Fierce Papa Bear

USA • Southwest

Bill Konigsberg

2018, Ron Hering Awards

“I create a safe world for marginalized youth by living my truth and speaking out for those who have not yet found their voice.”

Bill is the award-winning author of four young adult novels, with a fifth on the way in 2019. His fiction explores the lives of LGBTQ youth. In Nov. 2018 at The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents at the ALAN/NCTE Conference in Houston, Texas, he spoke out about homophobia and advocated for marginalized youth. After his speech, an annual award was established in Bill’s name. The Bill Konigsberg Award for Acts and Activism for Equity and Inclusion Through Young Adult Literature, will be presented to a youth advocate in the young adult literature world every November. Bill is the first recipient of the award. He has stepped into his leadership and really found his voice.

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