Crescent Dragonwagon

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Crescent Dragonwagon (nee Ellen Zolotow, November 25, 1952, New York City) is an author, writer, teacher, and performer. She has written fifty books, including two novels, seven cookbooks, more than twenty children's books, and a collection of poetry.

Dragonwagon and her late husband, Ned Shank, owned Dairy Hollow House, a country inn and restaurant in the Ozark Mountain community of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Dragonwagon later co-founded the non-profit Writer's Colony at Dairy Hollow. She lives in southeastern Vermont. Her partner is the filmmaker David Koff.

Dragonwagon is the daughter of the writers Charlotte Zolotow and the late Hollywood biographer Maurice Zolotow.[1]

In 1977 she published a short and very engaging biography of Stevie Wonder. The book is under 100 pages and contains as much black-and-white photography of Stevie Wonder as it does text. Dragonwagon wrote the biography in the first-person, and briefly recounts her first meeting with "Steve" in 1974 (on page 81 of the book) in two sentences: "Hi, I'm Crescent, we spoke on the phone." "Crescent, hello, the writer..." (Stevie replies.)


In 1993, Dragonwagon won the Name of the Year award.[2] In 2010, the Dragonwagon Regional was named after her.[3]




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  1. ^ Fox, Margalit (2013-11-19). "Charlotte Zolotow, Author of Books on Children’s Real Issues, Dies at 98". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  2. ^ "Names of the Year," NOTY High Committee, February 28, 2007.
  3. ^ "2010 NOTY: Dragonwagon Regional, Part 1," NOTY High Committee, April 5, 2010.

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