Crystal Kite Winner for Minnesota/Iowa/Nebraska/Wisconsin/Illinois/Michigan/Indiana/Ohio

Ann Angel believes it was amazing fortune that brought Janis Joplin’s music and style into her life when, as a teen, she preferred writing bad poetry and drawing to Janis’s songs over following along with the popular girls. It was that same influence that encouraged Ann to live her own life without compromise.

Since then, Ann has written many young adult biographies. She served as contributing editor for the highly acclaimed Such a Pretty Face, Short Stories About Beauty and is working on young adult fiction. In addition to winning an SCBWI Crystal Kite Award and this year’s Kingery/Derleth Award for Book-length Nonfiction from the Council for Wisconsin Writers, Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing has received the ALA’s 2011 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award as well as starred reviews and many other awards. A graduate of Vermont College’s MFA in writing for children and young adults, Ann lives in Wisconsin with her family and teaches writing at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee. She’s working on both fiction and biography these days. You can contact Ann through her web site: