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

Uma Krishnaswami

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

A.S. King

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

Louise Hawes

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Martha Brockenbrough

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Kekla Magoon

Faculty, MFA in WCYA; Alumnx Mini-Residency

Nova Ren Suma

Faculty, MFA in WCYA