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Young Adult/Middle Grade
Horror Writer
Travels from: Fayetteville, Arkansas

“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 a writer 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 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.

At IAIA, she was mentored by strong Indigenous writers and teachers. While there, she completed her short story collection 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. 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.

A member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, she is currently revising a middle grade mystery, writing an adult literary horror novel, and working on a series of picture book manuscripts.

Andrea's Featured Titles

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

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where you can download author photos and cover images.

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