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Author Kwame Alexander: Poetry Is the Basic Building Block of All Writing

Author Kwame Alexander believes with his heart and soul that poetry is the basic building block of all writing. Poetry, he says, is the human soul distilled into very few words … a beginning, middle, and end, power packed to make the reader feel something meaningful even in a few lines.

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Children's and YA author Kwame Alexander holding his book The Crossover with Coretta Scott King Award

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Kwame Alexander

Meet Kwame Alexander, a poet, educator, and New York Times bestselling author of more than 30 books, including The Crossover, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal. In this video interview, find out why Alexander believes that poetry can change the world!