Kathi Appelt is the bestselling, award-winning author of over 50 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

Sara Ryan

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Kekla Magoon

Faculty Emerita, MFA in WCYA

Linda Urban

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Alex Sanchez

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Laura Shovan

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Jane Kurtz

Faculty, MFA in WCYA