ABOUT MATT FORREST ESENWINE

  • A voiceover artist and commercial copy writer, Matt Forrest Esenwine has had several adult poems
    published in various independent collections around the country,
     including the Tall Grass Writers Guild’s 
    Seasons of ChangeMetamorphosis Publishing’s VisionsAssisi: Journal of Arts & Letters, The Licking River Review, Halcyon Magazine, and The 5-2: Crime Poetry Weekly, among others. In 2012 his poem, “Apple-Stealing,” was nominated by the Young Adult Review Network (YARN) for a Pushcart
    Prize
    .  

    Matt’s children’s poetry can be found in numerous anthologies including Lee Bennett Hopkins’ Lullaby and Kisses Sweet (Abrams Appleseed, March 2015) and School People (Boyds Mills press, 2018); 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); and Kenn Nesbitt’s One Minute Til Bedtime (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2016), among others, as well as “Highlights for Children” magazine. 

    His 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.