Poets making their marks at the Kingman Academy of Learning

Pupils in Emily Holstine's seventh-grade language arts class at the Kingman Academy of Learning Middle School had no idea they were going to have their writings from a month-long poetry unit submitted for possible publication.

A total of 50 poems - one per child - were mailed by Holstine to Creative Communications, a publishing company based in Logan, Utah.

Eight of the entries were accepted and published recently in the 184-page Southwest edition of "A Celebration of Young Poets."

"We'd been doing a poetry unit and this was the result," Holstine said.

"I waited until the students had finished their poems because they didn't need the added pressure of the contest thrust upon them."

Holstine said her pupils enter some type of writing contest each year.

She chose poetry this year after receiving a flyer just before Christmas from Creative Communications seeking contest entrants.

Ashley McGeehee said she was pretty excited to have her poem "Breeze" printed, even though she had another poem published two years ago.

Courtney Wise got her poem "Prince Peker" published, too.

She said she also had a poem published when she was in the second grade.

The six other pupils are first-time publishees.

They include Robert Johnson for "The Fairy Tale," Katie Weaver for "Me, My Dog, and My Long-Haired Cat," Amy Silvernale for "Misty Morning," Mallory Garfield for "Fantasyland," Cassi Henderson for "Morning, Day and Night," and Sarah Barnes for "How Do I Choose?"

Wise and Garfield both said they have been writing poetry since the second grade.

There were all different themes incorporated into the poems, Holstine said.

Wise, Johnson and Weaver made their poems a bit humorous, while the others took a more serious approach, Holstine said.

Submissions were accepted by students in grades 4-12.

Holstine said she learned eight of her pupils had poems accepted for publication in late March.

She received two copies of the book of poetry last week.

Asked what inspires her poetry writing, McGeehee said, "The things around me like at school.

If I see friends bickering I'll write how I feel about that occasion.

My friends consider me something of an Edgar Allan Poe."

McGeehee said she has begun writing a book of psychological science fiction dealing with auras.

She does not know when it may be finished.