About Crystalee

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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.




4 thoughts on “About Crystalee

  1. It’s so exciting that you are writing. I will have to purchase all of your children’s books for my classroom library, it would be very exciting to say I know the author! Very proud of you, keep me updated!

  2. Hi Crystalee, I just wanted to tell you that we are having a B&N night and teachers have to make a wishlist, and I am adding your book to my list 🙂 If not, I will be getting it, definitely! You should come in and talk to the kids! Is that your only book out, so far?

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