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
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.
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.
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.