Angela Johnson

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  • Birth

    Angela was born in Tuskegee, Alabama
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    Angela Moves

    Angela moves to Windham, Ohio with her family.
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    Angela's teacher inspired her to become an author - she begins writing in her diary given by her mom for Christmas
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    Writing is Fueled

    Angela's "punk" style of poetry was not accepted by her High School's literary guild. This fueled her writing instead of hindering it.
  • Leaves College

    Angela leaves Kent State without a degree to pursue work in a childhood development program. She was soon persuaded by a writer friend to continue writing books
  • First Book Published

    Angela publishes her first book, "Tell Me a Story, Mama"
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    More Publishing

    Angela continues to publish four new books.
  • "When I am Old with You" gets high praise

    "When I am Old with You" is named an American Library Association Notable Book
  • First Award

    "Tell Me a Story, Mama" wins the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award
  • Young Adult Novels

    Angela starts publishing novels aimed at young adults.
  • "Toning the Sweep" wins award

    "Toning the Sweep" wins the Coretta Scott King Award for outstanding works for young people by an African-American author
  • "Heaven" Wins Award

    "Heaven" also wins the Coretta Scott King Award
  • MacArthur Genius Grant

    Angela is named a MacArthur Fellow, receiving the $500,000 "genius" grant.
  • "The First Part Last" Wins Award

    Angela wins her third Coretta Scott King Award with "The First Part Last"
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    Angela's publications have slowed down, but she continues to write. She is rarely seen in the public eye.