Fridays@1: Jacqueline Woodson
Friday, October 21, 2022
1201: Elebash Recital Hall
Open to the Public
Part of the Unmasking Bias Series
Critically acclaimed author Jacqueline Woodson explores the issues of race, gender and class, giving her readers a sense of the nation’s secret history. The New York Times wrote “Jacqueline Woodson transformed children’s Literature. Now she’s writing for herself. The award-winning author is on a mission to diversify publishing — and why she turned back to adult readers with her new novel, Red at the Bone”.
In a NY Times op-ed, Ms. Woodson notes: “This mission is what's been passed down to me — to write stories that have been historically absent in this country's body of literature, to create mirrors for the people who so rarely see themselves inside contemporary fiction, and windows for those who think we are no more than the stereotypes they're so afraid of.
Ms. Woodson is best known for Miracle's Boys, and her Newbery Honor-winning titles Brown Girl Dreaming, After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers, and Show Way. After serving as the Young People's Poet Laureate from 2015 to 2017, she was named the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, by the Library of Congress, for 2018–19. She was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2020.