Gayleen Rabakukk holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Central Oklahoma.

She has published numerous newspaper and magazine articles, and two regional interest books for adults. Now she focuses her energy on inspiring curiosity in young readers through stories of hope and adventure.

Gayleen is a Travis County MasterGardener Intern, teaches creative writing classes for the Austin Public Library Foundation and is editor-in-chief for the Cynsations blog on children’s literature, where she frequently interviews authors and publishing professionals.