The Poetry Foundation named Jacqueline Woodson the Young People’s Poet Laureate.
The two-year $25,000 award names one especially prestigious poet dedicated to creating a welcoming and inviting world of poetry, especially for young people. The laureate advises the Poetry Foundation on matters relating to young people’s literature and works on projects to ensure a lifetime love of poetry in young readers.
According to Poetry Foundation president Robert Polito in a press release, Woodson “is an elegant, daring, and restlessly innovative writer. […] Woodson, like her characters, is always in motion and always discovering something fresh.”
Woodson’s work includes Beneath a Meth Moon and Brown Girl Dreaming. She has won the Margaret A. Edwards award, a St. Katherine Drexel Award, and countless others. Beneath a Meth Moon is currently being adapted for the screen.
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