The Color of Children's Literature Conference 

"As I scanned the packed audience during Danticat’s speech, I saw several nods, looks of recognition, and even a few tears. A peaceful buzz settled over the crowded room, in which chairs had been dragged in from other rooms and which was now packed to standing room only. Lining the back wall were the bulky suitcases of participants who had traveled to the conference from as far as Arizona and Canada. In attendance was a mix of men and women, a wide range of ages; Black, Latino, Asian, and Native American writers were represented." MIRRORS AND WINDOWS: FINDING DIVERSITY AT THE COLOR OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE CONFERENCE by JENNIFER DE LEON, POETS & WRITERS MAGAZINE, March/April 2017


by Christine Kendall


Photo credit: Ozier Muhammad


Mama looked off down the street. “How was it at school without your brother?” she said. Her voice sounded different. It sounded like it did after she finished talking to the principal about Miss Anderson. I said school was okay 'cause I didn’t want to make her mad again. I didn’t want to see her get so mad and then sad and then cry like she did when I told her Jamari got handcuffed by the School Resource Officer, so I didn't say how Miss Anderson wouldn't look at me the whole day. Mama turned to me. “He didn’t do anything wrong, you know. There’s nothing wrong with asking questions.”  READ MORE

We want to thank our featured visual artists for this season. 

Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Other Black Girl Collective 

Terrence Jennings, #Kweli16 Conference

Maceo Montoya, Mistaking Every Sunset for the Rapture

Ozier Muhammad, Portrait of Boy, Southside Chicago

Kara Stewart, Frosty Grunge Leaf