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Children’s Book Writing & Illustrating faculty

Amanda Cockrell
Program Co-director

What We KeepAmanda Cockrell is a graduate of Hollins, where she also earned her M.A. in English and creative writing. In addition to directing the children’s literature program, she is the author of the young adult novel, What We Keep Is Not Always What Will Stay, as well as The Legions of the Mist, The Moonshine Blade, The Deer Dancers trilogy, The Horse Catchers trilogy, and Pomegranate Seed, and received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in fiction. What We Keep Is Not Always What Will Stay was acclaimed as one of the best books for 2011 for children by The Boston Globe, and was named to the Bulletin Blue Ribbons 2011 list from The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books. www.amandacockrell.com

Ruth Sanderson
Program Co-director

CinderellaRuth Sanderson, author and illustrator, is a graduate of Paier College of Art. Among her many books for children are Goldilocks, The Enchanted Wood, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Papa Gatto, The Night Before Christmas, The Snow Princess, Cinderella, and Saints: Lives and Illuminations. Her books have received a number of awards, including the Texas Bluebonnet Award for The Golden Mare, The Firebird, and The Magic Ring. In 1997 she was writer-in-residence for the Children's Literature program. www.ruthsanderson.com

Brian Attebery

Parabolas of Science FictionBrian Attebery, professor of English and director of American studies, Idaho State University; Ph.D., Brown University. He is coeditor, with Ursula K. Le Guin, of The Norton Book of Science Fiction; author of Decoding Gender in Science Fiction, Strategies of Fantasy, The Fantasy Tradition in American Literature: From Irving to Le Guin, and the Teachers Guide to the Norton Book of Science Fiction; and is editor of the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. He recently won the Science Fiction Research Association’s Pilgrim Award for lifetime contributions to science fiction and fantasy scholarship. His most recent book is Parabolas of Science Fiction, edited with Veronica Hollinger. http://www.isu.edu/english/Faculty/BrianAttebery.html

Rhonda Brock-Servais Rhonda Brock-Servais, professor of English, Longwood University; Ph.D., University of South Carolina. Her work has appeared in Children’s Literature in Education, and The Encyclopedia of American Children’s Literature. Besides children’s literature, her interests include literary horror, Romantic and Victorian literature, and fairy tales.
Elizabeth O. Dulemba A Bird on Water StreetElizabeth O. Dulemba, B.F.A., University of Georgia. She is an award-winning author/illustrator of 15 books including: The 12 Days of Christmas in Georgia; the bilingual Jack Tale adaptations Paco and the Giant Chile Plant and Soap, soap, soap; and one of the first children’s book apps, Lula’s Brew. She is the illustrator coordinator for the southern region (Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi) of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and a Board Member for the Georgia Center for the Book. She teaches "Creating Picture Books" at various venues and taught Beginning and Advanced Illustration at the University of Georgia. Her Coloring Page Tuesdays have garnered over a million visits to her website annually and over 3,000 subscribers to her weekly newsletter. She lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia, and her newest book is the forthcoming novel, A Bird on Water Street. www.dulemba.com.
Renee Englot The Stranger Who SnoredRenée Englot, M.A. in Children's Literature, Hollins University. She is a professional storyteller working with schools, libraries, and corporations. Her storytelling has taken her across Canada and the United States, and her stories can be found on the recordings Tales on the Wind, World of Story 2009, and Undaunted Enchantments. She is also the author of The Stranger Who Snored: An Intercultural Folktale Exploration. Her storytelling CD Once Upon a Bethlehem Night won gold from NAPPA in 2011 for Children's Music and Media. http://reneeenglot.com/
Lisa Rowe Fraustino The Hole in the WallLisa Rowe Fraustino, professor of English, Eastern Connecticut State University; Ph.D., Binghamton University. Her newest book, the middle-grade novel The Hole in the Wall, won the 2010 Milkweed Prize for Children's Literature. She is past president of the Children’s Literature Association, and is also the author of I Walk in Dread: The Diary of Deliverance Trembley, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials; The Hickory Chair; and Ash. As Lisa Meunier, she is the author of the forthcoming poetry chapbook, Hitching to Istanbul. http://lisarowefraustino.com/

