Uma Krishnaswami may have started her writing career at age 6 with green crayon on a wall but as a grownup she has been writing for young readers for twenty-five years.

Her books have been published in twelve languages and have been picked for CCBC Choices, Parents’ Choice, IRA’s Notable Books for a Global Society, the Scientific American Young Readers’ Book Award, Bank Street Best Books of the Year, Kirkus Best Books, NPR Great Books, and the Paterson Prize. Uma’s latest middle grade novel set in 1945 California, Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh, will be published by Tu Books/Lee and Low in 2017.


MA - Rehab Counseling | University of Maryland
MA - Social Work | University of Delhi
BA - Political Science | University of Delhi

Selected work

A.S. King

Faculty, MFA in WCYA; Writing Novels for Young People Retreat

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Alan Cumyn

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Jennifer Ziegler

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Kekla Magoon

Faculty, MFA in WCYA; Alumnx Mini-Residency

A.R. Capetta

Faculty, MFA in WCYA