Gwen Strauss


Gwen Strauss' poetry book Trail of Stones, with illustrations by Anthony Browne, is widely anthologized and was recently turned into a theatrical performance. The Night Shimmy, a children's book with the same illustrator was translated into six languages. Ruth and the Green Book received wide recognition including the ALA 2011 Most Notable Middle Grade Reader, Honor book for the Jane Adam's Peace Prize, and this year was named “one of ten books all Georgians should read” by the Georgia Advisory Book Council. Her poems, short stories and essays have appeared in numerous journals including The New Republic, London Sunday Times, New England Review, Kenyon Review, Tampa Review and Antioch Review among others. She is the director at the Brown Foundation Fellowship Program at the Dora Maar House in Ménerbes, France, an artist residency program run by the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. She lives in Southern France with her three children.

Recognition received for Ruth and the Green Book

for Ruth and the Green Book
*ALA 2011 Most Notable Middle Grade Reader
*Named one of ten books "All Young Georgians Should Read" by Georgia Center for the Book
*ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award
*Skipping Stones Book Award
*Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children
*Independent Publisher Book Award
*Whitney and Scott Cordozo Award for Children's Literature
*Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
*Honor book for the Jane Adam's Peace Prize
Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices
*Jefferson Cup Award finalist

Selected Works

Children's picture book
In the early 1950s, newly built interstate highways invited Americans to travel by automobile, but the open road wasn't so open for African-Americans, especially in the South.
Until he meets Marcia, Eric doesn't speak -- the Night Shimmy does all the talking.
Strauss explores the theme of metamorphosis in fairy tales in this collection of poetry.
a series of poems in the form of a sonnet garland
Kay koule twompe soley men li pa twompe lapli. A leaky house can fool the sun, but it can't fool the rain. --Haitian Proverb
The adventure story of a young couple who sail to the Yucatan

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