Presenting a selection of recent books, films, and other published work by the faculty and visiting speakers of the Hollins Summer MFA Programs in Children's Literature, Dance, Playwriting and Screenwriting.
Tim Tingle is an Oklahoma Choctaw and a world-renowned author and storyteller. He has twice won the American Indian Youth Literature Award for How I Became a Ghost in 2014 and House of Purple Cedar in 2016. His first children’s book, Crossing Bok Chitto, garnered over 20 state and national awards and was an Editor’s Choice in The New York Times Book Review. He has spoken at the Library of Congress, performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and completed eight speaking tours for the U.S. Department of Defense, performing stories to children of military personnel. Tingle received his M.A. in English literature at the University of Oklahoma, with a focus on American Indian Studies and a thesis on Choctaw Oral Literature.
Sarah Park Dahlen is an associate professor in the M.L.I.S. program at St. Catherine University. She coedited Diversity in Youth Literature and coedits Research on Diversity in Youth Literature. Her next books address race in the wizarding world with Ebony Elizabeth Thomas and Asian American youth literature with Paul Lai. Park Dahlen will be in virtual residence for one week and will give a public lecture and meet individually with students for consultation on scholarly manuscripts.
R. Gregory Christie,
2021 Visiting Author-Illustrator
R. Gregory Christie is an award-winning children’s book illustrator and lecturer with a long track record of creating uniquely inspiring moments through art. His dozens of children’s books include Freedom in Congo Square, winner of the 2017 Charlotte Zolotow Award and an Honor Book for both the Caldecott and the Coretta Scott King Awards. He is a NAACP Image award winner and was the artist for the United Postal Service’s Kwanzaa Stamp in 2013. Christie has done everything from John Coltrane album covers to animated films on Netflix. His lectures on art, diversity, and literature are family friendly and he has made it his mission to educate and connect audiences to books in a way that is both fun and engaging. He will give a public lecture and visit online illustration classes.
Juana Martinez-Neal is the recipient of the 2019 Caldecott Honor for Alma and How She Got Her Name (Candlewick Press), her debut picture book as author-illustrator. She is also the recipient of the 2020 Robert F. Sibert Medal for Fry Bread: A Native American Story (Roaring Brook) and the 2018 Pura Belpré Medal for Illustration for La Princesa and the Pea (Putnam). Juana is the illustrator of La Madre Goose (written by Susan M. Elya, Putnam/Penguin 2016), Babymoon (written by Hayley Barrett, Candlewick 2019) and Swashby and the Sea (written by Beth Ferry, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2020). Juana was named to the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) honor list in 2014, and was awarded the SCBWI Portfolio Showcase Grand Prize in 2012. She was born in Lima, the capital of Peru, and now lives in Connecticut, with her husband, three children and two dogs. https://juanamartinezneal.com/
Christopher Denise, B.F.A. in illustration, Rhode Island School of Design, is the illustrator of many critically acclaimed books for young readers including Alison McGhee’s Firefly Hollow, Rosemary Wells’ Following Grandfather, and Anne Marie Pace’s Groundhug Day, as well as several in Brian Jacques’s Redwall series. His books have appeared on The New York Times bestseller list and have been recognized by Bank Street College of Education, Parents’ Choice Foundation, and the Society of Illustrators. His extensive teaching background includes courses for the Rhode Island School of Design, and now he teaches Children’s Book Media for the graduate programs in children’s writing and illustrating at Hollins. In his Chalk Talk he will show and tell about the process of creating his latest work, Knight Owl.
Artie and the Wolf Moon by Olivia Stephens (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2021-09-07
Olivia Stephens is a graphic novelist, illustrator, and writer from the Pacific Northwest. She earned her B.F.A. in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2017. Stephens has created work for a number of sites and publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, and FIYAH Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction. Currently, Stephens is a 2019-20 Literary Fellow for the Tulsa Artist Fellowship. Her debut graphic novel, Artie and the Wolf Moon, comes out from Lerner Books in fall 2021. Stephens will give a public lecture and a workshop for students.
