Michelle Wright, Middle-Grade Author, Adult Author, Speaker
Graphic Novel Author Starts Students on their Own Graphic Novels
Michelle Wright is a freelance editor, academic essayist (with recent work published about the Nigerian author, Sefi Atta), a comic book writer, and literary fiction writer based in Marietta, GA. She has been published in a wide variety of prestigious journals, including Story South, Louisiana Literature, The Distillery, Texas Review, Flycatcher, PANK, and Bitter Oleander. Her work in comic books includes Li'l Red Stitch, Decoy Origins, short stories in Decoy Menagerie 1 & 2, All New Adventures of Decoy (as co-writer), and Audrey's Magic Nine. Wright earned a PhD in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Southern Mississippi's Center for Writers. She lives with her husband, the poet and essayist William Wright, and their territorial but lovable dog, Poppy.
The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from her books:
The importance of creativity to deal with difficult situations.
Why the author is an authority on the subject of her books:
Michelle Wright worked as an editor for comic books, graphic novel, and children's books for five years before she returned to school to complete a PhD. Two years of Wright's lecturer preparation was spent working in a service learning initiative at an elementary school in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. During this time she followed a group of students experiencing literacy problems for two years (second through fourth grades), visiting the school to dovetail reading activities with the teacher's lessons plans. She used this experience in graphic novels to encourage students to explore the relationship between art and text with positive results. Like Audrey in Audrey's Magic Nine, she worked with several foster children.
The results of this pedagogical approach were so effective that Wright brought graphic novels into the university classroom to teach composition students of varying abilities (including non-native speakers) to teach logic and move quickly into prose-only novels. She also used literary graphic novels in American and World Literature courses as final reading assignments when student knowledge retention was taxed by examinations.
Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:
Michelle Wright brings the world of graphic novel writing and illustrating into the classroom so students are using different types of learning. She also explains story origins and very textual and thematic issues (based on the particular class dynamic) to open up the text. Creativity is key, and she works with teachers and librarians to tailor-fit presentations that echo classroom lessons and themes from other literature students may be reading, perhaps scheduling a visit to fit within a reading arc.
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