Through writing, I connect with others, discover truths, and explore questions.
My work for adults, which includes poetry, essays, fiction, non-fiction, and plays, has appeared in The Washington Post, Mothering, Muse, Teacher, Cicada, New Poets Review, and many more. I am currently working on several projects including a collection of essays and a new novel.
I teach graduate-level classes, offer workshops, lead retreats, and facilitate creative-writing salons for numerous organizations in the DC, MD, VA area and around the country. I also teach privately in person and via Skype. See Connect to find out more.
My day-job is one of the most rewarding I could imagine: writing fiction for children and young adults and speaking at schools and libraries across the country.
In my novels for young adults, I explore the journeys of characters who are trying to find their voices. Guitar Notes, Open Mic Night at Westminster Cemetery, and Get Happy have connected me with readers all over the world who, in turn, encourage and sustain me with so many thoughtful and passionate letters and comments that I have to pinch myself. It was in Guitar Notes that I first began to use the word thrum to describe the connection that I feel in the sharing of creative work.
My work for children, which includes many stand-alone novels and chapter books as well as several series, gives me a chance to honor and showcase the wonder and struggle of childhood.
- Beehive Book Award
- Buckeye Book Award
- Maud Hart Lovelace Award
- The Maryland Library Association Maryland Author Award
- The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators National Magazine Writing Award
- The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Nonfiction Book Grant
- The Heekin Foundation’s Fellowship for Children’s Novel-in-Progress
- Indiana University’s Keisler Prize for Poetry
- Arizona Young Readers Award
- My work for adults: HSG Agency, Carrie Hannigan
- My work for young adults and children: Gallt & Zacker