OHIO'S interscholastic WRITING LEAGUE for adolescents & young adults

STATE QUALIFIER POSTINGS: PENOHIO'S HISTORIC FIRST ANNUAL STATE TOURNAMENTS MAY 19 THRU MAY 25, 2018, AT THE COLLEGE OF WOOSTER

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AUTHOR D. WATKINS
KEYNOTES MAY 19 HIGH SCHOOL STATE FINALS AT COLLEGE OF WOOSTER

PenOhio's Historic First 9-12 State Tournament on May 19, 2018, at The College of Wooster will be keynoted by New York Times Best-Selling Author D. Watkins.

D. is the Editor At Large for Salon.com. His work has been published in the New York Times, Guardian, Rolling Stone, and other publications. He holds a master's in Education from Johns Hopkins University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Baltimore. He is a college professor at the University of Baltimore and founder of the BMORE Writers Project.

Watkins has been the recipient of numerous awards including Ford's Men of Courage and a BME Fellowship. Watkins is from and lives in East Baltimore. He is the author of The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir and The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America.

A revealing biography of Watkins was published in The Baltimore Sun in September 2015. Read it here: D. Watkins explores two Baltimores in his first book.


NEWBERY WINNER 
JACK GANTOS TO SPEAK ON MAY 24-25 AT 7/8 STATE FINALS 
AT THE COLLEGE OF WOOSTER

PenOhio is proud to extend, uninterrupted, a storied tradition of 7/8 Pen State Tournaments that extends back to 1986. On May 24-25, 2018, PenOhio proudly welcomes the return of fan-favorite Jack Gantos, a Newbery Award-Winning Author.

Jack's extraordinary life story has provided the raw material for many of his books. Rotten Ralph, for example, was inspired by an aggressive red cat that Gantos once owned. The Jack Henry middle-grade fiction series was based on Gantos' own adventures as a boy. The award-winning Joey Pigza books resulted from Gantos' interactions with children with ADHD. And Hole in My Life, a book for teens, tells the true story of the time Gantos spent 18 months in prison. 

Gantos was awarded the 2012 Newbery Medal for his novel Dead End in Norvelt, featuring a 12-year-old character named Jack Gantos.

You can read more about Jack's life story, his outstanding collection of titles, and his plans for the future at his website: jackgantos.com.

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