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Jacqueline Woodson named US Young People’s Poet Laureate

In the US, Jacqueline Woodson has been selected as the new Young People’s Poet Laureate and will succeed current laureate Kenn Nesbitt., reports Publishers Weekly. The Poetry Foundation president Robert Polito described Woodson as ‘an elegant, daring, and restlessly innovative writer…. Her gifts, adventurousness and generosity suggest she will be a terrific Young People’s Poet Laureate’. Woodson’s most recent book Brown Girl Dreaming (Penguin US) won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature and was a Newbery Honour book. The laureateship, which comes with a US$25,000 (A$32,500) award, aims to promote poetry to children, families, teachers and librarians.

 

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