Mildred D. Taylor is the author of nine novels
including The Road to Memphis, Let the
Circle Be Unbroken, The Land, and Roll
of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Her books have won numerous
awards, among them a Newbery Medal (for Roll of Thunder,
Hear My Cry), four Coretta Scott King Awards, and
a Boston GlobeHorn Book Award. Her
book The Land was awarded the L.A.
Times Book Prize and the PEN Award for Children's
Literature. In 2003, Ms. Taylor was named the First Laureate of the
NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature.
Mildred Taylor was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and grew up in
Toledo, Ohio. After graduating from the University of Toledo, she
served in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia for two years and then spent
the next year traveling throughout the United States, working and
recruiting for the Peace Corps. At the University of Colorado's
School of Journalism, she helped created a Black Studies program
and taught in the program for two years. Ms. Taylor has worked as a
proofreader-editor and as program coordinator for an international
house and a community free school. She now devotes her time to her
family, writing, and what she terms the family ranch" in the
foothills of the Rocky Mountains.