Joan Kane Nichols writes biographies for young adults, specializing in historical figures and women in the arts. The New York Public Library named Mary Shelley: Frankenstein’s Creator a Notable Book for Teens. Last summer she was awarded a scholarship to Deborah Martinson’s biography workshop at the Norman Mailer Writers Colony in Provincetown. Nichols is also a fiction writer who last year won a Money for Women/Barbara Deming award.
A former New Yorker, she lives in Philadelphia and is working on a novel, Required Reading, and a YA biography of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. Other YA projects in the pipeline include Jenny Lind’s whirlwind American tour with P. T. Barnum, a teenage Revolutionary War soldier imprisoned by the British, women artists and their self-portraits, and the life of H. D. Thoreau.
Civil War Sisterhood (Pearson/Scott, Foresman, 2006)
Frida Kahlo: Lover of Life (Great Source/Houghton Mifflin, 2005)
Mary Shelley: Frankenstein’s Creator (Red Wheel/Weiser, 1998)
A Matter Of Conscience: The Trial Of Anne Hutchinson (Steck-Vaughn, 1992)