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Jemmell'z Washington's earliest report cards note a penchant for talking a bit too much. Add in a 2nd Place win in a grade school spelling bee, plus an Honorable Mention for a poetry contest, and a copy editor was born. She's worked at The Roanoke Times & Comcast Interactive. Jemmell'z transitioned into a features reporter at The Philadelphia Tribune--the nation's oldest African-American newspaper.
Her favorite children's books include the classics The Trumpet of the Swan, Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Stuart Little, & Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective. And 'xanthophyll' remains her favorite word. It's the yellow pigment in plants. (Thanks, Mrs. Zirkle)
A love of travel, family traditions and oral history passed down during all-night rummy marathons with her Grandnana--plus amusing memories of a younger brother who's eaten duck food, nearly blinded himself with a piece of soap, and most recently, run with zombies--inspired Jemmell'z's foray into children's fiction.
Enzi and the Broken Bandage is her first book.
MEET THE AUTHOR, HAVE YOUR PRINT EDITION AUTOGRAPHED AT THESE UPCOMING EVENTS:
*Mon., April 21, 2014: 3:30-4:30pm
at the Summit Free Public Library
75 Maple St.
Young readers, join author Jemmell'z Washington for this lively, after school story session!