ATCs for All: Authors and Poets

When I saw the Authors and Poets Swap on ATCs for All, I immediately conjured images that would be fun and easy to draw on 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ cards.

The challenge of this swap was to make three cards depicting three different  authors or poets. I always make an extra one for the swap organizer as way of thanking her for her initiative. To make the challenge a little more difficult, we had to draw or paint the images. Yikes! I’m no artist, but I do love a challenge. Here are my “mini works of art”…


Maya Angelou: Maya is a world renowned poet, author and political activist. This ATC depicts two of her books: Heart of a Woman and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Her autobiography is written in six (or is it seven) volumes, each one as fascinating as the next. Maya is a brilliant writer, whose autobiography reads like a novel. Her life story must be read, to be believed.


Jeannette Walls: In Half-broke HorsesJeannette tells the true story of her grandmother, Lily Casey Smith,a feisty frontier teacher, a rancher, a rodeo rider, a poker player, and bootlegger. Lily survives droughts, tornadoes, floods, poverty, and whatever else fate can throw against her. Another fantastic book by Jeannette  Walls. But you can’t stop here…

 In Jeannette’s first book, The Glass Castle, (which should, logically, should follow Half-broke Horses) she tells the true story of growing up in a highly dysfunctional family. She and her three siblings live with their nomadic parents, moving wherever the wind took them. Her father was a brilliant man who lived life fearlessly, never establishing roots for his family. Her mom, a gifted artist, painted while her children sat by frustrated and hungry. Jeannette’s story is riveting, so don’t start reading on a night when you have to get up early the next morning!


Maurice Sendak: The funny little creature I’ve drawn on this ATC is from Where the Wild Things Areby Maurice Sendak. This beautifully illustrated children’s book was recently made into a full-length movie.

Maurice also wrote Really Rosie, One was Johnnie, Chicken Soup with Rice, Alligators All Around and a host of other joyful children’s poems which were set to music by none other than Carol King.


Dr. Seuss: Probably the world’s best known and loved children’s author. His quotes are both brilliant and insightful. On this ATC I have drawn the famous hat from The Cat in the HatThe quote I’ve chosen is quote is one of my favourites. You’re never too old for Dr. Seuss!



On the back of every ATC, we must include the name of the ATC Swap, the date, our name and the ATC number (e.g., 1 of 2, 2 of 2, etc.). In this case, we are trading three cards with three different people plus an extra for the wonderful lady who organized the swap. It’s so much fun, and the theme changes with every swap!

Check out ATCs for All, I know you will find a swap that will be just right for you!