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Kwame Alexander

author • speaker • educator

BIOGRAPHY

Bio

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times Bestselling author of 24 books, including SOLO, a Young Adult Novel, and THE CROSSOVER, a middle grade novel which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American literature for Children, the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor, The NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, and the Paterson Poetry Prize. Kwame writes for children of all ages. Some of his other works include THE PLAYBOOK: 52 RULES TO HELP YOU AIM, SHOOT, AND SCORE IN THIS GAME OF LIFE; the picture books, ANIMAL ARK and OUT OF WONDER, and the follow-up to The Crossover, REBOUND.

The recipient of the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award, Kwame believes that poetry can change the world, and he uses it to inspire and empower young people through his Writing Workshop. He travels the world planting seeds of literary love: Singapore, Brazil, Italy, France, Shanghai, and recently, Alexander led a delegation of 20 writers and activists to Ghana, where they delivered books, built a library, and provided literacy professional development to 300 teachers, as a part of LEAP for Ghana, an International literacy program he co-founded. Kwame is the host of the literary variety/talk show, Bookish, which airs Wednesdays on Facebook Watch.

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