Author Bio

paul-beeI grew up hearing my father Sid Fleischman read his books aloud chapter by chapter as they were written--a huge part of my education. At UC Berkeley I took one of the university's first environmental science classes in 1970. Taking a break from college, I spent two years at the end of a road in New Hampshire, a living lab in ecology that led to my collections of poems about birds and insects and a biography of the naturalist John Townsend and the warbler that bears his name. Alongside science, I've drawn often on history, drama, music, and myth in my books. Many invite performance, from poems for duos and quartets to readers theater-ready novels like Seedfolks and Bull Run. I've been drawn to multiple points of view and unusual formats, from the seven-plays-in-one Zap to Dateline: Troy's retelling of the Iliad alongside current newspaper clippings paralleling the action. I've received the Newbery Medal, a Newbery Honor, been a National Book Award finalist, snuck into "Shouts and Murmurs" in the New Yorker, and in 2012 was the United States nominee for the international Hans Christian Andersen Award for the body of my work. After a decade in rural Aromas, CA, where dead bees on the ground spurred me to write Eyes Wide Open, my wife and I moved to Santa Cruz, CA. For more, visit www.paulfleischman.net.