About the Conference


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. The conference is held each year at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. 

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

The Virginia Hamilton Conference is made possible in part by the Akron-Summit County Public Library; Cuyahoga County Public Library; Hamilton Arts, Inc.; Cleveland Public Library; NEO Regional Library System; and the Kent State University Bookstore. 
The Conference is sponsored by the School of Information and the College of Education, Health and Human Services.