Author of Fire in the Streets, The Rock and the River, How It Went Down, X: A Novel, 37 Things I Love, Camo Girl, the Robyn Hoodlum Adventures series and Today the World Is Watching You
Bio: Kekla Magoon is the author of eight young adult novels, including The Rock and the River, How It Went Down, X: A Novel, and the Robyn Hoodlum Adventures series. She has received an NAACP Image Award, the John Steptoe New Talent Award, two Coretta Scott King Honors, The Walter Award Honor, and been long listed for the National Book Award. She also writes non-fiction on historical topics. Kekla conducts school and library visits nationwide and serves on the Writers’ Council for the National Writing Project. Kekla holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Today, Kekla lives and writes in Vermont. She is a full time author, writing teacher and speaker. She travels to schools and libraries around the country to talk about her books, which is pretty awesomely fun. She teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she mentors other writers who also want to create books for young readers. Before Vermont, Kekla lived in New York City for many years. working for non-profit organizations around the city. She was a recruiter for the Girl Scouts, a grant writer for The Salvation Army and a fundraising coordinator for The Brotherhood/Sister Sol, a grassroots youth empowerment agency in Harlem. These jobs taught her how to raise money (a very useful skill) and how to deal with people of all ages in all circumstances (even more useful a skill) and that she is not cut out to work in a traditional office setting.
Kekla's Twitter: @KeklaMagoon
Awards and Honors: The Rock and the River (TAYSHAS Reading List, 2011); How It Went Down (TAYSHAS Reading List, 2016); Shadows of Sherwood (Lone Star Reading List, 2017)