Our Required Reading for Visiting Writer Jacqueline Woodson

Our Required Reading for Visiting Writer Jacqueline Woodson


Jacqueline Woodson is the author of more than thirty books for young readers. In 2015, her memoir-in-verse, Brown Girl Dreaming, won the National Book Award and secured Woodson recognition by the Poetry Foundation as Young People’s Poet Laureate. Her work has won multiple accolades, including the Newbury Honor, Coretta Scott King Award, and the Caldecott Medal; in 2006 Woodson received the Margaret E. Edwards Award for her outstanding lifetime contribution to young people’s literature. About Woodson’s first adult novel in twenty years, Edward Danticat wrote: “Another Brooklyn is another kind of book, another kind of beautiful, lyrical, hallucinatory, heartbreaking, and powerful novel.”

Below are book reviews, interviews, and Woodson’s author website. Read up before Woodson comes to campus for her reading in the Butler Board Room at eight o’clock tonight, and we’ll see you there!

Jacqueline Woodson’s author website.

Follow Woodson on Twitter.

Listen to Woodson talk about Another Brooklyn on Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

Ron Charles for Washington Post says, “Another Brooklyn is another name for poetry.”

Los Angeles Times review.

Tayari Jones for The New York Times says, “Woodson brings the reader so close to her young characters that you can smell the bubble gum on their breath and feel their lips as they brush against your ear.”

Another Brooklyn receives The Kirkus Star from Kirkus Reviews.

In an interview with The New York Times, Woodson says she’d invite James Baldwin, Pablo Neruda, Elie Wiesel to dinner, if she could.

Another Brooklyn is on the longlist in the fiction category for this year’s National Book Award.



Emily Moses is the editor in chief of Café Américain and a third-year candidate in American University’s Creative Writing MFA program.

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