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Fran Orenstein, Ed.D., award-winning author and poet, wrote her first poem at age eight and submitted a short story to a magazine at age twelve. Her published credits include, Gaia’s Gift, a contemporary woman’s novel, three ‘tween novels, a young adult fantasy adventure, and two young adult historical romance novels.
Her prize-winning short stories and poetry have appeared in various anthologies. A book of poetry for adults is currently in the works for publication in 2012. She also plans to republish a book of poetry for children with additional poems. All books are available in ebook and paperback format.
Fran has been a teacher, a counselor, written professionally as a magazine editor/writer, and also wrote political speeches, newsletters, legislation, and promotional material while working for NJ State Government for 22 years. She wrote professional papers on gender equity and violence prevention, which she presented at national and international conferences. Fran managed programs for women in gender equity, early education, and disabilities, as well as serving as Special Projects and Disabilities Officer for the AmeriCorps Commission in New Jersey.
She has a BA in Early Childhood Education, a MEd in Counseling Psychology, and an Ed.D. in Child and Youth Studies.