ABOUT JENA BENTON LASLEY

  • I’m a third generation Alaskan.  I’m also a first grade teacher, writer, illustrator, and poet.  You can learn more about me at my website: https://jenabenton.com/

ARTIST STATEMENT

  • I’ve been a member of SCBWI since 2014 and a member of 12X12 for several years now.  I’m also the current Illustrator Coordinator for SCBWI in Alaska.  I have previously published poetry, as well as magazine and newspaper articles.  This also includes my currently successful blog where I interview picture book authors and illustrators in a series called “Simply 7.”  I have a BA in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis, as well as a BA in Journalism. 


    While I write in many genres, I’m mostly focused on picture books these days.  I also have a RedBubble shop with some of my illustration work.  You can learn more about me at my website.