Virtual AWP 2021 panel, “The Woven Verse: An Exploration of the Latinx Verse Novel in Kidlit”

Join us virtually at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs annual conference!

Friday, March 5, 2021, 10 am to 11:20 am PST

Official title: F128. The Woven Verse: An Exploration of the Latinx Verse Novel in Kidlit.

Although it is a prerecorded conversation, Vickie and Aida will be present during the question and answer. AWP states that: “After the premiere, the video will be available on-demand for the duration of the conference, including one month’s post-conference access until April 3, 2021.” You must register on the AWP website for this event:

“The Woven Verse: An Exploration of the Latinx Verse Novel in Kidlit,” is a panel on Latinx novels in verse which have burst the children’s and young adult literary world open with award-winning and groundbreaking books. Join celebrated authors as they delve into the craft of writing a novel through the art of poetry as well as how their unique Latinx identity and experiences inform and nourish their work.

Moderator: Vickie Vertiz

David Bowles is an award-winning Mexican-American author, translator, and university professor from the Río Grande Valley of South Texas. His most recent books are They Call Me Güero and The Chupacabras of the Río Grande.

Aida Salazar​ is an author whose work explores identity and social justice. Her books include the middle grade verse novels, The Moon Within and The Land of the Cranes; plus bio picture book Jovita Wore Pants: The Story of a Revolutionary Fighter.

Guadalupe García McCall is the author of four award-winning, YA novels. She is the recipient of the prestigious Pura Belpré Author Award, a Westchester Young Adult Fiction Award, and the Tomás Rivera Mexican-American Children’s Book Award. She teaches English at George Fox University in Newberg, OR.

Elizabeth Acevedo was not able to join us, but check out her wonderful award-winning writing!