I'm sharing this blurb from Willamette Writers:
"The Young Willamette Writers will be hosting Suz Blackaby on November 5th. Suz will be sharing tips on poetry writing. Several of our young writers enjoy writing in verse and have been looking forward to hearing from a poet.
Suz Blackaby has worked in educational publishing for over 30 years. On the clock, she hones her skills writing fiction and nonfiction titles for the K-8 audience, focusing primarily on struggling and emergent readers. On her own time, she writes poetry, picture books, and middle-grade fiction and nonfiction. Her collection of poetry entitled NEST, NOOK, AND CRANNY (Charlesbridge, 2010) was included on the New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing and received The 2011 Liona and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry. Suz lives in Portland, Oregon, with her family in a lab-mandatory neighborhood.