Who we are

The Pirate Tree is a collective of children’s and young adult writers interested in children’s literature and social justice issues. Regular editors and writers are listed below. We welcome guest writers. We do review books but only consider books that come to us through recommendations. If you have a book you’d like to recommend or an interview, guest writer, or topic that you’d like to suggest, please contact us the following email addresses:

J.L. Powers jlpowers [at] evaporites.com

Nancy Bo Flood

Lyn Miller-Lachman


Nancy Bo Flood
Nancy Bo Flood is the author of many books for children, most recently Warriors in the Crossfire, a young adult novel that explores one boy’s experiences with impending war on the Pacific island of Saipan. Throughout her life Bo Flood has enjoyed reading, writing, and the sharing of stories. Her work has focused primarily on children and young adults, as counselor, teacher, or parent. She has conducted workshops of child abuse, learning disabilities, play therapy, as well as creative writing. Through either work or research, Bo has lived in Malawi, Africa, Hawaii, Japan, the western Pacific, and, most recently, the Navajo Nation Reservation.

Lyn Miller-Lachmann
Lyn Miller-Lachmann is the author of several multicultural books, including the novels Gringolandia, a 2010 ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and Rogue. Her companion to Gringolandia, Surviving Santiago, will be published in 2015. She is a seventh grade teacher in a Reform Jewish religious school and the assistant host of “Vientos del Pueblo,” a bilingual radio show on WRPI-FM in Albany, New York, featuring Latin American and Spanish music, poetry, and history.

J.L. Powers
J.L. Powers is the author of The Confessional, a novel for young adults that explores racial tension and violence on the U.S.-Mexico Border, and the author of This Thing Called the Future , a coming-of-age novel set in South Africa. She is the editor of Labor Pains and Birth Stories: Essays on Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Becoming a Parent  and the editor of a forthcoming anthology exploring all aspects of children and war. She blogs on her website (www.jlpowers.net), edits the online literary magazine The Fertile Source (www.fertilesource.com), and is the publisher of Catalyst Book Press, an independent press that focuses on fertility-related literary nonfiction (www.catalystbookpress.com.)

1 comment for “Who we are

  1. November 5, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Hello Pirate Tree Staff,

    I am an artist teaching inmates at a max security prison in northern California, through the Arts-in-Corrections Program. There is an artist (african-american writer/illustrator) in one of my classes who has independently created a wonderful children’s book addressing the conditions that led to his and others incarceration. He is in a group that is trying to promote peace, through inspiring art, writing, music, etc… He often asks me for resources to help him publish or find mentoring. Incarcerated do not have access to e-mail/internet, so many resources I’ve looked up for him are not accessible because of this. He can send and receive mail, and possibly phone calls.

    Many of my students inside are addressing social justice issues and trying to engage through their art. Many of them have been incarcerated most of their lives, and many are young and just out of isolation cells, etc…Can you offer any suggestions for this particular artist-writer and colleagues as to how to publish, how to participate in exhibits and writing groups, etc… while still incarcerated.

    Your insights so much appreciated! Thank you.

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