Want to get to know some of the creative writing masters behind “Take My Word For It!”? Meet this month’s teacher spotlight, Annie Rovzar!

Name: Annie Rovzar

Currently working at: Claire Lilienthal Elementary

Hometown: San Juan Capistrano, California

What’s your favorite bookstore? Green Apple

What’s your favorite VERB? I love the diversity of verbs out there too much to single out just one verb. But I will say that I'm delighted by verbs that also function as nouns, like "surfaces" for example.

If your life was a book, what would be the title? "Why I Wake Early"

Did a teacher or another writer inspire you to write? How?

Yes, there have been many! I think the first person who ever inspired me to write was my best friend in grade school...I remember she once wrote a poem about the beach, and there was a line in it that went something like "the crashing waves are a screaming tea kettle". I think we were in fourth grade then, and at the time, the metaphor really blew my mind and inspired me to start writing. In high school, I was quite moved by the poetry of e.e. cummings, William Blake, and Emily Dickinson...each in their own way awakened this deep desire in me to encounter the world through language. There have been so many poets and writers since then who've continued to inspire me, but those three definitely made a claim on my life that's stayed with me years later.