Emily Jiang is the author of Summoning the Phoenix, a collection of whimsical poetry and prose about modern-day children playing traditional Chinese musical instruments. Illustrated by April Chu, Summoning the Phoenix is published by Shen’s Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books, and received a Kirkus Starred Review. Described by Kirkus Reviews as “a lively medley that will expand the musical boundaries of most young audiences,” Summoning the Phoenix is available for purchase online and can be ordered in your local bookstore or library.
- Kirkus Reviews includes Summoning the Phoenix among The Best Children’s Books of 2014
- The Huffington Post gives Summoning the Phoenix an Honorable Mention for Best Children’s Nonfiction published in 2014
- Nancy Bo Flood of The Pirate Tree reviews Summoning the Phoenix and calls it “an orchestra of images, poetry, and informative narratives.” Read the full review at The Pirate Tree.
- DiversiFYA publishes my guest post “Reflecting Reality: Visual Representation of Racial Diversity in Children’s Literature in the United States” where I discuss April Chu’s artwork in Summoning the Phoenix
- News editor Nick Vernon of the Palo Alto Weekly interviews me about why I chose to write books for children.
Emily Jiang also composes music, mostly choral compositions, and her work has been performed by the award-winning San Francisco Choral Artists. “Jiang’s sense for text-setting (assuredly driven by her experience as a poet) is impeccable.” –Magee Van Speybroeck of the San Francisco Classical Voice. Read the rest of the review.
Emily’s debut album, Songs of Moon and Mischief, is a collection of 26 songs, including 25 choral and art songs written for treble voices and one chamber ensemble piece for violin, cello, and piano. Read more about her music.
Emily is currently working on a blog series Crossing Cultural Borders, about the different kinds of multicultural children’s literature from the United States. Read the introductory post!
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