The following poems were contributed by various writers, poets, authors and friends in honor of the communities in El Salvador striving to gain clean, affordable and accessible water. Donate a haiku (michelle.bueno@enlaceonline.org) or donate to the cause! A huge THANK YOU to all the artists who have participated! 

Poets in order of appearance (please scroll down the page):

Karen Adams, Patricia Ann Negron, Chris Stewart, Karen Lynn Askenaze, Jan Godown Aninno, Nicole B. Adkins, Meredith Ackroyd

Karen Adams, M.A., creative writing; M.A. and M.F.A., children’s literature, Hollins University. She has written ten historical stories for middle-grade readers, which have been serialized in more than thirty U.S. newspapers: The Mystery of Roanoke; Adventure on Ocracoke Island; The Dark Road to Freedom; Ghost Train Journey; Secrets on the Wind; Spirits of Olde Virginia; Distant Mountains, Distant Sea; Across Two Oceans: A Story of World War II; The Gray Ghost; and Shadow on Jamestown, which won a 2007 Newspaper in Education Literacy Award from the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association.

Karen Adams, M.A., creative writing; M.A. and M.F.A., children’s literature, Hollins University. She has written ten historical stories for middle-grade readers, which have been serialized in more than thirty U.S. newspapers: The Mystery of Roanoke; Adventure on Ocracoke Island; The Dark Road to Freedom; Ghost Train Journey; Secrets on the Wind; Spirits of Olde Virginia; Distant Mountains, Distant Sea; Across Two Oceans: A Story of World War II; The Gray Ghost; and Shadow on Jamestown, which won a 2007 Newspaper in Education Literacy Award from the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association.

Patricia Ann Negron served in Spain, Guatemala, and Florida as a missionary for over 40 years. She is an avid reader and occasional writer of informative newsletters, brilliant post cards and water haikus.

Patricia Ann Negron served in Spain, Guatemala, and Florida as a missionary for over 40 years. She is an avid reader and occasional writer of informative newsletters, brilliant post cards and water haikus.

Chris Stewart is a California native who now resides in Portland, Oregon and has played music professionally for over a decade. He’s just returned from his “Homeward Bound” tour in which he played 10 shows up and down the west coast with fellow musician, Avery Hill. His music is available on itunes and at www.chrisstewart.net.

Chris Stewart is a California native who now resides in Portland, Oregon and has played music professionally for over a decade. He’s just returned from his “Homeward Bound” tour in which he played 10 shows up and down the west coast with fellow musician, Avery Hill. His music is available on itunes and at www.chrisstewart.net.

Karen Askenaze is a California native, wife and busy mom.  

Karen Askenaze is a California native, wife and busy mom.  

Jan Godown Aninno's poetry is anthologized by Milkweed Editions (Stories From Where We Live series) & other places. Her picture book, SHE SANG PROMISE: The Story of Betty Mae Jumper, earned an ALA/Amelia Bloomer List Top Ten & Florida Book Award. Vist her at her blog/website Bookseedstudio.  

Jan Godown Aninno's poetry is anthologized by Milkweed Editions (Stories From Where We Live series) & other places. Her picture book, SHE SANG PROMISE: The Story of Betty Mae Jumper, earned an ALA/Amelia Bloomer List Top Ten & Florida Book Award. Vist her at her blog/website Bookseedstudio 

Jan Godown Aninno's poetry is anthologized by Milkweed Editions (Stories From Where We Live series) & other places. Her picture book, SHE SANG PROMISE: The Story of Betty Mae Jumper, earned an ALA/Amelia Bloomer List Top Ten & Florida Book Award. Vist her at her blog/website Bookseedstudio.

Jan Godown Aninno's poetry is anthologized by Milkweed Editions (Stories From Where We Live series) & other places. Her picture book, SHE SANG PROMISE: The Story of Betty Mae Jumper, earned an ALA/Amelia Bloomer List Top Ten & Florida Book Award. Vist her at her blog/website Bookseedstudio.

