Sherri L. Smith is the author of nine award-winning fiction and nonfiction books for young people including the 2021 Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Golden Kite Award winner, The Blossom and the Firefly and the California Book Awards Gold Medalist, Flygirl. Her novels appear on multiple state reading lists and have been named Amelia Bloomer, Junior Library Guild, Children’s Book Council, Southern California Independent Booksellers Award, and American Library Association Best Books for Young People selections.
Born in Chicago, IL, she has lived on all three coasts (West, East and Lake Michigan!). She has worked in film, animation, comic books, construction, and at a monster factory. Highlights included working in stop-motion animation on Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks!, and three years at Disney TV Animation, helping to create stories for animated home video projects. Sherri also writes graphic novels and comics, including Bart Simpson Comics, James Cameron’s Avatar and most recently, Wonder Woman.
Currently, Sherri teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Goddard College and the MFA in Children’s Writing Program at Hamline University. She is the 2021 Mina Hohenburg Darden Visiting Professor at Old Dominion University. Sherri holds a certificate in the Art of Archetypal Fairy Tale Analysis from the Assisi Institute, and a certificate in Enchantivism—a form of “activism for introverts” that uses deep storytelling, mythology, dreams and the environment to enact positive change in the world— from Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she is currently studying Applied Mythology.
In addition to public speaking, Sherri offers creativity courses a member of the Two Trees Writers’ Collaborative and the founder of Story Forest, a liminal space where writers follow the old tales to find their own path.