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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jan Spivey Gilchrist  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:CHILD Fiction

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

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Gilchrist was born in Chicago and currently lives in Olympia Fields, a suburb of Chicago. She graduated from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jan Spivey Gilchrist is an artist, teacher, author and an illustrator. Her career as a fine artist has spanned a quarter of a century. She has exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. Ms. Gilchrist has won numerous awards and commissions throughout her career, including the ''Coretta Scott King Award'' for ''Nathaniel Talking'', and a ''Coretta Scott King Honor Book'' for ''Night on Neighborhood Street''. This book is also a Reading Rainbow Book. Ms. Gilchrist is also the author of two picture books, ''Indigo and Moonlight Gold'', and ''Madelia''. Gilchrist has illustrated many of Eloise Greenfield's books, including several award winners. ''In the Land of Words'' was named a 2005 Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts. ''When the Horses Ride By'' and ''The Friendly Four'' were chosen for the Cooperative Children's Book Center's 2007 Choices.Most recently, she wrote the Parents' Choice Award Winner ''My America'', which she co-illustrated with Ashley Bryan. An inductee into the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent, Ms. Gilchrist holds an MFA in writing for children and a doctoral degree in English.


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Awards

-- Gilchrist has won numerous awards and commissions throughout her career, including