What is a Young People’s Poet Laureate?
Awarded by the Poetry Foundation for a two-year tenure, the young people’s poet laureate aims to raise awareness that young people have a natural receptivity to poetry and are its most appreciative audience, especially when poems are written specifically for them.
Jacqueline Woodson was born in Ohio and grew up in South Carolina and Brooklyn. She is the author of over 30 books for young people, including Hush (2002), Locomotion (2003), and Coming on Home Soon (2004). Her recent book Brown Girl Dreaming (2014), a novel in verse about Woodson’s family and segregation in the South, won the National Book Award and the Newbery Honor Award. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her family.