Sharon Darrow writes poetry, picture books, creative nonfiction, and novels. She received her MFA in Writing from Vermont College in 1996 and has been an editor for the poetry magazines Rhino and Columbia Poetry Review. Her short stories, essays, and poems have appeared in literary journals and anthologies, one of which is Lee Bennett Hopkin's Home to Me: Poems Across America. She is the author of Old Thunder and Miss Raney (D-K Ink), which was a finalist for the Western Writers of America Spur Award; Through the Tempests Dark and Wild: A Story of Mary Shelley, Creator of Frankenstein, a Junior Library Guild selection; a novel, The Painters of Lexieville; a narrative in poems, Trash, all from Candlewick Press. The novel was named to KLIATT's Editors' Choice-Best of the Year YA Fiction list and won the Oklahoma Book Award for Young Adult fiction. Trash was a Junior Library Guild selection, an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant YA Readers, and a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award. She leads writing workshops and retreats and speaks in schools. She lives in Vermont. Learn more about Sharon at www.sharondarrow.com.