Emmy Kastner

Emmy loves books, stories, words, pencils, paintbrushes, paper scraps, books about art, and art about books. Stories are powerful, important vessels and she’s been loving and studying them since she was a little kid. A former classroom teacher, Emmy taught high school English Language Arts, Biology, and Integrated Science in San Francisco before moving back to Michigan, where she co-founded Read and Write Kalamazoo (RAWK) — a literacy-focused nonprofit modeled after 826 National. RAWK is devoted to celebrating and amplifying youth voices through the cultivation of reading and writing skills, via joy, creativity, equity and access.

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Emmy lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan with her husband, their three kids, a cat named Squiggy and dog named Penny Marshall. It’s probably loud, and they’re likely surrounded by books, food and laughter. She spends most days writing and making art (or thinking/talking about said things) in her studio that lives above her family’s coffee shop.

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Hannah Mann

represented by

Hannah Mann