Lyn Miller-Lachmann grew up in Houston, Texas and since leaving home at the age of 18 has lived mostly in the New York City area but also in Madison, Wisconsin, Albany, New York, and Lisbon, Portugal. As a child and teenager, she read voraciously and not always appropriately. She began to create stories in first grade as a way of understanding the strange world of school and other children.
Although her first choice of career would have been perpetual graduate student, Lyn has worked as a radio DJ, a world music concert promoter, a middle and high school history teacher, and for 16 years, the editor-in-chief of MultiCultural Review. She received her Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin and her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Her award-winning books include Gringolandia (Curbstone Press, 2009), which was on the ALA/YALSA Best Books for Young Adults list and the Bank Street College Best Children’s Books list as well as an Américas Award Honor Book, Rogue (Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin, 2013), a Junior Library Guild selection, and Surviving Santiago (Running Press, 2015), the sequel to Gringolandia which won a Moonbeam Gold Medal and was on the Bank Street list as well. Lyn writes stories about kids like her growing up out of the mainstream, as well as those that reflect her obsession with twentieth-century history and young people’s resistance to dictatorship and oppression.
Her love of languages and international literature led her to become a translator of children’s books, screenplays, and academic articles from Portuguese and Spanish to English. Among her translations are the picture books The World in a Second; Lines, Squiggles, Letters, Words; The Queen of the Frogs; and Three Balls of Wool (Can Change the World). She is currently co-chair of the PEN America Translation Committee as well as an active member of the PEN Children’s and Young Adult Books Committee.
In her free time, Lyn has constructed a city from Lego bricks and uses the buildings and minifigures to set up scenes from her own novels and those of others. A slideshow of her city, named Little Brick Township, is a perennial favorite at school visits and several pieces have appeared in local and international exhibits.