• Holly Thompson (www.hatbooks.com), originally from Massachusetts, is a longtime resident of Japan. She has a B.A. in biology and an M.A. from New York University’s Graduate Creative Writing Program. She presents at schools worldwide and teaches writing at Yokohama City University, GrubStreet, and U.C. Berkeley Extension. She is author of the middle-grade verse novel Falling Into the Dragon’s Mouth (Henry Holt 2016), the young adult verse novels The Language Inside (Delacorte/Random House 2013) and Orchards (Delacorte/Random House, 2011); picture books Twilight Chant (Clarion, 2018), One Wave at a Time (Albert Whitman & Co., 2018) and The Wakame Gatherers (Shen’s/Lee&Low, 2007) and the novel Ash (Stone Bridge Press, 2001). She also compiled and edited the anthology Tomo: Friendship Through Fiction–An Anthology of Japan Teen Stories (Stone Bridge Press, 2012), proceeds from which aid teens in the Tohoku area of Japan hardest hit by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Holly serves as co-Regional Advisor of SCBWI Japan. Visit her website at www.hatbooks.com


  • Having lived in Japan for over 20 years, my stories, poems, prose and verse novels reflect the intercultural worlds of the communities in which I’ve been immersed. I love to engage with writers of all ages and backgrounds to guide, encourage and champion them in cultivating ideas and crafting their own worlds into compelling stories and poems. 

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