Rest, Write, Retreat!

Want to get to the heart of your writing? Want to reboot your soul? Want to get in touch with your natural sense of adventure and take a joyful risk with your work? Join me for Tengo Sed Writers Retreat II in Costa Rica, June 18-22, 2015! Email: or check out the Facebook page […]

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A Diverse Girl in an Exclusionary World

  Check out my essay for Children’s Book Council Diversity about the necessity of inclusion over diversity.  

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Thanks to Bridgett Davis for putting me on the Blog Tour! Read her blog at I’m thrilled about her next book, INTO THE GO-SLOW, published by The Feminist Press in September! Here’s her entry : Http:// Each writer answers 4 questions and then passes the torch to two other writers. Here’s my contribution: 1) […]

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What do slavery and gender rights have in common? Find out here

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Launch Party for Willow: March 1st 7pm @ BookCourt

Join Tonya Cherie Hegamin for the launch of her 4th book, Willow. Date: March 1st, 2014 Where: BookCourt Brooklyn (163 Court Street) When: 7pm for a reading from Willow and Q&A.  Click here for more information

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5 Things I Learned From Writing Willow

“I guess most writers get all emo about their characters but I know now more than ever that it is a vital part of the process. If I don’t feel the character as though I am living through them, nothing will work. I wanted this to be a love story because love changes humans so […]

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Willow Reviewed in The Washington Post!

“Even as Tonya Cherie Hegamin reveals slavery’s dehumanizing effect on every character — black and white, owned and owner — she also celebrates the power of friendship and love.” –Mary Quattlebaum   Click photo to read full review

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Presentation at the International Research Society of Children’s Literature Conference

Maastricht University, Netherlands August 10-14, 2013 Contemporary children and adolescents divide their time over many different media. These media do not develop in isolation. Rather, they shape each other by continually exchanging content and modes of mediation. This conference addresses the exchanges between children’s literature and adjacent media (oral narrative, theatre, film, radio, TV, digital […]

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Ezra Keats


Acclaimed children’s book author and Medgar Evers College English Professor Tonya Hegamin is the winner of the 2010 Ezra Jack Keats Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature, for her picture book Most Loved In All The World. The picture book, which was featured in the parenting section of Ebony Magazine’s November 2009 issue and named […]

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