Interview with Joanne Hyppolite

Interview with Joanne Hyppolite, an accomplished children’s writer and the Chief Curator at HistoryMiami, where she oversees the museum’s exhibitions and collections department. She has published two popular middle-grade novels for children: Seth and Samona, which won the 1994 Marguerite DeAngeli prize for New Children’s Fiction, and Ola Shakes It Up. Her short stories have also been published in The Caribbean Writer and The Butterfly’s Way: Voices from the Haitian Diaspora. Hyppolite has Ph.D. in literature from the University of Miami, an M.A. in Afro-American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a B.A from the University of Pennsylvania. An experienced public speaker, she lectures widely at schools, libraries, and conferences on African-American and Caribbean culture and children’s literature.