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Poetic note between sorrow and hope

Jacqueline Woodson is an American author, born in 1963 and residing in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of more than thirty books, including novels, poetry and picture books. She writes primarily for young teens, but also for children and adults. One of her most lauded books is the award winning autobiographical Brown Girl Dreaming (2014).

Quick facts

Name Jacqueline Woodson
Birthyear 1963
Country United States
Profession Author
Award year 2018

The jury’s motivation

"Jacqueline Woodson introduces us to resilient young people fighting to find a place where their lives can take root. In language as light as air, she tells stories of resounding richness and depth. Jacqueline Woodson captures a unique poetic note in a daily reality divided between sorrow and hope."

It's important to hold up mirrors for kids to see their experience is legitimate. Too often those mirrors aren't there for them.

- Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson in conversation with journalist and translator Yukiko Duke. Filmed at Litteralund Book Festival on 25 April, 2022.