• By Candace Brennan
  • Posted Thursday, March 24, 2016

Carole Boston Weatherford to Headline On the Same Poem 2016

Award-winning North Carolina author Carole Boston Weatherford will be the featured poet for Forsyth County Public Library’s On the Same Poem program for 2016. Ms. Weatherford will be reading from her acclaimed book, Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement at the Library’s On the Same Poem Luncheon in recognition of National Poetry Month.

Since her literary debut with Juneteenth Jamboree in 1995, Carole Boston Weatherford’s books have received many literary honors. Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom (2006), illustrated by Kadir Nelson, won a Caldecott Honor, the Coretta Scott King award for Illustration and an NAACP Image Award. Becoming Billie Holiday and Before John Was a Jazz Giant won Coretta Scott King Honors. Birmingham 1963 won the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, the Jane Addams Children’s Literature Honor and the Jefferson Cup from the Virginia Library Association. The Sound that Jazz Makes won the Carter G. Woodson Award from the National Council for the Social Studies and an NAACP Image Award nomination. Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins (2005) and Remember the Bridge: Poems of a People (2002) both won the North Carolina Juvenile Literature Award. Dear Mr. Rosenwald and Before John Was a Jazz Giant received Golden Kite Honors from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. And, in 2007 Ms. Weatherford received the Ragan-Rubin Award from the North Carolina English Teachers Association. In 2010 she received the North Carolina Award for Literature, the state’s highest civilian honor for literature. For more information call 336 703-2941 or e-mail On the Same Poem 2016.

On the Same Poem is the shared experience of reading and discussing poems selected for the occasion by the featured poet. Over a brown bag lunch that you will bring, you will discuss the poem with others seated at your table. The luncheon concludes with a question and answer period with the poet. We will also celebrate the poetry of six winning poets from grades 6-12 whose work promises to be inspiring, enlightening and memorable.

On the Same Poem with Carole Boston Weatherford. Thursday, April 28th at noon, Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, 251 Spruce Street, Winston-Salem.

Running by Carole Boston Weatherford.

Teen Ink Poetry Contest information.

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