About Ed Asher Briant

I was born, and grew up in the City of Brighton in England. My undergraduate degree was actually in art, and I worked as an illustrator for many years, first in London, and then in New York.

I started writing seriously about 20 years ago, and then received my MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College.

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I published my first picture book for children, PAPER PARADE, in 2004, which won a FLYING START award from Publishers Weekly.

Since then I have published about a dozen books, mostly for children, including two Young Adult novels.

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Seven Stories came out in 2005, and received  a NEWCOMER TO WATCH from the Horn Book.

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A DAY AT THE BEACH came out in 2006.

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GIZMO was published in 2007




IF YOU LIVED HERE YOU’D BE HOME BY NOW is my most recent picture book, and probably my favorite of all my published books .


My two young adult novels CHOPPY-SOCKY BLUES and I AM NOT THE WALRUS were published in 2010 and 2012 respectively.


The PETAL and POPPY series of easy readers was published between 2013 and 2015.

Sable-and-Smedley-375x500.jpgSABLE AND SMEDLEY was an easy reader–graphic novel, that was supposed to come out in 2016, but the publisher went bust.

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STRANGE STORIES is my most recent published book, which was published in 2018.


In December 2005 I started compiling a weekly comic for Publishers Weekly, entitled TALES FROM THE SLUSH PILE. Since then I have produced over 700 of the comics.

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I now teach Creative Writing at Rowan University, and Picture Book Design and Illustration at Rosemont College, both in the Philadelphia area.