Welcome.

I’m a writer, a poet, a reader, a mom, a teacher, and a bunch of other exciting things. But these pages are devoted to my love of writing, especially writing for kids. And a special joy for writing and reading poetry – everybody needs poetry.

I write because putting words on paper for you — a reader — is the best thing I think I can do in the world. It’s hard and I learn more every single day.

I teach because you too might be a writer and might need some tools to find your writing voice. It took me a long time to say – I am a writer and I am a poet. I teach to show you how to say those important words too.

I live in Wisconsin — maybe thirty minutes from Saint Paul, Minnesota with my two teens, my husband, and our two dogs.

I hope you’ll enjoy my writing and teaching experiments — and experiences!

— Tasslyn

Welcome.

 
Thanks for visiting my web page!

I’m a writer, a poet, a reader, a mom, and a bunch of other exciting things. But these pages are devoted to my love of writing, especially writing for kids and my adventures in poetry.

I write because putting words on paper for you — a reader — is the best thing I think I can do in the world. It’s hard and I learn more every single day.

I live in Wisconsin — maybe thirty minutes from Saint Paul, Minnesota with my two teens, my husband, and our two dogs.

I hope you’ll enjoy my writing experiments — and experiences!
 

—Tasslyn

The latest from ‘Dr. Sasslyn’s Thoughts’ (my blog):

My Black Lives Matter Sign

My Black Lives Matter Sign

This was first published as a guest column in the Prescott Journal on June 28, 2018 under the title, “I Still Have a Black Lives Matter Sign.” You might wonder why I’m including this on a writer/poet blog. A more political blog. Here’s why. My moral core – my belief...

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Brilliant Memoirs of Jacqueline Woodson and Marilyn Nelson

Brilliant Memoirs of Jacqueline Woodson and Marilyn Nelson

Jacqueline Woodson and Marilyn Nelson wrote extraordinary memoirs, which are also verse novels. If you haven’t read them, you should. Right now. Brown Girl Dreaming won the 2014 National Book Award and is Jacqueline Woodson’s autobiography told in free verse. Covering...

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Some of my favorite historical fiction verse novels!

Some of my favorite historical fiction verse novels!

One of the things verse novels do best is bring the reader into the mind of the character. That ability renders difficult subjects like rape and abuse intimate and painful to read. In Blood, Water, Paint Joy McCullough writes about an Italian Renaissance...

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