“Dear Emily Dickinson…”

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Today the Library of Congress announced the winners of the Letters About Literature Reading-Promotion Program, a program which kids from the ages of 9-18 write a letter to an author (living or dead) who impacted their lives. A fitting announcement for today, Shakespeare’s 445th birthday. Of 55,000 entrants, 2 national winners were chosen from each of three age groups. National winners get to designate their favorite library for a $10,000 grant and get a $500 gift card to Target. 

The winners wrote to widely varying authors, from Rudyard Kipling (regarding his poem “If”)  Blake E.S. Taylor (“ADHD & Me”). A list of all the winners and their letters can be seen at the Library of Congress Center for the Book website.

Acacia has lived in DC since graduating from Vassar College with degrees in English and Italian. She cries daily at the thought of her imminent departure from this beloved city, as she will begin a Fulbright teaching grant in the Campania region, Italy come October. She’ll be blogging that experience too. Get at her: acaciaO@welovedc.com or follow her on twitter.

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