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May 6, 2021

Daria Peoples-Riley

Daria Peoples’ first job was at nine years old in the children’s section of her hometown library in Paso Robles, California. She worked a little,…
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April 21, 2021

Randy Ribay

Randy Ribay is the author of An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes, After the Shot Drops, and, most recently, Patron Saints of Nothing—which received five starred reviews, was…
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March 29, 2021

Sandra Nickel, 2012 MFA in WCYA

Only a few months into 2021, Writing for Children & Young Adults alumnx Sandra Nickel has already received numerous accolades for her recent nonfiction picture…
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February 12, 2021

Ibi Zoboi

Ibi Zoboi is the New York Times-bestselling author of My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich (Penguin, 2019), her middle-grade debut, and the young adult novels…
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February 2, 2021

Lori Steel, 2012 MFA in WCYA

Writing for Children & Young Adults alumnx and literary agent Lori Steel has had a long career in all aspects of books—a career that eventually…
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News January 27, 2021

ALA Youth Media Awards Honor VCFA Writers

The American Library Association announced its 2021 award winners for "the top books, digital media, video and audio books for children and young adults" on…
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News January 27, 2021
December 16, 2020

Kacen Callender

Born and raised in St. Thomas of the US Virgin Islands, Kacen Callender is a bestselling and award-winning author of the middle-grade novels Hurricane Child and King and the Dragonflies, the…
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December 14, 2020

Jenn Bailey

Jenn Bailey graduated with her MFA from VCFA in January 2017 and has since refused to leave. Her debut picture book, A Friend for Henry, received the ALA Schneider…
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December 10, 2020

Vanessa Brantley Newton

Vanessa Brantley Newton is a self-taught illustrator, doll maker, and crafter who studied Fashion Illustration at The Fashion Institute of Technology and children's book illustration…
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December 2, 2020

Sheela Chari

Sheela Chari writes about missing things. She is the author of the upcoming middle grade novel Karthik Delivers and several middle grade mysteries, including The…
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