Laura Pegram

Laura Pegram is the founding editor and publisher of the award winning literary magazine, Kweli Journal, and the director of the Kweli Color of Children’s Literature Conference, the nation’s largest conference for BIPOC creators of children’s and YA books. In 2020, the Children’s Book Council selected Laura Pegram as one of the winners of the CBC Diversity Outstanding Achievement Awards. “The awards are given each year in honor of children’s book professionals who have helped create and promote diverse titles for young readers and who foster more inclusive employment practices within the industry.” Laura Pegram is a multidisciplinary artist who is influencing a new generation of aspiring writers. She was mentored by the poet activist June Jordan, who taught her that the sky was her ceiling.

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Our campus (The Barn at Boyds Mills) is tucked away in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.  It's a few hours from both New York City and Philadelphia, but worlds away from everyday life.

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Equity & Inclusion in Kidlit

The Highlights Foundation positively impacts children by amplifying the voices of storytellers who inform, educate, and inspire children to become their best selves.  Learn more about our impact.

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