POET'S PEN VOLUME 3
Author. Storyteller. Keynote Speaker. Educator.
Shutta Crum is an award-winning poet and children’s book writer and, also, an oft-requested speaker and presenter at writing conferences, libraries and schools. She is the author of a well-reviewed chapbook titled: WHEN YOU GET HERE (Kelsay Books, 2020). In addition, her poems for adults have appeared in numerous small press publications and literary journals since the 1970s. That includes Ann Arbor (W)rites, The Wayne Literary Review, The Huron River Review, Writers Reading at Sweetwaters, Current Magazine, Driftwood, Stoneboat Literary, Typehouse, Blue Mountain Review, CultureCult, Redshift 4, Orchards Poetry Journal, Better Than Starbucks, Nostos, Southern Poetry Review, ArtAscent. As well, a number of her poems appear in the AAR2 (the online version of the Ann Arbor Review).
She is also the author of thirteen picture books and three novels for young readers, all published by major publishers: Alfred A. Knopf, Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Albert Whitman, and Fitzhenry & Whiteside. In 2005 she was invited to read at the White House, and in 2010 toured Japan presenting to the students of the Dept. of Defense schools.
Shutta is always delighted about what poetry can bring to one’s life. It was through poetry that she met her husband when he was a co-editor of the Ann Arbor Review. When they married he brought with him his two children. Now, those children have given her grandchildren. “Poetry has shaped my whole life,” she says. “When I look at those grandchildren, I see poetry.”