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Children's Literature Program Director
Amanda Cockrell
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Children's Literature


Amanda Cockrell Program 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 has been acclaimed as one of the best books for 2011 for children by The Boston Globe, and has also been named to the Bulletin Blue Ribbons 2011 list from The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books.

Abate Raising Your Kids RightMichelle Ann Abate (Homepage), associate professor of English, and co-editor of the journal Children's Literature (Johns Hopkins University Press); B.A., Canisius College; M.Phil. and Ph.D., City University of New York. Michelle is the author of Tomboys: A Literary and Cultural History (Temple University Press, 2008) and Raising Your Kids Right: Children’s Literature and American Political Conservatism (Rutgers University Press, 2010). In addition, she has published critical essays on a wide range of topics, including "The Muppet Show," William Faulkner, Louisa May Alcott, Caddie Woodlawn, Mark Twain, the Left Behind novels for kids, and the genres of lesbian pulp fiction and young adult novels. In the photo (left), Abate is at Ollantaytambo in Peru, where she took a group of students in January 2007 in connection to her Short Term course on travel writing.

Karen Adams The Mystery of RoanokeKaren Adams, M.A., creative writing; M.A. and M.F.A., children’s literature, Hollins University. She has written ten historical stories for middle-grade readers, which have been serialized in more than thirty U.S. newspapers: The Mystery of Roanoke; Adventure on Ocracoke Island; The Dark Road to Freedom; Ghost Train Journey; Secrets on the Wind; Spirits of Olde Virginia; Distant Mountains, Distant Sea; Across Two Oceans: A Story of World War II; The Gray Ghost; and Shadow on Jamestown, which won a 2007 Newspaper in Education Literacy Award from the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association.

Brian Attebery

Decoding Gender in 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.

Rhonda Brock-Servais Rhonda Brock-Servais, associate 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.

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.

Lisa Rowe Fraustino The Hole in the WallLisa Rowe Fraustino, associate 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 and will be out in November. She is the current 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.
Hanlon Tina Hanlon, associate professor of English, Ferrum College; Ph.D., Ohio State University. Her critical essays in a number of books and journals discuss Appalachian children’s literature, folk and fairy tales, dragon stories, and adaptations in various media. She is co-editor of Crosscurrents of Children’s Literature: An Anthology of Texts and Criticism, and director of the Web site AppLit: Resources for Readers and Teachers of Appalachian Literature for Children and Young  Adults.


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.

Peter Hunt
Hunt OxfordPeter Hunt, Professor Emeritus, School of English, Cardiff University, U.K.; Visiting Professor, Newcastle University, U.K.; Visiting Research Professor, University of Worcester, U.K.; Ph.D., University of Wales. He was the first specialist in Children’s Literature to be appointed full Professor of English in a British University. He has written or edited twenty-six books, has written over 150 articles on the subject, and has edited five volumes for Oxford World’s Classics, including Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2009) and The Secret Garden (2011). His books have been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Persian and Portuguese (Brazil). He has also published four novels for young adults and two shorter books for young children. In 1995 he was presented with the Distinguished Scholarship Award, International Society for the Fantastic in the Arts, and in 2003 he was awarded the Brothers Grimm Award for services to children’s literature, from the International Institute for Children’s Literature, Osaka. His latest books are the four-volume Children’s Literature: Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies (2006), the York Companion to Children’s Literature (2011, with Lucy Pearson), and an edited collection of essays on Tolkien for Palgrave (2013).
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.
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, should be out in 2012 with Borgo Press.

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 nineteenth-century revisions of Paradise Lost for children.

Klaus Phillips Rebel McKenzieCandice Ransom, M.F.A., Vermont College;
M. A., Hollins University, i
s the author of over 100 books for children of all ages, including her most recent, 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.

Ruth Sanderson The Crystal MountainRuth 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.

Delia Sherman The Freedom MazeDelia Sherman, Ph.D., Brown University. Her newest young adult novel, The Freedom Maze, won 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.

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.

Me Baby, You BabyAshley 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.

Tomboy TroubleSharon Dennis Wyeth, M.F.A., Hunter College. She is the author of picture books, contemporary novels, and historical fiction. Titles include Something Beautiful (illustrated by Christopher K. Soentpiet), Tomboy Trouble, the Underground Railroad diaries of Corey Birdsong, and Orphea Proud, (a LAMBDA Literary Award finalist) and other books. She has received awards for her writing from Children's Book Council, Reading Rainbow, and the New York Public Library. She also writes memoir and poetry and is a member of the Cave Canem Poetry Fellowship for African American poets. Her forthcoming picture book The Granddaughter Necklace (illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline), will be published in January 2013 by Arthur A. Levine Books. She teaches creative writing at Fordham University.