Sharon Darrow was on the faculty of the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, Vermont College of Fine Arts, from 1997 to 2018, serving as Chair from 2006-09. She taught at Columbia College Chicago in the English Department from 1996 to 2003. She has been a founding member of two SCBWI chapters, North Texas and Illinois, and served as the Illinois Regional Advisor for several years. She continues to offer workshops, classes, and school visits in the U.S. and internationally.
She is the award-winning author of Picture Books (Old Thunder and Miss Raney, Dorling Kindersley; Yafi’s Family, co-author Linda Pettit, Amharic Kids; Through the Tempests Dark and Wild: A Story of Mary Shelley, Creator of Frankenstein, and Young Adult novels, The Painters of Lexieville, and TRASH, all from Candlewick). Her poetry for young people has been included in Home to Me: Poems Across America edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins, and her poems, short stories, interviews, and personal essays for adults have appeared in literary journals Rhino, Folio, Whetstone, ACM (Another Chicago Magazine), Columbia Poetry Review, Great River Review, Other Voices, The Writer’s Chronicle, and in the anthology, In the Middle of the Middle West, Indiana University. Her most recent books are Worlds within Words: Writing and the Writing Life, and new paperback and ebook editions of The Painters of Lexieville, Pudding Hill Press. Forthcoming is her first poetry collection for adults, Now in a Far Sky: Vermont Poems.
The Darrow Lecture Series, named in her honor, is held annually in Montpelier, Vermont, with lectures delivered by distinguished authors who are graduates of the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program.
Sharon, who grew up in the southern part of the United States, now lives with her husband and cat, Thisbe, in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, a place of forested mountains, dairy farms, maple sugarhouses, dark starry nights, and bright snowy days.