Profile

Cori McCarthy is the acclaimed author of four YA novels, as well as a forthcoming coauthored space fantasy duology and a nonfiction picture book about Arab American poet Kahlil Gibran.

Kirkus hailed their lyrical science fiction debut The Color of Rain as “an elegantly written and emotionally cathartic page-turner.” Their futuristic thriller Breaking Sky is in development to become a major motion picture, and their contemporary You Were Here combines word art poetry, graphic novel, and prose. Cori’s feminist romcom Now A Major Motion Picture is, according to Kirkus, “a war cry and a love letter all at once,” and their novel in verse won the MG category of the Katherine Paterson Prize.

Cori holds a BA and MFA in creative writing as well as a degree in screenwriting. They cofounded the annual Rainbow Writers Workshop with their partner and, like many of their characters, are a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

Education

MFA - WCYA | VCFA
Postgraduate Certificate - Screenwriting | UCLA
BA - Creative Writing | Ohio University

Tom Birdseye

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Kathi Appelt

Faculty Emerita, MFA in WCYA

Uma Krishnaswami

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Shelley Tanaka

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Varian Johnson

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Kekla Magoon

Faculty, MFA in WCYA