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Award-Winning Author Kwame Alexander to Headline 2019 Zeiter Conference

By skennedy on February 13, 2019 11:50 AM | Permalink

New York Times Best Selling and Newberry Award-winning author Kwame Alexander will be the keynote speaker at the annual Gayle A. Zeiter Children's & Young Adult Literature Conference on Thursday, March 7 at 4:30 p.m. at the Marjorie Barrick Museum at UNLV. 

Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times Bestselling author of 28 books, including Swing, Solo, and Rebound, the follow-up to his, Newberry medal-winning middle-grade novel, The Crossover. Some of his other works include Booked, a National Book Award Nominee, The Playbook: 52 Rules to Help You Aim, Shoot and Score in This Game of Life, and the picture books, Out of Wonder, Surf's Up, and The Undefeated.

A regular contributor to NPR's Morning Edition, Kwame is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Coretta Scott King Author Honor, The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Prize, three NAACP Image Award Nominations, and the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award. The 2018 NEA Read Across America Ambassador, Kwame is the founder of Versify, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and the host and producer of the literary variety/talk show, Bookish, which airs on Facebook Watch. He's led cultural exchange delegations to Brazil, Italy, Singapore, and Ghana, where he built the Barbara E. Alexander Memorial Library and Health Clinic, as a part of Leap for Ghana, an international literacy program he co-founded and that recently built a health clinic and library in the village of Konko.

The conference is sponsored by the Gayle A. Zeiter Literacy Development Center, Southern Nevada Writing Project, the UNLV Teacher Development Resources Library, and the UNLV College of Education. The mission of the Zeiter conference is to engage teachers, librarians, budding authors, and illustrators, university faculty and students of all ages, in an evening of exploration and engagement with renowned children's and young adult authors.

He believes that poetry can change the world, and he uses it to inspire and empower young people around the world through The Write Thing, his K-12 Writing Workshop. During his talk, Alexander will engage educators and writers in how to tap into creativity for reading and writing and share the essential tools and techniques that will get have attendees leaping creatively off the ledge to becoming confident writers.

Refreshments and desserts will be served, and door prizes will be awarded. 

Tickets are $35 for general admission, $25 for Clark County School District teachers and librarians, and UNLV faculty and staff, and $15 for UNLV students. Tickets may be purchased online at