Nova Ren Suma

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Nova Ren Suma
Nova Ren Suma
Nova Ren Suma
Born (1975-02-23) February 23, 1975 (age 44)
Long Island, New York, US
EducationMFA in Fiction, BA in Writing and Photography
Alma materColumbia University, Antioch College
Period2009 - present
GenreYoung adult fiction
Notable worksThe Walls Around Us

Nova Ren Suma (born February 23, 1975) is an American #1 New York Times best selling author[1] of young adult novels, including The Walls Around Us, Imaginary Girls, Fade Out, and 17 & Gone.

Personal life[edit]

Suma was born in Long Island and grew up in the Hudson Valley.[2] She lived in Saugerties, New York, until she was five and moved to Pennington, New Jersey, after her parents' divorce.[2] She has a half-sister.[2] Suma studied ballet from six to sixteen, ultimately quitting because she preferred spending time with her friends to practice.[3] She started wanting to become a writer as a teenager, but invested her time into ballet instead.[3]

She now lives in Philadelphia.[4]


The first fiction she ever wrote were poems and short stories, which peaked her interest to study writing.[3] After Suma received her self-designed BA in journalism, creative writing and photography from Antioch College, she moved to New York City for graduate school at age 22, inspired by her mother's stories of her own experience in the city.[5][2] She stayed in New York City and obtained an MFA in fiction from Columbia University.[6]

She wrote two adult novels before discovering the possibility of writing young adult novels, through her day job out of college; at HarperCollins Children's.[3] She cites Laura Kasischke, Laura Ruby, Rita Williams-Garcia, Bennett Madison, and Francesca Lia Block as authors whose works deeply inspired her to write young adult novels herself.[3] Other of her past jobs include being an assistant editor at Marvel Comics and an editorial & production associate at RAW Books.[3][4]

She was awarded an NEA fellowship for a residency at the Hambidge Center for Arts & Sciences.[7]

Since 2016, she has been visiting faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts, in the Writing for Children & Young Adults low-residency MFA program, and at the Highlights Foundation.[8][9]

In November 2017, her and fellow author Emily X.R. Pan founded Foreshadow: A Serial Anthology via the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, as an online venue for established authors to publish short stories alongside new voices.[10]

In 2019, Suma taught young adult novel writing at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program.[11]



Short stories[edit]

  • "The One Who Stayed", Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft, Harlequin Teen (2018)
  • "Some Kind of Happy Life", The Portland Review (spring 2007)
  • "Last Resort", Small Spiral Notebook (volume 3, issue 2 2006)
  • "No Vacancy", LIT Magazine (issue 11 2006)
  • "Ghost Story", New York Stories (2003)
  • "Hanami", Orchid (2002)
  • "Mars, New York", Gulf Coast (2001)


  1. ^ "Best Sellers - The New York Times". Retrieved 2016-03-20.
  2. ^ a b c d Suma, Nova Ren. "FAQ". Nova Ren Suma. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Retrieved 2019-04-10. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ a b Suma, Nova Ren. "Bio". Nova Ren Suma. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  5. ^ Thea (2018-09-07). "A ROOM AWAY FROM THE WOLVES: An Interview with Nova Ren Suma (& Giveaway)". The Book Smugglers. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  6. ^ DeFelice, Nathalie (2018-09-23). "Author Interview: Nova Ren Suma". The Nerd Daily. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  7. ^ "Fellows Listing". Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  8. ^ "Interview with Nova Ren Suma | YARN". Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  9. ^ "Nova Ren Suma, Faculty". Workshops for Children's Authors & Illustrators | Highlights Foundation. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  10. ^ Diaz, Shelley. "Nova Ren Suma and Emily X.R. Pan Launch a Platform for YA Short Stories". School Library Journal. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  11. ^ "Djerassi Resident Artists Program | 2019 Young Adult Novel Writing - Nova Ren Suma". Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Retrieved 2019-04-10.

External links[edit]