I grew up in Rio de Janeiro, making forts, climbing trees and playing soccer. After earning a bachelors from Brown and a Masters from Columbia, I launched my own preschool and became a professional imagineer for children in Harlem. I won the 2019 Word Mentorship, a 2020 AWP Mentorship for children's books authors. My two little yarn spinners and bookish husband fill my heart each day. I've teamed up with Serendipity Literary Agency to light up children's literature and increase diverse representation in children's books.