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Matt Forrest Esenwine

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As a radio broadcaster, Matt spent a good deal of time writing and producing commercials and comedy bits. He also wrote poetry, which was published in various national journals and anthologies including the Donald Hall tribute, "Except for Love" (Encircle, 2019). Little did he know all this short-form writing would lead to his debut picture book, "Flashlight Night" (Astra Young Readers, 2017), which received numerous positive reviews including a Kirkus star, and was selected by the New York Public Library as one of the Best Books for Kids 2017.

Other picture books include "Once Upon Another Time" (Beaming Books, March 2021), co-authored with Charles Ghigna, "I Am Today" (POW! Kids Books, 2022), "Don't Ask a Dinosaur" (POW! Kids Books, 2018)
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Matt Forrest Esenwine I know it's a simple answer, but I'll usually just start writing about SOMETHING - it doesn't need to be about my project, it doesn't even need to be …moreI know it's a simple answer, but I'll usually just start writing about SOMETHING - it doesn't need to be about my project, it doesn't even need to be any good. But just the act of writing/thinking often opens up pathways to something better!(less)
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