Nikki Grimes, a New York Times bestselling poet, won the ALAN Award for Outstanding Contributions to Young Adult Literature in 2020. Her notable works include the modern classic Bronx Masquerade, the award-winning verse novel Dark Sons on the life of Ishmael, the memoir in verse Ordinary Hazards, which won the Printz Award, Siebert Honor, and Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, the celebrated Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance, and the New York Times bestseller Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice. Grimes has been included in the pages of IMAGE Journal of Arts and Religion, World, Today's Christian Woman, Poetry Magazine, Hunger Mountain, and the Academy of American Poets series, Poem a Day, among others. He is the author of ALA Notable Poetry Books Coming Sunday, At Jerusalem's Gate, and Voices of Christmas. Her poetry has appeared in various collections, including The Golden Shovel Anthology, where she was nominated for the Pushkin Prize. Grimes is a Corona, California native.