Agent: Laurel Symonds
V.T. Bidania was born in Laos and grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota where her family resettled as refugees after the Vietnam War. She spent her childhood dreaming of the worlds she read about and imagining books that would include Hmong children like her. After college, she left St. Paul for New York City and received an MFA in creative writing from The New School. She eventually returned to Minnesota and was awarded a Mirrors & Windows Fellowship from the Loft Literary Center in 2019 and the McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers in 2021. She is the author of ASTRID AND APOLLO, a chapter book series starring second-generation Hmong American twins Astrid and Apollo Lee (Capstone), which is the first children’s book series to feature Hmong characters.