“Rogers’s story collection follows one extended Cherokee family across centuries. Each story elicits chills in different ways, while also feeling incredibly grounded and intoxicating. From vampires to the Vietnam War; they vary in genre and style while Cherokee artist Jeff Edwards illustrates each story. A haunting and stunning book for you to enjoy.” — Buzzfeed

Andrea L. Rogers is an award-winning author of historical and contemporary fiction across a variety of genres. She is from Tulsa, Oklahoma and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.  She graduated from the Institute of American Indian and Alaskan Arts with an MFA in Creative Writing. Currently, she is splitting time between Fayetteville, Arkansas, where she is a Ph.d. student at the University Arkansas and Fort Worth, Texas, where her family lives.

Her first book Mary and the Trail of Tears: A Cherokee Removal Survival Story was named an NPR Best Book of 2020) by both NPR and American Indians in Children’s Literature. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association and her critically acclaimed Young Adult Horror Novel, Man Made Monsters, a meditation on love, loneliness, family, and the monsters in society. Cherokee people are centered in this collection, along with a cast of vampires, werewolves, zombies, aliens, ghosts, two handsome Princes, and a Goatboy and it includes illustrations by Jeff Edwards (Cherokee). The novel received the Walter Award and several other accolades. Her next YA novel is a Cherokee Futurism called The Art Thieves out September 2024.

Her debut picture book about Southeastern tribes and wild onion dinners (the opposite of horror) is called When We Gather and will be illustrated by Madelyn Goodnight (Chickasaw) will be out in May 2024. A second picture book, Chooch Helped, will also be out in October 2024 and will be illustrated by Rebecca Kunz (Cherokee.)

Her short stories have been published in Transmotion; Kweli Journal; Yellow Medicine Review; The Santa Fe Literary Review; Waxwing, The Massachusetts Review, and forthcoming from The River Styx.

Andrea's Featured Titles

Chooch Helped

Levine Querido |

A Cherokee girl introduces her younger brother to their family’s traditions — begrudgingly! — in this picture book written by Walter Award-winner Andrea L. Rogers and featuring gorgeous collage illustrations from debut artist Rebecca Lee Kunz.

Sissy’s younger brother, Chooch, isn’t a baby anymore. They just celebrated his second birthday, after all. But no matter what Chooch does — even if he’s messing something up! Which is basically all the time! — their parents say he’s just “helping.” Sissy feels that Chooch can get away with anything!

When Elisi paints a mural, Chooch helps. When Edutsi makes grape dumplings, Chooch helps. When Oginalii gigs for crawdads, Chooch helps. When Sissy tries to make a clay pot, Chooch helps . . .

“Hesdi!” Sissy yells. Quit it! And Chooch bursts into tears. What follows is a tender family moment that will resonate with anyone who has welcomed a new little one to the fold. Chooch Helped is a universal story of an older sibling learning to make space for a new child, told with grace by Andrea L. Rogers and stunning art from Rebecca Lee Kunz showing one Cherokee family practicing their cultural traditions.

The Art Thieves

Levine Querido |
Young Adult

TO: Angel Wilson (LawAngel@IBLO.gov)
FROM: Stevie Henry (shenry@gmail.com)
Thanks for coming to see me; but by the time you read this, it will be too late. No one will have started to panic, yet; but in less than two months nothing will be the same. What came first, The Chicken or the Egg Flu? I wish it mattered. But let’s just say, maybe go back to wearing a mask, bathing in sanitizer, and avoid birds and eggs for a bit…

I did not kill my brother. I did quite the opposite, really.

It’s the year 2052. Stevie Henry is a Cherokee girl working at a museum in Texas, trying to save up enough money to go to college. The world around her is in a cycle of drought and superstorms, ice and fire … but people get by. But it’s about to get a whole lot worse.

When a mysterious boy shows up at Stevie’s museum saying that he’s from the future — and telling her what is to come — she refuses to believe him. But soon she will have no choice.