Nicole B. Adkins, an award-winning playwright and teaching artist, has worked with youth theatres for more than 15 years, including Children’s Theatre of Charlotte and Tarradiddle Players, Oklahoma Children’s Theatre, and Young Actor’s Studio in Los Angeles. Her play adaption of Elisa Kleven’s picture book THE LION AND THE LITTLE RED BIRD premiered at The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte in October of 2014, and she is currently collaborating with Matt Omasta of Utah State University on a book exploring perspectives on playwriting and young audiences. Among other plays in development, THE ADVENTURES OF IRIS AND WALTER, an adaptation of four books from the Iris and Walter Series by Elissa Haden-Guest, is scheduled to premiere and tour in February 2015 through Hollins University and Mill Mountain Theatre. Nicole has a B.A. in Theatre Arts from University of Central Oklahoma, studied Shakespeare at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, and has a M.F.A. in Children’s Literature with a concentration in Playwriting from Hollins University. For more about Nicole please visit her website.    

Nicole B. Adkinsan award-winning playwright and teaching artist, has worked with youth theatres for more than 15 years, including Children’s Theatre of Charlotte and Tarradiddle Players, Oklahoma Children’s Theatre, and Young Actor’s Studio in Los Angeles. Her play adaption of Elisa Kleven’s picture book THE LION AND THE LITTLE RED BIRD premiered at The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte in October of 2014, and she is currently collaborating with Matt Omasta of Utah State University on a book exploring perspectives on playwriting and young audiences. Among other plays in development, THE ADVENTURES OF IRIS AND WALTER, an adaptation of four books from the Iris and Walter Series by Elissa Haden-Guest, is scheduled to premiere and tour in February 2015 through Hollins University and Mill Mountain Theatre. Nicole has a B.A. in Theatre Arts from University of Central Oklahoma, studied Shakespeare at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, and has a M.F.A. in Children’s Literature with a concentration in Playwriting from Hollins University. For more about Nicole please visit her website.

 

 

Nicole B. Adkins, an award-winning playwright and teaching artist, has worked with youth theatres for more than 15 years, including Children’s Theatre of Charlotte and Tarradiddle Players, Oklahoma Children’s Theatre, and Young Actor’s Studio in Los Angeles. Her play adaption of Elisa Kleven’s picture book THE LION AND THE LITTLE RED BIRD premiered at The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte in October of 2014, and she is currently collaborating with Matt Omasta of Utah State University on a book exploring perspectives on playwriting and young audiences. Among other plays in development, THE ADVENTURES OF IRIS AND WALTER, an adaptation of four books from the Iris and Walter Series by Elissa Haden-Guest, is scheduled to premiere and tour in February 2015 through Hollins University and Mill Mountain Theatre. Nicole has a B.A. in Theatre Arts from University of Central Oklahoma, studied Shakespeare at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, and has a M.F.A. in Children’s Literature with a concentration in Playwriting from Hollins University. For more about Nicole please visit her website.

Nicole B. Adkinsan award-winning playwright and teaching artist, has worked with youth theatres for more than 15 years, including Children’s Theatre of Charlotte and Tarradiddle Players, Oklahoma Children’s Theatre, and Young Actor’s Studio in Los Angeles. Her play adaption of Elisa Kleven’s picture book THE LION AND THE LITTLE RED BIRD premiered at The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte in October of 2014, and she is currently collaborating with Matt Omasta of Utah State University on a book exploring perspectives on playwriting and young audiences. Among other plays in development, THE ADVENTURES OF IRIS AND WALTER, an adaptation of four books from the Iris and Walter Series by Elissa Haden-Guest, is scheduled to premiere and tour in February 2015 through Hollins University and Mill Mountain Theatre. Nicole has a B.A. in Theatre Arts from University of Central Oklahoma, studied Shakespeare at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, and has a M.F.A. in Children’s Literature with a concentration in Playwriting from Hollins University. For more about Nicole please visit her website.

Meredith Ackroyd is a graduate of the MFA program in children's literature at Hollins University, where she studied the writing of poetry for children. Her poetry has been published in tinywords, Berry Blue Haiku, and Puddle Jump Quarterly, and her scholarly writing has been published in the book Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden: A Children's Classic at 100.  She lives in a hollow of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia with her husband and daughter, and her writing is inspired by the natural world that surrounds her home.

Meredith Ackroyd is a graduate of the MFA program in children's literature at Hollins University, where she studied the writing of poetry for children. Her poetry has been published in tinywords, Berry Blue Haiku, and Puddle Jump Quarterly, and her scholarly writing has been published in the book Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden: A Children's Classic at 100.  She lives in a hollow of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia with her husband and daughter, and her writing is inspired by the natural world that surrounds her home.