Photo: Jason Stemple
Hailed as both the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of
the twentieth century, Jane Yolen, with her first publication, the
non-fiction book about women pirates Pirates In Petticoats
(1963), embarked on amazing career of over three hundred and seventy
books (and counting). Her impressive and acclaimed output includes
children’s fiction, poetry, short stories, graphic novels,
nonfiction, fantasy, and science fiction.
Among her many
honors are the Caldecott Medal (Owl Moon ), Christopher
Medal (The Seeing Stick , How Do Dinosaurs Say
Goodnight? ), Nebula (“Sister Emily’s Lightship”
, Lost Girls ), World Fantasy (Favorite Folktales From
Around The World , THE EMERALD CIRCUS ), Mythopoeic
(Cards Of Grief , Briar Rose , The Young
Merlin Trilogy [1998, Passager, Hobby, and
Merlin]), Golden Kite (The Girl Who Cried Flowers &
Other Tales ), and National Jewish Book Award (The
Devil’s Arithmetic ). Yolen received the World Fantasy
Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Rhysling Science
Fiction Poetry Grand Master Award, the Damon Knight Memorial Grand
Master Award, and Jeremiah Ludington Memorial Award.
Many of Yolen’s
shorter works have been collected in numerous works including The
Girl Who Cried Flowers and Other Tales
Hundredth Dove and Other Tales
The Whitethorn Wood and Other Magicks
Impossible Things Before Breakfast
Emily’s Lightship and Other Stories (2000),
Once Upon A Time (She Said) (2005),
The Last Selchie Child
(2012), THE EMERALD
CIRCUS (2017), and HOW TO FRACTURE A FAIRY TALE (2018). Several volumes of her poetry exist
including The Three Bears Rhyme Book (1987), The
Originals: Animals that Time Forgot (1998), Least Things:
Poems about Small Natures (2003), Before the Vote After
(2017), On Gull Beach (2018), Fly with Me: A Celebration of
Birds Through Pictures, Poems, and Stories
with Heidi E.Y. Stemple, Adam Stemple, and Jason Stemple).
endeavors include the anthologies Zoo 2000
Folktales from Around the World
A Collection of Original Stories (1988
with Martin H. Greenberg), 2041: Twelve Short Stories About
the Future by Top Science Fiction Writers
(1993), The Haunted House: A Collection of
Original Stories (1995 with Martin H. Greenberg), Fearless
Girls, Wise Women, and Beloved Sisters: Heroines in
Folktales from Around The World (1998 with Kathleen
Ragan), Gray Heroes: Elder Tales from Around
the World (1999),
and Mightier Than the Sword: World Folktales for
Strong Boys (2003).
The prolific Yolen
continues to produce acclaimed, award winning work at a prodigious
pace. In 2018 alone she published 10 books: Crow Not Crow,
Finding Baba Yaga, Fly With Me, Mapping the Bones,
Meet Me at the Well: the Girls and Women of the Bible
(with Barbara Diamond Goldin), A Mixtie-Maxtie Motley Squad,
Monster Academy (with Heidi E. Y. Stemple), On Gull Beach,
Sanctuary (with Adam Stemple), and HOW TO FRACTURE A FAIRY
TALE. Her first book for 2019, THE LAST TSAR’S DRAGONS (with Adam
Stemple) comes your way in June.
apparently never sleeps, Yolen is also a teacher of writing and a
book reviewer. She lives in Western Massachusetts and St. Andrew,
All of us at
Tachyon, wish the incredible Jane a happy birthday. May your mythic
journeys never end.
For more info on THE EMERALD CIRCUS, visit the Tachyon page.
Cover design by Elizabeth Story
For more info on HOW TO FRACTURE A FAIRY TALE, visit the Tachyon page.
Cover design by Elizabeth Story
For more info about THE LAST TSAR’S DRAGONS, visit the Tachyon page.
Cover art by Anabelle Gerardy
Design by Elizabeth Story