Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Irene Latham


Irene Latham is the author of more than a dozen current and forthcoming poetry, fiction and picture books for children and adults, including Leaving Gee’s Bend, 2011 ALLA Children’s Book of the Year. Wi

nner of the 2016 ILA Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award, she also serves as poetry editor for Birmingham Arts Journal.


Irene’s current books:



Writing Tough Subjects: Through a survey of children’s books that explore race and racism, this session will 1) identify strategies for creating books on difficult topics that foster empathy and tolerance and 2) offer thoughts for discussion on writing PoC while White.

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