Alabama Newscenter — Angela Johnson Named 2021 Harper Lee Award Winner

| February 8, 2021 @ 2:00 pm

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By Alabama NewsCenter Staff

Children’s author and poet Angela Johnson will receive the 2021 Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer, the Monroeville Literary Festival and the Alabama Writers’ Forum announced.

Johnson is a nationally recognized author who has published more than 40 books since her first in 1989, the Ezra Jack Keats New Writers Award-winning “Tell Me a Story, Mama.” Her works include preschool and picture books, young adult novels, poetry and short stories. She has been recognized with three Coretta Scott King Author Awards, the Printz Award and recognitions from the American and Alabama Library Associations, among others. She was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2003.

Johnson’s works celebrate African American history, culture and the bonds of family. “From her deceptively simple, lyrical preschool and picture books through her timely and sensitive young adult titles, Johnson’s rich storytelling and beautiful language are evident and reflect her first literary love of poetry,” the Alabama Writers’ Forum said in a release.

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