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We can’t think of anything cheerier to think about than the campaign to get children more interested in poetry, can you? According to Publishers Weekly, The Poetry Foundation has named poet, novelist, and journalist Margarita Engle as the new Young People’s Poet Laureate. This title is given biennially in recognition of outstanding achievement in poetry for children. Engle is a Cuban American poet and author of many award-winning books for children, young adults and adults. She will be the the first Latino to become Young People’s Poet Laureate.

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Engle wrote about a Cuban-American family in her short story “Secrets,” which enticingly begins:

Shortly before her hundredth birthday, Abuelita suddenly began revealing all her secrets. Her memory was still remarkably lucid, but she forgot how to pretend. She admitted that she was divorced, not a widow. “I wear the ring to fool people,” she said. “And when I was young, sometimes I would pretend to be sick so that my sisters would have to do all the housework.”

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Bilingual Review / La Revista Bilingüe, Vol. 27, No. 2 (MAY-AUGUST 2003), pp. 159-160
Bilingual Press / Editorial Bilingüe