Profile

Tom Birdseye was decidedly uninterested in writing as a kid – or any academic aspect of school, for that matter – never imagining that he would eventually become a published author. 

And yet nineteen titles later – novels, picture books, and nonfiction – that is exactly what has happened. His work has been recognized for its excellence by the International Reading Association, Children’s Book Council, National Council of Social Studies, Society of School Librarians International, Oregon Library Association, and Oregon Reading Association, among others. Combined, his books have either won or been a finalist for state children’s choice awards 43 times. Life, it seems, is full of who’d-a-thought-its. He lives and writes in Corvallis, Oregon, but launches mountaineering expeditions to his beloved Cascades on a regular basis.

Education

BA - Elementary Education | Western Kentucky University

BA - Mass Communication/Theater | Western Kentucky University

Liz Garton Scanlon

Faculty Co-Chair, MFA in WCYA

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Nova Ren Suma

Faculty Emerita, MFA in WCYA

Shelley Tanaka

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Alan Cumyn

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Sheela Chari

Faculty, MFA in WCYA