Welcome to my homepage, all you writers and fans of writing and anyone who wandered in by mistake! I’m a restless writer, always following inspiration wherever and however I find it, which is probably how I came to write for all ages in all forms, from novels to poems to picture books to memoir.
My picture book Someday was a #1 New York Times bestseller and my Pulitzer Prize-nominated novel Shadow Baby was a Today Show Book Club pick. My work has been translated into more than 20 languages and has won many fellowships and awards. I’ve taught creative writing at Metropolitan State University, Vermont College, Hamline University’s MFA program, and on my own.
What I Leave Behind, my new novel for older teens and adults, and Never Coming Back, a novel for adults, are my most recent books. What I Leave Behind is written in an interesting format – it’s one hundred chapters of one hundred words each – and it stars sixteen-year-old Will, who wanders the streets of his Los Angeles neighborhood seeking answers to unanswerable questions. Never Coming Back, which stars my alter ego Clara Winter, was a Midwest Indies bestseller, and the paperback will be out in October.
If you’d like to be placed on my mailing list –my newsletter, which details upcoming appearances, lectures, pop-up workshops and other classes, is sent out four times a year– please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. You’re also welcome to sign up for my Poem of the Week, which is emailed and posted every weekend.
For general information, questions, and inquiries about appearances, please email me directly.