Liz Garton Scanlon (she/her) is a poet, picture book writer and middle grade author from Austin, Texas. She’s served on the VCFA WCYA faculty since 2016 and is a current Faculty Co-Chair for the program.

Liz has been writing and publishing for young people for more than 20 years. Her books include the bestselling Caldecott-honored All the World, the middle grade novels The Great Good Summer and Lolo’s Light, many other beloved picture books, and poetry in several anthologies. Her work has received numerous starred reviews, has regularly appeared on “best of” lists and as Junior Library Guild and Book-of-Month selections, and has been translated into more than a dozen languages.

A regular teacher and speaker at schools, libraries, and conferences around the country, Liz loves nothing more than talking with and listening to kids, and doing her best to bring their perspective to the page. For more about her life and work, visit her website at


MA - English | University of Texas, Austin

BA - Journalism | University of Wisconsin, Madison

Selected work

Matt Phelan

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

An Na

Faculty, MFA in WCYA; Writing Novels for Young People Retreat

Mary Quattlebaum

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Sara Ryan

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Alex Sanchez

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

A.R. Capetta

Faculty, MFA in WCYA