Here’s my Very Official Third-Person Bio for you copy-and-pasters:

Jack Cheng is a Shanghai-born, Detroit-based author of critically acclaimed fiction for young readers. His debut children’s novel, See You in the Cosmos, is winner of the 2017 Golden Kite and Great Lakes, Great Reads awards for Best Middle Grade Fiction. His next book, also for young readers, is set simultaneously in present-day Metro Detroit and 1960s Communist China. He has visited schools around the world speaking with students about finding their paths as writers and artists, and he volunteers with 826michigan on in-class writing projects in Detroit public schools. He is a 2019 Kresge Artist Fellow.

And a picture of me and my rescue pup, Matisse, amid the tall, wild grasses of Belle Isle, Detroit:

Jack and Matisse ( I’m the one on the left. )


I love hearing from readers of all kinds. I also do talks and school visits, both in-person and over Skype. The best way to reach me is to email me. It might take me a few days (or weeks if I’m busy) to respond, but rest assured that I read and appreciate every single message.


This website is set in Atiza Text by Pablo Bosch and Morion by David Einwaller, both available from The Designer’s Foundry, as well as IA Writer Duo (which is also the font I write manuscripts in). The site’s hosted on Github Pages and generated using Jekyll. Podcasts live on SoundCloud, and email newsletters are sent using Buttondown from Village Blacksmith, LLC (which has to be one of my favorite company names ever).

March 18, 2020 — To students, parents, and educators: In the coming days, I'll be posting videos and other fun writing- and reading-related resources for you to incorporate into lessons at home. Many other authors I know will be doing the same. You can check back here in a few days, or sign up for my occasional email list below to get notified as soon as they're available. I'm also writing An Abundance of Potions, a daily newsletter with one practical thing you can do each day to take care of yourself and others while social distancing. Please be safe!

Update (March 20) — You can find resources from other Michigan authors [here](https://michigan.scbwi.org/2020/03/18/scbwi-michigan-educational-resources/). If there's anything specific I can do or make that would be helpful to you, [email me](mailto:hello@jackcheng.com) and I'll try to include it as I work on my own resources.