Happy Accident Still Brings Polisar New Fans

ABOVE: Polisar, circa 1980 (from his website)

Barry Louis Polisar began writing and singing for children in 1975, but many know him from his song, “All I Want is You.” It was used in the opening credits of the film Juno in 2007.

The song’s inclusion on the soundtrack was serendipitous — Juno’s director was searching for another title on iTunes when a mistype led him to Polisar’s 1977 recording.

“That was a great accident, and it’s brought me a whole new set of fans,” Polisar says.

Polisar's song "All I Want is You" features in the opening credits of Juno. 

Polisar, Barry Louis - full with guitar -  Photo Copyright Michael G. Stewart.jpgPolisar wrote his first story just for fun when he was 8 years old.

“And you know what? Even though I make my living as a writer I still write for fun,” he says.

He’s authored hundreds of songs, poems and children’s books, and though he loves doing so, Polisar never expected to make it his career.

“I went to college to be a teacher, and while I was in college I was invited to a school to perform,” Polisar says. “I sang some songs I had written and the kids nearly fell out of their seats with laughter.”

Polisar continues to sing in schools, libraries and art centers throughout the country. He has also performed at The White House, The Smithsonian and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. His visit to the Festival will be part performance, part author visit as he shares sing-alongs, story songs, poems and books.


Story reprinted: 2016 SD Festival of Books Guide by South Dakota Magazine staff.