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Jack Prelutsky Biography and Poems

Jack Prelutsky Biography and Poems. This is biographical information on Jack Prelutsky, one of the best poets of all time. This biography page also provides a link to poems written by Prelutsky, as well as, a video biography...if available.

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Prelutsky, Jack

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Jack Prelutsky is an American creator of inventive poems for children and adults alike. He served as the Poetry Foundation’s Children’s Poet Laureate from 2006 to 2008.


Jack Prelutsky (born September 8, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American poet noted for his children's poems. He attended New York public schools, and later the High School of Music and Art and Hunter College. Prelutsky, who has also worked as a busboy, furniture mover, folk singer, and cab driver, claims that he hated poetry in grade school because of the way it was taught.

He is the author of more than 50 poetry collections including Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep (1976), The Mean Old Mean Hyena (1978), and Something BIG Has Been Here (1990) [1]. He has also compiled numerous children's anthologies comprised of poems of others.

He currently lives in Washington state with his wife, Carolynn.

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