Short bio:

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Born in Poland and raised in the United States, Anna Staniszewski grew up loving stories in both Polish and English. She was named the 2006-2007 Writer-in-Residence at the Boston Public Library and a winner of the 2009 PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award. Currently, Anna lives outside of Boston with her husband and their adopted black Labrador, Emma. She teaches courses on writing and children’s literature at Simmons College.

When she’s not writing, Anna spends her time reading, daydreaming, and challenging unicorns to games of hopscotch. She is the author of My Very UnFairy Tale Life and its sequels, My Epic Fairy Tale Fail and My Sort Of Fairy Tale Ending, all published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky. The first book in Anna’s new tween series, The Dirt Diary, was released in January 2014, with two sequels, The Prank List and The Gossip File, on the way. Stay tuned for Anna’s picture books, Power Down, Little Robot and Dogosaurus Rex, both forthcoming from Henry Holt.

Long bio:

Born in Warsaw, Poland and raised in Westborough, Massachusetts, I grew up loving stories in both Polish and English. I spent many hours of my childhood churning out terrible poems and books (in English) on an ancient, Polish typewriter. I dreamt of being a writer, a teacher, an actress, and a ballerina.

After high school, I attended Sarah Lawrence College where I received a BFA in Theater. After some twists and turns, I found myself working at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, Mass. Being surrounded by people who were wildly passionate about children’s books rekindled my love of writing. I moved to Boston and attended Simmons College where I received an MA in Children’s Literature and an MFA in Writing for Children.

In 2006 I was lucky enough to be chosen as the Writer-in-Residence for the Boston Public Library. After my residency, I began teaching courses on writing and children’s literature at Simmons College and at other institutions in the Boston area. In 2009, my manuscript, The Tinkerers, was chosen as a winner of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award.

These days, I no longer write on an old typewriter; instead, I have a small office where I sit at a tiny desk and type away on my slightly-less-noisy computer. I’m represented by Ammi-Joan Paquette at the Erin Murphy Literary Agency. My debut novel, My Very UnFairy Tale Life, was published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky in November 2011, and its sequel, My Epic Fairy Tale Fail, was released in March 2013. The third book in the trilogy, My Sort Of Fairy Tale Ending, was published in November 2013. The first book in my new tween series, The Dirt Diary, was released in January 2014, with two sequels, The Prank List and The Gossip File, on the way. And look for my picture books, Power Down, Little Robot and Dogosaurus Rex, both forthcoming from Henry Holt.