Author G. Neri to visit five D65 schools in October 2014

Foundation 65 is pleased to bring award winning author Greg Neri (G. Neri) to visit five D65 schools October 20-23, 2014.

greg1G. Neri is the Coretta Scott King honor-winning author of Yummy: the Last Days of a Southside Shorty and the recipient of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award for his free verse novella, Chess Rumble. His novels include Surf Mules and the Horace Mann Upstander Award-winning Ghetto Cowboy. His work has been honored by the Museum of Tolerance and the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Antioch University, the International Reading Association, the American Library Association, the Junior Library Guild and the National Council for Teachers of English. Neri has been a filmmaker, animator, teacher and digital media producer.

Neri’s visit is part of Foundation 65’s ongoing program, the Family Author Experience, which gives a group of schools the opportunity to experience an author visit each year.  He will visit  Bessie Rhodes (grades 6-8), Chute, Haven, King Lab (grades 6-8) and Nichols.  Students at these schools will use his work as a springboard to explore poetry, visual and digital art, drama, music and more. g.neri

In addition to school visits, G. Neri will also speak at the Evanston Public Library on October 20th in an event that is open to the community.  The event will feature a “live chat” via the internet with Jesse Joshua Watson, illustrator for several of Neri’s works.