About Kathleen Ahrens
Kathleen has lived in Asia for over twenty-five years and writes picture books and young/new adult novels. A fluent Mandarin speaker, she has two co-authored bilingual Chinese-English picture books, "Ears Hear" and "Numbers Do" published with Sun-Ya Press. She is a professor in the Department of English at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where she teaches courses in linguistics and creative writing.
Kathleen founded the SCBWI region in Taiwan in 2001 and served as the International Regional Advisor Chair and Advisory Board Member for SCBWI from 2008 to 2021. She has also served as the Director for the International Writer's Workshop at HKBU (2012-17) and as the Program Director for Hong Kong Poetry Nights (2013).
When she is not teaching, she loves to travel the world and talk about metaphors and creative writing. Her edited volume “Politics, Gender and Conceptual Metaphors” is a classic in the field of gender and metaphor studies. Her recent chapter on "Revising Picture Books" can be found in "Creative Writing: Drafting, Revising and Editing" (2020, Macmillan Education). She has two children with Chu-Ren Huang, who is also a professor and a linguist.
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