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Matt de la Peña

The Department of Education Studies will welcome New York Times bestselling author Matt de la Peña on May 4, 2017 for three on-campus presentations.

De la Peña is an award winning author of young adult literature and one of the most recognized figures in multicultural children’s literature. He is the author of six critically-acclaimed novels, including Mexican WhiteBoy, The Living, and The Hunted. He is the recipient of the 2016 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Intellectual Freedom Award. That same year he also won the prestigious Newbery Medal for this picture book Last Stop on Market Street. The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Illustrated by Christian Robinson, Last Stop on Market Street was also named a Randolph Caldecott Medal and Coretta Scott King Book Award honoree.

At 10am, de la Peña will be speaking to students in EDST 464 (Multicultural Literacies) in 229 McKenzie on current trends in children’s literature. At 1:30pm he will be leading a creative writing lecture/workshop in the Knight Library Browsing Room. De la Peña has taught creative writing at New York University, Vermont College, and Hamline University. He will conclude his visit to the UO at 5:30pm at 156 Straub Hall speaking about his personal trajectory from growing up in the working-class San Diego County city of National City (CA) to becoming a best-selling, critically acclaimed author. All three presentations are free and open to the public. De la Peña’s books will be on sale at all three events.

For additional information, contact Edward M. Olivos, Department Head, Department of Education Studies at

Sponsors: Department of Education Studies, Humanities Program in College of Arts and Sciences, Romance Languages, English Department, Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion, College of Education, UO Libraries, Department of Ethnic Studies