Carole Boston Weatherford, author of Roots of Rap, is a New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of poetry, nonfiction, biography, and historical fiction. She believes that poetry makes music with words.
Lillie Williams is a member of the Dance Co. Chihamba. A long time residence of Charlottesville, she enjoys sharing the knowledge of the African culture through dance, drum and fables.
Jacqueline Woodson, author of Red at the Bone, is the bestselling author of more than two dozen award-winning books, including the 2016 New York Times–bestselling National Book Award finalist for adult fiction, Another Brooklyn. Among her many accolades, Woodson is a four-time National Book Award finalist, a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a two-time NAACP Image Award Winner, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner. Her New York Times–bestselling memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, received the National Book Award in 2014. Woodson is also the 2018–2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and the recipient of the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the 2018 Children’s Literature Legacy Award. In 2015, she was named the Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. She lives with her family in New York.