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Writers Against Racism: David Yoo

David Yoo is a graduate from Skidmore College with an MA from the University of Colorado-Boulder.   His first novel, Girls For Breakfast (Delacorte) was a Booksense Pick, an NYPL Books For the Teen Age selection, and a Reading Rants Top Ten Books for Teens choice.     Briefly describe the impact racism had on you [...]

Writers Against Racism: Vincent Schilling

Vincent Schilling is a St. Regis Mohawk, an Award-Winning Native American  author and a Freelance Photojournalist. His first book, Native Athletes in Action, has won distinction with a Moonbeam Children’s award in multicultural non-fiction. It has also received acclaim as book of the month from “Native America Calling,” a nationally syndicated Native American radio show.   [...]

Writers Against Racism: Tanita S. Davis

Tanita S. Davis is the author of A LA CARTE, Knopf 2008, and MARE’S WAR, Knopf 2009.  She enjoyed teaching and working with teens in group homes for several years before she realized that adults kind of wear her out.   Briefly describe the impact racism had on you as a young person.   It’s difficult [...]

Writers Against Racism: Mitali Perkins

Mitali Perkins (www.mitaliperkins.com) was born in Kolkata, India and immigrated at age seven to the States with her family. She studied political science at Stanford University and public policy at U.C. Berkeley, surviving academia thanks to a steady diet of children’s and YA books from public libraries.     It’s my first week in this new [...]

Writers Against Racism: Francisco Stork

Francisco Stork’s third novel, Marcelo in the Real World, (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, March, 2009) Marcelo in the Real World is about a seventeen-year-old with a “developmental disability” similar to Aspergers syndrome who is forced to spend a summer working at his father’s law firm where he discovers the joys and pains of being fully human. [...]

Writers Against Racism: Edith Campbell

Edith Campbell began her career as a Social Studies Teacher and moved  to the Media Center five years ago when her district offered IMATES, a “grow your own media specialist” fellowship.   Briefly describe the impact racism had on you as a young person.   I think having to answer this question has stalled me from [...]

Writers Against Racism: Lyn Miller-Lachmann

Lyn Miller-Lachmann is Editor-in-Chief of MultiCultural Review, a position she has held since 1994.  She is the author of the award-winning reference book Our Family, Our Friends, Our World: An Annotated Guide to Significant Multicultural Books for Children and Teenagers (Bowker, 1992), and the editor of Once Upon a Cuento (Curbstone Press, 2003) a collection [...]

Writers Against Racism: Sofia Quintero

Sofia Quintero is a novelist, filmmaker, educator, public speaker and cultural activist who enjoys working with youths to find their voices through art and politics.  She has written five novels including her YA debut EFRAIN’S SECRET (Alfred A. Knopf, April 2010.) Sofia co-founded both the nonprofit organization  Chica Luna Productions and multimedia production company Sister Outsider [...]

Writers Against Racism: Debbie Reese

Before graduate school, Debbie taught elementary school in New Mexico and Oklahoma. She is currently an Assistant Professor in American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois.       Born in 1959 at Santa Fe Indian Hospital, I grew up at Nambe Pueblo, on our reservation in northern New Mexico. Nambe is a federally recognized tribe, [...]

Writers Against Racism: Rukhsana Khan

Rukhsana Khan is an award-winning author and storyteller. She was born in Lahore, Pakistan and immigrated to Canada in 1965 at the age of three. She grew up in a small town in Southern Ontario where her family was the only Pakistani Muslim family, and she used her love of reading to survive. She has [...]