I recently completed my MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts, which has allowed me to develop my own writing as well as honing my editorial skills. I have written a picture book (Minted Prose) and co-written a biography for middle grade readers (Heyday Books), both coming out in early 2017.
Previously, I finished an MA in Children's Literature program at Roehampton University, which is home to the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature (NCRCL). The title of my thesis was 'Graphic Depictions: The Representation of History and Memory in Three Graphic Novels,' and the discussion focused on Barefoot Gen by Keiji Nakazawa, The Maus books by Art Spiegelman, and Ethel & Ernest by Raymond Briggs. I graduated with distinction in September 2002.
I also pursued postgraduate research in England, supervised by Professor Kim Reynolds and based at the University of Newcastle. My research focused on how the editorial process has affected books written by authors of color in the UK since the 1970s. Some are mentioned in a paper which I posted on-line about white privilege in children's publishing, since published in the Write4Children electronic journal. See my list of publications here.