Yolen, Jane (Hyatt)(1939– ) writer, poet, editor; born in New York City. After graduating from Smith College (1960), she worked for various periodicals and publishers in New York before becoming a free-lance writer in 1965. Based in Hatfield, Mass., from 1974, she published many fine books for children, such as The Girl Who Cried Flowers and Other Tales (1974) and The Moon Ribbon and Other Tales (1976). She was also known as a tireless lecturer, teacher, editor, and promoter of imaginative writing for children.
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