R291. Crossing Borders with Verse Novels

Room 510, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 31, 2016
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Verse is a powerful vehicle for transporting readers across international borders. Authors of middle grade and YA verse novels set outside the US will discuss the medium of verse as a means of enabling readers to connect with stories set in other countries and cultures. With poetry enabling emotional resonance and multicultural expressivity, verse becomes a bridge for conveying readers into international tales encompassing cultures, nations, landscapes, and languages around the globe.



Terry Farish

Leza Lowitz is author of Up from the Sea, (YA verse novel about the Japan 3/11 tsunami—SCBWI WIP Honor), Here Comes the Sun: a Memoir, and Jet Black & the Ninja Wind (APALA Award Winner in YA Literature). She has received the PEN Fiction Award, PEN Josephine Miles Award, NEA/NEH grants, and Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Award.

Joyce Lee Wong is the author of the award-winning YA verse novel, Seeing Emily (NYPL Best Book for the Teen Age, IRA Notable Book). A winner of the IRA Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award and a former PEN Center USA West Emerging Voices fellow, she has worked as a lawyer and teacher.

Holly Thompson is author of the verse novels Falling into the Dragon’s Mouth, The Language Inside, and Orchards. She is winner of the APALA Asian/Pacific America Award in YA Literature. She teaches creative writing at Yokohama City University, UC Berkeley, and Grub Street.

Dana Walrath is a writer, artist, and anthropologist. Her graphic memoir Aliceheimer’s, explores life with her mother, before and during Alzheimer’s disease. Her verse novel, Like Water on Stone, tells the story of three siblings who survive the Armenian genocide of 1915 with the help of an eagle.


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