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Originally from the town of Natchitoches, Louisiana, Denise moved to New York many moons ago to begin work in publishing. She’s worked as an editor and writer of educational materials. Presently, she’s had more than 35 children’s books published. She’s written board and picture books, historical fiction, and biographies.

Denise has always loved words. Before she could even read or write, she played with her dolls, giving them names and inventing their stories. She started writing poetry when she was eight years old, and wrote and illustrated her very first book soon after.  She glued yellow cloth to cardboard for the cover, and sewed the pages together on her mother’s sewing machine.

These days, Denise divides her time between teaching writing as an adjunct college professor and volunteering as a mentor to young writers at a local middle school. Sewing remains one of Denise’s passions, as does making cloth dolls and writing poetry. And of course, she’s always trying a few new projects, like writing short stories,  an adult novel, and illustrating her own stories for children!

She is married, has four sons, and lives in New Jersey.


Meet Cécile, Troubles For Cécile, Cécile’s Gift
American Girl, 2011

Jackie Robinson: Strong Inside and Out
HarperCollins, 2005

Ma Dear’s Old Green House
Just Us, 2004

John and Abigail Adams 
Harcourt, 2003

A Lesson for Martin Luther King, Jr.
Aladdin, 2003

The Longest Ride
Henry Holt, 1999

Red Dancing Shoes
Paper, Mulberry, 1998

The Adventures of Midnight Son
Henry Holt, 1997

The Car Washing Street
Tambourine, 1994

Red Dancing Shoes
Tambourine, 1993

 “Inside the Rubble,” (Mobius, The Poetry Magazine, 28th Anniversary Edition, 2010)
These Trees,” “Bridge Crossing,” “On the Road, Louisiana” (Mobius, The Poetry Magazine, September ‘06)


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reproduction in whole or in part in any form.