Profile

Cori McCarthy is the acclaimed author of four YA novels, as well as a forthcoming coauthored space fantasy duology and a nonfiction picture book about Arab American poet Kahlil Gibran.

Kirkus hailed their lyrical science fiction debut The Color of Rain as “an elegantly written and emotionally cathartic page-turner.” Their futuristic thriller Breaking Sky is in development to become a major motion picture, and their contemporary You Were Here combines word art poetry, graphic novel, and prose. Cori’s feminist romcom Now A Major Motion Picture is, according to Kirkus, “a war cry and a love letter all at once,” and their novel in verse won the MG category of the Katherine Paterson Prize.

Cori holds a BA and MFA in creative writing as well as a degree in screenwriting. They cofounded the annual Rainbow Writers Workshop with their partner and, like many of their characters, are a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

Education

MFA - WCYA | VCFA
Postgraduate Certificate - Screenwriting | UCLA
BA - Creative Writing | Ohio University

Louise Hawes

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Padma Venkatraman

Faculty, WCYA; Master Class Instructor, Alumnx Mini-Residency

Sara Ryan

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

David Macinnis Gill

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Varian Johnson

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Uma Krishnaswami

Faculty, MFA in WCYA