One of the most prolific writers of fiction for young adults in the United States, Walter Dean Myers has also made numerous forays into other genres, including children’s picture books, historical biographies intended for students at both elementary and high school levels, short stories, and poetry that celebrates not only his childhood Harlem community (as in Here in Harlem: Poems in Many Voices, 2004) but also such diverse topics as the heroism of African American patriots and the unique rhythms of black music (as in Blues Journey, 2003, and Jazz, 2006). Myers has collaborated with his son Christopher (as illustrator) on many of these projects, including works that defy classification, such as the uniquely formatted Street Love (2006), which tells its story of young love across class lines in short lines of free verse, and the first-person perspectives of biblical personages in A Time to Love: Stories from the Old Testament (2003). Myers has also written a series of historical informational texts on prominent African American figures and topics. Additionally, he has produced a highly acclaimed memoir of his life titled Bad Boy (2001). Certainly a multifaceted talent, Myers has produced more than seventy works that appeal to readers of all age groups and sensibilities.