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Upcoming release from
Writers' Loft Press
November 2023 ...
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Miss Rita, Mystery Reader

A few snippets from the jacket flap:

Sparkle is serious business.

Tori loves it when Daddy becomes Miss Rita. But will the other kids at school love Miss Rita like Tori does? Luckily, a last-minute idea helps Daddy and Tori find a way to make story time sparkle for everyone.

This heartwarming and relatable family story celebrates drag queens, reading, and self-acceptance, teaching every kid to let their sparkle shine! 

MacMillan, FSGBYR May 3, 2022

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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.

ODES OF US was published by Writers' Loft Press and we're really proud of it. 

It was a Loft Press/Kristen pandemic project and I am really proud of the kids and the editors who shared their words and ideas to make it the beautiful book that it is. Thank you to them all. xoxo

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Edited by Kristen Wixted and Heather Kelly

Book Design by Robert Thibeault

Cover Art by Jodie Apeseche

Art Director: Sally Hinkley

Marketing Director: Audrey Day-Williams

(title also by Audrey)

The first illustrated collection of original poems for kids published by The Writers' Loft Press

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Edited by Kristen Wixted and Heather Kelly

Book Design by Doreen Buchinski

Cover Art by Brian Lies

Creative Team: Sally Hinkley and Priscilla Alpaugh

Marketing Manager: Audrey Day-Williams

An Assortment of Animals


It’s fun…

There’s a centipede that goes shoe shopping, a cat who dreams of haute cuisine, a slug on a slip-n-slide!


Moms and babies: deer, pangolins, giraffes, elephants—with art that makes you want to cuddle.

A little bit scary…

Some of the predators in the book may … or may not … eat other characters. An anteater and an ant. A grizzly bear and a boy. You get the idea.

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