YA Author Kwame Alexander At Morse Pond School

Young adult author Kwame Alexander talks with students at the Morse Pond School Tuesday about how he got interested in writing and his struggles getting published.

Newbery Award-winning author and poet Kwame Alexander fist-bumped and selfied his way through a crowd of excited 5th and 6th graders at the Morse Pond School in Falmouth last Tuesday, May 24, leading them in a spirited back-and-forth shouting match of nonsensical words before getting down to the serious business of inspiring the next generation.

His message to not give up was illustrated by the personal story of the repeated rejections he received from publishers on the way to finally deciding to self-publish his first book for middle school students before it was finally picked up by Houghton Mifflin.

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