Crystal Chan grew up as a mixed-race kid in the middle of the Wisconsin cornfields and has found that her heart lies in writing, performing, and speaking about writing, diversity, and claiming your path. She has given talks for groups of 7-700 people; facilitated discussion groups at national conferences; is a professional storyteller for children and adults alike; and is a regular contributor to Wisconsin Public Radio.

In Chicago, where Crystal now lives, you will find her biking along the city streets and talking to her pet turtle. Her debut middle-grade novel, Bird, is published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers in the U.S. and has been published in ten countries. Bird’s audiobook is narrated by Amandla Stenberg, who played Rue in The Hunger Games.