Gina Willner-Pardo has written short stories published in Berkeley Fiction Review, Bluestem, Pleiades, COG, Five on the Fifth, Mad River Review, Origins Journal, The South Carolina Review, White Wall Review, Streetlight Magazine, Summerset Review, and Whetstone, which awarded her story “Accident” the John Patrick McGrath Memorial Award. She has also written seventeen books for children, all published by Clarion or Albert Whitman. Gina’s book Figuring Out Frances won the Josette Frank Award, presented by the Bank Street College of Education, to honor a book of “outstanding literary merit in which children or young people deal in a positive and realistic way with difficulties in their world and grow emotionally and morally.”
Gina has a BA in English from Bryn Mawr College and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley. She has studied with James Frey. When not writing, Gina enjoys running, hiking, kayaking—and she makes a mean blueberry custard pie.
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