Ann Malaspina is an award-winning author of nonfiction and fiction books for children and teens. She writes about social justice, nature and the environment, immigrants, and amazing people in history. Here she is searching the sky during the autumn hawk migration on Kittatinny Ridge in Pennsylvania.
In 2018, Ann is learning all about raptors (like this Red-tailed Hawk) for a book about a conservationist who loved birds, and would do anything to save them from the recreational shooters crowding ridges and fields in the 1930's during the fall migration.
The poem, "Generosity," about a mango vendor in Jackson Heights, NY, where Ann used to live, appears in the latest issue of Stoneboat, a literary journal.
"Swoosh!" was published by Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Based on true stories, it's about a Muslim athlete who wants to wear her hijab in a basketball tournament.
The short story "From Aleppo, Syria" appears in the April-May 2017 issue of Skipping Stones, the multicultural nonprofit magazine for children. It was inspired by the many harrowing news stories of refugee children, not just fleeing danger, but walking towards hope.