Michelle Cusolito

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Occupation Children's Writer
Location Southeastern, Massachusetts, United States
Introduction I spent my childhood mucking about in the fields, forests, and swamps around the farm where I grew up. As an exchange student in high school, I temporarily traded rural living for city life in Cebu, Philippines. These early experiences set me on my current course exploring nature and culture like the locals. I spent 10 wonderful years as a grade 4 teacher. Now, when I'm not mucking around in the world, I'm usually in my office or local coffee shop weaving these experiences into stories for children. I'm represented by Jill Corcoran of Jill Corcoran Literary Agancy.
Favorite Movies When Harry Met Sally, Shawshank Redemption, Monsoon Wedding, An American President, Field of Dreams, The Princess Bride, Love Actually, High Fidelity, The Breakfast Club
Favorite Music Michael Franti and Spearhead, Jack Johnson, Angelique Kidjo, Bob Marley, Buena Vista Social Club, Inca Sun, Marvin Gaye, Harry Connick Jr, Ozomatli, Miriam Makeba, Basement Bhangra, loads of world music-esp collections by Putamayo and ellipsis arts...
Favorite Books Fiction: Snow Falling on Cedars, Memoirs of a Geisha, Song of Solomon, House on Mango Street, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Prodigal Summer, Little Bee Non-fiction: The Omnivore's Dilemna, Bird by Bird, Writing Down the Bones, Take Joy, The Vegetable Gardener's Bible, You Can Never Find Rickshaw When It Monsoons, Three Cups of Tea, Small Wonder, Persepolis Children's: Bridge to Terabithia, The Phantom Tollbooh, Danny The Champion of the World, Owl Moon, When Clay Sings, If You Are a Hunter of Fossils, Hush; A Thai Lullaby, Clementine, Holes