FAQ Category: Questions about Kenn Nesbitt

Answers to common questions about children’s author, Kenn Nesbitt

Where do you get your ideas?

My ideas for poems come from many different places, including:

  • Things I see around me
  • Things that happen to me
  • Places I go
  • Things I like
  • Things I don’t like
  • Things from my imagination

If you would like to see how you can come up with your own ideas for poems, try reading some of the poetry-writing lessons on this site.

Can you help me get my poems published?

I am an author, and not a publisher, editor, or literary agent, so I can’t personally help you get published. However, I can recommend the following resources:

If you have written poems that you would like to have published, click here here for a list of places where kids can get their poems published online.

If you would like to get your poems published by a traditional children’s book publisher, I recommend the following resources:

Also, for most prospective children’s poets, I recommend you read a good book on meter, such as this one:

What is your favorite poem that you have written?

I’m sorry to say that I don’t have a favorite poem. I have written so many hundreds of poems that it would be impossible to pick just one as my favorite.

I do like some poems more than others, though. For example, while most kids seem to like my poems that involve bodily functions, such as Swimming Ool, I tend to prefer poems that are more imaginative and impossible, such as One Warm Sunny Day, and tongue twisters such as Shelley Sellers.

Do you have any hobbies?

Yes. My main hobby is learning new languages. Currently, I am learning to read, write, and speak Brazilian Portuguese using a combination of DuoLingo, Pimsleur, and Uncle Brazil.

In addition to language learning, I also enjoy cooking and going to the movies.

Why do you write poetry?

I guess I have this strange notion that anyone can change the world if they really want to. Even you. Even me. I know it always makes me feel good when I read a funny poem or hear a funny song. So, in my own small way, I’m trying to do my part to help people laugh, and just maybe make the world a happier place.

Do you have any brothers or sisters?

Yes. I am the middle child of three boys, so I have an older brother and a younger brother. My older brother’s name is Ross and my younger brother is Danny.

Where did you go to school?

I went to John Muir Elementary School in Fresno, California from Kindergarten through third grade. For fourth through sixth grades I attended Kirk Elementary School, also in Fresno. In 1973 my family moved to San Diego, California, where I attended Pacific Beach Junior High School, followed by Mission Bay High School and La Jolla High School. I took classes at San Diego Community Colleges before attending National University, where I majored in Computer Science.

Have your poems won any awards?

My poems have not won any awards that I know of, but I won the most prestigious award in children’s poetry, the Children’s Poet Laureate award (now called the Young People’s Poet Laureate), in 2013. This award is given every two years by the Poetry Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to promoting poetry in American life.