“Writing is literally transformative. When we read, we are changed. When we write, we are changed. It's neurological. To me, this is a kind of magic.” – Francesca Lia Block
Born into a creative family (on this day in 1962 to a poet mother and painter father) Block is a writer of fiction, short stories, screenplays and poetry and also a teacher of those topics. She wrote her first novel while still a student at UC Berkeley, one of the few times she did any writing or teaching outside of her beloved Los Angeles, the focal point for most of her work. A New York Times Book Review critic said, "Block writes about the real Los Angeles better than anyone since Raymond Chandler.”
She writes for both adults and teens and won the Margaret Edwards Award from the American Library Association for her contribution to writing for teens. Best known for her novels, Block also is a lifelong writer of poetry. Her first two books, Moon Harvest and Season of Green, were small-press illustrated poetry collections, and she has released several other standalone collections of poetry and incorporated poetry and lyrics into many of her novels.
“Writing is very cathartic for me. As a teacher, I hear many students say that writing can be painful and exhausting. It can be, but ultimately I believe that if you push through, the process is healing and exhilarating.”
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