2020 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People Winner of 7 – 12
NM AZ Book Prize for Poetry-AZ
“…Piñata Moon deftly explores the complex issues of teen suicide and the effects it can have on the people it leaves behind. Seen through the lens of a Tucson teenager, Anderson’s narrative considers the value of life and its potential, as well as the questions left unanswered after the sudden, jarring absence of a loved one. Partly an ode to the desert landscape, the striking imagery and poetic language serves as a warm background for a cold subject, creating a juxtaposition that fuels the piecemeal story toward a daring conclusion that pushes the reader into existential reflection. Edgy, inventive, and sincere, Anderson gives the reader a new look at an old medium, creating a unique experience that keeps hold of the reader long after the last page has been turned.”
— Joe Buckler, Pine Reads Review
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I'll be at the Indie Pavilion on Sunday from 12:15-2:15. Come by and say hi. Last I heard, the Tucson Festival of Books hasn't been cancelled. Here are a few other places you can find the book. Brave Book Section at the University of Arizona Poetry Center Young Adult...read more
I love doing writing workshops and I had a great time at Tanque Verde High School presenting Piñata Moon! I lead writing workshops as the artist in residence at Environmental Education Exchange: https://www.eeexchange.org/staff-overview-1 Special thanks to Carol...read more
Thrilled for the book to have won the Poetry Book prize. Thank you to everyone who has read the book and shared it with others.read more