Lisa Fraustino

LRFProfessor Lisa Rowe Fraustino joined Eastern’s English Department faculty in 2002, specializing in children’s and young adult literature as both a creative writer and a critic. She has also been on the visiting faculty in the summer Graduate Program in Children’s Literature at Hollins University since 1995. Her long list of publications includes picture books, short stories, children’s novels, YA novels, and poems as well as scholarly articles and book chapters. She has also edited books and journals. Besides courses in children’s and adolescent literature, Professor Fraustino especially enjoys teaching Introduction to English Studies and her online course Literary Publishing.

“I don’t see a divide between critical and creative work,” Fraustino says. “Creative writing puts theory into practice, and I love involving my students in my research through both classwork and internships.”

Selected Publications

  • Fraustino, Lisa Rowe and Karen Coats, editors. Mothers in Children’s and Young Adult Literature: From the Eighteenth Century to Postfeminism. University Press of Mississippi, 2016.
  • Fraustino, Lisa Rowe. “Abandoning Mothers.” Mothers in Children’s and Young Adult Literature: From the Eighteenth Century to Postfeminism. University Press of Mississippi, 2016, pp. 216-232.
  • Fraustino, Lisa Rowe. “Nearly Everybody Gets Twitterpated: The Disney Version of Mothering,” Children’s Literature in Education (March 2015).
  • Fraustino, Lisa Rowe. “The Rights and Wrongs of Anthropomorphism in Picture Books.” Ethics and Children’s Literature, edited by Claudia Mills. Ashgate Press, 2014, pp. 145-162.
  • Fraustino, Lisa Rowe. “DisneyNeverland’s Tinker Bell.” Adapting Canonical Texts, edited by Anja Mueller. Bloomsbury Academic, 2013, pp. 213-230.
  • Fraustino, Lisa Rowe. I Walk in Dread: The Diary of Deliverance Trembley, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials. Scholastic/Dear America, 2011.
  • Fraustino, Lisa Rowe. The Hole in the Wall. Milkweed Editions, 2010.

Awards and Honors

  • 2016 Children’s Literature Association Article Award for the 2014 Outstanding Article of Literary Criticism in Children’s Literature, “The Rights and Wrongs of Anthropomorphism in Picture Books”
  • 2010 Milkweed Prize for Children’s Literature for The Hole in the Wall
  • 2008 Atlanta Review International Publication Prize for poem “Lament of the Silkworm”
  • 2008 Connecticut State University Trustees Teaching Award for Eastern and the CSU System
  • 2006 Fulbright Scholar to Mahasarakham University, Thailand
  • 2004 faculty sponsor of Children’s Literature Association Carol Gay Award for best undergraduate paper, “Revenge vs. Approval: Conflicting Desires in The Cat in the Hat and Where the Wild Things Are” by Danielle Monsonis