Anica Mrose Rissi is the award-winning author of more than a dozen books for kids and teens, including picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and YA. Her essays have been published by The Writer and the New York Times, and she plays fiddle in and writes lyrics for the band Owen Lake and the Tragic Loves.

Honors include the Maine Literary Award, the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers, Texas Library Association’s Tayshas Reading List and 2×2 Reading List, and Junior Library Guild Selection.

Rissi grew up on an island off the coast of Maine and spent many years in New York City, where she worked as an executive editor in children’s book publishing. She currently lives in rural New Jersey with her very good dog, Sweet Potato. Find out more at and follow @anicarissi on Twitter and Instagram.


BA – American Studies | Yale

[pronunciation: uh-NEE-kuh MROHSS (one syllable; rhymes with “gross”) REE-see]

Selected work

Martine Leavitt

Faculty, MFA in WCYA; Alumnx Mini-Residency

Mary Quattlebaum

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Anica Mrose Rissi

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Evan Griffith

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Linda Urban

Faculty Chair, MFA in WCYA

Sara Ryan

Faculty, MFA in WCYA