Born in Baltimore, Carole Boston Weatherford earned a BA from American University, an MA from the University of Baltimore, and an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has written more than 40 books, including Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom (2006), winner of an NAACP Image Award, a Coretta Scott King Award, and a Caldecott Honor; Becoming Billie Holiday (2008); Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane (2008); Birmingham, 1963 (2007), winner of a Jefferson Cup and Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award; and The Sound That Jazz Makes (2000), winner of a Carter G. Woodson Award from the National Council for Social Studies. She often writes about African American history, families and traditions, and jazz. In an interview, Weatherford says, “When I was growing up, there was no multicultural literature. … So that was a void in my life. I was just happy to see that there were so many more opportunities for my kids to read books about children of color.”

Weatherford is the winner of a Ragan-Rubin Award for Literary Achievement from the North Carolina English Teachers Association and the North Carolina Award for Literature. She lives in North Carolina and teaches at Fayetteville State University.

Poems by Carole Boston Weatherford