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Bontemps, Arna

  Born on October 13, 1902 in Louisiana, Arna Bontemps grew up and was educated in California. Upon graduating from college he accepted a teaching position in New York City, where he became friends with several other writers and educators, including Langston Hughes. Bontemps would become, along with Hughes, one of the influential artists of […]


McKissack, Fredrick

Fredrick McKissack, born on August 12, 1939, was part of the well-known writing team of Patricia and Fredrick McKissack. They knew each other as children in Tennessee, both attended Tennessee State University in Nashville, married, and began collaborating in the early 1980s when they both reached turning points in unrelated careers. They eventually co-wrote more […]


Steptoe, John

Author and illustrator John Steptoe was born on Sept. 14, 1950, in Brooklyn, NY. From early childhood, he drew pictures and told stories to go with them. He received formal art training at the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan. He published his first book, Stevie, at the age of 19 (written at […]


Keats, Ezra Jack

Ezra Jack Keats was born on March 11, 1916, in Brooklyn, NY. He began drawing at the age of five and recalled covering his mother’s enamel-topped kitchen table with drawings and doodles. Instead of being angry, his mother protected it with a tablecloth and unveiled it for guests. Keats taught himself to paint and was […]


Hamilton, Virginia

Virginia Hamilton was born on March 12th, 1936, on a farm in Yellow Springs, Ohio. As a writer, she achieved critical success from the start with the publication of her first book, Zeely. Her great storytelling voice did not die with her in January of 2002, and I thought it best you hear from her […]


Feelings, Tom

Tom Feelings, born on May 19, 1933, was a native of Brooklyn, NY. He attended the School of Visual Arts for two years before joining the Air Force, working as a staff artist. He then worked as a freelance artist, published in Look magazine, traveled to Ghana to work for the African Review, and returned […]