A tattooed-Gringa-Rican-punk, Ann Dávila Cardinal has worked at this institution in its many incarnations for over twenty years, currently as Director of Recruitment (though she wants business cards that say “your VCFA Auntie”). While working here she earned three degrees, a postgraduate certificate in picture book writing, and did two postgrad semesters…until they shut her off.
Her young adult horror novels, Five Midnights and its sequel Category Five, were released by Tor Teen in 2019 and 2020, and Five Midnights went on to be a finalist for a Bram Stoker Award and won the 2020 International Latino Book Award in the category of Best Young Adult Fantasy & Adventure. (Category Five is a finalist for the same award for 2021!) In October 2022 the adult literary novel that was her MFA in Writing creative thesis, The Storyteller’s Death, will be released from Sourcebooks. Ann lives in Morrisville, and her hobbies include cycling with her family, fiber arts, and preparing for the zombie apocalypse.