Monique Polak is the author of 32 books for young people and a three-time winner of the Quebec Writers’ Federation Janet Savage Blachford Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature (formerly called the QWF Prize for Children’s and YA Literature). Monique taught Creative Writing, Journalism, English Literature, and Humanities at Marianopolis College for 35 years. In addition, Monique has done hundreds of writing workshops for young people across the country. She also works closely with the Blue Metropolis Literary Foundation. Monique was the inaugural CBC-QWF writer in residence. A long-time contributor to ICI Radio-Canada’s literary program Plus on est de fous, plus on lit!, Monique is also a freelance journalist whose work has appeared frequently in the Montreal Gazette. Monique has two new books for young people scheduled for publication, one in 2023 and one in 2024. Monique’s work has been translated into French, Dutch, Korean, and Armenian.