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Woke. A celebration of the joy and passion that is part and parcel of the fight for social justice. A collection of poetry with a purpose, to inspire, to instruct and to delight its readers. This collection is the perfect antidote to disempowerment, disillusionment and apathy. A must-read for any young people struggling to imagine a better way forward. 


Historically poets have been on the forefront of social movements. Woke is a collection of poems by women of color that reflects the joy and passion in the fight for social justice, tackling topics from discrimination to empathy, and acceptance to speaking out.

With Theodore Taylor’s bright, emotional art and writting from Mahogany Browne, Elizabeth Acevedo and Olivia Gatwood, kids will be inspired to create their own art and poems to express how they see justice and injustice.

Mahogany Browne is a writer, educator, organizer, mentor, and curator. She has published several books of poetry and has been artistic director at Urban Word NYC. Mahogany lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Elizabeth Acevedo is the New York Times bestselling author of The Poet X. She lives in Washington, DC, with her partner.

Olivia Gatwood has national recognition for her poetry and work as a Title IX Compliant educator, and has been featured on HBO, Huffington Post, MTV, VH1, and BBC. Olivia lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Theodore Taylor III is an artist, designer, and photographer. He is the winner of the John Steptoe Award for New Talent for his work in When the Beat Was Born. He lives in Richmond, Virginia, with his wife and their son.


56 pages.

Published by St Martins Press.

Written by Mahogany Browne, Elizabeth Acevedo and Olivia Gatwood.

Young adult; poetry/social justice.

23.5cm x 28.5cm.

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