matt woodson


Tom Bagshaw


“My piece for the next Supersonic Electronic Invitational (SE4) show taking place on 10th January 2015 at Spoke Art gallery in San Francisco, California. This is a 12x16” (excl frame) piece on cotton rag stock, embellished with antique gold paint and some added acrylic texture, varnished and framed.

The SEI shows are always amazing but this show in particular looks like its going to be something special, check out this incredible artist lineup: Alessandra Maria • Alex Pardee • Allan Innman • Amy Sol • Bezt • Brett Amory • Cahill Wessel • Cam Floyd • Camilla d’Errico • Casey Weldon • Charlie Immer • Charmaine Olivia • Christian Rex van Minnen • Christine Wu • Conrad Roset • Dan Christofferson • Daniel Danger • David Slone • Edwin Ushiro • Erik Jones • Fumi Mini Nakamura • Glenn Arthur • Hanksy • Hannah Stouffer • Haunted Euth • Henrik Uldalen • Hikari Shimoda • Hsiao-Ron Cheng • Jason Edmiston • Jeff Ramirez • Jen Mann • Joanne Nam • Joao Ruas • Joel Daniel Phillips • Ken Garduno • Ken Taylor • Kikyz1313 • Lauren YS • Lucien Shapiro • Matt Ritchie • Matthew Woodson • Meryl Pataky • Mike Mitchell • ONEQ • Ozabu • Peter Adamyan • Peter Chan • Rebecca Mason Adams • Robert Bowen • Sail • Sam Wolfe Connelly • Sarah Joncas • Seamus Conley • Sean Newport • Sergio Lopez • UYU • Stella Im Hultberg • Steve Kim • Tatiana Suarez • T.S. Claire • Tom Bagshaw • Winnie Truong • Zoltron

A huge thank you to Zach at SE for inviting me to this show- im really looking forward to seeing the other works!! Please get in touch with Spoke art for purchase enquiries.”

Transcript of the #WNDB BookCon panel

We’re excited to provide a transcript of the team and author portions of our panel. Here’s a link to the audio.

Transcript of The World Agrees: #WeNeedDiverseBooks Panel

The BookCon

May 31, 2014

Jacob Javits Center, New York, NY

NB: transcript is edited slightly for clarity

I.W. Gregorio:  I’d like to start off by doing a virtual mic drop for everyone who Tweeted and submitted photos. 

My name is I.W. Gregorio, and on behalf of the whole #WeNeedDiverseBooks team I’d like to thank you for being here. As you know, #WeNeedDiverseBooks is a grassroots campaign, and by definition it owes its success to you. So please accept our sincerest gratitude for your Tweets, your retweets, your love and your support. We’ve got a lot of ground to cover, so without further ado, I’d like to introduce some key members of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks team. 

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We Need Diverse Books Announces Incorporation as a Non-Profit and Inaugural Advisory Board

Grassroots organization files for incorporation as a non-profit organization in the state of Pennsylvania, and welcomes its first advisory board members, authors Grace Lin, Jacqueline Woodson, Matt de la Peña, Cynthia Leitich Smith, and Cindy Pon
New York City, NY  (July 28, 2014) More than just a hashtag, We Need Diverse Books is a grassroots organization created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature.  We Need Diverse Books is committed to the ideal that embracing diversity will lead to acceptance, empathy, and ultimately equality. Its mission is to promote or amplify diversification efforts and increase visibility for diverse books and authors, with a goal of empowering a wide range of readers in the process.             
In order to accomplish its mission, We Need Diverse Books reaches out to individuals and groups involved in many levels of children’s publishing—including but not limited to publishers, authors, distributors, booksellers, librarians, educators, parents, and students.  “Incorporating will give us the legitimacy and standing we need to move forward with our mission,” says Lamar Giles, VP of Communications. “We have many exciting projects in the works.”
In addition to a Diversity Festival planned for 2016, We Need Diverse Books plans to initiate a grant program to support diverse authors, bring Diversity into the Classroom with collaborations with First Book and the National Education Association, and develop a “diversity toolkit” for librarians and booksellers.
Inaugural advisory board members includes Grace Lin, Jacqueline Woodson, Matt de la Peña, Cynthia Leitich Smith, and Cindy Pon. “Each of these members has a history of advocating for diverse books, and is a pioneer in the field of children’s literature. They will not only increase our visibility as an organization, but light the way going forward,” said Ellen Oh, President of We Need Diverse Books.
On the heels of its enormously successful panel at the inaugural Book Con, the We Need Diverse Books team has been invited by the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) to present the first ever diverse author signing and reception, and present panels at the Baltimore Book Festival, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the American Library Association (ALA), and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), among others.