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Vesper Stamper is an award winning author-illustrator of Young Adult Historical Fiction and picture books and the host of the podcast Vesperisms: The Art of Thinking for Yourself, a 15-minute weekly reset to put an artistic worldview ahead of the predominant political one. As a prophetic cultural voice, the artist has the potential to identify cultural flashpoints and point us back to sanity—or the artist can also be destructive to himself and others. Through explorations and open discussions of the arts and literature, we’re going to strive toward using the arts unto a healthy humanity. Born in Germany and raised in New York City, Vesper Stamper has been an illustrator for over 20 years and now also writes and illustrates novels of historical fiction, including her upcoming novel, A Cloud of Outrageous Blue. Her debut illustrated YA novel, What the Night Sings, about the post-Holocaust period, was a National Book Award Nominee, a National Jewish Book Award Finalist, a Morris Award Finalist, Golden Kite Honor Book and winner of the Sydney Taylor Book Award, and was named a Best YA Book of 2018/9 by YALSA, the Wall Street Journal and Kirkus. Vesper has an MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay from School of Visual Arts. She lives with her husband, filmmaker Ben Stamper, and her two teenagers, in the Northeast.

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