Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, producer and New York Times bestselling author of 38 books. A regular contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition, Kwame is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, The Coretta Scott King Author Honor, three NAACP Image Award Nominations and the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award. In 2018, he opened the Barbara E. Alexander Memorial Library and Health Clinic in Ghana, as a part of LEAP for Ghana, an international literacy program he co-founded. The Kennedy Center commissioned a 2023 national tour of Acoustic Rooster’s Barnyard Boogie: Starring Indigo Blume – a musical based on his two beloved books. He is the writer and executive producer of The Crossover television series, based on his Newbery Medal-winning novel of the same name, available on the Disney Channel and Disney+.