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Michael Beadle
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Michael Beadle is a poet, author and writer-in-residence living in Raleigh, NC. Since 1999, he’s taught thousands of students in poetry and creative writing workshops across the Tar Heel state, and performed poetry at schools, churches and festivals. He’s the author of several poetry collections, including What Makes a Giraffe Laugh? (for children), Beasts of Eden and Primer. His poems have appeared in journals such as Kakalak, River Heron Review, Broad River Review, and the Southern Poetry Anthology, Vol. VII: North Carolina. His short fiction has appeared in Apple Valley Review, moonShine review, and BOMBFIRE. Beadle has served as a guest editor for Prime Number Magazine, poet-in-residence at the NC Zoo in Asheboro, A+ Fellow for the NC A+ Schools program, instructor at Duke Young Writers’ Camp (Duke University), emcee for NC Poetry Out Loud, and student contest manager for the NC Poetry Society.


Welcome, friends! I'm excited to share the news of my latest children's poetry book — Does Your Goblin Have a Problem? This book is a collaboration with the amazing illustrator Arianne Hemlein. She and I worked together for our previous children's book — What Makes a Giraffe Laugh?

We're back with our newest book — Does Your Goblin Have a Problem? It's the perfect gift for the Halloween season and for monster-lovers everywhere. The book features rhyming poems about witches, vampires, ghosts, zombies and assorted creatures like ogres, werewolves and, of course, goblins! While the poems feature spooky places like haunted houses and cemeteries, there are also playful characters like the Shoeless Horseman, a mummy with a grumblin' tummy, and a baseball pitcher named Skeleton Jones. Savor devilish dishes with "Desserts to Die For." Feast your eyes on glowing pumpkins. Get wicked tips for trick-or-treating. The book includes groan-worthy puns and spooky fun to tingle the spine and tickle the funny bone. 

What Makes a Giraffe Laugh? features rhyming poems, parodies, limericks, free verse and shape poems about all sorts of animals from ants, frogs and squirrels to bears, alligators and sloths. There are poems featuring a surfing llama, a tennis-playing kangaroo, and a rock star octopus. 

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