Orel Protopopescu is an award-winning poet, translator and children’s author, published by major houses, who conducts workshops for children and adults. She won first prize in Oberon Poetry Magazine's 2010 contest and honorable mentions in previous years. Thelonious Mouse (FSG), a picture book, was SCBWI’s Crystal Kite Winner, 2012, for the New York metro region. Two Sticks is a Bank Street College best book of 2008. What Remains, a chapbook of poems, appeared in 2011. A Word’s a Bird, her bilingual (English/French) poetry app for iPad, was chosen by SLJ as one of the best apps of 2013. Her book of translations and history, A Thousand Peaks, Poems from China (with Siyu Liu) is a NYPL "Book for the Teen Age" winner. Her book for teachers, Metaphors and Similes You Can Eat (Scholastic) includes outstanding poems by middle and junior high school children written in her workshops. Her first two picture books, Since Lulu Learned the Cancan and The Perilous Pit (both Simon & Schuster), are now apps from Auryn, Inc.
Awards and Recognition
- Crystal Kite, 2012, SCBWI for Thelonious Mouse
- First prize, poetry, 2010, Oberon Poetry
- Bank St Best Children's Book, 2008, Two Sticks
- SLJ "Best App of the Year" 2013, A Word's a Bird
- NYPL "Book for the Teen Age" A Thousand Peaks, Poems from China
- NY Times "Best Illustrated" 1993, The Perilous Pit