Things Are Gonna Get UglyHillary Homzie, M.A., Hollins University; M.Ed., Temple University. Her newest books are the tween novels The Hot List and Things Are Gonna Get Ugly. She is also the author of the chapter book series Alien Clones From Outer Space, including Two Heads Are Better Than One, Who Let the Dogs Out?, The Baby-Sitters Wore Diapers, and Food Fight! Her short stories have been published in anthologies and numerous children's magazines. www.hillaryhomzie.com

Ellen Kushner The Privilege of the SwordEllen Kushner is the author of The Golden Dreydl, Thomas the Rhymer, winner of both the World Fantasy Award and the Mythopoeic Award; The Privilege of the Sword, winner of the Locus Award; Swordspoint; and with Delia Sherman, The Fall of the Kings. Stories for younger readers have appeared in anthologies including The Beastly Bride and Troll’s Eye View. Her newest book is the anthology Welcome to Bordertown (co-edited with Holly Black). She is also the host of PRI’s award-winning national public radio series Sound & Spirit and a co-founder of the Interstitial Arts Foundation, an organization encouraging work that falls between genre categories. http://ellen-kushner.livejournal.com/
Alexandria LaFaye Dad, In SpiritAlexandria LaFaye, associate professor of English, Greenville College; M.F.A., University of Memphis; M.A., Hollins College and Mankato State University. Her newest book is Walking Home to Rosie Lee. She is also the author of Worth, which won the 2005 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, Water Steps, Stella Stands Alone, The Year of the Sawdust Man, Edith Shay, Strawberry Hill, The Keening, and Nissa’s Place. Her book on writing, The Primed Mind, is forthcoming from Borgo Press. www.alafaye.com
Claudia Mills Zero ToleranceClaudia Mills, associate professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado Boulder; Ph.D., Princeton University; M.L.S. with a concentration in children's literature, University of Maryland. She is the author of almost 50 books for young readers, most recently Zero Tolerance (Farrar) and Kelsey Green, Reading Queen (Farrar), the first in a new chapter book series, Franklin School Friends. Currently president of the Children’s Literature Association, she has published articles on Laura Ingalls Wilder, Louisa May Alcott, Maud Hart Lovelace, Betty MacDonald, Rosamond du Jardin, and Eleanor Estes, and is in the process of editing a collection of essays on ethics and children’s literature. http://claudiamillsauthor.com
Lauren Mills The Rag CoatLauren Mills, M.A. in illustration, San Jose State University. She has illustrated the children’s classics, At the Back of the North Wind, Anne of Green Gables, and Thumbelina, and is also the author of several original tales including The Rag Coat, which has been performed as a ballet by the University of Utah and received the Charlotte Award, 13 state award nominations, and the Smithsonian’s "Season’s Choice" award. Fairy Wings, co-illustrated with Dennis Nolan, won the SCBWI Golden Kite Award. The New York Times described Mills' watercolors as "alluring... Whistlerian to the point of Pre-Raphaelitism." Her illustrations have been exhibited in galleries, libraries, and museums across the country and she has taught illustration at the Paier College of Art and the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. http://laurenmillsart.com/
Nancy Ruth Patterson Ellie EverNancy Ruth Patterson, M.A.T., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her five novels for children have been honored on reading master lists in 10 states. The Christmas Cup, The Shiniest Rock of All, and A Simple Gift, a Junior Library Guild Selection, have been adapted as plays and performed professionally. Her latest works are The Winner’s Walk, selected for master lists in five states, including the Texas Bluebonnet Master List, and Ellie Ever, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in the fall of 2010. Retiring after 33 years as a teacher and administrator with Roanoke (VA) City Schools, she joined the adjunct faculty of The University of Virginia, teaching graduate courses in children’s and young adult literature. She has spoken at more than 500 national conferences and workshops and has written numerous articles on the craft of writing.
