Literature

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Women Writers
from the series Defying Convention: Women Who Changed The Rules 
Enslow Publishing, January 2017
ISBN: 978-0766081451 (library binding)
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Catalog listing for Women Writers:
Although writing was long considered suitable only for men, there were some brave and clever women who defied the limitations cast upon their gender. Divided by chronological eras, this fascinating collection of biographies will enlighten readers about the women who have crafted the written word to record their surroundings, their imaginations, and their experiences. Also included are chapter notes, a glossary, a further reading section containing books and websites, and an index.


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Love Poetry: How Do I Love Thee?
from the series Pure Poetry
Enslow Publishers, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-7660-4284-1 (library binding)
ISBN: 978-1-4644-0511-2 (paperback)
ISBN: 978-0-7660-5896-5 (multi-user e-book)
Includes: biographical information, historical background, and several poems by each writer to introduce readers to a range of poems from "Westron Wind" to Emily Dickinson.
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Catalog listing for Love Poetry: How Do I Love Thee?
Humans express love in countless ways—through physical actions, emotional reactions, or heartfelt words. Capturing the perfect words to show a person’s love can be challenging, yet poets have done it for hundreds of years. What is love to a poet? Author Paula Johanson discusses eight poems and poets, with chapters on William Shakespeare, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Emily Dickinson, and five others. Accompanied by biographical information on the poet and end-of-chapter questions for further study, Johanson closely examines each poem, including detailed analysis of form, content, poetic technique, and theme, encouraging readers to develop the tools to understand and appreciate poetry.

Book Reviews of Love Poetry:


"The focus is on the poems and not the poet...This nonfiction series meets several of the reading standards for the Common Core."
Library Media Connection, October 2014
"The writing is crisp, clear, and succinct."
TriState Young Adult Book Review Committee, May 2014
"As a cross between informational nonfiction and an expository textbook, students will likely use these for reference unless having a particular interest in a poet or theme."
VOYA, August 2014
 


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"What Scares You?" my essay in

Telling Tales of Terror: Essays on Writing Horror & Dark Fiction
by multiple authors
Damnation Books
eBook ISBN: 9781615727209
Print ISBN: 9781615727216
Includes an introduction by Bram Stoker Award nominated, James Dorr. Essays on writing horror and dark fiction by authors Kim Richards, Paula Johanson, Bob Nailor, Ivy Reisner, Mitchel Whitington, Carol Hightshoe, Cinsearae Santiago, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Kathryn Meyer Griffith, Lisa Morton, Sephera Giron, and Jason Gehlert. Includes advice from current publishers.
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In the first essay, relating her own experience on a horror panel, Paula Johanson asks us "What Scares You?" How can we find out the things we fear most and transmit that fear to the people who read us?

In this book thirteen authors (well, the last chapter is actually by a collective of eight of the publishers who buy our stories) attempt to find out what makes horror work—and how you, as a writer, might take up the torch and pass on the legends, the true stories with them.

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World Poetry: Evidence of Life
from the series Poetry Rocks!
Enslow Publishers, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7660-3280-4 (library binding)
ISBN: 978-1-59845-382-9 (paperback)
Includes: biographical information, historical background, and several poems by each writer to introduce readers to a range of poems from ancient to new. 

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This collection covers poetry from ancient (the Gilgamesh poet, Homer and Omar Khayyam) to current (Pablo Neruda, Derek Walcott, and Leonard Cohen) to introduce young readers to poets outside Great Britain and the United States. Each of the fifteen chapters includes biographical and historical information on one poet, along with several poems, discussion of techniques and themes, and suggestions for further reading.
 
Book Reviews of World Poetry: Evidence of Life:

"This is a great resource for many poetry assignments and English teachers themselves. Students will appreciate the organization of the book including the bright colors, clear headings, portraits, and backgrounds of the poems."
Library Media Connection, March/April 2010

". . . a great addition for any library’s poetry section."
Denton Independent School District, November 9, 2009
"The texts are clear and informative. Analysis is particularly engaging, making the books useful for drawing high school students into the study of poetry."
The Horn Book Guide, Spring 2010

"Great way to tie events of a historical period to the literary works of that time period."
Arlington Independent School District, April 6, 2010


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Early British Poetry: Words That Burn
from the series Poetry Rocks!
Enslow Publishers, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7660-3276-7 (library binding)
978-1-59845-383-6 (paperback)
Includes: biographical information, historical background, and several poems by each writer to introduce readers to a range of poems from the Beowulf poet to John Keats. 
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This collection surveys British poetry from the early eighth through the middle of the nineteenth century. Fourteen poets are profiled in detail, and for each poet several contemporaries are mentioned. Shows students how to analyze poetry for greater understanding and enjoyment. Includes biographical information, historical background, and several poems by each writer to introduce readers to a range of poems from this exciting era.

Book reviews of Early British Poets: Words That Burn
"The writing is conversational but intelligent . . . These books would be great supplemental texts for teachers in grades eight through twelve who teach poetry . . ."  VOYA, February 2010

". . . an excellent source for students doing research or teachers who need additional material for classes. The entries for each poet are well written and engaging . . . The explanations are easy to understand and brief enough to not scare students away."

Catholic Library World, December 2010

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