“Good bruhs, baddies, and beloveds: I’ve just been named by the Poetry Foundation as the Young People’s Poet Laureate for 2022-2024. I am too amped to promote poetry to children and their families, and to devote myself to the vision I have of ensuring poetry reaches young people who often aren’t exposed to poetics, especially those outside of the mainland U.S.
Special thanks to @poetryfoundation for this recognition and the resources they’ll put behind my vision as a poetry advocate. And a shoutout to the list of phenomenal writers I join in the history of this laureateship, especially @jacqueline_woodson, who has always been a beacon I home in on in terms of how to have a writing career fully of integrity, humility, literary citizenship, and swag.
The Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, presented annually by ALAN, is an award in the United States for a book that exemplifies literary excellence, widespread appeal, and a positive approach to life in young adult literature. Named for Amelia Elizabeth Walden who was a pioneer in the field of Young Adult literature, it is presented annually to the author of a title selected by ALAN’s Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Committee. The 2021 Walden Award Press Release
“This novel has been humming underneath my skin for close to a decade and I’m delighted to share it with the world. Of all the places that could have helped usher it into being, it feels auspicious the manuscript landed in the careful hands of Ecco and my publishing family at HarperCollins. ¡Prepárense! This book is going from soft hum to full-throated chorus.”