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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Carolyn Lesser  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1939 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin


Illinois Connection

Lesser lived in Quincy.

Biographical and Professional Information

Carolyn Lesser is an author, poet, essayist, educator, explorer, fiber artist and photographer. As an author, she has published eight natural science books for children. Her research has taken her from the Arctic to the Antarctic, in the desert and wetlands. As an artist and designer, she has been commissioned to create liturgical and secular fiber art for churches, schools, office buildings and hospitals in the United States and South America. She also creates ceramic sculptures. Her photography includes color-saturated nature and abstracts; landscapes, portraits, nautical scenes, and fine art travel photographs. A teacher of all ages, Lesser helps others to write clearly and speak confidently. Her goal is to liberate the creative, curious, unique genius within. Lesser currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Titles At Your Library


-- '''''The Goodnight Circle''''' *Literacy Merit Award, Friends of American Writers in Chicago *50 Best Science Books for Children, National Council of Teachers of Science and the Children’s Book Council