Victoria Piontek M.F.A. ’14 is the author of The Spirit of Cattail County (Scholastic Press, 2018), a ghostly story of magic and friendship set in the Everglades. The Spirit of Cattail County was a Bank Street College Best Book of the Year (2019) and selected for the Sequoyah Children’s Masterlist (2019-20). She is also a literary associate for Executive Agent Laura Rennert at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Prior to her current roles, Piontek had a myriad of other jobs, from waitressing to sales, but her favorite occupation was teaching middle school children in New York City as a Teach for America Corps Member. She holds an M.F.A. in creative writing for children and young adults from Hollins, and an M.S.T. in education from Pace University. Her forthcoming novel, Better with Butter, will be released in July and we will be among the first to hear about it!
Maeve Norton is an award-winning illustrator and designer based in Brooklyn, NY, who specializes in children’s media and hand lettering. After graduating from Pratt Institute in 2015, she found herself at Scholastic where she has been happily designing middle grade and young adult novels ever since. Aside from designing books, she is a founding member of the artist collective Fem Foundry who aim to promote collaborative work and organize benefit gallery openings for different charities. She is also an active children’s book illustrator represented by Lori Kilkelly at LK Literary Agency. When not knee-deep in books, Norton can be found making bracelets or soaking up the sunshine on her stoop.
Brian Attebery is the author of four books and numerous articles on fantasy and science fiction, his most recent scholarly publication is Stories about Stories: Fantasy and the Remaking of Myth, published by Oxford University Press in 2014. He also edited The Norton Book of Science Fiction with Ursula K. Le Guin and Karen Joy Fowler. He is professor of English at Idaho State University and editor of the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. His interests within children’s literature include not only oral and literary fairy tales, which transcend age, but also stories of coming of age and of family interactions. Since 2016 he's been serving as editor of the Library of America's republication of the works of Ursula K. Le Guin.
Mary Jane Begin is a professor at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and an award-winning illustrator and author. She has taught at RISD for over twenty years and also serves as the Internship + Professional Development Advisor for the Illustration department. Mary Jane is an award-winning illustrator and author known in particular for her acclaimed picture books, Little Mouse's Painting, Before I Go to Sleep, and A Mouse Told His Mother. Mary Jane's latest picture book is My Little Pony: The Dragons on Dazzle Island, published by Little Brown Books.
Karen Coats is Professor of English at Illinois State University; she has also taught at George Washington University and Virginia Tech. Her book Looking Glasses and Neverlands: Lacan, Desire, and Subjectivity in Children's Literature was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title, and received the Children's Literature Association Honor Award for Best Book in Literary Criticism in Children's Literature. Coats has written numerous articles on children’s literature and her latest work, The Bloomsbury Introduction to Children’s and Young Adult Literature, was published in November 2017. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Palgrave series Critical Approaches to Contemporary Children’s Literature, and reviews regularly for The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books. Dr. Coats received a Ph.D. from George Washington University.
Christopher Denise is an award-winning children’s book illustrator and visual development artist. His first book, a retelling of the Russian folktale The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship, was pronounced “a stunning debut” by Publishers Weekly. Since then, Chris has illustrated more than twenty-five books for children, including Firefly Hollow by Alison McGhee; Following Grandfather by Rosemary Wells; Oliver Finds His Way by Phyllis Root; Baking Day at Grandma's by his wife, Anika Denise; and some in Brian Jacques’ acclaimed Redwall series. His books have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list and have been recognized by Bank Street College of Education, Parents’ Choice Foundation, and the Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibition. Christopher Denise lives in Rhode Island with his family.
