Acclaimed graphic novelist and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang has been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship for his work. Yang is among 23 recipients of this year's "genius" grant, which includes a prize of $625,000 over five years from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.Yang, who is currently on tour for the second book in his Secret Coders series, hopes to put the grant towards his work as a comics creator and as National Ambassador.
As a teacher, my primary role as a teacher is as the National Ambassador for Young people’s Literature through the Library of Congress, and there are a number of different things we’ve been talking about for a while, but we weren’t sure where the resources to do those things would come from — and now I have access to resources. I’m hoping I’ll be able to do some of those things before my term ends at the end of 2017. (Los Angeles Times)