Press Kit

A NPR Best Book of 2020

When kids need reassurance in tough times (like now, for instance), we often point them to examples from the past, to moments of resilience and courage. Mary and the Trail of Tears is ideal for that. The book was lovingly crafted by Cherokee author, mama and educator Andrea L. Rogers. It’s a window to the forced relocation of Cherokee people from what’s currently called Georgia to Indian Territory. But more than that, the story offers an opportunity for kids to really get to know and care about Mary and her family, to relate to the Cherokees of their era as human beings. (For ages 8 to 12)— Cynthia Leitich Smith, author of Hearts Unbroken

Included on the best books of 2020 and recommended by American Indians in Children’s Literature

Social Justice Books

“This is an important story and children need to know it. I highly recommend this chapter book. It opens a door to more Native stories being shared.” Author Catherine Baty

An Article written for Capstone on teaching about the Trail of Tears

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

CV and Bio

Super Short Bio

Cherokee Nation citizen Andrea L. Rogers writes fiction and nonfiction and is the author of “Mary and the Trail of Tears: A Cherokee Removal Survival Story. Visit her online at https://andrealrogers.com/

Bio, 171 words

Andrea L. Rogers is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. She grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but currently splits time between Fort Worth, Texas, and The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She graduated with an MFA from the Institute for American Indian Arts. Her literary horror and speculative fiction stories have been published in Waxwing, Yellow Medicine Review, The Santa Fe Literary Review, Transmotion, and are forthcoming from The Massachusetts Review and River Styx. Capstone published her children’s book Mary and the Trail of Tears which was included on the best books of 2020 by both NPR and American Indians in Children’s Literature. Her essay, “My Oklahoma History” appeared in You Too? 25 Voices Share Their #METoo storiesfrom Inkyard Press. Her short story “The Ballad of Maggie Wilson” is included in Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids, a MG short story Anthology from Heartdrum, an imprint of Harper Collins which will be release on February 9, 2021. She is working on a picture book called, When We Gather, for Heartdrum.

Bio 274 words

Andrea L. Rogers writes in a variety of genres, creating work for all ages. She is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and a graduate of the Low Rez MFA program at the Institute for American Indian Arts. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Tulsa and an MFA in Creative Writing-Fiction. She grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but currently splits time between family in Fort Worth, Texas, and Fayetteville, where she is pursuing a Ph.d in English at the University of Arkansas. She is the mom of three daughters.

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. Capstone published her children’s book Mary and the Trail of Tears which was included on the best books of 2020 by both NPR and American Indians in Children’s Literature. Her essay “My Oklahoma History” was included in You Too? 25 Voices Share Their #MeToo Stories. Her short story “The Ballad of Maggie Wilson” is included in Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids, a MG short story Anthology from Heartdrum, an imprint of Harper Collins, which will be release on February 9, 2021. She is working on a picture book called, When We Gather, for Heartdrum.

%d bloggers like this: