Profile

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 anicarissi.com and follow @anicarissi on Twitter and Instagram.

Education

BA – American Studies | Yale

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

Selected work

Fran Wilde

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

A.R. Capetta

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

William Alexander

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Alex Sanchez

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Uma Krishnaswami

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Varian Johnson

Faculty, MFA in WCYA