'Watch Us Rise' author Renée Watson

On this episode of the Why We Write podcast, New York Times bestselling author, educator, and activist Renée Watson talks about her latest novel for teens and writing strong, black, female characters.

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Renée Watson is a New York Times bestselling author, educator, and activist whose latest novel for teens is Watch Us Rise, co-written with Ellen Hagan. A native of Portland, Oregon, Renée writes books for kids and teens that reflect the diversity she often found missing in books when she was a child. She recently won the Coretta Scott King Award and a Newbury Honor for Piecing Me Together. Renée is also a community advocate and the founder of the I, Too, Arts Collective, based in the home of Langston Hughes.

Renée is joined by fellow author and Lesley University faculty Tracey Baptiste.

Learn more about Renée, her books, and upcoming events on her homepage.

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Tracey Baptiste and Renee Watson holding copies of Watson's books.
Tracey and Renée after our interview!