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The Short Version:
Born in Poland and raised in the United States, Anna Staniszewski grew up loving stories in both Polish and English. She was a Writer-in-Residence at the Boston Public Library and a winner of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award. Currently, Anna lives south of Boston with her family and teaches courses on writing and children’s literature at Simmons University. When she’s not writing, Anna spends her time reading, daydreaming, and challenging unicorns to games of hopscotch. She is the author of over twenty books for young readers, including the novels Secondhand Wishes and The Wonder of Wildflowers; the picture books Dogosaurus Rex and Beast in Show; and the Once Upon a Fairy Tale chapter book series.
The Long Version:
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 dreamed 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 University 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 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. In 2011, my dream of becoming a published author finally came true with the release of my first novel, My Very UnFairy Tale Life.
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, and I teach in the MFA Writing for Children Program at Simmons University. I am the author of over twenty books for young readers, including the novels Secondhand Wishes and The Wonder of Wildflowers; the picture books Dogosaurus Rex and Beast in Show; and the Once Upon a Fairy Tale chapter book series.
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