I have published or edited over 60 books for young readers, working on site for major publishing companies including Penguin, Dorling Kindersley, William Morrow, and Scholastic; currently, I am a consulting editor as well as an author. I received the Bank Street Best Book of the Year Award for my novel The Glow Stone (Peachtree, 2006), two Hopwood Awards for short fiction, and I was a finalist for a Hopwood Award in poetry. I have received scholarships for writing residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Auvillar, France, and Sweet Briar, Virginia, the Cranbrook Institute in Bloomfield, Michigan, and the Dorset Colony House in Vermont. Various institutions have invited me to be a visiting author, including the University of Michigan, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and at over a dozen schools and public libraries in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Canada. The Creative Minds program at the University of Pennsylvania asked me to present writing workshops to Pennsylvania schools via Skype. My live presentations “Living to Tell the Tale” and “Fiction Rocks!” give middle school students a window into the life of a working author. Learning Leaders of New York chose me to lead creative writing workshops, and, as a teacher at LEAP (Learning through an Expanded Arts Program), I developed and taught classes in creative writing and bookmaking for New York middle school students. I founded The Writers’ Café, offering creative writing classes for young people, as well as the Hilton Library Writing Lab in Maplewood. I currently teach creative writing and literature in the Rutgers University early college program REaCH.