News & Events


Kirkus Reviews

All You Have to Do is a Best Young Adult Book of 2023

“An electric debut; a must-read for all.”

People Magazine feature

All You Have to Do featured in People Magazine as a must-read for fall 2023.

“Masterfully interwoven narratives show what it means to challenge injustice through the decades.”

Highlights Foundation Crash Course in Children’s Book Publishing for Muslim Storytellers

Thanks to funding from the Doris Duke Foundation through its Building Bridges Program, the Highlights Foundation is able to host the Muslim Storytellers Crash Course with additional programming to come through 2025. The Building Bridges Program supports national efforts, working with U.S. Muslims, to increase mutual understanding and well-being among diverse populations for the benefit of building stronger, inclusive communities.

Upcoming Events

Massachusetts Reading Association Conference

April 25-24, 2024
Sturbridge, MA
Panel presentation: “Black Teens and School Culture in YA Fiction”

Past Events

NCTE Conference and ALAN Workshop

November 16-21, 2023
Columbus, OH

  • “What’s in Your Classroom Library? Diversify Your Shelves and Your Book Talks with New YA Literature”
  • “Youth and Protest: The Teacher’s Role”
  • #Disrupttexts session
  • ALAN reception
  • “History’s Reflection of the Present”

Kweli Pre-Conference Event

October 21, 2023
Ballet Hispánico, NYC

All You Have to Do Launch Event

August 29, 2023
Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library

Many thanks to all who came out to celebrate the launch of my debut novel, All You Have to Do. It was a beautiful evening with folks of all ages and backgrounds.

Watch my conversation with Jenn De Leon, thanks to the Associates of the Boston Public Library, and hear the playlist, curated by Daren Graves. Special thanks to Frugal Bookstore and Caked!

​Other past events