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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 announce the launch of my newest book — What Makes a Giraffe Laugh? — on June 20, 2022. This collection of children's poetry about animals is illustrated by Cary, NC, artist Arianne Hemlein with poems by Michael Beadle.

The book 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. 

What Makes a Giraffe Laugh? is currently available for pre-orders at 

Look here for more news on book events in the coming weeks....

Thanks so much for your continued support!

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June 22, 2022 — Book Launch @ Raleigh Brewing, 7-8:30. p.m. (Raleigh, NC)

July 23, 2022 — Book Event with mystery author Eric Lodin @ Barnes & Noble in Village District, 2-4 p.m. (Raleigh, NC)

July 30, 2022 — Book Event @ NOFO @ the Pig, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. (Raleigh NC)

Aug. 14, 2022 — Book Event @ Food and Flea, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. (downtown Cary, NC)

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