Poetry is taking its roots in the African continent from the unwritten books of glorified ancestors. And many sons and daughters who have found fame outside Africa for their contribution to literature are worth celebrating. On finding a jewel in the rubble one can say Kwame Alexander is a perfect find.
Kwame Alexander who was born on August 21, 1968 has his heritage as a Ghanaian and is a poet, educator, and the New York Times Bestselling author of 30 books. He attended Virginia Tech and runs a Bookinaday program to introduce children to writing and publishing. His books includes THE UNDEFEATED, HOW TO READ A BOOK, SWING, REBOUND, which was shortlisted for prestigious Carnegie Medal, and, his NEWBERY medal-winning middle grade novel, THE CROSSOVER.
Some of his other works include BOOKED, a NATIONAL BOOK AWARD Nominee, THE PLAYBOOK: 52 RULES TO HELP YOU AIM, SHOOT, AND SCORE IN THIS GAME OF LIFE, and the picture books SURF’S UP, and OUT OF WONDER, which won the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award. Kwame is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including The Coretta Scott King Author Honor, The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Prize, Three NAACP Image Award Nominations, the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award, The Dominion Energy Strong Men and Women of Virginia, and he is the 2018 NEA Read across America Ambassador.
Kwame’s belief in the power of poetry and literature to inspire, engage, and empower young people is the guiding force behind the #AllBooksForAllKids initiative he created in partnership with Follett. Kwame is the Founding Editor of VERSIFY, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers whose mission is to Change the World One Word at a Time.
He’s led cultural exchange delegations to Brazil, Italy, Singapore, and Ghana, where he built the Barbara E. Alexander Memorial Library and Health Clinic, as a part of LEAP for Ghana, an international literacy program he co-founded.
Kwame Alexander is an icon for Africans and poetry lovers and continuously exemplifies his life in writing for all to benefit.