Julie Pfeiffer Children's Literature JournalJulie Pfeiffer, associate professor of English; Ph.D., University of Connecticut; editor of the annual of the Children’s Literature Association, Children’s Literature (Johns Hopkins University Press). She has published on Charlotte Bronte, gender and children’s literature, and on 19th-century revisions of Paradise Lost for children.
Klaus Phillips Rebel McKenzieCandice Ransom, M.F.A., Vermont College; M. A., Hollins University, is the author of over 120 books for children of all ages, including her most recent, Iva Honeysuckle Meets Her Match, Iva Honeysuckle Discovers the World, and Rebel McKenzie. She is also the author of Finding Day’s Bottom and Seeing Sky-Blue Pink; picture books including Tractor Day, I Like Shoes, Liberty Street, and The Promise Quilt; and the Time Spies books, among dozens of others. Her honors include ALA Recommended Book, CBC Notable Social Studies Book, New York Public Library Best 100 Books, Smithsonian Notable Book, IRA Children’s Choice, IRA Teacher’s Choice, Book-of-the-Month Club, William Allen White Master List, and Texas Bluebonnet Master List. www.candiceransom.com
Eric Rohmann Bone DogEric Rohmann is an award-winning author and illustrator of books for young readers. He has also created book jackets for a number of novels, including His Dark Materials, by Philip Pullman. He won a Caldecott Honor Book award for Time Flies, and a Caldecott Medal award for My Friend Rabbit. He has also written a number of his illustrated books: My Friend Rabbit, The Cinder-Eyed Cats, Clara and Asha, Pumpkinhead, A Kitten's Tale, and Bone Dog. His latest book is Oh, no! written by Candice Fleming. Rohmann holds degrees in fine arts from Arizona State University and Illinois State University. In addition to writing and illustrating children’s books, he has taught drawing and printmaking. His artwork has been featured in various exhibitions and permanent collections throughout the country. http://www.ericrohmann.com/
Delia Sherman The Freedom MazeDelia Sherman, Ph.D., Brown University. Her newest young adult novel, The Freedom Maze, won the Andre Norton Award and the Mythopoeic Award. She is also the author of Changeling and The Magic Mirror of the Mermaid Queen, and the adult novels Through a Brazen Mirror; The Porcelain Dove (also winner of the Mythopoeic Award); and with Ellen Kushner, The Fall of the Kings. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in many young adult and middle-grade anthologies, most recently Coyote Road, Troll's Eye View, and Welcome to Bordertown. She is a founding member of the Interstitial Arts Foundation, an organization supporting work that falls outside traditional genre categories, for which she co-edited two Interfictions anthologies. http://www.sff.net/people/kushnersherman/sherman/
C. W. Sullivan III Heinlein’s Juvenile Novels: A Cultural DictionaryC. W. Sullivan III, emeritus professor of English, East Carolina University; Ph.D., University of Oregon. He is a full member of the Welsh Academy, author of Heinlein’s Juvenile Novels: A Cultural Dictionary, Fenian Diary: Denis B. Cashman on board the Hougoumont, 1867-1868 and Welsh Celtic Myth in Modern Fantasy, and editor of numerous books including The Mabinogi: A Book of Essays, Science Fiction for Young Readers, and Young Adult Science Fiction.
Baby Bear Sees BlueAshley Wolff, B.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design, is the author and/or illustrator of over 50 children’s picture books including Baby Beluga, Stella and Roy Go Camping, Me Baby, You Baby, Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?, Mama’s Milk, and the beloved Miss Bindergarten series. Her artwork has been exhibited widely in national shows and her books have won numerous state and national awards. She lives and works in San Francisco. http://ashleywolff.com/