Annie Calhoun is a passionate writer and innovative educator residing in Los Angeles, California. She received her BS in English/Theatre Education for grades 6-12 at Taylor University, and then her MFA in Acting from DePaul University’s Theatre School in Chicago (her hometown). She still acts and performs improv at iO West and Second City Hollywood, and uses her theatre training to create written characters with depth, humor, and vulnerability who come to life on the page.
Annie’s goal is to write within the “nightstand/duffle bag” genre for middle grades. This genre represents the kind of book that kids keep near their bed or pack to take somewhere overnight – the kind that brings joy and familiarity because the characters have become like good friends the reader wants to keep close.
When Annie is not writing in a coffee shop, or teaching reading and theatre to inner city students at Kipp Scholar Academy (which she co-founded) or The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA), she is dabbling in stand-up comedy and occasionally allowing her fiancé Rob to sit in the audience.