• Holly Thompson (www.hatbooks.com) is a native of Massachusetts and a longtime resident of Japan. She has an M.A. from New York University’s Graduate Creative Writing Program and teaches at Yokohama City University, Grub Street Creative Writing Center, and U.C. Berkeley Extension and presents at schools worldwide. 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), the 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 serve teens in the Tohoku area of Japan hardest hit by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Holly serves as co-Regional Advisor of SCBWI Japan.


  • I have lived in Japan for over 20 years, and 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 inspire and encourage them in writing their own worlds into stories. 

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