• Holly Thompson (www.hatbooks.com and http://hatbooks.blogspot.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. 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 book Twilight Chant (forthcoming from Clarion), the picture book The Wakame Gatherers (Shen’s/Lee&Low, 2007) and the novel Ash (Stone Bridge Press, 2001). She edited the anthology Tomo: Friendship Through Fiction–An Anthology of Japan Teen Stories (Stone Bridge Press, 2012). Holly teaches writing at Yokohama City University, U.C. Berkeley Extension, Grub Street Boston, and as a guest writer in schools worldwide. She serves as co-Regional Advisor of SCBWI Japan.


  • I have lived in Japan for over 20 years. My stories, poems, prose and verse novels reflect the intercultural worlds of the communities in which I find myself immersed, and I love to engage with writers of all ages and backgrounds to encourage them to write their own worlds into stories. 

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