Piñata Moon

2020 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People Winner of 7 – 12

NM AZ Book Prize for Poetry-AZ

“…Piñata Moon deftly explores the complex issues of teen suicide and the effects it can have on the people it leaves behind. Seen through the lens of a Tucson teenager, Anderson’s narrative considers the value of life and its potential, as well as the questions left unanswered after the sudden, jarring absence of a loved one. Partly an ode to the desert landscape, the striking imagery and poetic language serves as a warm background for a cold subject, creating a juxtaposition that fuels the piecemeal story toward a daring conclusion that pushes the reader into existential reflection. Edgy, inventive, and sincere, Anderson gives the reader a new look at an old medium, creating a unique experience that keeps hold of the reader long after the last page has been turned.”
— Joe Buckler, Pine Reads Review  

Writing, Consulting,

and Workshops

I’m looking to collaborate with publishers to create engaging books for readers in kindergarten through high school. I also love creating educational programs/art projects and giving workshops.

Please let me know if you want to work on a project together.


Recent Posts

Piñata Moon Online Workshops

It was fantastic to work with Upward Bound high school students. The four day learner-centered workshop focused on writing exercises based on the book: Day 1: Telling stories about our background Day 2: Telling stories about loss Day 3: Telling stories about...

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Piñata Moon at Tucson Festival of Books

I'll be at the Indie Pavilion on Sunday from 12:15-2:15. Come by and say hi. Last I heard, the Tucson Festival of Books hasn't been cancelled. Here are a few other places you can find the book. Brave Book Section at the University of Arizona Poetry Center Young Adult...

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