Enjoy this very special conversation between multi-award winning author & poet Jacqueline Woodson and El Segundo Poet Laureate & award winning author Hope Anita Smith.
Jacqueline Woodson received a 2020 MacArthur Fellowship, the 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award, the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and the 2018 Children's Literature Legacy Award, and she was the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Her NY Times bestselling memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, won the National Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor, and the NAACP Image Award. Her dozens of books for young readers include Coretta Scott King Award and NAACP Image Award winner Before the Ever After, NY Times bestsellers The Day You Begin and Harbor Me, Newbery Honor winners Feathers, Show Way, and After Tupac and D Foster, and Each Kindness, which won the Jane Addams Children's Book Award.
Hope Anita Smith is El Segundo’s inaugural Poet Laureate. She is an award-winning author, poet, illustrator, and motivational speaker. She has garnered the Coretta Scott King Award, American Library Association Notable Children’s Book Award, and School Library Journal’s Best Book of 2008. Smith teaches poetry-writing workshops to writers of all ages. She attended La Sierra University, California, where she majored in English. Smith, a native of Akron, Ohio, now resides in Los Angeles, California.