November 25, 1952
New York City, US
|Relatives||Charlotte Zolotow (mother)|
Maurice Zolotow (father)
Crescent Dragonwagon (née Ellen Zolotow, November 25, 1952, New York City) is a multigenre writer. She has written fifty books, including two novels, seven cookbooks and culinary memoirs, more than twenty children's books, a biography, and a collection of poetry. In addition, she has written for magazines including The New York Times Book Review, Lear's, Cosmopolitan, McCall's, and The Horn Book.
Dragonwagon and her late husband, Ned Shank, owned Dairy Hollow House, a country inn and restaurant in the Ozark Mountain community of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Dragonwagon later co-founded the non-profit Writer's Colony at Dairy Hollow, and was active in the cultural and literary life of Arkansas throughout the 31 years she lived in the state full-time. After Shank's death in 2000, Dragonwagon moved to her family's summer home in Vermont. Dragonwagon has been a vegetarian since the age of 22. In 2002, she authored a vegetarian cookbook, Passionate Vegetarian.
Since the 2014 death of her subsequent partner, filmmaker-activist David R. Koff, with whom she lived in Vermont for a decade, she has divided her time among New York, Vermont, and Arkansas.
Dragonwagon is the daughter of the writers Charlotte and Maurice Zolotow. She serves as literary executor to both her parents.
Dragonwagon's tenth children's book, Half a Moon and One Whole Star, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney and published in 1986, was the winner of a Coretta Scott King Award, as well as a Reading Rainbow Selection. In 1991 she won Arkansas' Porter Prize.
In 2003, Dragonwagon's cookbook Passionate Vegetarian won the James Beard book award in the category "Vegetarian/Healthy Focus".
- Dragonwagon, Crescent (1977). Stevie Wonder. ISBN 0-8256-3908-5.
- Dragonwagon, Crescent (1972). The Commune Cookbook. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-671-21152-8.
- Dragonwagon, Crescent (1972). The Bean Book. Workman Pub. ISBN 0-911104-16-X.
- Dairy Hollow House Cookbook, 1992
- Dragonwagon, Crescent (1992). Dairy Hollow House Soup & Bread: A Country Inn Cookbook. ISBN 0-89480-751-X., nominated for both the James Beard and IACP Awards
- Passionate Vegetarian (2002), Winner, James Beard Award
- The Cornbread Gospels (2007)
- Bean by Bean: A Cookbook (2011)
- Putting Up Stuff for the Cold Time: Canning, Preserving & Pickling for Those New to the Art or Not (1973)
- Rainy Day Together (Harper & Row, 1971), as by Ellen Parsons, children's picture book illustrated by Lillian Hoban
- When Light Turns into Night (1975) ISBN 0-06-021740-5
- Wind Rose (1976) ISBN 0-06-021741-3 (with Ronald Himler)
- Will It Be Okay? (1977) ISBN 0-06-021738-3
- Your Owl Friend (1977) ISBN 0-06-021731-6, picture book illus. Ruth Lercher Bornstein
- If You Call My Name (1981) ISBN 0-06-021744-8, picture book illus. David Palladini
- "Katie in the Morning" (1983) ISBN 0-06-021729-4, picture book illus. Betsy A. Day
- I Hate My Brother Harry (1983)
- Always, Always (1984) ISBN 0-02-733080-X
- Coconut (1984) ISBN 0-06-021759-6, picture book illus. Nancy Tafuri
- Alligator Arrived With Apples: A Potluck Alphabet Feast (1985) ISBN 0-7857-0010-2
- Half a Moon and One Whole Star (1986) ISBN 0-689-71415-7, picture book illus. Jerry Pinkney
- This Is the Bread I Baked for Ned (1989) ISBN 0-689-82353-3
- Home Place (1990) ISBN 978-0-027331-905, picture book illus. Jerry Pinkney
- Winter Holding Spring (1990) ISBN 0-02-733122-9
- Alligators and Others All Year Long (1993)
- Annie Flies the Birthday Bike (1993)
- Brass Button (1997)
- Bat in the Dining Room (1997)
- And Then It Rained / And Then the Sun Came Out (2002)
- Sack of Potatoes (2002)
- All the Awake Animals Are Almost Asleep (2012)
- The Year It Rained (1985) ISBN 0-02-733110-5
- To Take A Dare (1982) (co-authored with the late Paul Zindel)
- ^ Dragonwagon, Crescent (November 26, 2012). "Over and Over". The Horn Book.
- ^ "Crescent Dragonwagon (1952–)". Encyclopedia of Arkansas.
- ^ Weintz, Steven B. (November 17, 2002). A Capital Idea: An Illustrated History of the Capital Hotel. University of Arkansas Press. ISBN 9781557287274 – via Google Books.
- ^ Krasner, Deborah. (2004). Wholesome Menus From the Passionate Vegetarian. Vegetarian Times . Issue 318. pp. 45-46
- ^ "Passionate Vegetarian". publishersweekly.com. Retrieved 22 February 2023.
- ^ Campbell, Duncan (March 13, 2014). "David Koff obituary". The Guardian.
- ^ Fox, Margalit (2013-11-19). "Charlotte Zolotow, Author of Books on Children's Real Issues, Dies at 98". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-11-23.
- ^ "James Beard Foundation Awards Search".
- Official website
- Crescent Dragonwagon at Library of Congress Authorities — with 40 catalog records
- 1952 births
- 20th-century American non-fiction writers
- 20th-century American novelists
- 20th-century American women writers
- American children's writers
- American cookbook writers
- American food writers
- Jewish American writers
- American women children's writers
- American women non-fiction writers
- American women novelists
- James Beard Foundation Award winners
- Living people
- Novelists from Vermont
- People from Carroll County, Arkansas
- People from Eureka Springs, Arkansas
- Women cookbook writers
- Women food writers
- 21st-century American Jews
- 21st-century American women
- Vegetarian cookbook writers