Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, publisher, and New York Times best-selling author of thirty-five
books, including his Newbery Medal–winning novel, The Crossover. Some of his other works include Booked, which was long-listed for the National Book Award, The Playbook, and The Undefeated, which was longlisted for the National Book Award and won the Caldecott Medal, a Newbery Honor, and the Coretta Scott King
Illustrator Award. Kwame is the recipient of numerous additional awards and honors, including The Coretta Scott King Author Honor, The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Prize, and three NAACP Image Award nominations. Kwame also just happens to be a publisher; he’s the founder of Versify, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
In 2018, he opened the Barbara E. Alexander Memorial Library and Health Clinic in Ghana, as a part of LEAP for Ghana, an international literacy program he co-founded. He believes that poetry can change the world, and he uses it to inspire and empower young people around the world.
We’re thrilled to welcome Kwame to the Brown Bookshelf to share a bit about his latest release, a collaboration with bestselling author James Patterson, the biographical novel, Becoming Muhammad Ali. It’s out October 5, and you can order it today! The full interview is available on our Facebook page.