Matt de la Peña
Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of seven young adult novels (including Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, and Superman: Dawnbreaker) and five picture books (including Love and Last Stop on Market Street). In 2016 he was awarded the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award. Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific where he attended school on a full basketball scholarship. In 2019 Matt was given an honorary doctorate from UOP. de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn NY. He teaches creative writing and visits schools and colleges throughout the country.
*The New York Times followed Matt into Tucson High School after his book was banned from the curriculum (along with the work of several other Hispanic authors). Read article here.
*Matt shares his views on the saving powers of literacy and creativity in an NPR essay. Read essay here.
About the Frances Clarke Sayers Lecture
The Frances Clarke Sayers Lecture is an annual UCLA event that features the best of today’s award-winning authors and illustrators of children’s literature. The event is sponsored by the UCLA Department of Information Studies as a tribute to Frances Clarke Sayers (1897-1989), a former UCLA faculty member who was a noted American children’s librarian, author of children’s books, lecturer, and outspoken advocate for excellence in children’s literature.