Nikki Grimes, author of this year's winner of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award!
It was my pleasure to serve with other esteemed poetry people on the committee to select this award... what a lovely experience it was to talk books and poetry and language and art -- and it was tough, too!
One of the most challenging things about the process is comparing books for young readers to books for older readers... it forces one to set aside individual aesthetics and preferences and really look at each book as a package. We all agreed that ONE LAST WORD is one phenomenal package, filled with beauty, hope, art, and some powerful wordsmithing.
AND, in the year since this book's release, we've seen so many writing Golden Shovel poems! This was not something the committee was charged with recognizing, but it's definitely something I find noteworthy. Here are some links to some Golden Shovel poems by friends in the Poetry Friday community:
Margaret Simon's students using "A Letter in October" by Ted Kooser
more from Margaret and her students
a slew of Poetry Friday Friends at Laura Shovan's blog - Laura's poem is after "The Red Wheelbarrow" by William Carlos Williams
Holly Mueller's poem is after "The Summer Day" by Mary Oliver
Sara Lewis Holmes' poem uses "Pied Beauty" by Gerard Manly Hopkins (and also includes links to other Poetry Sisters' Golden Shovels)
Carmelo Martino over at Teaching Authors uses a poem by Gwendolyn Brooks (for other poems honoring Gwendolyn Brooks, see this anthology of Golden Shovels!)
Carol Varsalona uses a quote to create her Golden Shovel
Donna Smith writes after Rupert Brooke's "The Treasure"
Donna Smith uses a Theophrastus quote about time
Linda Mitchell after a photo caption on display at a super cool tiny museum about the Suquamish People of the Pacific Northwest.
Buffy Silverman using "Tree for All" by Irene Latham (from DEAR WANDERING WILDEBEEST)
Ruth Hersey writes after a line from Paul Simon
Heidi Mordhorst uses a line from "Making Peace" by Denise Levertov
Kay McGriff using Langston Hughes' "I Dream a World"
Mary Lee Hahn writes after Malvina Reynolds' song "Let it Be"
***Be sure to check out new poems created for Michelle's DMC March 2018 Challenge here***
...and I know there are so many more! If you'd like your link included, please just share in comments, and I will add them in.
Meanwhile, thank you, Nikki, for this book and and all the ways it has inspired us! (More on how this book inspired ME very soon! :)
Also, big thanks to Lee for creating and supporting this annual award, which we learned isn't going anywhere. Thanks to Lee's generosity, it will continue to recognize and inspire poets for years and years to come!