Matt de la Peña
Matt de la Peña is the #1 New York Times–bestselling, Newbery Medal–winning author of seven young adult novels (including Mexican WhiteBoy and We Were Here) and six picture books (including Milo Imagines the World and Last Stop on Market Street). In 2016 he was awarded the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award. Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific, where he attended on a full basketball scholarship. In 2019, Matt was awarded an honorary doctorate from UOP.