B.A., St. Mary's College of Maryland, Sociology/Anthropology and French, 1996
Laura Resau is the award-winning author of nine highly acclaimed young adult and children’s novels with Scholastic and Delacorte Press, including Star in the Forest (film-optioned) and The Queen of Water (co-authored with María Virginia Farinango). Her picture book, Stand as Tall as the Trees: How an Amazonian Community Protected the Rain Forest (co-authored with Patricia Gualinga) was recently released. This will be followed by her sci-fi young adult novel, Virch.
Laura draws inspiration from her time abroad as a cultural anthropologist and ESL teacher. She has collaborated with women from Ecuador and Mexico to celebrate their stories and voices. Loved by kids and adults, her novels have garnered many starred reviews and honors, including the IRA YA Fiction Award, the Américas Award, five Colorado Book Awards, spots on “best-of” booklists from Oprah, School Library Journal, the American Library Association, Bank Street, and more.
Laura’s writing has been called “vibrant, large-hearted” (Publishers’ Weekly on Red Glass) and “powerful, magical” (Booklist on What the Moon Saw). Also an educator and nature-lover, she has recently joined the faculty in the graduate program in Creative Writing at Western Colorado University. She lives with her family in Fort Collins, Colorado and donates a portion of her royalties to Indigenous rights organizations in Latin America.