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Marilyn Nelson is the author of many award-winning books, including Carver: A Life in Poems, which was a National Book Award finalist, a Newbery Honor Book, and a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and received the Flora Stieglitz Straus Award and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award. She is also the author of A Wreath for Emmett Till, which garnered the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, a Coretta Scott King Honor, a Printz Honor, and a Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor. She lives in Connecticut.
Tammi Lawson is the curator of the Art and Artifacts Division at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the steward of a collection of over fifteen thousand items that visually document the Black Diaspora. The Schomburg also houses the largest collection of art by Augusta Savage in a public institution. The New York Public Library recently awarded Lawson the 2020 Bertha Franklin Feder Award for Excellence in Librarianship.
Praise for Augusta Savage:
A Kirkus Best Book of the Year
A School Library Journal Best of the Year
A CCBC Children's Choice
A CBC Teacher Favorite Award Winner
A Claudia Lewis Award Winner for Poetry by the Bank Street College of Education
A BACLA-SLJ Honor Award Winner for Nonfiction
An Ohioana Book Award Finalist
A Junior Library Guild Selection
* "A stunning portrait of artistic genius and Black history in America."
* "A wonderful addition to young people’s literature on African American artists."—Horn Book, starred review
* "In a rich biography in verse, Nelson (A is for Oboe) gives voice to the Black sculptor Augusta Savage (1892-1962), a key Harlem Renaissance figure."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Nelson’s arresting poetry, which is accompanied by photographs of Savage’s work, dazzles as it experiments with form. … A lyrical biography from a master of the craft."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Praise for A Wreath for Emmett Till:
* "A towering achievement."
* "This memorial to the lynched teen is in the Homeric tradition of poet-as-historian . . . This chosen formality brings distance and reflection to readers, but also calls attention to the horrifically ugly events."—School Library Journal, starred review
"These poems are a powerful achievement that teens and adults will want to discuss together."—Booklist, ALA starred review