Angie Thomas

2021 Speaker

ANGIE THOMAS was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi as indicated by her accent. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was an article about her in Right-On magazine with a picture included. She earned a BFA in creative writing from Belhaven University, and an unofficial degree in Hip Hop. She can also still rap if needed. She is an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. Her award-winning, acclaimed debut novel, The Hate U Give, is a number one New York Times best-seller, and major motion picture from Fox 2000, starring Amandla Stenberg and directed by George Tillman, Jr. Her second novel, On the Come Up, is on sale now. Her newest title, Concrete Rose, was released in January 2021. @angiecthomas

 

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