LAURENCE YEP Biography - Writers


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Laurence Yepgrew up in San Francisco, where he was born. He attended Marquette       
University, was graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and       
received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He lives in     
Pacific Grove, California, with his wife, writer Joanne Ryder. Mr. Yep is one of     
children's literature's most respected authors and a recipient of the Laura           
Ingalls Wilder Award for his body of work. His novels include Dragonwings and         
Dragon's Gate, both Newbery Honor Books. He is also the author of Sweetwater;         
When the Circus Came to Town; The Imp That Ate My Homework, winner of the             
Georgia Children's Book Award; The Magic Paintbrush; and The Earth Dragon Awakes.     
The author of numerous other books for children and young adults, Mr. Yep has         
taught creative writing and Asian American Studies at the University of               
California, Berkeley and Santa Barbara. In 1990 he received an NEA fellowship in