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Cover art by: GNOMES & UNGNOMES: TBD. FRIENDS & ANEMONES: Jodie Apeseche. AN ASSORTMENT of ANIMALS: Brian Lies. FIRSTS: Sarah S. Brannen. ODES Of US: Bob Thibeault.
Book Designer on all books: Bob Thibeault.

Gnomes & UnGnomes:
Poems of Hidden Creatures

Hiding beneath the cover…blabity blab blab. Zippity doo! Coming out of hiding soon.

Publisher: ‎ Writers’ Loft Press (November X 2023)
Language: ‎ English
Hardcover: ‎ 1,372 pages (give or take)
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Reading age: ‎ 2 – 2,000 years
Item Weight: ‎ 450 pounds – it’s basically a coffee table (am I kidding?)
Dimensions: ‎ 8.5 x 0.31 x 11 inches

Odes of Us

This is a book of poetry by Boston-area teen poets, edited by two Boston-area poets. All the writers in the book are BIPOC.

Flip through the pages of poems, written by Boston-area young people. Brave, potentially overlooked brilliant wordsmiths who reveal what is on their minds and in their souls.

There is beauty in these pages.
Edgy moments.
Some rage here and there, sometimes hidden behind a metaphor, sometimes not.
Mostly stuff you either didn’t know about or stuff you knew and forgot.

These kids didn’t have to write these poems, they chose to.
They didn’t have to stick with this project over the course of more than a year, either.

Some of them are in college now.
Some of them are still in high school.
None of them wrote specifically about the pandemic, but it hovers in the background.

All of them wrote with their hearts.

Publisher: Writers’ Loft (November 7, 2021)
Editors:  Shirley Jones Luke & Eddie Maisonet
Language: English
Paperback: 54 pages
ISBN-10: 099831725X
ISBN-13: 978-0998317250
Item Weight: 2.57 ounces
Dimensions: 5.25 x 0.13 x 8 inches

Friends and Anemones:
Ocean Poems for Children

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FRIENDS AND ANEMONES: Ocean Poems for Children, is a fun and informative collection of original poems and art by New England authors and illustrators. Hands join fins in an adventure through kelp forests to meet sea otters and whales. Attend an underwater birthday party! Voyage through tempests to bottom-of-the-ocean volcanos and mysterious creatures in the deep, deep darkness. This book is a valuable ecological and poetry resource for parents as well as librarians and teachers. 

Publisher: Writers’ Loft Press (November 8, 2020)
Language: English
Hardcover: 72 pages
ISBN-10: 0998317233
ISBN-13: 978-0998317236
Reading age: 2 – 12 years
Item Weight: 1.17 pounds
Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.31 x 11 inches

Illustrators/Authors: Alice Fulgione, Amanda Davis, Amanda Smith, Audrey Day-Williams, BJ Feeney, Bridget Wixted, Brook Gideon, Caitlin Kelly, Campbell Pelton-Cairns, Casey W. Robinson, Cathleen Stenquist, Charlotte Sheer, Cheryl Hablanian, Cindy Cornwall, Cynthia Greene, Cynthia Hyatt Shorris, Deb O’Brien, Deborah Sosin, Doreen Buchinski, Elaine D’Alessandro, Ellen Cohen, Erin Dionne, Ernie D’Elia, Hayley Barrett, Heather Kelly, Heidi E.Y. Stemple, Helen Kampion, Hilary Echols, Jane Sutton, Jane Yolen, Jean Letai, Jean Taft, Jill Dailey, Joan Duris, Jodie Apeseche, Josh Funk, Joy Nelkin Wieder, Julia Young Cuffe, Kate Sample, Kip Wilson, Kristen Wixted, Kristin J. Russo, Leanne Luetkemeyer, Lisa Rogers, Liz Goulet Dubois, Liz Kehrli, Luke Hargrave, Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Marie Tobin, Marlo Garnsworthy, Marty Lapointe-Malchik, Matt Forrest Esenwine, Megan Litwin, Nancy Tupper Ling, Naomi Hammerschlag, Pam Vaughan, Peter H. Reynolds, Priscilla Alpaugh, Remi Kathawa, Robert Thibeault, Robin Brett Wechsler, Sally Hinkley, Sandra Budiansky, Sarah S. Brannen, Susan S. Novich, Suwin Chan, Theresa Milstein, Thomas Hughes, Warren Ross, Wendy M. McDonald

An Assortment of Animals:
A Children’s Poetry Anthology:

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This collection celebrates the joys of poetry and love of animals for children of all ages. From anteater to vulture, limerick to free verse, and watercolor to digital drawing, An Assortment of Animals is an all-encompassing introduction to a diverse variety of animals, poetry, and illustration techniques for the young reader and artist.

Undiscovered poets’ and illustrators’ work sits side by side with never-before-seen work of accomplished authors and artists like Jane Yolen, Josh Funk, and Brian Lies. Poetry is a compelling way for children to experience the art of storytelling through word and art. This anthology takes the reader on a journey from funny to poignant, wistful to thrilling, and imaginative to realistic. Through over twenty authors and illustrators, discover new wonders in this joyous collection.

Publisher: Writers’ Loft Press; An Assortment of Animals (November 1, 2018)
Language: English
Hardcover:‎ 44 pages
ISBN-10:‎ 0998317217
ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0998317212
Reading age: ‎ 1 – 12 years
Item Weight: ‎ 15.5 ounces
Dimensions:‎ 8.5 x 0.25 x 11 inches


A collection of short stories, memoirs, and poems that focus on the theme of “first” written by and celebrating the members of the Writers’ Loft community.

Here are the authors who appear in the anthology.

  • Kristine Carlson Asselin, The Way Out (First Place)
  • Deborah Norkin, The Last First (Second Place)
  • Dave Pasquantonio, The Debut (Third Place)
  • Kari Allen, Introduction
  • Sandy Budiansky, College 101
  • Elaine D’Alessandro, The Wiggly Tooth
  • Angela Dell’Isola, Red
  • Papa J Funk, The Ballad of Mr. Zibb
  • Thea Iberall, The First Time I Closed An Airport
  • Heather Kelly, The Wall
  • Carol Lach, The First Day of the Rest of My Life
  • Wendy McDonald, First Comes Love
  • Lisa Rogers, First Jobs
  • Warren Ross, Limericks
  • Kristin Russo, The Text
  • Charlotte Sheer, How Can It Be?
  • Cathy Stenquist, A Glimpse Into Her Journey
  • Jane Sutton, In Love, At First Sound
  • Pam Vaughan, My First Race
  • Kristen Wixted, First Time Smuggler

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Writers’ Loft Press; 1st edition (November 24, 2016)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 114 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0998317209
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0998317205
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 8 ounces
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7 x 0.29 x 10 inches