Children Poet Kenn Nesbitt in Richland WashingtonAmerican children’s poet Kenn Nesbitt named “Children’s Poet Laureate” by the Poetry Foundation, a Chicago-based American foundation created to promote poetry in the wider culture will be at Richland Public Library on May 15 at 7:00 in the evening for a night of book reading and signing.

Who is Kenn Nesbitt?
Born in Berkeley, California, Kenn grew up in Fresno and San Diego and attended National University in San Diego, where he majored in computer science. According to former Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis, Nesbitt’s poetry for children is “irrepressible, unpredictable, and raucously popular." In addition, Nesbitt's poems usually deal with humorous, relatable situations that verge on the madcap. He now lives in Spokane, Washington with his wife, children, and pets. 

Kenn Nesbitt’s Portfolio
Kenn Nesbitt is the author of several books of poetry for children, including The Armpit of Doom: Funny Poems for Kids (2013), The Ultimate Top Secret Guide to Taking Over the World (2011), The Tighty-Whitey Spider (2010), Revenge of the Lunch Ladies (2007), Santa Got Stuck in the Chimney (2006), When the Teacher Isn’t Looking: And Other Funny School Poems (2005), and The Aliens Have Landed at Our School! (2001) among others.

Aside from writing books, Nesbitt has also written lyrics for the group Eric Herman and the Invisible Band. Some of his lyrics are included on the CDs What a Ride (2007), Snail’s Pace (2007), Snow Day (2006), Monkey Business (2005), and The Kid in the Mirror (2003). His poems have appeared in hundreds of anthologies, magazines, and textbooks worldwide, and were included on the television show “Jack Hanna’s Wildlife Adventures.” Nesbitt is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. His website, Poetry4kids, is an online “Funny Poetry Playground” that features poems, lessons, games, and poetry-related activities. 

Admission is FREE! For more details of the activity please call 509-542-5531.

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