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A Chat with the Young-Adult Novelist Jordana Frankel ’06

Release date: February 22, 2012

The Kratz Center for Creative Writing and the English Department at Goucher College are pleased to welcome back Jordana Frankel, Class of 2006, for a public conversation to celebrate her forthcoming first young-adult novel titled The Ward. This free, public event will be held Wednesday February 22, 7-9:30 p.m., in Goucher's Mary Fisher Library.

The Ward is the first entry in a dystopian series set in a future New York City after a catastrophic flood called the Wash-Out. The few thousand survivors live on the tops of abandoned buildings, and fresh water is almost impossible to find. When 16-year-old Ren finds a freshwater spring with healing properties, she must contend with foes who guard the spring's secrets.

A creative risk taker, Frankel quit her job as the advertising and promotions manager at TheBookReportNetwork.com to write her first novel. On completing the novel, she secured a publishing contract through Katherine Tegen Books, a Harper Collins imprint. Frankel has also worked for the Literary Group International and Linn Prentis Literary Agency. She works for Writopia Lab, a nonprofit after-school enrichment program for creative writers 8-18 years old.

Frankel earned a BA in English with a concentration in creative writing from Goucher College and an MFA in poetry from Hollins University.