About Me

When I was a kid, I always wanted to be a writer. I even went to writing camp! I still have countless poems and stories and lit magazines I was a part of.

But somewhere along the line I got distracted by other interests and ended up in graduate school — for history! I received my PhD in History from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio in 2005.

I enjoy history — and I really enjoy talking about how we tell stories about the past, but being a professor was not for me. I met my husband while in Cleveland and he got a job in Santa Rosa, California, so we packed up the cats and the moving van and headed for the coast.

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To support myself in graduate school, I’d started working in fundraising — so just kept working in that arena. We had our son in 2003 and after spending a lot of time exploring tide pools on the coast near Bodega Bay, we decided we missed our families.

As my husband is from Canada (originally Sweden), we thought my family might be the best to live near and moved back to the Minneapolis/Saint Paul metropolitan area. After my daughter was born in 2006, I began to think more and more about writing. I took a few online classes from The Loft Literary Center and in 2014 decided to leave my job and jump with both feet into a new adventure. I started at the Hamline University Masters Program for Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults.

The first night of residency, after I got home, my children and husband made me signs cheering my new adventure and I knew I found my writing kindred spirits. The MFAC program introduced me to poetry— see my poetry page for more information on that unexpected joy — and helped me realize I write because I’m a writer and putting words to paper is something I need to do for me.

I’ve got a few different projects cooking – please check out my blog or projects page for more information. I’d love to hear from you – and please join me as I learn more and more about writing!

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BIO:

Tasslyn Magnusson writes books and poetry for kids. She writes poetry for grown-ups too! Because everybody needs poems!

She received her MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota in January 2017. She lives in Prescott, WI (really, really close to Saint Paul, MN) with her husband, two kids, and two dogs.

When she’s not writing in her “hidey hole” as her children call it, she’s busy reading for literary journals, working with the Society for Young Inklings and in general doing whatever she can to be near books and kids and other writers.

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About Me

When I was a kid, I always wanted to be a writer. I even went to writing camp! I still have countless poems and stories and lit magazines I was a part of.

But somewhere along the line I got distracted by other interests and ended up in graduate school — for history! I received my PhD in History from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio in 2005.

I enjoy history — and I really enjoy talking about how we tell stories about the past, but being a professor was not for me. I met my husband while in Cleveland and he got a job in Santa Rosa, California, so we packed up the cats and the moving van and headed for the coast. To support myself in graduate school, I’d started working in fundraising — so just kept working in that arena. We had our son in 2003 and after spending a lot of time exploring tide pools on the coast near Bodega Bay, we decided we missed our families.

... read more

As my husband is from Canada (originally Sweden), we thought my family might be the best to live near and moved back to the Minneapolis/Saint Paul metropolitan area. After my daughter was born in 2006, I began to think more and more about writing. I took a few online classes from The Loft Literary Center and in 2014 decided to leave my job and jump with both feet into a new adventure. I started at the Hamline University Masters Program for Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults.

The first night of residency, after I got home, my children and husband made me signs cheering my new adventure and I knew I found my writing kindred spirits. The MFAC program introduced me to poetry— see my poetry page for more information on that unexpected joy — and helped me realize I write because I’m a writer and putting words to paper is something I need to do for me.

I’ve got a few different projects cooking – please check out my blog or projects page for more information. I’d love to hear from you – and please join me as I learn more and more about writing!

Press Kit

BIO:

Tasslyn Magnusson writes books and poetry for kids. She writes poetry for grown-ups too! Because everybody needs poems!

She received her MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota in January 2017. She lives in Prescott, WI (really, really close to Saint Paul, MN) with her husband, two kids, and two dogs.

When she’s not writing in her “hidey hole” as her children call it, she’s busy reading for literary journals, working with the Society for Young Inklings and in general doing whatever she can to be near books and kids and other writers.

DOWNLOAD IMAGES:

click to download web image (72 dpi)

click to download print image (300 dpi)

 click to download web image (72 dpi)

click to download print image (300 dpi)

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