Sharon Dennis Wyeth

Author. Poet. Memoirist.

Welcome

About Me

“When I was a child, reading saved my life. As an adult, I’ve found my way writing childhood.”

I’ve been writing books for children and young adults since 1989. My writing career is part of a personal quest that began in my own early childhood. What I experienced as a child, along with questions that formed in my mind at an early age, has been the source and impetus for many of my stories.

“The Granddaughter Necklace,” is a Children’s Book Council “Hot Pick” as well as a Notable Book in the Field of Social Studies. “Something Beautiful” was a Parents’ Magazine Best Book of the Year. I am also the author of historical fiction including “Corey’s Underground Railroad Diaries” and “Once on This River.”


Themes and Characters

Readers of the picture books and contemporary and historical fiction I’ve written will encounter the themes that preoccupy me:

literacy, racial harmony, identity, poverty, contemporary families, bullying, resilience, African American history, American history, the search for beauty and the strength found in community

My characters are ordinary children who demonstrate resilience in the face of adversity. I believe in cultivating optimism. I believe in the positive power of story.


Awards, Honors, Etc.

Book Awards: Children’s Book Council Notable Book, Best Books of the Year Parents Magazine, New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, New York Public Library One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing, “Reading Rainbow” Book, LAMBDA Literary Award Finalist

Other Honors: Shuster Award (Hunter College), Cave Canem Poetry Fellowship, Stephen Crane Literary Award (Newark Public Library), Lucille Clifton Poetry Fellowship (Squaw Valley Community of Poets), Mid Atlantic Arts Fellowship, Geraldine R. Dodge Fellowship (VCCA), Rockefeller Foundation grant

Faculty: Visiting Associate Professor, Hollins University Graduate Dept. Children’s Literature, Adjunct Professor, Creative Writing, Children’s Literature, Fordham University

Speaker Appearances: International Reading Association, American Library Association; conferences, universities and schools in the U.S., and abroad


Bio

Sharon Dennis Wyeth, an African American writer and educator born and raised in Washington, D.C., is the author of numerous award-winning books for children and young adults. She is acquainted with the challenges faced by contemporary families both through her own upbringing in Southeast Washington, D.C. and her work experience after college as a family counselor at a daycare center in New York City.

Ms. Wyeth attended public schools and graduated from Anacostia High School in Washington, D.C.. She received an A.B. with honors in a combined discipline of sociology, psychology and anthropology from Harvard University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Hunter College.

She is the recipient of a Cave Canem Fellowship for African American poets. She is a rotating Associate Visiting Professor in the Graduate Department of Children’s Literature at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia and has taught Creative Writing at Fordham University in New York City.

An accomplished public speaker with a background in theater and speech coaching, she has been a keynote speaker at the national conference of the International Reading Association.

At home with audiences of all ages, Ms. Wyeth has visited numerous schools throughout the United States and abroad sharing her work, her writing process and her personal story, motivating students to become avid readers and fearless writers.

Her themes include literacy, racial harmony, identity, poverty, contemporary families, bullying, resilience, African American history, American history, the search for beauty and the strength found in community.