Here's Irene and Charles Waters (and their new book!) , just moments after they first met November 11, 2017, at the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) in Phoenix, Arizona.

Papa's Chair (opens external link)

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

Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes and Friendship, by Irene Latham and Charles Waters, illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko will be released by Carolrhoda/Lerner Publishing January 1, 2018! 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. Rosemary Stimola of Stimola Literary Studio represented the co-authors, and Rebecca Sherman of Writers House represented the co-illustrators.

For a sneak peek, visit Charles' blog and Irene's blog for poems from the book and some behind-the-scenes information.

Find out more about Can I Touch Your Hair? in this Book Link article by Sylvia Vardell "Books and Authors: Pushing Boundaries with Diverse Poetry"

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. New paperback edition of Leaving Gee's Bend 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.

New title alert: The Octopus Postcards will now be titled Love, Agnes: Postcards from an Octopus. Coming Fall 2018 from Lerner, with illustrations by Thea Baker.

Irene's poem about a music teacher will appear in School People: Poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illus. by Ellen Shi, coming Feb, 13, 2018

"Self-Portrait as a Painter" to be included in Today's Little Ditty 2016 Anthology.

Fresh Delicious and When the Sun Shines on Antarctica named
Bank Street College Best Children's Books.

Fresh Delicious and When the Sun Shines on Antarctica named
NCTE Notable Poetry Books.

Fresh Delicious wins an Eureka! Honor Award

Fresh Delicious named to Kansas NEA Reading Circle Catalog

Fresh Delicious named Cybils finalist.

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.

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."

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

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.

Find out more about Irene in this interview by Alabama Writers Conclave.

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!