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Short Bio 

Ari Tison is the award-winning poet and author of YA novel Saints of the Household (FSG) which was the winner of the Walter Dean Myers Award, the Pura Belpré Award, and a finalist for the William C. Morris Award. Saints has appeared on a number of Best Lists including Best Book of the Month by Amazon, Best Book of 2023 by Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, New York Public Library, BCCB, YALSA, and Chicago Public Library. Ari has been widely anthologized and teaches at Hamline’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Her next YA novel comes out in 2025. Ari is from the Ash Creek Fish Clan of the Bribri people of contemporary Costa Rica, a globally and federally recognized tribe. She lives with her husband and family on a hobby farm in Wisconsin.

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Ari Tison is an award-winning poet and author of YA novel Saints of the Household (FSG) which was the winner of the Walter Dean Myers Award, the Pura Belpré Award, and a finalist for the William C. Morris Award. Saints has appeared on a number of Best Lists including Best Book of the Month by Amazon, Best Book of 2023 by Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, New York Public Library, BCCB, YALSA, and Chicago Public Library.

Ari's work has received a number of starred trade reviews and she has been featured on NPR's Weekend Edition and chosen as a Publishers Weekly Flying Start. Saints of the Household was an NPR Book of the Day and was selected as a JLG Gold Standard Selection.

Her short stories have been widely anthologized and included in Our Shadows Have Claws (Algonquin), Relit Anthology (HarperCollins), and Sing Me a Story: Short Stories in Verse (Penguin/Random House). Her poems and short works have been published in a number of national magazines including POETRY's first ever edition for children. 

Ari graduated with her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline and now teaches in the program in Saint Paul, MN. 

Her next YA novel comes out in 2025. Ari is Ash Creek Fish Clan and belongs to the Bribri tribe of contemporary Costa Rica, a globally and federally recognized tribe. She lives with her husband and family on a hobby farm in Wisconsin.

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events & features Longlist 

  • Walter Dean Myers Award Ceremony | DC | 2024

  • ALAN CONFERENCE | 2023

  • YALSA | Morris Panel| 2023 

  • ALA | Chicago | 2023 

  • WORDPLAY | MINNEAPOLIS | 2023 

  • YALLWEST | CALIFORNIA | 2023

  • OPEN BOOK | Minneapolis | 2023 

  • NPR WEEKEND EDITION | 2023 

  • KIRKUS REVIEWS | INTERVIEW | 2023  

  • TUcson Festival of books | ARIZONA | 2023

  • TEEN AUTHOR BOOT CAMP | UTAH | 2023

  • BUZZFEED'S MOST ANTICIPATED YA Of 2023 | 2023 

  • miami book fest | 2022

  • Panelist at latinx Kidlit book fest | 2022

  • panelist at slj's day of dialog | 2022

  • Guest Speaker & Reader for Chatham University’s Global Studies and MFA/CWP Programs

  • SHORT WORK TOOLBOX | Loft Literary Center

  • POETRY CAMP | Society of Young Inklings

  • "WHEN THE UNITED STATED DENIED MY AUNT'S ATTENDANCE TO MY WEDDING" in "We the People" Exhibition at Denler gallery March 19th-April 9th

  • "Publishing Stories" panel guest at Hamline University​

  • Lecturer at Hamline MFAC alumni weekend of "Innovation: What Can Land an Agent, Editor, Book Reviews, etc."

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