di-VERSE-ity: Racially and culturally diverse authors

I just came across this lovely post from versenovels.com and had to share it with our Vamos a Leer readers. We love verse novels, and are giving away a copy of Margarita Engle’s The Lightning Dreamer now! It’s our featured novel for next month. Check out the post for great recommendations of other verse novel authors.

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As part of our Di-verse-ity celebration, I’d like to highlight a few verse novel authors from racially and culturally diverse backgrounds.

Nikki Grimes

Nikki is African American and the author of several novels in verse including her latest WORDS WITH WINGS which was just a Coretta Scott King Author Honor book.

Words with WingsA Girled Named MisterBronx Masquerade

Here are a few words of wisdom from Nikki’s blog: 

“… the next time you come across a poet who clearly demonstrates a gift for this genre, don’t tell him to hide his light under a basket. Instead, tell poets to be smart about their choice of subject, to research the market to make sure their ideas haven’t already been done, to consider the needs of school curriculum and shape their work accordingly so that their books of poetry will be as marketable as possible. Encourage them to consider narrative books in verse—novels, biographies, historical fiction, creative non-fiction”

Margarita Engle

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