Here are links to videos of them talking about what winning the fellowship ($500,000 divided evenly over the next five years - no strings attached) means to them. What Ryan has to say about things being "bound by sound" and about how rhyme can make connections all on its own is just what I believe. What she says about rhyme and hokum made me laugh out loud! Not many people, when talking about getting a "genius" grant, would be that funny and self-effacing.
I was going to add a small poem by Ryan (she has many small gems) but I want instead to urge you all to go look at the website ("Poetry at Play") for Poetry Advocates for Children and Young Adults (PACYA.) I'm proud to be part of the Advisory Board for this group of people working to encourage the love of poetry in children as they grow. PACYA has ambitious goals, and with the help of the internet, social networking and good, basic grassroots enthusiasm, we hope to reach those goals with the help of wonderful teachers, librarians, writers and readers of poetry around the country.
Today's Poetry Friday round-up can be found over at Sara Lewis Holmes's Read Write Believe. Head over there to see what other people have posted.
P.S. I covet that library Sara has in her new house!!!!