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January 2019

Fragile

Time is no tender
to buy, beg, steal or barter.
Each minute, fragile,
gone in the blink of God's eye.
Each New Year, a gift.

by Nikki Grimes

As I look toward the new year, I like to take a moment to reflect on the year that just passed.  This time around, I found photographs that capture many of the year's highlights.  You know what they say: a picture is worth a thousand words.  Well, here are a few thousand, for you. Happy New Year!

Arnold Adoff Poetry Award
January: Seeing the Rose Parade floats up close was a day of oohs and ahhh. I'll start off 2019 with a return visit!
Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for Middle Readers
February: Two groups of friends joined me at Vroman's Bookstore to launch Between the Lines, my companion novel to Bronx Masquerade.
Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for Middle Readers
February: Two groups of friends joined me at Vroman's Bookstore to launch Between the Lines, my companion novel to Bronx Masquerade.
Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for Middle Readers
March: Meeting Yo-Yo Ma at a private dinner, sharing a book of poetry with him, and enjoying his spontaneous cello solo across the table from me was an amazing highlight of the year.
Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for Middle Readers
April: Catching up with Guadalupe Garcia McCall at TLA at a gathering of poets, then meeting fans during my signing at the Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College, where I spoke, were pluses.
Nikki's portrait
May: This amazing portrait awaited me at a school visit, then, later that month, One Last Word was named an E.B. White Read-Aloud Middle Grade Honor Book.
Nikki Grimes Artist in Residence
June: During my Artist Residency at Highlights Foundation, I had the pleasure of working with these ladies in a workshop.
Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for Middle Readers
August: A moment of reflection at the World Trade Center Memorial Pool in NY.
Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for Middle Readers
September: A trip to Scotland checked one more thing off my bucket-list! I enjoyed Edinburgh and fell in love with the Highlands when I visited the Isle of Skye! Unbelievably beautiful.
October: A good friend took me to see the King Tut Exhibit for my birthday! So fun.
Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for Middle Readers
November: Visited the Harriet Tubman Museum in Auburn, NY, and met two of Tubman's descendants! What a thrill. I never thought writing would lead to such a monumental moment.
Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for Middle Readers
Toured the home of Harriet Tubman, under renovation. I leaned against the wall and touched the bricks, some of which were made by Tubman's own hands. 
Joseph Bruchac
I ended my trip North with the Rochester Children's Book Festival where I got to catch up with good friends, including Joseph Bruchac.
Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for Middle Readers
Oh! And there were awards and award ceremonies!
Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for Middle Readers
December: I'm grateful for the angel atop my tree, and the angels in my life watching over me throughout the year.

Until next month—

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