Next up on my month of reviews of multicultural Golden Sower nominees is author Nikki Grimes. As a foster child from a broken home, she moved from place to place, always saying goodbye to new friends. Reading and writing became her survival tools.
Growing up, books were everything to Nikki Grimes. Yet in all of her reading, she rarely anyone in them who looked like or who had her life experience. For that reason, she began to feel invisible. When she had no one else to talk to, Grimes wrote poems and stories about the things that were bothering her. She also vowed to one day write books about children who looked and felt like her. And so she did!
As a full-time writer, Grimes works six days a week, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and Easter. And, like Joseph Bruchac, her demanding schedule impresses me: An Author’s Life
Yet somehow Grimes finds time for other loves. For example, she loves to travel, learn new languages, and discover new cultures. She also sings and dances, exhibits her photography, and creates wearable-art jewelry. Due to limited time, this latter pursuit is now done only for family and the sheer joy of creating art.
In this little overview, I’ve only skimmed the highlights of the Nikki Grimes’ life. To dig deeper, read this interview transcript from Reading Rockets.