PLEASE NOTE: The new date for the 35th Virginia Hamilton Conference (originally scheduled for April 2020) is April 29, 2021.

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The Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth is the longest-running event in the United States to focus exclusively on multicultural literature for children and young adults.

Honoring author Virginia Hamilton, the conference reflects a commitment to promoting cultural awareness and affirming cultural pride while addressing the array of issues which surround the concept of culture. 

  • ​Growing up on a small farm near Yellow Springs, Ohio, in the 1940s, Virginia Hamilton was lovingly embraced by the sights, sounds and smells of rural America, and by a big extended family of cousins, uncles, and aunts. All these things would come into play in the children’s stories Hamilton would spin as an adult. Likely the biggest influence on Virginia Hamilton — whom Entertainment Weekly has called "a majestic presence in children’s literature" — was the fact that her own parents were storytellers. And what stories they told!  read more

  • With this year’s Conference postponed, the Arnold Adoff Poetry Committee has decided to announce the 2020 awards and honor the poets virtually. Please join us in congratulating the recipients as we continue to celebrate diverse poets and poetry.

  • Because of the ongoing spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the associated closure of the Kent State campus, the 2020 Virginia Hamilton Conference, originally scheduled for April 30, has been cancelled. The new date for the 35th Virginia Hamilton Conference is April 29, 2021.