Kathi Appelt is the bestselling, award-winning author of over 30 books for young readers.

Her debut middle-grade novel, The Underneath, was a National Book Award Finalist and a Newbery Honor Book. In addition, it received the Pen USA Award. Her middle-grade novel, The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, was also a National Book Award Finalist. Kathi’s first young adult novel, Angel Thieves, was published in 2019. She makes her home in College Station, Texas, and is a former faculty chair of the MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Visit to learn more.


Graduate Studies - Communication & Rhetoric | University of Iowa
Graduate Studies - English | Texas A&M
BA - English & Theater Arts| Texas A&M

Martha Brockenbrough

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

William Alexander

Faculty Chair, MFA in WCYA

Louise Hawes

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Mary Quattlebaum

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Tom Birdseye

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Jennifer Ziegler

Faculty, MFA in WCYA