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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Stephanie Hemphill  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: in Naperville, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Hemphill was born and raised in Naperville. She currently resides in the Chicago suburbs.

Biographical and Professional Information

Stephanie Hemphill has been writing, studying and presenting poetry for adults and children at UCLA, the University of Illinois (where she received an award from The Academy of American Poets), with Writer's at Work, in classrooms, and at conferences across the country

Published Works

  • Things Left Unsaid: A Novel in Poems, Hyperion, 2005
  • Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath, Knopf, 2006
  • Wicked Girls: A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials , Balzer and Bray, 2010
  • Sisters of Glass, Knopf, 2012
  • Hideous Love: The Story of the Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein, Balzer + Bray, 2013
  • Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All, Schwartz & Wade, 2018 - written with M.T. Anderson, Candace Fleming, Lisa Ann Sandell, Linda Sue Park and Deborah Hopkinson

Selected Titles At Your Library

Things left unsaid :
ISBN: 0786818506. OCLC Number:

Hyperion,. New York :. ©2005.

After a lifetime of conforming to the image of what her parents and high school friends want her to be, Sarah must come to terms with her own identity when her destructive best friend tries to commit suicide. Told in the form of free-verse poems.

Your own, Sylvia :
ISBN: 0440239680. OCLC Number:

Alfred A. Knopf,. New York :. ©2007.

The author interprets the people, events, influences and art that made up the brief life of Sylvia Plath.

Wicked girls :
ISBN: 0061853283. OCLC Number:

Balzer + Bray,. New York :. ©2010.

A fictionalized account, told in verse, of the Salem witch trials, told from the perspective of three of the real young women living in Salem in 1692--Mercy Lewis, Margaret Walcott, and Ann Putnam, Jr.

Sisters of glass /
ISBN: 0375861092. OCLC Number:

Alfred A. Knopf,. New York :. 2012.

When a new glassblower arrives to help in the family business, the attraction Maria feels for him causes a web of conflicting emotions to grow even more tangled.

Hideous love :
ISBN: 0061853313. OCLC Number:

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A free-verse novel about the Gothic novelist Mary Shelley, a teenager whose love story led her to write the literary masterpiece, Frankenstein.

Fatal throne :
ISBN: 1524716197. OCLC Number:

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Seven award-winning young adult authors illuminate the lives of Britain's King Henry VIII and his six wives from different viewpoints.


Things Left Unsaid

  • Myra Cohn Livingston Award for Excellence in Poetry by the Children's Literature Council of Southern California, 2006
  • Wicked Girls

  • 2015 ILLINOIS READS Book

    SCBWI Magazine Merit Award in Poetry

    Award from The Academy of American Poets

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)