Mar
29
7:00 pm19:00

Piecing Me Together NYC Book Launch

I, Too, Arts Collective kicks off its Creative Conversation Series by welcoming Jason Reynolds and Renée Watson. The two authors will read from their work and talk about their writing process. A Q&A and book signing will follow. Books will be available for sale by Bank Street Bookstore.

Feb
17
6:30 pm18:30

Book Launch Celebration for Piecing Me Together

Join Renée as she celebrates the publication of Piecing Me Together, her latest young adult novel. Renée will read new poems and excerpts from her novels. A Q&A and book signing will follow the reading. This event is free and open to the public.

North Portland Library
512 N Killingsworth Street, Portland

Feb
10
4:30 pm16:30

AWP Conference: Young Adult Literature: A Political and Social Revolution

Description
The poet Shelley said that writers are the unacknowledged legislators of the world. In this way, young adult literature with its focus on racism, inequality, social injustice, war, and challenged politics, functions as activism. This panel, comprised of four writers and a professor in the field, explores the renaissance of political and social issues in YA fiction. Contemporary culture skates a more dangerous landscape, and in its unsparing honesty, the fiction becomes a form of social action.

Panelists: Pamela L. Laskin, Brendan Kiely, Caroline Bock, Suzanne Weyn, Renée Watson
Location: Liberty Salon L, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four, Washington, DC

Feb
9
4:30 pm16:30

AWP Conference: Black Girl Magic, Blues, & Beauty in Young Adult Literature

Description
Five young adult authors will discuss the importance of the recent hashtag movement Black Girl Magic and its connection to young adult literature featuring black girls. From stories that tackle gentrification, magical realism, and pregnancy, black girls are at the center of these narratives that provide both mirrors and windows into their inner lives. Authors will also discuss the aesthetic power of black girls featured on YA covers, and the significance of black women telling their own stories.

Panelists: Dhonielle J. Clayton, Brandy Colbert, Tiffany D. Jackson, Renée Watson, Ibi Zoboi
Location: Marquis Salon 3 & 4, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two

Feb
4
1:00 pm13:00

Philly's 25th Annual African American Children's Book Fair

Join us for a day of readings, author signings, and special activities. Featured guests include Renée Watson, Christian Robinson, Kwame Alexander, Gregory Christie, Shadra Strickland, and Kelly Starling Lyons. *This event is free and open to the public

Location
Community College of Philadelphia, 17 Spring Garden Street
 

Jan
28
10:00 am10:00

Activate Equity Conference

Renée will give the keynote at The Field's day-long public forum that asks: How can we create amore equitable arts sector in New York City?

 

Gibney Dance Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center
280 Broadway, NYC

 

To register, click HERE

Jan
16
8:30 am08:30

Art as a Weapon Conference

DreamYard's Art as a Weapon Conference
Keynote address by Dr. Shawn Ginwright

Happening Yesterday, Happened Tomorrow
In response to newspaper articles and images, participants will learn about and discuss the Black Lives Matter movement and look at the historical context of police brutality and racial profiling. We will explore how artists have responded to injustice and will discuss how poetry, performance, and movement can be a form of peaceful protest. Hands-on art-making activities and small group work will give participants an opportunity to create and share a collaborative piece.

 

New Settlement Community Center
1501 Jerome Avenue
Bronx, NY 10452
To register click HERE

Jan
4
7:30 pm19:30

Solstice MFA Faculty Reading

Featured Readers: Renée Watson, Jedediah Berry, Meg Kearney, Paul Karasik

Location:
Pine Manor College
Founder's Room, Ferry Building
400 Heath St, Chestnut Hill, MA
*This event is free and open to the public

 

Nov
17
6:30 pm18:30

Langston Hughes Festival: LHF 2016 Celebrates Ntozake Shange

Aaron Davis Hall
The City College of New York
Convent Ave (between 133rd &135th St.)
New York, NY, 10031

Please join City College as they present Ntozake Shange with the Langston Hughes Medal in the culminating event of the Langston Hughes Festival. The evening will include a reading by the honoree accompanied by jazz great Hamiet Bluiett, a special video tribute by Oz Scott, and a conversation between Ntozake Shange and novelist and I, Too Arts Collective founder, Renée Watson. GET FREE TICKETS!

Nov
13
7:15 am07:15

#WeNeedDiverseBooks: Sharing Diverse Literature With Your School and Community

NYSRA Conference

Authors Olubemisola Rhuday-Perkovich & Renée Watson ask: "If reading is an act of expansion, how can we show students more than they already know? How can we invite them to read the world and build community?" Presenters will use a multimedia presentation and group conversation to demonstrate the value of developing and maintaining diverse classroom and school library collections. They will share strategies to introduce diverse titles and engage students and school communities in conversation and programming that promote literacy and community-building, and offer attendees a variety of resources to share with students, colleagues, and families.

Oct
25
11:00 am11:00

Field Family Teen Author Series

The Field Family Teen Author Series promotes a lifetime love of reading by creating a personal connection between author and student. Renée will perform poetry and read from her books, What Momma Left Me, This Side of Home, and Piecing Me Together.

Oct
21
9:00 am09:00

Bank Street BookFest

Join Renée for BookFest at Bank Street 2016! The day will feature panels, small book discussion groups, and interactive presentations with a keynote address by Pam Muñoz Ryan.

The Real World: Using Realistic Fiction in the Classroom

In this interactive, hands-on workshop, participants will share and learn best practices for using realistic fiction in the classroom as a way to talk about social issues and build classroom community. We will discuss and experience activities that build a reader's capacity for empathy, self-love, and activism.

Group Leader: Renée Watson - Author and Educator

Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future! by Kate Schatz, illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl
This Side of Home by Renée Watson
All American Boys by Brendan Kiely and Jason Reynolds
My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay by Cari Best, illustrated by  Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Unidentified Suburban Object by Mike Jung

 

 

Sep
30
4:00 pm16:00

Happening Yesterday, Happened Tomorrow: teaching about the on-going killings of black women and men

Lewis & Clark Convocation Workshops

Lewis & Clark College
0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road
Rogers 217
Presenters: Dyan Watson and Renée Watson

In response to newspaper articles and images, participants will learn about and discuss the Black Lives Matter movement and look at the historical context of police brutality and racial profiling. We will explore how artists have responded to injustice and will discuss how poetry, performance, and movement can be a form of peaceful protest. Hands-on art-making activities and small group work will give participants an opportunity to create and share a collaborative piece.