Crystalee Calderwood is a born poet turned children’s writer, small town girl turned big city dweller. Crystalee moved from Altoona, PA, to Pittsburgh, PA, when she was twenty-two years old to attend the MFA in Creative Writing program at Chatham University. It was there she took her very first class in writing for children and adolescents, and she’s never looked back.
As a member of Literacy AmeriCorps Pittsburgh, Crystalee had the pleasure of interacting with children in the community through the non-profit organization Beginning with Books. She introduced children to great books in hopes that they would fall in love with them the way she has.
Crystalee is a December 2008 graduate of Chatham University’s MFA in Creative Writing program, with a dual emphasis in Poetry and Writing for Children and Adolescents. Her first picture book, Angeline Jellybean, is available on Amazon.com and from the publisher 4RV Publishing LLC.She is currently working on young adult novels and submitting miscellaneous poems to journals.
Crystalee is also a certified English teacher and and an instructor of English as a Second Language for adults at the local community college. In her spare time, she reviews picture books, middle grade novels, and young adults novels for The Best Books Ever.