Authors for Summer Seminar
was born in China and moved to the United States when
she was nine. She attended Radcliffe College and the University of
California, Berkeley, where she majored in mathematics. She decided
she liked being a writer better than being a mathematician. She's been
writing for 30 years, and her books have received many awards. Ties
that Bind, Ties that Break
won the 2004
California Young Reader Medal and the 2000 Washington
State Governor's Writers Award. Yang the Eldest and his Odd Jobs won
Choice Gold Medal.
Like the Yang Family, she lives in
An Ocean Apart,
a World Away
Since Yanyan was twelve, she has been
fascinated by both Western medicine and traditional
Chinese medicine, and is determined to become a doctor.
But in China in 1921, it is unusual for a woman to
attend University, let alone medical school. While
most sixteen-year-old girls are planning their weddings,
Yanyan has no interest at all in marriage. But that
is before she meets a young man named Baoshu. An outstanding
scholar and martial arts student, Baoshu is passionate
and dangerous, and loves a challenge as much as Yanyan
Yanyan leaves China to study medicine in America, but she
has not seen the last of Baoshu!
born and raised in Fresno California, is the author
of ten poetry collections for adults, most notably
NEW AND SELECTED POEMS, a 1995 finalist for
both the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the National
Book Award. His recollections LIVING UP THE
STREET received a Before Columbus Foundation
1985 AMERICAN BOOK AWARD. His poems have appeared
in many literary magazines, including The Nation,
Plouqhshares, The Iowa Review, Ontario Review and
most frequently Poetry, which has honored him
with the Bess Hokin Prize and the Levinson
Award and by featuring him in Poets in Person.
He is one of the youngest poets to appear in The
Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry.
talent is so versatile that he writes for children,
adolescents, and adults. Soto writes both poetry and
fiction. While his work is steeped in the Mexican American
community, his themes are universal.