ONLINE EVENT: Bedtime Story w/ Joshunda Sanders "I Can Write the World"
Kids, don your jammies and join us for a Bedtime Story read by the author herself! Joshunda Sanders, journalist and political speechwriter, presents I Can Write the World, in which eight-year-old Ava decides become a journalist and report on her vibrant South Bronx neighborhood.
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ABOUT I CAN WRITE THE WORLD
"Lovely and timely. So glad Joshunda is telling our stories." –Jacqueline Woodson
Eight-year-old Ava Murray wants to know why there’s a difference between the warm, friendly Bronx neighborhood filled with music and art in which she lives and the Bronx she sees in news stories on TV and on the Internet. When her mother explains that the power of stories lies in the hands of those who write them, Ava decides to become a journalist.
I Can Write the World follows Ava as she explores her vibrant South Bronx neighborhood—buildings whose walls boast gorgeous murals of historical figures as well as intricate, colorful street art, the dozens of different languages and dialects coming from the mouths of passersby, the many types of music coming out of neighbors’ windows and passing cars. In reporting how the music and art and culture of her neighborhood reflect the diversity of the people of New York City, Ava shows the world as she sees it, revealing to children the power of their own voice.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Joshunda Sanders is an author, journalist & educator. Her work has appeared in TIME Magazine, Poets & Writers, The New York Times, Oxford American and many other publications. She writes a monthly newsletter about the writing life & books you can subscribe to here. She is the creator & host of a BookTube channel, Black Book Stacks. During the Summer of 2020, she is a Lead Instructor a writing course for teenagers as part of the faculty at The School of the New York Times.
She has been the recipient of writing residencies, fellowships or awards from the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, Lambda Literary, Bronx Council on the Arts, Hedgebrook, VONA and the Key West Literary Seminars. In 2018, she was awarded the competitive Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) Award for excellence in fiction. She has been a speaker at Princeton, JusticeWorks, NYCPride’s Human Rights Conference, South by Southwest Interactive, Bard and Old Dominion University. She has taught writing and journalism at the University of Texas Austin and The New School.
In Summer 2019, her first book in a children’s book series, I Can Write The World, featuring Ava Murray, a Black girl journalist from the Bronx, was published by Six Foot Press. The next book in the series, A Place of Our Own, is scheduled for publication in 2021.
Her previous publications include How Racism and Sexism Killed Traditional Media: Why the Future of Journalism Depends on Women and People of Color and a memoir, The Beautiful Darkness: A Handbook for Orphans. She is represented by the Serendipity Literary Agency.