Raven has authored several children’s picture books, including Mom's Choice Award winning diversity-themed rhyming picture book, My Community, the Amazon chart topping Shimmer, Songs of Night (Spork Books) and A Star Full of Sky (Daffydowndilly Press) which received The Royal Dragonfly award and NABE's Pinnacle award for Best in Children's Poetry, The Wishing Shelf award, and an award for finalist in the Best Children’s Book Cover by ATAI.
Her previous releases include the debut, Dozy Poems, Cozy Days, Spinning Circles (Action Poems) and Gibber/Animal Acrostics.
She writes poetry for a variety of magazines such as Highlights for Children, Highlights Hello, HighFive, Babybug, Ladybug, Spider, Cricket, Jack and Jill, Humpty Dumpty, Fun for Kidz, Stinkwaves, Bumples, and Buds Magazine.
Raven’s work is included in anthologies, DVD’s and CD’s, educational material, and home schooling programs. She has received Merit awards for poetry from the SCBWI, and was voted Poetry Soup’s “Top hottest poet” after the release of her debut book.
She is passionate about children’s literacy and poetry, and enjoys presenting children’s poetry workshops in libraries and classrooms.
Raven is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), the International Literacy Association (ILA), and serves as Creative and Publishing Advisor with Red Clover Readers.
She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband, sweet dog Elsie, and Ragamuffin cat named Lilac who get along pretty well….most of the time! She enjoys the time she spends with her college bound children, hiking, music, reading, spring flowers, sunny beaches, and warm butterscotch chip cookies!
I began creating and reciting poetry, and playing with words, rhythms, and sounds since before Kindergarten.
I also began song writing from the moment I sat down at the piano during my elementary school years and later reached my goal, working at various NYC record companies after graduating school.
I had the opportunity to meet and work with artists such as Snoop Dogg, ACDC, and Jewel, and even ran into Mick Jagger!
I transitioned my focus from song writing to writing poetry for greeting cards. Not knowing a lot about the business, I delved into it whole-heartedly, and had much success! This delighted me, and I was inspired to become serious about a career in children's poetry.
I often get asked who inspires me …
I love reading poetry by many contemporary poets such as Charles Ghigna, Lee Bennett Hopkins, Kristine O'Connell George, and Rebecca Kai Dotlich. I’ve learned a lot from Aileen Fisher’s style and her writing is dear to my poet’s heart. The most influential person in my life though is my own father! He’s a successful poet in his own right and has released a few compilations over the years. He’s taught me cadence, authenticity, translating poems to spoken word, and more:
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour."