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Author Profile: Jeannine Atkins

Each month, we research our authors so that you can learn more about their background and how their stories came to life.



Where she comes from & where she is now: Atkins grew up in Sterling, Massachusetts and now lives in Western Massachusetts.

You might know her from: In addition to this month’s DBC selection, Atkins is the author of a number of women about strong young women, including Stone Mirrors: The Sculpture and Silence of Edmonia Lewis and the highly praised Borrowed Names: Poems About Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madam C. J. Walker, Marie Curie, and Their Daughters

When’s she’s not writing: Atkins is a professor of creative writing at Simmons College and children’s literature at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Atkins on writing: [On her inspiration for writing]: “Much of my writing begins by noticing women who seem a little hidden in history, then looking for words to bring them back into sight. While I like books that let me slip into other worlds through, say, a wardrobe or train station wall, and novels where people talk and dress and eat pretty much the way I do, ever since I was girl playing dress-up I was drawn to books like those written by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Louisa May Alcott. History shows me what changes as well as what stays the same.” - Atkins

There’s so much more to know: follow along with Atkins on her personal blog here.