Dorothy Pensky is a writer of novels for young adults and middle graders. She has an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College.

Books with sample chapters

Queenspearls - Chapter One

Queenspearls - Chapter Two

Queenspearls - Chapter Three

mermaid and photo © Jenny Mendes


Baby Dorothy

I grew up in a series of small towns, spending most of my childhood in a tree with a book.

After studying philosophy and dance at the College of Wooster in Ohio, I danced in a dance company and had my own performance art company with a friend. When I was tired of being poor, I studied for my M.Ed. in vision impairment and taught blind and low vision kids for three years.

The desire to create became too much, and I started taking art classes and writing short stories working as a children’s bookseller. Vermont College announced that it was starting an MFA in writing for children and young adults program and I was delighted and got my second master’s degree. I spent some time after that writing full time until I could no longer afford to do that. I received my third master’s degree from Kent State in School Librarianship and went to work as a school librarian for six years. When I found that I could afford to do so, I quit to write full time, again.

Contact Dorothy Pensky:

20876 Almar Drive
Shaker Heights, OH 44122-3810

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