Interview with Ashley Bryan

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Ashley Bryan gives a presentation on his art, teaching, and children’s book illustration at the South Solon Meeting House, with his fresco mural painting in the background. (2007) PHOTO: RICHARD GARRETT

Ashley Bryan gives a presentation on his art, teaching, and children’s book illustration at the South Solon Meeting House, with his fresco mural painting in the background. (2007)
PHOTO: RICHARD GARRETT

Born and raised in New York City, Ashley Bryan is another author “from away” who has found a home in Maine. Folklorist, writer, illustrator and performer, Bryan draws on African myths and tales, his own and others’ experience, and his literary, artistic and thespian talents to create children’s books (enjoyed by adults, too) and storytellings in schools and other venues, sometimes under the auspices of the Maine Humanities Council. Bryan’s newest book is Let it Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals (Simon and Schuster, 2007).

This interview with Ashley Bryan by Charlotte Albright was included in the Council’s 30th Anniversary ‘Maine Writers Speak’ project. To hear more from Bryan, see the Children’s Book Council.