Prize Donor Feature, Renee LaTulippe, Spring Fling Kidlit 2020

Hi Math is Everwhere Readers and Spring Fling Kidlit Contest Hopefuls,

To check out where you’re submitting your gif-inspired kidlit story of 150 words or less, go here:

Today we have our fifteenth prize donor in our Prize Donor Feature Series. She’s one of the best poets and rhyme and meter teachers around…

🎉Renée M. LaTulippe🎉

Renee is donating a Lyrical Language Lab Intensive Rhyme & Meter Self-Study Course
This self-paced course helps you build a strong foundation in the mechanics of rhyming picture books and poetry. The major focus is on the four main types of meter and how to use mixed and varied meter. Other topics include rhythm, cadence, breath, scansion, rhyme, sound devices, figurative language, imagery, and diction.

You also have the opportunity to submit two of your assignments to Renee for feedback, and have access to a private Facebook group where you can ask questions about the lessons.
Find out more here:

  • What is your favorite thing about spring?

Working outside! As soon as it’s warm enough, you will find me out on the veranda from 8am to 8pm, working, reading, playing games with the kids, puttering, staring at the sea, watching the bees—anything to stay outside as long as possible. That sounds like I never leave the house, which is kind of true. Let’s just say that I DO sometimes leave the house, but when I’m here, I’m out there. Ha!

mug and book

Here’s a pic of my spring/summer office. You’d stay home too, right?

  • Spring is full of surprises bursting forth. What’s something you’ve found surprising about the publishing industry?

Just how excruciatingly slow it is. I sold my debut collection in December 2017 … and I’m still waiting for the editing process to start. I mean, I KNEW it was slow because I’ve spent the last eight years listening to other writers tell me how slow it is. But when it’s your own book, it’s even slooooooooooooooowwwwwerrrrrr. As in, sloths are Olympic sprinters in comparison.

  • Can you tell us a bit about your Lyrical Language Lab YouTube channel?

Why, I’d be delighted! My LLL YouTube channel offers short writing lessons on various concepts that are covered in my course. Right now I’m working on a “Lyrical Prose 101” series, but I have several video playlists for the different things I cover:

  • Peek & Critique – I offer my feedback on short writing samples sent in by viewers. You can submit your own writing sample right here.
  • BookLook – My analysis of various lyrical language concepts and poetic techniques in picture books
  • Meter Basics – The down-and-dirty techie stuff behind writing verse that flows
  • Revision – Real-time revision on submitted work and behind-the-scenes looks at my own revision process (in the works)

I hope your readers will take advantage of this FREE service. I post a new video every Monday! Did I mention it’s free? FREE LEARNING, PEOPLE! And if you subscribe it’s even FREE-er, I swear. Not really, but studies show it will FEEL free-er.
P.S. There are no studies. I made that up.


About Renée M. LaTulippe
Renée has poems published in many anthologies including ThankU: Poems of Gratitude (ed. Miranda Paul), School People (ed. Lee Bennett Hopkins), the National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry and The Poetry of US (ed. J. Patrick Lewis), One Minute Till Bedtime (ed. Kenn Nesbitt), Poems Are Teachers (ed. Amy Ludwig VanDerwater), The Poetry Friday Anthology Middle School, Science, and Celebrations editions (ed. Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong), and the forthcoming Night Wishes (ed. Lee Bennett Hopkins). Her debut poetry collection was acquired by Charlesbridge.

She has also co-authored nine award-winning leveled readers and a collection of poetry titled Lizard Lou: a collection of rhymes old and new (Moonbeam Silver Award for poetry) for All About Learning Press, where she is also the editor.

Renée developed and teaches the online course The Lyrical Language Lab: Punching Up Prose with Poetry and blogs on children’s poetry at She earned her BFA in acting/directing from Marymount Manhattan College and her MA in English Education from NYU; worked and played in the theater for almost two decades; and taught English, theater arts, and public speaking in NYC. She now lives by the sea in Italy.

Renée is represented by Elizabeth Harding of Curtis Brown, Ltd.

YOUTUBE: Lyrical Language Lab Channel
TWITTER: @ReneeMLaTulippe


Renee is one of the 18 wonderful prize donors for the Spring Fling Kidlit Contest 2020 that starts on April 7th. Make sure to follow her on social media, read her books, and review them to show your support! And get gif-searching or creating!
In the comments, tell us what’s your favorite poem by Renee or which book you’re most looking forward to reading and why! You can also share what Renee has taught you if you’ve had the pleasure to learn from this amazing teacher!

Kaitlyn and Ciara

If you need more info on the Spring Fling Kidlit Contest, check here and make sure to share with all your writing and author-illustrator friends!

10 thoughts on “Prize Donor Feature, Renee LaTulippe, Spring Fling Kidlit 2020

  1. OMG, Kaitlyn. This is a fabulous prize. So many of my friends have taken her course and swear by it. I’ve been wanting to take it for a long time but just can’t afford it.

    Life is crazy at the moment and I wasn’t sure if I’d enter the contest again this year… but now that I see that Renee’s course is one of the prizes, I MUST try my hardest to find time to write something. Thanks for the kick in the rear that I needed to keep writing. 🙂

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    1. Oh that gave me the happy chills, I’m so excited that you have something wonderful to work towards during this time and you’re friends are so wise, definitely an amazing course from the most wonderful woman!


  2. I’ve been watching all of Renee’s videos on the Lyrical Language Lab channel. I love her new series. One thing I learned from following Renee is that the rhyme must be on the STRESSED beat. I hadn’t realized that before. So, two words like scare and nightmare aren’t good enending words for lines because the stress is on the first syllable in NIGHTmare. THANK YOU for making me aware of that, Renee.

    A favorite poem of Renee’s? Funny you should ask. I actually do have a favorite…
    We Saw a Shadow.
    I like the topic and story in this poem and I can visualize the squirrel’s shadow as I read it.

    Oh, and great interview. My favorite lines: “But when it’s your own book, it’s even slooooooooooooooowwwwwerrrrrr. As in, sloths are Olympic sprinters in comparison.”

    That made me smile.

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