V.T. BIDANIA - CHILDREN'S BOOK AUTHOR
- SHORT BIO -
V.T. Bidania was born in Laos and grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota.
She has an MFA in creative writing from The New School and received a Mirrors and Windows Fellowship from the Loft Literary Center. She is the author of ASTRID AND APOLLO, a chapter book series starring Hmong American twins Astrid and Apollo Lee (Capstone, August 2020).
- LONGER BIO -
V.T. Bidania was born in Laos and grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, where her family resettled as Hmong refugees.
After graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from St. Catherine University, she moved to New York City to attend NYU's Summer Publishing Institute. She then studied young adult and children's fiction at The New School and received an MFA in creative writing.
While she lived in New York, she worked for several children's book publishers. She also took courses at the Fashion Institute of Technology and worked as a graphic artist designing art for children's apparel.
She eventually returned to St. Paul and held various positions in public schools working in K-5 ELL classes, preschool classes, and a school media center. It was during this time that she met many of the fantastic Hmong students who inspired the characters in her chapter book, Astrid and Apollo. Her current day job is coordinating writing tutoring programs at a college writing center. When she's not at work, she writes as many stories as she can.
Some of her writing awards include the Yuyi Morales Scholarship for Diverse Writers and Illustrators from the Children's Book Academy, the Writing with the Stars Picture Book Author/Illustrator Mentorship, and the Mirrors and Windows Fellowship from the Loft Literary Center. Her debut chapter book series, ASTRID AND APOLLO, is published by Capstone (August 2020).
She now lives outside of the Twin Cities with her family, which includes the sweetest, cutest, most lovable Morkie in the world.