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Betsy Franco

Biography

Betsy Franco

Betsy Franco inspires trust in the many people she meets in the course of her work as a writer. As she explains, "My philosophy when researching and writing books has always been to let adults, young adults, and children speak for themselves as much as possible."

With YOU HEAR ME? and THINGS I HAVE TO TELL YOU, Betsy's purpose is to let teenagers speak for themselves. Both anthologies, compelling in their honesty and sometimes raw expressions of the many-layered concerns of the writers, are uncensored. The sheer honesty of the teens' submissions surprised Betsy as she started her projects, and inspired her as she continued in her mission. "The writers' openness made me determined to try not to hit a false note in any aspect of the books."

Betsy's three sons have been the inspiration of many of her ideas. Today, she has published more than forty books, including poetry, picture books, and nonfiction for children and adults, and has also invented educational toys. She finds that compiling anthologies of other writers' work provides a nice balance with her own writing, and allows her to collaborate with very interesting people. The recipient of a B.A. in studio art from Stanford University, and an M. Ed. from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Betsy and of husband of more than thirty years live in Palo Alto, California. Betsy's next project (with Annette Ochoa, Indian Education Program Specialist, and Traci Gourdine) is collecting the poems, essays, and true stories of Native American teens and young adults, ages 12-22.

Betsy Franco