New writer-in-residence

Jacqueline Woodson named to Spalding post

Young-adult author Jacqueline Woodson has been named the inaugural Diana M. Raab Distinguished Writer in Residence for Spalding University’s brief-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing program.

Woodson will give a public presentation at 6:15 p.m. May 24 in Spalding’s University Center Auditorium at 824 S. Fourth St. The event is free and open to the public.

Woodson is an award-winning writer of books aimed at the young adult market. Her protagonists, according to a news release from Spalding, are “often young African-Americans whose lives are touched by issues of race, social justice and the struggle to overcome cultural inequality.”

Her work has won three Newbery Honors, a Coretta Scott King Award and three Coretta Scott King Honors; and awards and honors for lifetime achievement in young adult literature.

Woodson’s books have twice been nominated for the National Book Award.

(The Record 2.16.12)

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