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Javaka Steptoe

Javaka Steptoe, writer, illustrator. Recipient award, New York Foundation on Arts, 2001. Member of Writers Union.


  • Steptoe, Javaka was born on April 19, 1971 in New York City. Son of John Steptoe and Stephanie Douglas.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Cooper Union for Advancement of Science and Art, 1995.


    • Consultant Harlem Textile Works, New York City.


    • Illustrator, poet: In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall, 1997 (Coretta Scott King Illustrator award, American Library Association Notable Children's Book, Reading Magic award Parenting magazine, Texas Bluebonnet award Master List, Society Illustrators Original Art Show), illustrator: Do You Know What I'll Do?, 2000, A Pocketful of Poems, 2001. Exhibitions include Hostos Community College, New York City, 1997, Children's Museum Manhattan, 1998, Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, 1998, Society Illustrators, New York City, 1998, commissioned, Bronx (New York ) Zoo, 1999, exhibitions include Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, New York, 2000, Art Institute Chicago, 2000-2001, Brooklyn Public Library., 2001.

      Contributor In Praise of Our Fathers and Mothers, 1997. Author, illustrator: The Jones Family Express, 2003.


    Member of Writers Union.



    Pool, wind surfing, music.

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    Born April 19, 1971
    (age 46)
    • 1995
      Cooper Union for Advancement of Science and Art