Larson wrote a poem about Zelda Gordon, a Holocaust survivor born in Poland who now resides in Southern California. Gordon survived six death and concentration camps. Larson's poem describes Gordon’s courage in sneaking out after curfew to find bread for her friends in the ghetto, at considerable risk to herself.
The award was announced on March 4 during a ceremony at Chapman University in Orange, Calif. Following the ceremony, Larson had the opportunity to meet Zelda Gordon.