An Evening with Kwame Alexander!

October 1, 2015

Kwame Alexander

Mark your calendar: Wednesday, October 21, 2015, and join Kwame Alexander for a lively and entertaining evening of poetry at Bellingham High School, in the Auditorium.

Activities get going at 5:45pm with poetry performances and exhibits by local students. Alexander will speak and read from his multi-award-winning book, The Crossover, starting at 6:30pm, followed by book sales and author signing.

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and New York Times Bestselling author of 21 books, including The Crossover, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American literature for Children, the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor, The NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, and the Passaic Poetry Prize.

Kwame Alexander’s visit to Bellingham marks the official launch of Poetry CHaT, a collection of resources, ideas and curricula designed to help educators share their love of poetry with children and teens. The PoetryCHaT Children & Teen Poetry Collection is housed at Western Washington University Library and includes materials written and published for children and teens, birth through age 20, from 1920 on. PoetryCHaT is on Facebook, too.

In connection with the launch, Alexander will be the featured author for Compass to Campus and will also participate in a conversation about writing at a by-invitation luncheon for WWU MFA and undergrad writing students.

The Wednesday event at Bellingham High School is free and suitable for poetry, hip-hop and basketball enthusiasts of all ages.


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