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Faculty Spotlight: Charles Waters and Irene Latham

Our next faculty spotlight post features the fabulous collaboration of Charles Waters and Irene Latham. Charles and Irene are a dynamic duo that are amazing on their own, but when they team up on a project…watch out, world! They’re on fire!

In fact their recent collaboration African Town is racking up awards as we speak. 

A little more about these talented folks:

Irene Latham is a grateful creator of many novels, poetry collections, and picture books, including CAN I TOUCH YOUR HAIR? POEMS OF RACE, MISTAKES, AND FRIENDSHIP (co-authored with Charles Waters), which earned a Charlotte Huck Honor, and THE CAT MAN OF ALEPPO (co-authored with Karim Shamsi-Basha), which won a Caldecott Honor. Irene lives with her husband on a lake in rural Alabama, where their nearest neighbors are a pair of bald eagles.

Charles Waters is a children’s poet, actor, educator, and co-author (with Irene Latham) of BE A BRIDGE; AFRICAN TOWN; DICTIONARY FOR A BETTER WORLD: POEMS, QUOTES AND ANECDOTES FROM A – Z; and the award-winning CAN I TOUCH YOUR HAIR? POEMS OF RACE, MISTAKES, AND FRIENDSHIP. His poems have appeared in various anthologies by Lee Bennett Hopkins, Paul B. Janeczko, J. Patrick Lewis, and Georgia Heard. He lives near Atlanta.

We are so excited to have this incredible team presenting not one, but two breakout sessions at Spring Mingle:

When One Voice Isn’t Enough: How to Craft Stories using Multiple Narrators. Some stories call for a chorus instead of a solo. Learn best practices and pitfalls of using multiple voices as a narrative tool, from mentor texts and an author team who have used this technique in both picture books and YA.

How to Build a Successful Co-Author Collaboration: Curious about collaboration? Join poets/authors/writing team Irene Latham and Charles Waters to learn the skills needed to create and maintain a successful collaboration—while also remaining Poetic Forever Friends.