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Short Bio (Haiku Version)

Melissa H. Mwai
Wordsmith and maker of art
for children...a kid at heart.

Long Bio

Melissa H. Mwai (she/her) is an Afro-Latinx author/illustrator. She is the author of STACEY ABRAMS (National Geographic Kids ‘22). Her middle initial stands for Hernández, representing her Afro-Puerto Rican heritage. Melissa wants underrepresented kids see themselves in her stories which are full of big adventures and small surprises.

She studied English at Colby College, Library Science at Long Island University, and worked in education. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two kids, and bunny.

She is represented by Jacqui Lipton at The Tobias Literary Agency.

Name Pronounciation

Mwai rhymes with WHY. My surname is Kenyan.


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