Elizabeth (aka "e") is an award-winning author, illustrator, teacher, blogger, and speaker (including TED). She has over two-dozen books to her credit, including her debut novel, A Bird on Water Street, winner of 13 literary awards, including Georgia Author of the Year. With New York Times Best-selling author Jane Yolen, e recently published Merbaby's Lullaby in 2019 and their collaboration will continue with the forthcoming book On Eagle Cove. e has a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Georgia, an MFA in Illustration (with Distinction) from the University of Edinburgh, and is currently a PhD Researcher in Children's Literature at the University of Glasgow (Scotland) finishing her dissertation (called a thesis on the other side of the pond) titled "Tricksters, Witches, and Warriors: Rewriting a Patriarchal Narrative in Children's Fantasy Literature". She is currently Associate Professor of Illustration at Winthrop University in South Carolina. In the summers she travels to Roanoke, Virginia where she is Visiting Associate Professor at Hollins University in the MFA in Writing and Illustrating Children's Books low-residency program.
Lisa Rowe Fraustino grew up in rural Maine, where she wrote her first story on the toilet seat lid when she was three (in orange crayon). She has been writing ever since on anything handy. For young readers, she has published four novels, including I Walk in Dread for the Dear America Series; three anthologies of young adult short stories; and a picture book, The Hickory Chair, illustrated magnificently by Benny Andrews. Her middle-grade novel The Hole in the Wall won the 2010 Milkweed Prize for Children’s Literature. Most recently, she edited with Karen Coats. Lisa is currently the Director of the Graduate Programs in Children’s Literature at Hollins.
Hillary is the author of chapter books, including the new Ellie May series (Charlesbridge), as well as contemporary middle grade novels. Her novels set in middle school include Apple Pie Promises (Sky Pony Press), Pumpkin Spice Secrets, Queen of Likes (Simon & Schuster/M!X), The Hot List (Simon & Schuster/M!X), and Things Are Gonna Get Ugly (Simon & Schuster/M!X). Her latest project is working on the Kate the Chemist middle grade series with Dr. Kate Biberdorf, a science personality and professor at the University of Texas. Hillary holds a master’s degree in foreign language education from Temple University and a master’s of arts degree from Hollins University in children’s literature and writing. Currently, she’s an associate visiting professor of creative writing at Hollins University Summer Graduate Program in Children’s Literature and teaches media writing at Sonoma State University.
A. LaFaye, Hollins M.A. ‘98, is an associate professor of English at Greenville College. Her newest book, Pretty Omens, tells the story of a girl struggling to find her place in a community that shuns her. She is also the author of Worth, which won the 2005 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, Water Steps, Stella Stands Alone, The Year of the Sawdust Man, Edith Shay, Strawberry Hill, The Keening, Nissa’s Place, and Walking Home to Rosie Lee. LaFaye taught at Roanoke College, Plattsburgh State University, California State University, San Bernardino, Hamline University, and Lee University.
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Martin is the Beverly Cleary Endowed Professor for Children and Youth Services in the Information School at the University of Washington and from 2011 to 2016 was the inaugural Augusta Baker Endowed Chair in Childhood Literacy at the University of South Carolina. She has published Brown Gold: Milestones of African American Children’s Picture Books, 1845-2002 (Routledge, 2004) and co-edited Sexual Pedagogies: Sex Education in Britain, Australia, and America, 1879-2000 (with Claudia Nelson, Palgrave, 2003). She was the first African American President of the Children’s Literature Association and will be hosting the 2022 ChLA Conference in Bellevue, WA, near Seattle. She’s the founder of Read-a-Rama (www.Read-a-Rama.org), a nonprofit that uses children’s books as the springboard for year-round and summer camp programming.
Han Nolan has loved stories for as long as she can remember, and one of her favorite books growing up was Harriet The Spy. She wanted to be a spy like Harriet, but turns out she was terrible at it, and gave it up. The one thing she did keep was the spy notebook, which turned into a place for her thoughts and stories. She pursued dance during her teenage years and into adulthood, but eventually went returned to her first love of writing. She is the author of numerous young adult books, including Pregnant Pause and Crazy.