Profile

Varian Johnson is the author of several novels for children and young adults, including The Parker Inheritance, which won both Coretta Scott King Author Honor and Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor awards; The Great Greene Heist, an ALA Notable Book for Children and Kirkus Reviews Best Book; and the graphic novel Twins, illustrated by Shannon Wright, which won a BCALA Children & Youth Literary Award for best graphic novel and was named an Eisner Award nominee.

Originally from South Carolina, he received an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is honored to now be a member of the faculty. Varian currently lives outside of Austin, Texas, with his family.

Education

MFA - WCYA | VCFA

BS - Civil Engineering | University of Oklahoma

Selected work

Corey Ann Haydu

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Nova Ren Suma

Faculty Emerita, MFA in WCYA

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

William Alexander

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Martha Brockenbrough

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Jane Kurtz

Faculty, MFA in WCYA