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Derrick Barnes

About Derrick Barnes

Derrick Barnes is the Newbery and CSK honor–winning author of Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Millner/Bolden Books/Agate), illustrated by Gordon C. James.

The Book That Changed My Life: Not-So-Simple Semple

I began my writing career in the fifth grade, penning rap lyrics, love letters, and short stories. But in the sixth grade, my teacher, Mrs. Davis, introduced me to the writers and poets of the Harlem Renaissance. I remember being as fascinated by those writers as I was by the modern-day “poets” at the time, […]