Poetry, Sports, and The Crossover with Kwame Alexander

Brave Writer Podcast: Kwame Alexander

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We have a BONUS podcast for you! We had the opportunity to chat with Kwame Alexander, the Newbery winning poet whose books are turning a whole generation of Internet gamers and readers into true-blue lovers of poetry!

We featured Kwame’s book, The Crossover, in February’s Boomerang Book Club. It’s is a coming-of-age story told through a mix of free verse and hip-hop poetry that uses basketball as its subject. Publishers turned down Kwame’s book proposal dozens of times. I asked Kwame about it in the interview. His answer is hilarious! You’ll want to hear it.

You can download show notes for the episode.

Brave Writer Podcast Show Notes: Kwame Alexander

Tune in to the Brave Writer podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher (or your app of choice), and also here on the Brave Writer blog. Please post a review on Apple Podcasts!

Also, check out Kwame’s books: The Playbook, The Crossover, and any of his 20 other books!

A Boomerang for The Crossover

One more thing! Brave Writer offers a Boomerang (the language arts tool that uses living literature to teach writing mechanics and literary devices through copywork and dictation) specifically for The Crossover. You can purchase it now as a single issue. Geared toward 7th to 10th graders, this Boomerang pops and sizzles with a wild variety of punctuation choices, font sizes and styles, and rhythmic language.

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