The Poetry Society of America's
Annual Spring Benefit

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Honoring Jacqueline Woodson 

Photo credit: Juna F. Nagle

Bestselling author Jacqueline Woodson is the 2014 National Book Award Winner for her New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor Award, the NAACP Image Award and the Sibert Honor Award.

Woodson was recently names the Young People's Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. She is the author of more than two dozen award-winning books for adults, young adults, middle graders and children; among her many other accolades, she is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a three-time National Book Award finalist, and a two-time Coretta Scott King award winner.

Her books include The Other Side, Each Kindness, the Caldecott Honor Book Coming Home Soon; the Newberry Honor winner Feathers, Show Way, After Tupac and D Foster, and Miracle's Boys which received the LA Times Book Prize and the Coretta Scott King Award and was adapted into a miniseries directed by Spike Lee.

Woodson, a writer of both poetry and fiction, is also the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement for her contributions to young adult literature, the winner of the Jane Addams Children's Book Award, both the Langston Hughes Medal and the Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Award and was the 2013 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. She lives with her family in Brooklyn.

Time: 6:00 pm to 10:0 pm

  • 6:00 pm: Cocktails, Music & Silent Auction
  • 7:15 pm: Seated Dinner + Presentation of the Award
  • 9:00 pm: Champagne toast & nighttime viewing of the New York Botanical Garden's highly anticipated show, CHIHULY in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

Location: New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, New York. Directions available here.

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