Author, magazine writer, and speaker Elizabeth Rusch tackles vital, high-interest topics such as young people suing over climate change, pioneering space exploration, life-saving science, the battle for equal pay, and the state of our democracy. Her work for young readers offers cutting-edge information and fresh approaches. Her longer narrative nonfiction, which can read like fiction, often blurs the boundary between current events and history, covering important recent moments that have the potential to change the future in surprising ways.
Rusch is the award-winning author of more than 24 books, including fiction, nonfiction, and a graphic novel, which have received multiple starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Horn Book, Booklist, School Library Journal, and the BCCB, among others. Her work has won the Golden Kite Award, the Subaru Prize, the Cook Prize, the Green Earth Award, and the Oregon Book Award, and has landed on many notable and best of the year lists produced by ALA, NCTE, NSTA, Bank Street College of Education, Kirkus, SLJ, NBC News and the New York and Chicago Public Libraries. Rusch also the author of more than a hundred articles in publications such as The New York Times, Smithsonian, Harper’s, Backpacker, American Craft, Mother Jones, and Portland Monthly, among many others.
Liz visits schools, colleges and groups across the country and speaks widely about the joy of writing, youth activism, science heroes, climate change, and the state of our democracy.
She also offers creative retreats from her beach house on the Oregon Coast.