Ibi Zoboi, our fall Visiting Writer, will be on campus November 7-10. We welcome the Walker’s community, as well as the general public, to attend a reading with Ms. Zoboi on Friday, November 10 at 7:00 p.m. in Ferguson Theatre. Refreshments and book signing to follow.
Ibi Zoboi is the New York Times bestselling author of American Street, a National Book Award finalist; Pride, a contemporary remix of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice; and a middle-grade debut, My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich. She is the editor of Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America. She co-authored the Walter Award and L.A. Times Book Prize-winning novel-in-verse Punching the Air with Exonerated Five member Yusef Salaam. Zoboi’s debut picture book, The People Remember, received a Coretta Scott King Honor Award. Her most recent books include Star Child: A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler, Okoye to the People: A Black Panther Novel for Marvel, and Nigeria Jones.
The Ethel Walker School Visiting Writer Seminar is a semester-long course in which students have the rare and special opportunity to immerse themselves in a study of one writer’s works, something few students of English at the undergraduate and graduate levels experience. Throughout the semester, students read a critical mass of texts by that writer, developing a deep and abiding knowledge of that writer’s style, form(s), and ideas. The course culminates with a visit by the author to Walker’s. Through master classes, writing workshops, and readings to the community, students are invited to ask the questions that only the author can answer. At the end of each semester, students in the Visiting Writer Seminar collaborate on a final project in which they conceptualize, layout, design, and publish a class anthology of works, inspired by the writings of the visiting writer.