Irene presenting Alabama Governor Bob Riley with a copy of LEAVING GEE'S BEND (August, 2010)

Wonderful gift from the Homewood (Alabama)
Middle School 6th Grade Enrichment Class

Irene Latham with Editor Jim Reed, Birmingham Arts Journal (and proprietor of Jim Reed Books
& The Museum Of Fond Memories

Big Table Poets

Co-founded by Irene Latham and Suzanne Coker in May, 2002, this group meets every three weeks to read and critique each other's poetry.

Next meeting: TBA

Listen to the Big Table Poets on WBHM Tapestry

Now available from Blue Rooster Press: Dear Slave -- a chapbook of poems in response to slave narratives collected by Ruby Pickens Tartt in Sumter County, Alabama.

When the Sun Shines on Antarctica wins
Silver Moonbeam Award for Poetry

Leaving Gee's Bend included in Learn Alabama History in 64 Books for Children. Paperback edition coming Spring, 2017 from NewSouth Books!

Stacey Barney at Putnam has acquired world rights to Frank and Miss Fancy by Irene Latham, to be illustrated by John Holyfield. Inspired by true events and set in 1913 Alabama, a retired circus elephant is purchased by the city of Birmingham, where an African-American boy is determined to meet her up close in spite of segregation laws. It is scheduled for spring 2018; Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio represented the author, and the illustrator was unagented.

Upcoming Events:

Louisiana Book Festival (Baton Rouge, LA) October 29
NCTE (Atlanta, GA) November 17-20

FRESH DELICIOUS selected to represent Alabama at the 2016 National Book Festival.

Irene named the winner of the International Literacy Association- Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award.

Dear Wandering Wildebeest named SCBWI Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor Book!

Irene's National Poetry Month post card project, now in its 5th year!

From Publisher's Weekly:
“Rebecca Davis at Boyds Mills/Wordsong has acquired Pop! Bam! Boom! by Irene Latham. Explosions start small and grow ever-larger in this collection of poems where popcorn kernels leap, ideas tsunami, fireworks frazzle, racehorses surge, dreams steam, and supernovas radiate. A pub date has not been set; Rosemary Stimola of Stimola Literary Studio negotiated the deal for world rights."

WHEN THE SUN SHINES ON ANTARCTICA to be released February 1. 2016!

FRESH DELICIOUS to be released March 8, 2016!

Dear Wandering Wildebeest awarded
Silver Moonbeam Children's Award for Poetry!

WILDEBEEST named a National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) 2015 Notable Poetry Book.

WILDEBEEST named 2015 Bank Street Best Children's Book

WILDEBEEST listed Best Children's Book 2014 by AAAS - Advancing Science, Serving Society.

WILDEBEEST earns 2014 Nerdy Book Award for Poetry.

WILDEBEEST a 2014 CYBILS finalist.

Carol Hinz at Millbrook Press has bought world rights to It's Not Black and White, by Irene Latham and Charles Waters, illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko. In this collection of poems, a white woman and a black man have a conversation, writing about everyday elements from their childhoods – including family dinners, sports, church, and toys. It's scheduled for fall 2017; Rosemary Stimola of Stimola Literary Studio represented the co-authors, and Rebecca Sherman of Writers House represented the co-illustrators.

Read Irene's Art Story.

What's your AHA Moment? Here's mine!

WHAT CAME BEFORE now available as a free PDF!

DON'T FEED THE BOY has been selected for Kansas’ William Allen White Award 2014-15 master list for grades 3 to 5.

Now available! The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations.

Irene's first published poem in the children's
market, Ship Spies a Light, appeared in Scholastic's Storyworks magazine. See more of Irene's poetry for Scholastic magazines on the Poetry for Children page!

Now Available! The Sky Between Us, a collection of poems that explores relationships and what nature can teach us about being human.

Let's celebrate 10 years of Live Your Poem!