9-year-old’s poem published in Highlights magazine
September 19, 2008
By Tim Pfarr
“I was at a restaurant, and I was a bit bored, so I decided to write a poem,” he said.
Anthony Ackerman was 7 at the time. His poem was titled “Morning.”
“When he wrote that in the second grade, he was really into writing,” said Jodi Ackerman, his mother.
She said he had written short stories and cards, but never a poem.
“I thought it was neat and suggested he send it to Highlights,” she said.
Highlights is a children’s magazine founded in 1946 by Garry Cleveland Myers, Ph.D., and Caroline Myers. The magazine publishes work such as poems, short stories and art created by its readers. It receives 35,000 entries annually.
After Anthony submitted the poem, he quickly received a letter from the magazine.
Jodi said the letter explained how many entries the publication gets and told them they would publish the poem eventually if they could.
“We thought, ‘Oh, this is a big program,’” she said. “It was kind of disappointing.”
But in August, Anthony, now 9, got word that the poem he submitted almost two years earlier was going to be printed in the September issue.
“I’m really proud of him,” Jodi said. “He’s really proud of it.”
Anthony said his decision to write about the morning was really quite simple.
“I just chose a random topic,” he said.
But Jodi insists there was more to it than that.
“He would wake up before we would, and he was always good at being quiet and entertaining himself,” she said, adding that she thinks it was these early, solitary mornings that were the true inspiration for the poem.
Highlights will give Anthony three free copies of the issue. Anthony said he plans to put one copy on his wall above his bed, and possibly give the other two to close friends, or bring one to show his classmates at Briarwood Elementary School.
Anthony has not written any poems since. However, he now holds a perfect publication record.
Reach intern Tim Pfarr at 392-6434 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Morning” By Anthony Ackerman
Morning is bright.
Morning is quiet.
Morning is fun!
Morning is fun and quiet.