Poetry For Kids



Dr. Steven Clark Cunningham was born in Denver, Colorado.  After graduating from Creighton University with majors in chemistry and Spanish, he attended medical school at George Washington University in Washington, DC.  Having finished his residency in general surgery at the University of Maryland and a fellowship in surgery of the liver and pancreas at Johns Hopkins University, he is currently working as Director of Pancreatic and Hepatobiliary Surgery and Director of Research at Saint Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, MD.  A list of Dr Cunningham's medical writings is found here.

He has served as a contributing editor of Maryland Poetry Review, and his poems have appeared in Maryland Poetry Review, The New Physician (winner of literary arts contest), Chimeras, WordHouse: Baltimore’s Literary Calendar, the anthology Function At The Junction #2 (Electric Press, 1997), the cookbook Pasta Poetics (ed. Matt Hohner, 1997), and the anthology Poems for Chromosomes (Watermark Press, 1998).  

Dinosaur Name Poems (Three Conditions Press, 2009) is his first full-length book of children's poetry.  Stay tuned for his second book, "Poemenclature: Poems about Your Body," to be released in October 2016 from Under The Maple Tree, an imprint of Knox Robinson Press.


Dr. Myriam Gorospe was born in San Sebastian (Donostia), Spain.  She received her Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Albany.  She completed her postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health, where she studies genes (some of  the same genes that dinosaurs might have had!).  She has broad experience translating between English and Spanish, ranging from scientific and technical documents to poetry and literature. 


Susan Detwiler has illustrated several award-winning books for children, including After a While Crocodile, her sixth title for Arbordale Publishing. She is the author/illustrator of Fine Life For A Country Mouse, a picture book published by Penguin Random House in 2014. Her illustrations have appeared in the children’s magazines, Highlights for Children and Ladybug and her artwork has been used for puzzles, games, and greeting cards. Susan was educated at the Maryland Institute College of Art and she and her artist husband live in Baltimore. She is a volunteer member of the MD/DE/WV chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators.

Valeska Maria Populoh grew up in a small town in Germany, immersed in storytelling and rituals. Tales of saints wafting through plumes of smoke in the cathedral blended together with mesmerizing puppet shows beamed in from Poland and the folktales her mother read to her from thick, brown tomes.  The calendar was filled with community celebrations – lantern processions on St. Martin’s Day, annual eruptions of color and costume for Carnival…  Her childhood was imbued with richness and color.  When she moved to America as a young girl, she tumbled headlong into that perplexing terrain of not speaking a language and so improvising pantomime to communicate. Her best tools were picture books and a sticker album her teacher made for her, in which she recorded the words she learned. Art, music and gym class were her solace. From this grew a strong and abiding fascination with language, the power of the body and images to communicate without words, and a sensitivity to feelings of otherness, and the value of community. After years of nomadism, both geographic and professional, she now reside in Baltimore, Maryland, engaged in the community as a puppeteer, performer, artist, and teacher.  Making art and illustrating dinosaurs is one part of this life, dedicated to celebrating creativity, making joyful, enriching and colorful experiences available and accessible to others, and supporting youth in their endeavor to find their own creative voice.