7:00 pm19:00


University of Oregon

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.

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

4:30 pm16:30

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

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

4:30 pm16:30

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

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

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

Community College of Philadelphia, 17 Spring Garden Street

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

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

7:30 pm19:30

Solstice MFA Faculty Reading

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

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