ABOUT MATT FORREST ESENWINE

  • Matt’s debut picture book, Flashlight Night (Boyd’s Mills Press, 2017), received multiple positive reviews including a starred review from Kirkus, and was selected by the NY Public Library as one of the “100 Best Books for Kids 2017.” His second picture book, Don’t Ask a Dinosaur (Pow! Kids, 2018), co-written with Deborah Bruss, was praised by Booklist for its “rollicking rhyme” and was chosen by NH Parenting magazine as a 2017 Summer Reading List suggestion. Matt has 6 more books scheduled for release between 2020-2022.

    Meanwhile, his children’s poetry can be found in numerous anthologies including Lee Bennett Hopkins’ Lullaby and Kisses Sweet (Abrams Appleseed, March 2015), School People (Wordsong, 2018), and I Am Someone Else (Charlesbridge, 2019); J. Patrick Lewis’ The National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry (National Geographic Children’s Books, Sept. 2015) and The Poetry of Us (National Geographic, 2018); Kenn Nesbitt’s One Minute Til Bedtime (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2016), among others, as well as “Highlights for Children” magazine. 

    Matt has also had several adult poems published in various independent collections around the country including the Donald Hall
    tribute anthology,
    Except for Love
    (Encircle, 2019), and in 2012 his poem, “Apple-Stealing,” was nominated for a
    Pushcart Prize. He was most recently the recipient of the 2019 MacGregor Poetry Prize,
    coordinated by the Robert Frost Farm board of trustees and Derry (NH) Public
    Library.