Tanya McKinnon | Board Member

tanyaTanya is a literary agent who represents award-winning public intellectuals, children’s books, and New York Times bestselling graphic novels. She is the co-author of Zora and Me (written under the name T. R. Simon) with Victoria Bond, which won the Coretta Scott King / John Steptoe New Talent Author Award. A middle grade mystery novel inspired by the early years of Zora Neal Hurston, it is the first book not written by Hurston herself that has been endorsed by the famed writer’s trust. A second book, Oskar and the Eight Blessings, was co-authored with husband Richard Simon and illustrated by Mark Siegel. Oskar won the National Jewish Book Award.

The author of the RiverArts artists blog “Currents,” Tanya interviews professional artists in their studios to talk about and document their work. Find “Currents” on our homepage (or at the link below) to learn more about RiverArts raison d’etre.

McKinnon holds an MA in Cultural Anthropology and teaches in the Publishing Certificate Program at City College.