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Katie Bayerl

Jamaica Plain, MA
Katie fell in love with books before she can remember and with teaching when she was just a teen. The writing books for teens part came a bit later. She jumped right in and hasn’t looked back.

Katie has degrees in education from Brown, teaching from Tufts, and writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has taught teens in a range of settings, worked as editor of a teen-generated magazine, led the communications efforts of a Boston nonprofit, and helped dozens of schools and nonprofits tell their stories. She currently leads the VCFA Young Writers Network and teaches classes for teens at GrubStreet. Katie has earned several honors for her fiction, including the PEN New England Children’s Book Discovery Award and the Lois Lowry Fellowship from the Friends of the West Roxbury Library. Her debut young adult novel. A Psalm for Lost Girls (Putnam, 2017), was named a spring top pick by Amazon, RT, and Books-a-Million and a “can’t miss” by Boston Magazine.