K'wan emerged from a troubled youth to become one of the preeminent voices in contemporary fiction with his debut novel, "Gangsta", the street lit classic and "Essence" magazine bestseller that has won international critical raves. His other acclaimed bestselling novels include "Road Dawgz, Street Dreams, " and "Hood Rat." Through his work, K'wan has helped empower young people to discover the wonderment of the written word and to seek out positive paths to reach their goals.