From the author of the Walter Award-winning Man Made Monsters comes a YA novel that conjures our futures in startling life – the ones that we are headed towards, and the ones we can still work towards.

When We Gather (Ostadahlisiha): A Cherokee Tribal Feast

Heartdrum |

Nothing welcomes spring like a wild onion dinner!

As the dirt warms and green sprouts poke up, a Cherokee girl joins her family in the hunt for green onions. Together, they pick enough to bring to a feast, which is cooked with love and shared by their community.


Let’s all eat!

Written with simple, sensory lyricism by Andrea Rogers (Cherokee) and featuring warm, vibrant art by Madelyn Goodnight (Chickasaw), this picture book celebrates the spring tradition of wild onion dinners—and the community and comfort that are shared when we gather.

Man Made Monsters

Levine Querido |
Young Adult/Horror

Walter Dean Myers Award Winner

Washington Post · Booklist Editors’ Choice · Publishers Weekly · Horn Book · New York Public Library

Tsalagi should never have to live on human blood, but sometimes things just happen to sixteen-year-old girls.

Making her YA debut, Cherokee writer Andrea L. Rogers takes her place as one of the most striking voices of the horror renaissance that has swept the last decade.

Horror fans will get their thrills in this collection – from werewolves to vampires to zombies – all the time-worn horror baddies are there. But so are predators of a distinctly American variety – the horrors of empire, of intimate partner violence, of dispossession. And so too the monsters of Rogers’ imagination, that draw upon long-told Cherokee stories – of Deer Woman, fantastical sea creatures, and more.

Following one extended Cherokee family across the centuries, from the tribe’s homelands in Georgia in the 1830s to World War I, the Vietnam War, our own present, and well into the future, each story delivers a slice of a particular time period that will leave readers longing for more.

Alongside each story, Cherokee artist and language technologist Jeff Edwards delivers haunting illustrations that incorporate Cherokee syllabary.

But don’t just take it from us – award-winning writer of The Only Good Indians and Mongrels Stephen Graham Jones says that “Andrea Rogers writes like the house is on fire and her words are the only thing that can put it out.”

Man-Made Monsters is a masterful, heartfelt, haunting collection ripe for crossover appeal – just don’t blame us if you start hearing things that go bump in the night.

Mary and the Trail of Tears: A Cherokee Removal Survival Story

Capstone |
Children’s/Middle Grade

Publisher’s Synopsis: Twelve-year-old Mary and her Cherokee family are forced out of their home in Georgia by U.S. soldiers in May 1838. From the beginning of the forced move, Mary and her family are separated from her father. Facing horrors such as internment, violence, disease, and harsh weather, Mary perseveres and helps keep her family and friends together until they can reach the new Cherokee nation in Indian Territory. Featuring nonfiction support material, a glossary, and reader response questions, this Girls Survive story explores the tragedy of forced removals following the Indian Removal Act of 1830.


Keynotes, Readings and Conversations


How who you are writing as and to can impact a story.

Participants will write about a past event (real or fictional) in three different points of view and see how it changes the story. Can be for Ancestor Approved, Man Made Monsters or Mary and the Trail of Tears.


How to Birth a Monster

Participants will discuss their most feared and favorite monsters and create one of their own through writing or drawing.


That First Line

How to catch your prey-the reader. (For older writers)


Dear Dark Diary

Writer your life, but make it scary. What Mad Libs can teach about writing in any genre or theme.

Lifting Voices: Native Voices in YA (Recorded April 20, 2022)

Andrea’s Press Kit

Horrors Fictional and Real Interview

Man Made Monsters Discussion Questions

Honors, Awards & Recognition

Walter Dean Myers Award Winner for Man Made Monsters
Man Made Monsters
won Best of the Year by:
-Washington Post
Booklist Editors’ Choice
Publishers Weekly
Horn Book
New York Public Library
Mary and the Trail of Tears
was named NPR Best Book of 2020

Media Kit

By clicking the link below you will be directed to a Google Docs Folder
where you can download author photos and cover images.

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