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  • River of Words Awards 2006


  • Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass returned to the Library of Congress to moderate a program honoring the student winners of the 10th annual River of Words environmental poetry and art contest. Young poets and artists, in kindergarten through 12th grade from around the country, read their poems, displayed their winning works of art and talked with Hass about their work. Connie McDonald, the River of Words Teacher of the Year, also was honored. She teaches at the Louisiana State Lab School in Baton Rouge. The ceremony, which honors the winners and their families, included the presentation of awards in four categories: --International Award: Leung Man Wai, 11, Hong Kong, China --Poetry Grand Prizes: Avery Forsythe, 8, Crested Butte, Colo.; Devin Felter, 12, New Windsor, N.Y.; Audrey Larkin, 12, San Francisco, Calif; Diana Chien, 17, Holmdel, N.J. --Art Grand Prizes: Keeley Christiansen, 6, Watsonville, Calif.; Kieran McElvaney, 9, Marietta, Ga.; You Na Park, 15, Lorton, Va.; John Dixon,17, Hollister, Calif. --Monkey's Raincoat Haiku Prize: Clay McMullen, 11, Chesterfield, Ohio Hass and writer Pamela Michael founded River of Words in 1995 to promote literacy, the arts and environmental awareness. Hass said, "Our goal is to help children fall in love with the earth." A nonprofit organization, River of Words offers a wide range of educational opportunities for teachers and students, as well as local partnership and community outreach programs, publications and exhibitions. "We help children become informed, engaged and inspired citizens of the places they live," said co-founder Michael. River of Words recently opened one of the first art galleries in the country devoted to children's art. More than 50 paintings by this year's contest winners will be displayed at the gallery in Berkeley, Calif., in June.


  • Library of Congress
  • Library of Congress. Literary Initiatives Office, sponsoring body

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  • Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 2006-04-22.


  • -  Literature
  • -  Performing Arts, Music


  • -  Group name: Poets Laureate. 51
  • -  Classification: Language and Literature.
  • -  Robert Hass.
  • -  Recorded on 2006-04-22.
  • -  Kids, Families.
  • -  Teachers.


  • 1 online resource

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  • 2021687762

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  • video
  • image
  • online text

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