Shopping with Pat Cummings at BPL

On Saturday I took leave from my art prison to visit with the wonderful librarians and young patrons at the Brooklyn Public Library. Award-winning children’s book author and illustrator Pat Cummings is Brooklyn Public Library’s 2016 Katowitz Radin Artist-in-Residence. Being the generous spirit that she is, Pat invited former students and illustrators she has mentored […]

The Turn of the Page

If you’re in New York this spring, head on over to Brooklyn Public Library to see the amazing work of Pat Cummings! Also on display is the work of many of her former students including yours truly. Pat Cummings is this year’s Katowitz Radin Artist-In-Residence this year. 

Wearing my writer hat at VCFA

Last week I spent a few days in snowy Montpelier as author/illustrator in residence at Vermont College of Fine Arts  in their Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children & Young Adults program. It is a low residency program where students meet for ten days of workshops and lectures and then spend six months working […]

October happenings…from here to there, and there, and there…

October has been EXTRA busy. If you’re friends with me on facebook, you’ve had a front row seat to all of the comings and goings. Here’s a recap of the past month. I kicked the month off with a trip to Pennsylvania College of Art and Design with Amy Sherald to hear Robert Pruitt speak about his […]

Bringing Bookmaking to Baltimore!

I believe in making connections and using my resources and talents in whatever way that I can to help others. Teaching has been a direct reflection of that. Having been raised by raised by a teacher, watching one of my uncles serve his community as a social worker, and having an aunt who has been committed to […]

Philly Reads!

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 in Art, Books, Library Events, Teachers Rock! | No Comments

Sadly, I missed the Philly book festival three weeks ago due to school commitments, but I did make it to Philly afterwards for a presentation with second graders sponsored by PECO Energy in conjunction with Philly Reads. It was a great day of book and art talk. Each student took a signed book home and got […]

Building Relationships

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 in Art, Events, exhibition, Illustration, Library Events | No Comments

When Selma Levi, children’s librarian at Enoch Pratt Central Library, e-mailed me last June about joining forces to celebrate Maurice Sendak’s 50th anniversary of Where the Wild Things Are, I had no idea what would come of it. Typically, these types of things blow in the wind once people get busy with their lives. Selma and […]

CBCF/Baltimore Book Fest recap

Posted on Sep 28, 2014 in Books, Illustration, Library Events | No Comments
CBCF/Baltimore Book Fest recap

Whew! What a weekend. I spent the last two days on panel discussions about the Diversity in Children’s Books Campaign. Yesterday I spoke with Crystal Allen, Pamela Tuck, Sheila P. Moses, Charisse Carney-Nunes, and Christopher John Farley at the Congressional Black Caucus Author Pavilion on Diversity in children’s books and discussed the same topic today […]

Summer Reading…and a little fun.

Posted on May 27, 2014 in Art, Books, Library Events, living the dream, Reviews | No Comments

School finally ended. I took a week off to empty my brain of all things MICA and am now ready to wrap up this book. My plan was to finish et the end of the semester, but like a few of my students, I fell shy of my original goal by about three pieces. Those […]

Reading under the Stars

Yesterday I read PLEASE, LOUISE aloud with students of The Wilkes School at Grace & Saint Peters and Midtown Academy. It was an enchanting afternoon sitting under the stars of Enoch Pratt’s Night Room chanting aloud the text from PLEASE, LOUISE. After we read together, I shared a bit of my journey as a young […]

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