Me and Finn Mayer, the actor who plays Ovid

My son Dave came to my play. He read the audio book. Loved the play.

Some of the cast with Dave

Tom, my son who did all the drawing in the play, and I at the opening of the play

James filmed the play for his documentary about the making of the play.

Me and my husband Doug at the Oscars (He's no longer with us on this earth.)

Me and my mom, Grandma Mitz, at the Oscars

me, tom, james, grandma mitz on kodak stage

on the Kodak stage after the show

Doug and I at "Unfinished" premiere (He's no longer with us on this earth.)

My son Dave and I at the Governor's Ball after the Oscars, in the Kodak Theater

My son Tom and Julia, Oscar night

James and I at the premiere of "Unfinished" a film by James and Gus Van Sant

At Oscar mominees interview in L.A.

My Oscar dress

Kepler's Books event was a lot of fun

November 11, 2009

The Kepler's event was standing room only, which was thrilling for me and Tom. Many teens from all over the area and many adults were in the audience. Thank you to everyone who came.

We showed Tom's drawings on a powerpoint and spoke about our creative processes and our collaboration. I had baby photos of Tom painting and he had photos of me from my art studio at Stanford when I was an undergrad.

I memorized parts of the book and presented them as a drama piece. Tom brought in a sculpture that had the same theme as one of his drawings. He told everyone the first step was calling yourself an artist and that creativity could extend to your whole life. I had two high school drama students read Sophie and Caleb as a two voice poem. Six teens whom I picked for a mini-anthology, "Bay Window: a view of teen poetry in the Bay Area," read their poetry.

It was an overpowering experience. I may not come down from the high for months.


  1. November 30, 2009 5:52 AM EST
    after a day of following artist/author links.. thankfully, i was lead to this site. refreshing to say the least. i'm an artist and my mom, denice, is an author as well, so it is very intriguing to me. well done on your books (especially "zero is the leaves on the tree" - absolutely brilliant concept) wishing you all the best!
    - A

Selected Books

1.YA novel
Illustrated by Tom Franco, audio version by James and Dave Franco
2. poetry
"An amazing collection...cover(s) all things cat."
4. teen-written anthology
"The vertigo-inducing realm of romantic love is captured in this unforgettable collection..."
3. Picture book
"Franco's spirited poems...Jenkins' masterful collage work."
--Booklist, starred review
6. picture book
"Celebrate the free concert that birds perform..."
--Publisher's Weekly, starred review
7. picture book
"Word lovers might stand a better chance of becoming math lovers..."
-Horn Book, starred review
8. children's poetry
"the bouncy, humorous poems include an amazing variety of math concepts ...delivered with a light touch"
--Kirkus Review
5. teen-written poetry anthologies
"...honest, raw and sometimes tender selections..."
-School Library Journal