“Form as Political Resistance: The Verse Novel and the Education of the Young Poet”
2018 NCSCL Guest Lecture Series
Who: Dr. Krystal Howard
California State University, Northridge
Date: February 27th, 2018
Time: 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Place: Love Library-Leon Williams Room (LL 430 & 431)
The National Center for the Study of Children’s Literature is proud to sponsor guest scholar Dr. Krystal Howard. Her lecture, “Form as Political Resistance: The Verse Novel and the Education of the Young Poet” will consider “the education of the young poet depicted in recently published verse novels marketed to young people, including Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming (2014) and Kwame Alexander’s Booked (2016).” She will also examine how “each of these texts advocates for the value of stylistic imitation via the depiction of children who write influence or erasure poems and engages directly with the relationship between artistic creation and an artist’s environment.”
Dr. Krystal Howard is an Assistant Professor of Children’s and Adolescent Literature in the Liberal Studies Program at California State University, Northridge. She holds a PhD in English Literature and an MFA in Poetry from Western Michigan University, as well as a BA in English Writing, Women’s Studies, and Religion from Drake University. Her research focuses on form and cultural studies in literature for young readers. Her scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, The Lion and the Unicorn, Graphic Novels for Children and Young Adults, and Critical Insights: Neil Gaiman, among others.
Please visit Dr. Howard's webpage for more information regarding her research interests.