Biography for the formal occasion:
She is Printz honor award recipient and her short stories have been published in the Greensboro Review, the now sadly missed Christopher Street and the anthology Starry Eyed. She is a native of New York City and has lived in DC area for many years. She has taught Literature and Creative Writing in both college and MFA programs. She also works as a private tutor and an ESL instructor. She has an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
For anyone curious:
Garret Weyr, who often publishes as Garret Freymann-Weyr, was born in New York City to excessively interesting parents, from whom she and her three sisters learned a variety of things. She went to college in Chapel Hill and received her MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has lived in Brooklyn (back when it was affordable), Baltimore, Austria, Los Angeles, Washington, DC and now lives in North Carolina (which is still affordable).
She writes children’s literature, a category about which she has complicated thoughts; literary fiction, about which she has less complicated thoughts; and essays, which she does not write well, but wishes that she did. She has taught at several college and graduate programs. She is ambivalent about whether you can teach writing, but she does believe you help anyone find the best version of their story. She also tutors privately – information about her work as a tutor can be found here.
Her work is been translated in several languages, including Chinese. Two of her novels have been banned (people used to get very exercised about books that had gay characters – go figure) and she has received many honors and citations, which made both her publisher and her father somewhat absurdly happy.
She lives with her girlfriend, a cat, and a dog, drinks too much tea, and tells her students that writing is a form of paying attention to the world. Paying attention, like anything else worth doing, requires practice.