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Kwame Alexander & Damani Johnson Receive 2023 Humanitas Nomination!

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Honored and thrilled to share that Kwame Alexander and Damani Johnson received a 2023 Humanitas award nomination for The Crossover ("X's & O's" episode), in the category of Children's teleplay (live-action or animation)! Since 1974, The Humanitas Prizes have been awarded to honor professional film and television writers whose work exemplifies the art of screenwriting while exploring the human condition in a nuanced, meaningful way. Congratulations to the entire production team, cast, and crew of [...] read more

Upcoming Summer Events in Atlanta, Chautauqua, & Martha's Vineyard!

Friday, July 28, 2023

Heading back out on the road for a series of upcoming events. If you're planning to be in Atlanta, Chatauqua, or Martha's Vineyard, we'd love to see you! Saturday, July 29 National Book Club Conference 11:00am ET Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center Atlanta, GA Wednesday, August 2 Chautauqua Institution Lecture Series 10:45am ET Chautauqua Amphitheatre Chautauqua, NY Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6 [...] read more

WHY FATHERS CRY AT NIGHT: Book Release, Tour & Podcast!

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

I’m going on a world tour…AGAIN! And, I’ll be talking about the thing my dad says I love to talk about the most. Me. Oh my. Seriously though, this book is different from anything I’ve ever written. It’s my memoir, Why Fathers Cry at Night . I’ll be sharing stories on tour about longing, love, and loss, discussing the lessons we’ve learned - and unlearned - and the ones we are still learning, with some special friends along the way. Come meet me [...] read more
"The Crossover" Poster, Streaming April on Disney+

"The Crossover" Streaming on Disney+

Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Based on the critically-acclaimed best-selling novel in-verse by Kwame Alexander, “The Crossover” introduces teen brothers Josh and Jordan Bell, widely considered basketball phenoms. Through his lyrical poetry, an adult version of Josh, aka Filthy McNasty, narrates the story of he and his brother’s coming of age, on and off the court, as their former professional basketball player father adjusts to life after basketball, and their mother finally pursues lifelong dreams of her own. Streaming April 5 on Disney+ Check out the trailer below or watch [...] read more
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An American Story

Sunday, February 19, 2023

"A story not of Black America but of America, a history we all must own." Nikole Hannah-Jones, award-winning journalist and creator of “The 1619 Project,” reviews An American Story for the New York Times . Read the full review here (note, subscription may be required to access). "They see books as mirrors." Kwame Alexander recently spoke with ABC News' Linsey Davis about [...] read more
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Kwame's Upcoming Book Tour

Monday, October 3, 2022

January 3 at 12 Noon EST Key West, FL Kwame will do a live reading from Books & Books Streaming live at January 5 at 6:30 pm EST Raleigh, NC Kwame Alexander and illustrator Dare Coulter in Conversation Quail Ridge Books January 10 at 7:00 pm EST Jacksonville, FL With Kwame Alexander and illustrator Dare Coulter [...] read more
book cover of Light for the World to See by Kwame Alexander

Light for the World to See

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

A powerful and provocative collection of poems that cut to the heart of the entrenched racism and oppression in America and eloquently explores ongoing events. A book in the tradition of James Baldwin’s “A Report from Occupied Territory,” Light for the World to See is a rap session on race. A lyrical response to the struggles of Black lives in our world . . . to America’s crisis of conscience . . . to the centuries of loss, endless resilience, and unstoppable hope. Support your local bookstore by ordering HERE [...] read more
cover of Vamos

Changing the world, one word at a time.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Versify, the publishing imprint founded by Kwame Alexander is proud to celebrate our 2020 Award Winners. Vamos : Let's Go to the Market by Raul the III (Pura Belpre Illustrator Award and Massachusetts and Massachusetts Book Award) Anya and the Dragon by Sofiya Pasternak (Sidney Taylor Jewish Book Award Honor) White Rose by Kip Wilson (Massachusetts Book Award Honor) Emmy in the Key of Code by Aimee Lucido (ILA Children’s and Young Adult book award for Intermediate Fiction) The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson [...] read more
cover of Becoming Muhammad Ali

Becoming Muhammad Ali

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Co-authored with the world's best-selling novelist, James Patterson, Becoming Muhammad Ali is about the childhood of Cassius Clay, and it's a knockout. In bookstores and libraries everywhere. Support your local bookstore by ordering HERE Click HERE for Barnes & Noble or HERE for Books-a-Million. Watch Kwame and James on The Today Show [...] read more