Festival Staff / February 5, 2019
This week's author spotlight is actually on an illustrator, Javaka Steptoe. Steptoe is an eclectic young artist, designer, and illustrator, building a national reputation as an outstanding contributor to the genre of children's literature. Utilizing everyday objects, from aluminum plates to pocket lint, and sometimes illustrating with a jigsaw and paint, he delivers reflective and thoughtful collage creations filled with vitality, playful energy, and strength. He describes collage as "... a means of survival. It is how Black folks survived four hundred years of oppression, taking the scraps of life and transforming them into art forms." Steptoe is very committed to children’s education, making appearances at various schools, libraries, museums, and conferences across the country, including the American Library Association, the International Reading Association, and Reading is Fundamental, Inc.
Javaka will be presenting at "Inspiration & Imagination: The Work of an Illustrator" in Education 353 at 10:00am on Saturday, March 2nd.