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Meet Our 2021 Conference Faculty: Jarrett Pumphrey

Meet the faculty of the 2021 Austin SCBWI Writers & Illustrators Working Conference. We’ve asked all our faculty members to answer 4 quick questions so we can get to know them better.

Jarrett Pumphrey, Author/Illustrator

Jarrett Pumphrey is an award-winning author and illustrator. He makes children’s books with his brother Jerome. Their author-illustrator debut, THE OLD TRUCK, received seven starred reviews and was named a “Best Book of 2020” by PW, Kirkus, The Horn Book, Booklist, BookPage, The Washington Post, NPR, Shelf Awareness, Amazon, and others. Their highly-anticipated follow-up, THE OLD BOAT, releases in 2021 from Norton Young Readers.

Jarrett Pumphrey
Author/Illustrator Jarrett Pumphrey

What attracted you to children’s books?

Jerome and I have wanted to make children’s books together since we were kids. We wanted to make the kinds of books we were reading and loving at the time.

What’s the best part of your job?

Hearing how our work impacted others in ways we hadn’t imagined it would.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?

Managing distractions so the work can get done.

What’s the best piece of advice you were given that helped drive your career?

To be patient. And to persevere.

Come see Jarrett Pumphrey at the 2021 Austin SCBWI conference, May 1-2, 2021.