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Writer & Poet


Award-winning poet and children's book

author Valiska Gregory has published over a

dozen books for children. Translated in seven

different languages, her books have received

Parents' Choice Awards, been chosen for the

American Booksellers' "Pick of the Lists," and

been featured on PBS and national television.

Reference source Something About the Author

calls her an "up-and-coming star in the

children's literature scene."

Ms. Gregory enjoys speaking at schools,

libraries, and conferences across the country,

and she regularly reviews children's books for

Publishers Weekly. She has taught every grade from kindergarten to seniors in college and is currently Writer-in-residence at Butler University where she directs the annual Butler University Children's Literature Conference. Her poetry manuscripts (for adults) are housed in the rare book room at the University of Wisconsin with the Juniper Press collection.

Ms. Gregory grew up in an immigrant neighborhood in Chicago, has two grown daughters, and lives with her husband, Dr. Marshall Gregory, Ice Professor of English at Butler University, in Indianapolis. Her daughter, Melissa Gregory, is a professor of Victorian literature and is married to playwright Eric Pfeffinger. Her other daughter, Holly Gregory, is a two-time Emmy award winner for her PBS television show for children.


Ms. Gregory is the founding director of the annual Butler University Children's Literature Conference, attended by teachers, librarians, and author/illustrators since 1991.