A Song for the Cosmos:

Blind Willie Johnson and Voyager’s Golden Record

Coming Soon from The Creative Company (Creative Editions), Fall 2022

This non-fiction picture book tells the true story of a song by a Texas gospel bluesman that was included on the Golden Record, now speeding into interstellar space on NASA’s Voyager 1 and 2.

Illustrations by Gary Kelley.

When our differences divide us, this song and the Golden Record are a reminder that, in spite of our circumstances and origins, all human hearts are fundamentally the same. We live, feel, and create together on this “pale blue dot” that is Earth, spinning in the vast expanse of the cosmos.

 

I tell true stories. Ones that are full of heart about remarkable people and extraordinary events. I love illuminating unusual connections. I explore far and wide to get the facts—it’s always an adventure!

“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.” –Zora Neale Hurston

I tell stories from my imagination. I believe that wonder is present all around us, just waiting to be noticed. Certain kinds of magic, too. Look for my upper middle grade short stories in Hunger Mountain Journal of the Arts and the literary magazine, The Wax Paper.

“The most extraordinary things exist in our ordinary world, and just wait for us to find them.” –David Almond