We are so proud to announce that Jacqueline Woodson has been named the Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. Awarded every two years, this title is given to a writer in recognition of their devotion to writing poetry for young audiences. Woodson will work with the Poetry Foundation on issues relating to young readers and engage in projects intended to help instill a love of poetry in children.
“Jacqueline Woodson is an elegant, daring, and restlessly innovative writer,” said Poetry Foundation president Robert Polito in a statement. “So many writers settle on a style and a repertoire of gestures and subjects, but Woodson, like her characters, is always in motion and always discovering something fresh. As she once told an interviewer, ‘If you have no road map, you have to create your own.’ Her gifts, adventurousness and generosity, suggest she will be a terrific young people’s poet laureate.”