of National Poetry Month?  Whew!
It has flown by, and if you're like me, you're way behind on reading all of this month's juicy blog offerings.  It will probably take me until sometime this summer to catch up! Right now, though, I'm heading over to No Water River where my challenge buddy, Renee is rounding up a whole new batch of goodies! While you're there, be sure to check out Renee's excellent poetry videos.  I showed Renee's performance of "Jabberwocky" to my students today. They enjoyed it so much, they wanted to watch it a second (and third) time! What a great discussion we had about language afterward!
  For more great poetry videos, check out Sylvia's blog Poetry for Children.
Happy Poetry Friday!



Thursday, April 16, 2015

Poetry Friday: Celebrations and a Giveaway!

I’ve wanted to write this post for weeks, but with the unexpected loss of my mother-in-law, being under the weather for the past two weeks, and a crazy-busy schedule at school… Well, I just never got around to it until now.

I’m so proud to finally share my poems from the newest creation by our poetry superheroes Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations.

I love every one of the anthologies in the Poetry Friday Anthology series.  I use all of them with my middle school students.  Janet and Sylvia have made it easy for teachers, parents, and librarians to access high-interest poems and activities that meet CCSS standards.  (I’ll be sharing some of the many ways I use the various editions in a future post.)  

I'm giving away a copy of the teacher/librarian edition of  CELEBRATIONS.  Leave a comment to enter. The winner will be randomly drawn Monday, April 20.

I wrote poems for four different holidays. I was thrilled to learn two of my poems were accepted!  The first poem is for National Good Neighbor Day!

I also wrote a poem for Veteran’s Day.  I’m a veteran so it meant a lot to me to have my poem included. I joined the Air Force forty-one years ago. Our country was just ending its involvement in Vietnam.  Joining the military was not popular at the time, but it was one of the best decisions I ever made.
Here I am in my dress blues and fatigues.
The picture are pretty faded, but they were taken in 1974!
I had it easy. In those days, women weren’t permitted to serve in combat zones. My inspiration for the poem came from the men and women who risked their lives for our freedom. Every year, as a community service project, my students write thank you notes to our veterans. I wanted to do the same in the form of a poem. Veterans (and soldiers) are our true heroes!
You fought
for our freedom.                                                                                                                                   You kept our country safe.
Today we proudly honor you,
-Linda Kulp Trout, all rights reserved
Be sure to stop by Robyn's place at Life on the Deckle Edge to read more about The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations, an interview with Janet and Sylvia, and many other poetry offerings!