Loree Griffin Burns writes books that celebrate and explore the natural world. She is the author of seven books of children’s nonfiction, including the middle grade titles Tracking Trash, The Hive Detectives, Citizen Scientists, Beetle Busters, and Life on Surtsey, as well as the picture books Handle with Care and You’re Invited to a Moth Ball. Between them these books have garnered starred reviews, American Library Association Notable designations, a Boston GlobeHorn Book Honor Book Award, an IRA Children’s Book Award, a Green Earth Book Award, and two Science Books & Films (SB&F) Prizes.

Trained as a molecular biologist, Loree writes about science and nature for adult audiences, too. Her essays have been published in magazines like Yankee and honored in journals like Flyway. You can learn more about her life and work at


PhD - Biochemistry | UMass

MFA - Creative Nonfiction | Bay Path University

BS - Biology | Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Linda Urban

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

William Alexander

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Anna-Marie McLemore

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Loree Griffin Burns

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Jane Kurtz

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Liz Garton Scanlon

Faculty Co-Chair, MFA in WCYA