|Bio & press|
Libby Koponen has wanted to be an author ever since she can remember. She started writing stories when she was six; her first sale was a short story to Redbook magazine a year after she graduated from college.
But many years passed before Little, Brown accepted her novel about an American girl who attends an English boarding school, Blow Out the Moon. It received a starred review from Booklist ("The word 'delightful' is over-used in reviews but it's hard to find one that's more appropriate for this novelized memoir...this seems to be a book Koponen has waited a lifetime to write."). Another review talked about the vividness and clarity of the writing: "Soon the words on the page disappear and you are there with her...destined to become a classroom classic." The New York Public Library chose it as a Best Title for Reading & Sharing; it won a Massachusetts Book Award.
Before she decided to write full-time, Libby taught writing to college students at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Harvard Summer School, and to adults from 18 to 70 at Cupertino Community College in California. During the summer, she designed and taught writing workshops to grades K-6 in various places. For several years she volunteered at a charter school for boys with learning differences. She did science experiments with them, which held their interest
and inspired her to learn more about science herself. Finding books that held their attention was more challenging -- she eventually wrote one about Thomas Edison's childhood.
In addition to writing her own books, Libby is a freelance editor, writing coach, and ghostwriter. Sargent is one of her favorite painters. His contempories said his portraits made people look like themselves -- only better. That's what Libby's work does for other authors. Each book is different, and sounds like the author talking -- only better.
Libby has worked on manuscripts for authors in many fields: psychology, chemistry, business, financial services, even children's book publishers who need text for picture books. She has an MFA from Brown University and lives in Stonington, Connecticut.
Book by Book,a video starring Jarret Krosozcka, Tomi dePaolo, & Mo Wilhelms, with a Sex and the City Spoof by Libby and the Blue Rose Girls
Boston Globe article about how Libby got her first
Photographs and postcards
speaking at the Massachusetts Book Awards