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Hopkins Award’s 25th anniversary event Oct. 12

The 25th annual Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award will be presented this Thursday evening (Oct. 12) at 7 p.m. to winner Jorge Argueta, author of Somos como las nubes/We Are Like the Clouds, and honor recipient Nikki Grimes, author of Garvey’s Choice.

cover image title "Somos como las nubes/We Are Like the Clouds" shows silohouettes of people with packages walking in a row plus two children sleeping under the moon, illustrator Alfonso Ruano

“Somos como las nubes/We Are Like the Clouds,” Jorge Argueta’s 2017 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award-winning book

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Jorge Argueta









Argueta will accept the award and the $1,000 prize, courtesy of Lee Bennett Hopkins, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, on the University Park campus. Grimes also will accept her honor during the event. Both are invited to speak during the event.

book cover of "Garvey's Choice" by Nikki Grimes, Coretta Scott King author, showing Laura Ingalls Wilder Award seal on top of illustration of dark house with lights shining into darkness, connected to telephone pole and line strung with musical notes

“Garvey’s Choice” by Nikki Grimes, Hopkins Poetry Award honor recipient

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Nikki Grimes










While attendees are strongly encouraged to attend the award ceremony in person to be on hand for some special surprises prepared for the silver anniversary event, those who are unable to be present are invited to tune in for the livestream beginning at 7 p.m. via Mediasite Live.

Read more about both books and authors from the award announcement posted this spring on Penn State News.