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HUM 7 - Independent Reading 2020: Kwame Alexander



Pronouns: He/him
Originally from: Born in New York City
Fun fact: Kwame does his writing in a studio he built, which has huge windows, a large painting of John Coltrane, 3000 books, heated floors, a blue couch, and a loft

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times Bestselling author of 32 books, including "Swing," "Rebound" (which was shortlisted for prestigious Carnegie Medal), "The Undefeated" illustrated by Kadir Nelson, "How To Read A Book" illustrated by Melissa Sweet, and, his Newbery Medal-winning middle grade novel, "The Crossover."

Visual Poetry In "The Crossover"

Books on Sora


  • 2015 Newbery Medal for "The Crossover"
  • 2020 Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Text ("The Undefeated")

"Poetry is like the human soul entire distilled into very few words and they’re power packed. You can get a whole beginning, middle, and end in 10 lines. Poetry, because of the language we choose, because of the metaphors we use, we can make the reader feel something pretty powerful in those few words." —Kwame Alexander, in an interview with Reading Rockets