Martha Brockenbrough lives in Seattle. She studied Classics and English at Stanford University and was the editor in chief of the Stanford Daily. Her career has been wide-ranging: she has been a high school teacher, a journalist, the editor of, and a freelance writer and game-question writer for Cranium and Trivial Pursuit. She also founded National Grammar Day.

Although she has published two books for adults, her passion is writing for young readers. She has written fiction and nonfiction in nearly every category: picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult. Her publishers include Scholastic, Macmillan, Knopf, Levine Querido, and Little, Brown.

Her novel The Game of Love and Death won the Washington State Book Award, the Pacific Northwest Bookseller Association Award, and was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize. It was on numerous best-of and state lists, as well.

Her biography of Donald Trump, Unpresidented, was a Washington State Book Award finalist. Alexander Hamilton: Revolutionary was a Junior Library Guild selection, as is I Am an American: The Wong Kim Ark Story.

She teaches writing workshops on the Washington Coast through For more information about Martha, visit her website.


BA - Classics/English | Stanford

[pronunciation: Martha BRO-ken-BRO]

Selected work

William Alexander

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Martine Leavitt

Faculty, MFA in WCYA; Alumnx Mini-Residency

Melanie Crowder

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Emily X.R. Pan

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Laura Shovan

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

K.A. Holt

Faculty, MFA in WCYA