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

Uma Krishnaswami

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Kekla Magoon

Faculty, MFA in WCYA; Alumnx Mini-Residency

Sara Ryan

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Kathi Appelt

Faculty Emerita, MFA in WCYA

Jennifer Ziegler

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Liz Garton Scanlon

Faculty, MFA in WCYA; Alumnx Mini-Residency