Patricia McKissack

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Date of Birth August 9, 1944
Place of Birth Tennessee
Date of Death Apr 7, 2017 (72)
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Patricia McKissack

Patricia C. "Pat" McKissack was a prolific African American children's writer. She was the author of over 100 books, including Dear America books A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl; Color Me Dark: The Diary of Nellie Lee Love, The Great Migration North; and Look to the Hills: The Diary of Lozette Moreau, a French Slave Girl. She also wrote a novel for The Royal Diaries series: Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba. Notable standalone works include Flossie & the Fox, The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural, and Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman?. What is Given from the Heart was published posthumously in 2019. McKissack lived in St. Louis. In addition to her solo work, McKissack co-wrote many books with her husband, Fredrick, with whom she also co-won the Regina Medal in 1998. Fredrick died in April 2013 at the age of 73.

Born: Patricia L'Ann Carwell, August 9, 1944, Smyrna, Tennessee
Died: April 7, 2017, Bridgeton, Missouri
Period: 1985-2017
Genre: Children's literature, Biography, Historical fiction, Folktale
Spouse: Fredrick McKissack

About Patricia McKissack

Known best for her contributions to the Dear America historical fiction series, she also penned an installment of Scholastic Press's Royal Diaries series. Between 1990 and 1995, she received three Coretta Scott King Awards and was a finalist for the prestigious Newbery Medal.

Patricia McKissack Before Fame

After attending Tennessee State University, she briefly worked as a high school teacher and went on to publish a 1984 biography of her favorite poet, Paul Lawrence Dunbar.

Achievement of Patricia McKissack

She penned several personal childhood memoirs, including The Dark Thirty and Someplace Special.

Patricia McKissack Family Life

Her husband, United States Marine-turned-U.S. Army engineer Frederick McKissack, collaborated with her on a youth-geared series of biographies of prominent African-Americans.

Associations of Patricia McKissack

In 2002, she published a biography of acclaimed Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes.

Information related to Patricia McKissack

  • Webster University alumni
  • Tennessee State University alumni
  • Writers from Tennessee
  • Newbery Honor winners
  • Writers from St. Louis
Latest information about Patricia McKissack updated on April 19, 2021.

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