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Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth

Kent State University’s 32nd Annual Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth will be held on the evening of Thursday, April 7, 2016, and all day on Friday, April 8, 2016, at the Kent Student Center. The conference provides a forum for discussion of multicultural themes and issues in literature for children and young adults.

"Diversity in Poetry,  Prose, and Pictures" is the theme for this year's conference, which will feature Virginia Hamilton Literary Award winner Nikki Grimes, along with Margarita Engle, recipient of the first Newbery Honor ever awarded to a Latino author, and Christian Robinson, an animator and award-winning illustrator.

New this year: The first Arnold Adoff Poetry Awards will be given in 2016, recognizing excellence in multicultural poetry for youth, for readers at the primary level, middle level, and teens. In addition, the “New Voices Award” will be given to a poet early in his or her career. Sponsored by Adoff, the awards will highlight the power of poetry, encourage publishers to publish works of poetry from a variety of perspectives, and encourage the reading of poetry.

More information and a link to registration are available on the Virginia Hamilton Conference website.