Writer in Residence

Writer in Residence

Looking for publishing advice? Frustrated staring at a blank page? The Writer in Residence program brings local authors to the Library to consult with writers of any age, experience, or genre.

This program, generously funded by the Arizona State Library, is a favorite among local writers. To date, the Library has hosted eleven Writers in Residence. Each has brought their own special talents to the program to help people with all aspects of the writing process.

Adam Rex is our current Writer In Residence

Adam Rex is the author and illustrator of more than forty books for kids. These include New York Times bestselling picture books like Frankenstein Makes a SandwichSchool’s First Day of School, (with illustrator Christian Robinson), and Chu’s Day (with author Neil Gaiman). His work has been adapted for film and television.

Some of his awards, including the Margaret Wise Brown Prize in Children’s Literature and the National Cartoonists Society Book Illustration Award. His debut novel was shortlisted for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. He has also created art for games like Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering.

DreamWorks Animation adapted The True Meaning of Smekday into the animated feature film Home (2015), starring Rihanna and Jim Parsons.

Adam Rex cites Douglas Adams (author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) as his biggest influence as a writer.

He lives in Tucson, Arizona, with his cat, dog, son, and wife. www.adamrex.com

Past Writers in Residence

Lori Alexander is the author of the picture books Backhoe Joe and Famously Phoebe, as well as the Future Baby board book series. Her first chapter book, All In a Drop: How Antony Van Leeuwenhoek Discovered an Invisible World received a Sibert Honor Award for distinguished nonfiction. Her newest book, A Sporting Chance: How Ludwig Guttmann Created the Paralympic Games, was a Junior Library Guild Selection and received a Kirkus starred review.

Lori has been a Tucson resident for more than twenty years. Her husband is a scientist at Roche Diagnostics in Oro Valley, and her two book-loving teens attend Mountain View High School.

Visit Lori at www.lorialexanderbooks.com, opens a new window or on Twitter @LoriJAlexander or Instagram @lorialexanderbooks


The Writer in Residence Program is made possible by the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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