by Dana Guthrie Martin
“Maya seems unable to get through a single day without writing poems.”
Welcome to our second Read Write Poem Virtual Book Tour. For more detail about the tour, if you are new to this series, take a look at this post.
About Apologies to an Apple
Maya Ganesan, a poet who lives in the Seattle area, finished this collection up when she turned 11 years old. At this age, poetry was already the center of her life.
“Maya seems unable to get through a single day without writing poems,” writes Katherine Grace Bond, author of The Legend of the Valentine and Considering Flight. Bond, who has worked with Ganesan privately on her poetry, also has this to say about her:
I had only to give her a few pointers and her already resonant work took a leap forward. Soon she was devouring issues of Poets and Writers, as well as the work of Mary Oliver, David Wagoner, and Li-Young Lee. It wasn’t long before I could speak to her as a fellow poet, trusting her instincts for revision (and occasionally indulging in mutual fits of giggles).
We are thrilled to feature Apologies to an Apple for this month’s Read Write Poem Virtual Book Tour. When you sit down with these poems, you realize age really doesn’t matter. What matters is that this poet has a gift, one we can’t wait to open again and again. And besides, how could anyone resist a poet who describes her occupation on her Read Write Poem profile as: “having a blast.” I know I can’t.
Tour stops for Apologies to an Apple
Sept. 24* :: Kelli Russell Agodon :: Book of Kells
Oct. 1 :: Donna Vorreyer :: Put Words Together. Make Meaning.
Oct. 6 :: Amulya Rajan :: Piper in the Desert
Oct. 8 :: Kimberlee Titus Gerstmann :: Scraps and Sass
Oct. 13 :: Ben Lawless :: Pencilied in Designs
Oct. 15 :: Dana Guthrie Martin :: My Gorgeous Somewhere
* This is also Ganesan’s birthday.
Would you like to get involved in the tour as a reviewer? Just join the Read Write Poem Virtual Book Tour group, and then add your name to the forum thread titled “Sign up to be a Virtual Book Tour reviewer.”
Want to get your book on the tour? We’ve already set up partnerships with a number of presses, and we’re booked out several months. We also do the tour only once a month, which means we’re extremely limited in terms of what we can include. With that in mind, feel free to have your publisher send a query to virtualbooktour (at) readwritepoem (dot) org.
Next month, the Read Write Poem Virtual Book Tour will feature Ed Skoog’s Mister Skylight, new from Copper Canyon Press.
Dana Guthrie Martin is the founder of Read Write Poem. She writes things and stuff. Most of the time, her things and stuff happen to be poetry, or at least they call themselves poetry. She has a robot named Feldman. He’s writing a book of poems.