Storm Literary Agency

Boutique literary agency representing quality children's literature from exceptional authors and illustrators

First, there was a  teacher who loved books almost as much as she loved little children. Then, there was an artist who loved pirates, almost as much as he loved cats. As it turns out, that artist could also write, and that teacher loved the pirate stories he wrote. And she shared those stories with the children she taught. The children loved the pirate stories; they also loved the cats. They wanted more stories with pirates and cats. They also wanted an adventure! And the stories gave them so many adventures! And that is that: Storm Literary Agency came about because it needed to. The children requested it. And so did the cats. 

Storm Literary Agency welcomes submissions from unique and talented authors and illustrators, those who are not afraid to embrace their capacity to teach, to entertain, to engage and to honor young people who, hopefully, will be changed by the work represented here.

Mirka Hokkanen

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                    Twitter: @mirkahokkanen  •  Website: mirka.com

                    Twitter: @mirkahokkanen  •  Website: mirka.com

Nature and animals have always been fascinating to Mirka Hokkanen. Since she was born in Helsinki, Finland, in 1979, and could walk, she has played in the woods and explored the variety of wildlife that existed around her. After high school, she moved to Illinois to study abroad, receiving her BFA in 2002. From there she continued her studies at the University of Dallas, in TX, and graduated with an MA in 2004 and MFA in 2006. 

Mirka comes from a line of tinkerers, artists and hand crafters. She’s never known any other way of living, always having the need to make something with her hands, wether it is with a needle, crochet hook, hammer, weaving loom, pencils, paintbrushes or burin and brayer. Since graduation Mirka has worked as a full-time printmaker exhibiting work both nationally and internationally, participating in the local culture and teaching a variety of classes. Her husbands active duty military status, whisks them away to a new adventure every few years, keeping her on her toes and always being inspired by new surroundings.

In addition to time spent in the studio, Mirka enjoys exploring the outdoors with her children as well as reading to them, from books borrowed from the library. Seeing imagination at work in their minds is a constant source of inspiration for Mirka’s illustrations and writing. Not a day goes by that someone is not telling some sort of story to another in the house.  

Mirka loves weaving a thread of humor in her work when ever she can. She uses pencils and watercolors as her main media, with digital illustration being a close second. She has been a printmaker for almost 20 years, and hopes to one day illustrate a book in linocuts or wood engravings. 

 

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