I am honored, gobsmacked, and proud that HIDDEN CITY: POEMS OF URBAN WILDLIFE has won the SCBWI Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award! (Read the press release here.) This book matters so deeply to me. It is a reflection of loves and truths I hold dear. The fact that it is getting this sort of recognition... that it is resonating with readers to such a degree... is truly wonderful. (As in, I feel wonder whenever I think about it.)
The Poetry Friday community has been incredibly supportive of HIDDEN CITY, and I'm very grateful to all of you for that. So, I'd like to celebrate this award with a Poetry Friday giveaway! For this giveaway, one lucky person will receive a signed copy of HIDDEN CITY and an additional surprise poetry book. To enter, respond in the comments of this post before 11:59 PM EST Sunday April 21st... and include in your comment three words about what inspires you to love and create poetry. Based on the winner's words, I'll select the surprise poetry book they'll receive!
What inspires me to love and create poetry? Wonder. Specificity. Sound.
Good luck! And... thank you.