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. Visit his website at


BA - Elementary Education | Western Kentucky University

BA - Mass Communication/Theater | Western Kentucky University

Linda Urban

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Louise Hawes

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Sara Ryan

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

William Alexander

Faculty Chair, MFA in WCYA

Amy King

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

Loree Griffin Burns

Faculty, MFA in WCYA