I’m an Authlete–March Madness! Poetry 2018



Happy Poetry Friday!

I woke up today, an ordinary day, my catch up day as I don’t teach, but I have a grand new challenge coming up. I’m happy to share I’ll be one of the 64 authletes competing in March Madness! Poetry 2018! As I’m a rookie at this I’ve my ears open to any info from previous authletes, send it on my way! For anyone else new to this event, here’s some info about it. March Madness Poetry lunched in March 2012  by Ed DeCaria. 64 poets are matched with an opponent, given a word prompt, and set off to write a kids poem to turn in within 36 hours. Voting takes place, authlete’s shuffle out, and the process continues until there’s one authlete remaining  to be crowned the Madness Poetry Champion.

The first word prompts will post this Sunday, poems will appear bright and early Tuesday morning, March 6th and that’s when you can vote for the first round. Mosey or run on over, register to vote as a community member, or register your school class, and watch the Madness unravel! Here’s a complementary calendar to keep up with the schedule.


A light-hearted poem I woke up with this morning


Oh Poetry you speak to me
from far away from that old tree,
from now until eternity
you have become a part of me.

My voice sings schooled for only you
of lilac skies swept in light blue,
of critters call for our help too
of dwindling turtle doves we knew.

Oh poetry you speak to me,
I’ll write on anything I see,
to catch your cadence honestly,
you have become a part of me.

© 2018 Michelle Kogan

Thanks to Renée LaTulippe at No Water River for hosting.


About Michelle Kogan Art, Illustration, & Writing

Michelle Kogan is an artist, illustrator, instructor, and writer, creating colorful allegorical figure, flora and fauna paintings and children's illustrations, which have a sensitivity to endangered species, and the environment. She is an art instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Evanston Art Center and offers Plein Air Painting Workshops at nature venues in the Chicago area including the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and Lurie Gardens at Millennium Park. Visit her online Etsy Shop at: http://www.MichelleKoganFineArt.etsy.com and her website: http://www.michellekogan.com
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26 Responses to I’m an Authlete–March Madness! Poetry 2018

  1. Kathy Mazurowski says:

    Good luck Michelle! I will be rooting/voting on. You are very brave.

  2. sewbussted says:

    So happy 😃
    Well deserved.

  3. margaretsmn says:

    Good luck! I did it once a few years ago and lost pretty quickly. Your poem today would work well for this competition. Rhyme and rhythm are a must.

  4. Good luck, Michelle! I did it a couple-few times early on as well. I remember getting to know Matt through the friendly sparring/competition! Enjoy. The students seem to really enjoy humor. Have fun with it! :0)

  5. Good luck, Michelle! I’ll see you there! It’s my first time doing the competition too. It sounded like fun!

  6. Tabatha says:

    Exciting!! Good luck!

  7. Good luck! And I like the idea of being an authlete – it’s the closest thing to an athlete I’ll ever be! 🙂

  8. Congratulations, Michelle! I’ll be cheering you on! Yes, the kids tend to like rhythm and rhyme and humor, but I always treated it as an exercise for myself. An opportunity to write under pressure and see what I could come up with. In my book it’s always best to be true to yourself, not simply write to a “winning” formula. Good luck!

    • Thanks Michelle! My full life has me writing under pressure an awful lot, I love challenges, and I also welcome opportunities for humor–we’ll see how it all fits together. I’m happy I was selected and and looking forward to this challenge!

  9. Donna Smith says:

    I’ll be there, too, Michelle! I’ve done it a few years off and on. It is lots of fun. I’ll look for your poems!

  10. Good luck! I know it is intoxicating and frightening to enter your work into a competition. I did so for the first time recently. I love the idea of the contest. It sounds like fun for poets (of which I am not unfortunately). Your poem today reminds me of the ancient idea of evolking the muse. 🙂

  11. maryleehahn says:

    Good luck with March Madness! I have fond memories of my years competing when the whole shebang was brand new!

  12. lindabaie says:

    Best of luck with the March Madness, Michelle. Congratulations, too! I’ll be there cheering you on. I’ve done it a couple of times, had lots of fun and there is lots of support, too! Your poem is so sweet! I do love poems about poetry!

  13. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, I am so excited for you to be in this competition. You and Donna can cheer each other on. Will you be sure to keep me up-to-date so I can read and vote? Best of luck my friend. Today’s poem is full of cheer and such wonderful rhyme that it sends you off in an inspired way.

  14. Kay Mcgriff says:

    Good luck with the March Poetry Madness! I’m looking forward to updates. I love the poem you woke up with this morning!

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