“A SONGWRITER OF CONSIDERABLE DEPTH AND TALENT.” ~THE TIMES RECORD
The great thing about being a kid is that your internal “censor” has not fully developed. Unlike most adults, you still have what Rachel Carson (my heroine) calls “the sense of wonder.” Creativity is all around you. It isn’t difficult, it’s fun. And it comes naturally.
As a kid, I wrote book after book, stapling together pages from old invoice pads or receipt books that my dad would bring home from work. I illustrated my books. I gave them away as gifts. There was no doubt in my mind that I was an author; that I would always be an author. When I grew up, I would have a house filled with books and I would write and sing all day.
And guess what? It’s not so far from the truth!
Today, I write fiction for kids, teach one-on-one music lessons, give school presentations, and help guide elementary school students through the process of composing their own songs, stories, and poetry. My ultimate goal is to help children connect to their innate sense of wonder, and foster the creative spirit that exists in each and every one of us.
Josephine Cameron grew up writing and singing in Northern Wisconsin. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame, then migrated to Maine, where she’s been writing, singing, and teaching music to kids for more than ten years.
Publication of Josephine’s debut novel for middle grade readers is slated for Spring/Summer 2018 (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux Books for Young Readers/Macmillan).
Josephine has produced four CDs of original and traditional American songs. She teaches guitar, piano, and a series of K-5 workshops and school programs called Songwriting for Kids (www.songwritingforkids.com). She has received grants from Arts Are Elementary and the Senter Fund for her work with fifth graders on Songs of the Civil War Era.
Her album American Songs volume 2 is a collaboration with Nashville singer/songwriter Carter Little, and builds on Josephine’s growing catalog of traditional American folk music. Exploring themes of travel, this collection includes songs of escape like “Gum Tree Canoe,” songs of searching like Stephen Foster’s famous “Oh Susanna,” and songs of spiritual pilgrimage and hope like “Unclouded Day,” and “Goin’ Home” from Dvorak’s New World Symphony. Her song “Long Track Blues” was included in Nikki Giovanni’s New York Times bestseller, Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat.