Zetta Elliott

Zetta Elliott

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Writing Now Reading Series

Born in Canada, Zetta Elliott moved to the US in 1994 to pursue her PhD in American Studies at NYU. Her poetry has been published in several anthologies, including Show Us Your Papers, New Daughters of Africa, and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South; her first young adult poetry collection, Say Her Name, was published by Little, Brown in 2020. Her most recent picture book, A Place Inside of Me, was named a 2021 Notable Poetry Book by the National Council of Teachers of English. Elliott is an advocate for greater diversity and equity in children's literature; her essays on race and publishing have appeared in The Huffington Post, School Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly. She is the author of more than 30 books for young readers, including Dragons in a Bag, a middle grade fantasy novel, which was named an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book and has been nominated for Young Reader’s Choice Awards in seven states. Her plays have been staged in Cleveland, New York, and Chicago. She lives in Evanston, Ill. Learn more at zettaelliott.com.

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