At the tender age of 10, Karli McKinnon of Fort Frances has become a published writer, with her first poem appearing in the newly-released “Chicken Soup for the Pre-Teen Soul.”
“I read an article about the book and I wrote them a letter,” McKinnon said. “I didn’t think I was entering a contest.”
McKinnon was surprised when she received a postcard telling her that her poem had been entered into the contest.
“There were 5,200 submissions to the contest,” she noted. “I was very surprised to be one of them.”
After a few months, McKinnon received another notice telling her that her poem would be published in the book, which is now available on bookstore shelves.
She also was asked to send along personal information about herself to be used in the author’s biography section of the publication.
“I was very excited about the whole thing,” McKinnon admitted. “One of my teachers told all the kids at school about my poem being accepted. The kids thought it was pretty neat.”
Her poem is found on the first page of the section entitled “Death and Dying,” although she said the poem is not really about death and is more open to interpretation.
“They put it under that title,” McKinnon remarked. “But it doesn’t really mean one thing. It can be about anything you want.”
Needless to say, McKinnon enjoys reading and writing in her spare time. “I read pretty much anything,” she remarked. “I like to write a lot, too.”
When asked if she has any aspirations to be a writer, McKinnon replied, “I don’t really want to write books. I want to be a journalist and work at a newspaper.”