As a writer and presenter, I
- Write nonfiction books and articles for and about young people.
- Conduct writing workshops and playshops with children.
- Conduct workshops and presentations to adults on writing nonfiction for young readers.
Although I specialize in writing nonfiction, my short fiction has also been accepted by acclaimed children’s magazines and readers, including HIGHLIGHTS FOR CHILDREN, SKIPPING STONES, and THE MAILBOX. My picture book manuscript, “Mr. Bellow Lost His Cello,” won Byline Magazine’s national picture book competition; since it is not yet published, however, Mr. Bellow is still searching for his cello.
Happily, I am represented by the Erin Murphy Literary Agency. And, I’ve blogged at EMU’s Debuts. I support Pat Mora’s bilingual effort El Día de los jovenes/El día de los libros, We Need Diverse Books, and First Book.
Curiosity is what’s led me to:
- Travel on six continents and live on three—can you figure out where I am in the photos below?
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- Study at one college (Wellesley) and two graduate schools (the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the LBJ School of Public Affairs)
- Work (for 25 years) to make schools, teaching, and policies better for kids
- Read, read, and read some more (two book groups)
- Live in two cities–Austin and Boston (I only choose places that rhyme)
- Cook (I love saffron and lemongrass but can’t abide okra),
- Go to plays and movies (as long as they’re not violent; violence is worse than okra)
- Go to concerts, museums, art galleries, and art auctions
- Try to learn Spanish four times (I still can’t get ‘ser’ and ‘estar’ straight)
- Write for kids about the oldest city in America (think South–way south), archeology in Bolivia, virus-hunting in Cameroon, predicting pandemics, Portuguese dancing, the philosophy of identity (yes, for kids), Anne Frank, civil rights music, Mark Twain, keeping the peace in Rwanda, moko (look it up), …
Those are the things I love to do—in addition to gardening, yoga, swimming, and volunteering…
Here’s who I love being:
- Wife of a professor (who reads law journals while I relish Giverny)
- Mom of two thoroughly splendid daughters and mom-in-law of their sweet spice (Why “thoroughly splendid?” Hint: check the Acknowledgments of every book by everyone in our family.)
- Gramma of three granddaughters and one grandson (who prefer, in this age of uncertain privacy, to remain anonymous)
- Sister, aunt, cousin, niece…
- Friend (but please don’t tell my friends that sometimes I’d rather write than meet them for lunch)
- Austinite in the winter, spring, and summer and Bostonian in the fall (two critique groups, one in each home, which is perfect!)
- Writer for kids
Happily, I am represented by Erin Murphy of Erin Murphy Literary Agency.
I’ve blogged at: EMU’s Debuts.