ABOUT JACQUELINE HOUTMAN

  • I have studied rat noses, rabbit cholesterol, chicken immune systems, and a virus that paralyzes mice. That last one earned me a PhD in Medical Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since leaving the lab in 1996, I have been a freelance writer, covering topics ranging from cancer to asthma to jackalopes.

    I started writing fiction for young readers as part of an assignment with an educational publisher. I enjoyed it so much I decided to try my hand at novels. Because I love science, my debut novel, The Reinvention of Edison Thomas, is full of real science. I call this genre “sciency fiction”.

    And now I’ve ventured into yet another genre: Young adult nonfiction. Walter Naegle, Michael G. Long and I collaborated on a biography of Bayard Rustin, one of the most influential, yet unrecognized figures in the Civil Rights Movement. Troublemaker for Justice: The Story of Bayard Rustin, the Man behind the March on Washington (City Lights 2019) was first published as  Bayard Rustin: The Invisible Activist (QuakerPress of FGC 2014).