Professor of English; Director, Center for Children's Literature and Culture
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611
John Cech is Professor of English and Director of the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature & Culture at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He was the Producer and Host of the Public Radio program, “Recess!,” a daily program about children’s culture (from 1998 – 2007). His scholarly books include Imagination and Innovation: The Story of Weston Woods (2009); Angels and Wild Things: The Archetypal Poetics of Maurice Sendak (1994; paperback edition with new introduction, 2013); and Charles Olson and Edward Dahlberg: Portrait of a Friendship (1982). He was also the series developer and editor of American Writers for Children, 1900–1960 (1984).
Cech has written numerous books for children and adults, as well as plays, poetry, and retellings of classic fairy tales, Aesop's Fables, and Hoffmann's The Nutcracker.
Cech’s numerous articles and reviews have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Child, Children’s Literature, The Horn Book, The New York Times Book Review, Parabola, USA Today, and The Washington Post. He has served as the president of the Children’s Literature Association, the book review editor of Children’s Literature (Yale) from 1982 - 1996, and as commentator on children’s culture for National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.”
In 1992 Cech was presented with the Chandler Award of Merit for his scholarship and innovative teaching in children’s literature, and in 2013 he received the Anne Devereaux Jordan Award from the Children’s Literature Association for his “lasting contributions to the field of children’s literature.”
Sunday, June 26
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM