Award Winning Poet and Children’s Book Author Kwame Alexander Coming to UNCG and Bookmarks in September

Posted on July 01, 2015

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Kwame Alexander is a poet and author of eighteen books, includingThe Crossover, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. The Crossover is a novel in verse for young people.

Other works include Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band (the 2014 Michigan Reads One Book Selection), and the young adult novelHe Said, She Said (a Junior Library Guild Selection). He is the founder of Book-in-a-Day, a student-run publishing program that has created more than 3000 student authors; and LEAP for Ghana, an international literacy project that builds libraries, trains teachers, and empowers children through literature. He visits schools and libraries, has owned several publishing companies, written for stage and television (including TLC’s “Hip Hop Harry”), produced jazz and book festivals, and taught in a high school. In 2015, Kwame will serve as Bank Street College of Education’s first writer-in-residence. Visit him at

His visit and appearances at both UNCG and Bookmarks are sponsored by the University Libraries at UNCG with the support of the Pam and David Sprinkle Children’s Book Author and Storyteller Fund.

When and Where:

In Greensboro at UNCG, 7 p.m. September 14 in the Elliott University Center Auditorium and in Winston-Salem at the Bookmarks Festival, Saturday, September 12  (time to be announced). Both free and open to the public.

Reposted from Friends of the UNCG Libraries

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