Jacqueline Woodson, who studied at Adelphi University in the early 1980s and won the National Book Award in 2014 for a novel she wrote in verse, has been named the Young People's Poet Laureate by The Poetry Foundation.
The title is awarded every two years to a living writer in recognition of a career devoted to writing exceptional poetry for young readers. It comes with a $25,000 prize. The Poetry Foundation is a Chicago-based nonprofit literary foundation dedicated to sharing poetry with a wide audience.
The laureate advises the Poetry Foundation on matters relating to young people's literature and may engage in projects to help instill a lifelong love of poetry among kids, according to the foundation.
"Jacqueline Woodson is an elegant, daring, and restlessly innovative writer," Poetry Foundation president Robert Polito said in a press release.
Woodson grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and Brooklyn, where she lives now. She is the author of more than 30 books for children and young adults. Three of her books have been named Newbery Honor Books, and "Brown Girl Dreaming," about Woodson's family and segregation in the South, won a 2014 National Book Award.
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