photo by Kim Indresano

About me: I am a storyteller and story collector, a fan of dogs and ice cream, a little sister, an aunt, and a country mouse who fell in love with the city. I'm also the author of Anna, Banana, and the Friendship Split and other books in the Anna, Banana chapter-book series, the picture book The Teacher's Pet, the forthcoming YA novel Always Forever Maybe, and more. My essays have been published by Italian Cooking & LivingThe Writer, and the New York Times. I play fiddle and write lyrics for the electro-country band Owen Lake and the Tragic Loves.

My name is pronounced uh-NEE-kuh REE-see. You can listen to me say it here. Most of my friends call me Nica.

photo by Kim Indresano

The official bio: Anica Mrose Rissi grew up on an island off the coast of Maine, where she read a lot of books and loved a lot of pets. She now tells and collects stories, makes up songs on her violin, and eats lots of cheese with her friends in Princeton, New Jersey, where she lives with her husband, Jeff. As a former book editor turned full-time writer and storyteller, Anica has spoken with kids and adults across the country about all stages of the writing process, from ideas and drafting to revisions and beyond. She tweets about bookish things and her dog, Arugula, at @anicarissi, which is also her handle on Instagram

 

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photo by Kim Indresano

photo by Kim Indresano

 

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I love doing author visits at schools and libraries, both in-person and via Skype. For more information about my interactive presentations and writing workshops, please see the author visits page.

I like making things. And I like riding bikes with you.