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St. Louis Public Radio: Author Jason Reynolds Inspires Youth

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Author Jason Reynolds Inspires Youth During Conversation On Stage At University City High School

, 2019 
 
Author Jason Reynolds was in conversation with former 'We Live Here' podcast co-host Kameel Stanley on April 26 at University City High School. | Heidi Drexler
Author Jason Reynolds was in conversation with former 'We Live Here' podcast co-host Kameel Stanley on April 26 at University City High School. HEIDI DREXLER

Jason Reynolds is a prominent African-American poet and author of middle-grade and young adult novels. He’s a National Book Award finalist and the author books that include “Ghost,” “Long Way Down,” and “When I Was The Greatest.”

Reynolds recently sat down for an onstage conversation with Kameel Stanley, the former co-host of St. Louis Public Radio’s “We Live Here” podcast.

The Novel Neighbor bookstore in Webster Groves partnered with St. Louis Public Radio and University City High School to sponsor the event at University City High School. More than 750 people attended. The conversation encompassed how literature and rap lyrics can inspire, encourage and celebrate today’s youth. These type of authentic sources are especially important for young African American readers, Reynolds said.

Listen to extended excerpts of the onstage discussion including an audience Q&A:

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