Hub Photo Challenge: Spine Poetry

PoetryApril is National Poetry Month and, in celebration, we challenge you to release your inner poet and create a book spine poem!

Spine poetry refers to the art of arranging books so that the titles on the spine form a poem. For this challenge, all you need to do is arrange any of the books that are included in the 2014 Hub Reading Challenge into a poem, take a photo and submit it to us!

Here’s an example from Hub manager Allison Tran:


We’ll post some of the best book spine poems on The Hub and one grand prize winner will receive a signed copy of Every Day by David Levithan! Here is the fine print:

  1. For privacy reasons, make sure there aren’t any people in your pictures, please!
  2. All entries must be sent to by April 25th to be considered. Please include your mailing address if you would like to be eligible to win the grand prize.
  3. Poems must be composed ONLY from book spines of 2014 Hub Reading Challenge eligible titles to be considered.
  4. Participants worldwide are welcome to participate just for fun, but the grand prize can only be mailed a winner located in the United States.
  5. By submitting your photo, you are consenting to its publication by YALSA on The Hub or any other YALSA social media accounts, though we are under no obligation to publish all submissions that we receive.

A selection of the best poems from our readers and bloggers will be posted at the end of the month to celebrate poetry and the winner will be announced at the same time. Good luck!

-Carli Spina, Hub Advisory Board member