Langston Hughes (1902-1967) was born in Joplin, Missouri, and lived much of his life in Harlem, New York. As one America’s most cherished chroniclers of the black experience, known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance, Hughes’s work was constantly groundbreaking throughout his forty-six-year career. His poetry about the ocean and the symbolism that surrounds it stems from his travels through Africa and Europe working as a seaman.
Daniel Miyares is an author and illustrator of stories for children. He grew up in the foothills of South Carolina before studying at Ringling College of Art and Design. After graduating with a BFA in illustration, he headed west to Kansas City, where he lives with his wife and their two children. He has collaborated with a number of clients, including Hallmark Cards, Simon & Schuster, Charlesbridge Publishing, Imagine Books, The New York Times, National Geographic, Spider magazine, Ladybug magazine, and The Kansas City Star.