Janet Wong was born in Los Angeles. Before beginning her career as a children’s author, she earned a BA in history at the University of California Los Angeles and a JD at Yale Law School. After practicing corporate and labor law for a number of years, a career that culminated in her holding the position of director of labor relations at Universal Studios, she abruptly decided to pursue an alternative calling—writing children’s literature. This dramatic shift garnered significant attention, landing her a spot on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Wong has written more than 20 books, including seven books of children’s poetry. Her work has won a number of awards, including the Stone Center Recognition of Merit and the International Reading Association’s Celebrate Literacy Award. Additionally, a poem from A Suitcase of Seaweed (1998), one of Wong’s most notable titles, was featured in the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Poetry in Motion program. Most recently, she embarked on a new endeavor as editor and producer of PoetryTagTime, an e-book anthology. She currently lives in New Jersey.
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