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What is it like to be a student athlete? Basketballer, runner, swimmer, cyclist, gymnast, pitcher, wrestler, football, tennis or lacrosse player? And what is it like to balance school, practice, work, family life, love, and all that competing? What is it like for the heart, the mind, and the body? What is it like for the spirit?


Rhyme & Rhythm: Poems for Student Athletes captures through exquisite and heart-felt poetry the lives, pains, sufferings, revelations, grit, and triumphs of the student athlete. On the track, on the diamond, on the court, on the street, in the home, in the ring, and through all walks of life. More than forty renown poets have come together to illustrate the tightrope walk, the personal challenges, and the self-discovery of this amazing and often overlooked group of people. Dive in and discover the poetic life, both the rhyme and the rhythm, of the student athlete.



"Full of heart, hope and hoops, this vital anthology is more than just a book of sports poems, it is an inspirational book of life. As a sports mom, I am excited to share this gem with my son and his friends. It is the perfect love letter to student athletes from some of the most recognized names in poetry today, such as Nikki Grimes and Padma Venkatraman, curated by one of the most gifted educators in the nation, this book is life-giving at a time when we need this the most."


Margarita Longoria, Librarian & editor of Living Beyond Borders



"Rhyme & Rhythm: Poems for Student Athletes, edited by Sarah Donovan, is so much more than an anthology of poems about sports. The talented poets use the topic of sports as a backdrop for writing poems full of self-realization and identity. They take on topics such as diversity and equality, told from the student athlete’s point of view. It is a book full of poems that all teens can connect to, and that teachers will share with their classes."

Stacy Mozer, Sporty Girl Books




with J.M. Allen, Sarah Allen, Dick Altman, Kristin Bartley Lenz, Erin Becker, Tamara Belko, Alu Bility, Lossine Bility, Joe Bisicchia, Stefani Boutelier, Beth Brody, Bryan Ripley Crandall, Mary E. Cronin, Chris Crowe, Sarah J. Donovan, Zetta Elliott, Nikki Fragala Barnes, Glenda Cowen-Funk, Nikki Grimes, Valerie Hunter, Kim Johnson, Stacey Joy, Sandra Marchetti, Dennis McGonagle, Linda Mitchell, Lisa Moore Ramee, Heidi Mordhorst, Gae Polisner, John G. Rodwan, Jr., Anna J. Small Roseboro, Pastel Schway, Laura Shovan, Margaret Simon, Kate Sjostrom, Krista Surprenant, Natalia Sylvester, Lisa Timpf, Celeste Trimble, Padma Venkatraman, Karen J. Weyant, Ismee Williams, Tanya Winder, Seana Hurd-Wright, and Robin Yardi 

ISBN: 978-1-7352531-5-2

e-Book (also available in Paperback)

Rhyme & Rhythm: Poems for Student Athletes

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