Jacqueline Woodson named Young People’s Poet Laureate

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brown girl dreaming jacquline woodsonThe 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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Lauren is a college student working towards a degree in history and education. She writes a little and reads a lot. In addition to the YA world, her interests include historical nonfiction, showtunes, coffee, gender studies, and red lipstick.

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