Jessica Olien

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Jessica is the author and illustrator of Adrift, The Blobfish Book and Shark Detective as well as the upcoming books Right Now (Winter 2018), A Tiger is Coming to Dinner (2019), and Buster all with Balzer+Bray. She is also the illustrator of Hamsters Don’t Fight Fires (Fall 2017), which will be published by HarperCollins.

Jessica’s cartoons and illustrations have been published in the Hairpin, Condé Nast Traveler, xoJane and the New York Observer.

Before becoming a children’s book maker Jessica worked as a journalist and lived in Egypt, Thailand and the Netherlands. Her writing for adults has been published in Slate, Salon, Bust, Pacific Standard, The Atlantic, McSweeney’s, Jezebel, Marie Claire and many others.

Now she lives in Brooklyn and works from her studio in the Pencil Factory. She still loves to travel though and when she is stressed you can usually find her searching for flights online or looking at pictures of Corgis.

You can find more information on Jessica Olien here.


Agent: Emily van Beek
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YA, middle grade, and picture books

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