Tziporah Cohen

Tziporah (Tzippy) Cohen was born and raised in New York, spent eighteen years in Boston after college, and then landed in Toronto, Canada, where she lives with her husband, three kids, two cats, and one dog. She studied French and Theater Arts at Cornell University, where she was one of a handful of Chimesmasters who performed chimes concerts in the campus bell tower three times a day. Although she was sure she was going to be a veterinarian from the time she could talk, she decided people weren’t so bad and ended up going to medical school.

About ten years after getting an MD from Harvard Medical School, she started writing picture books, and went on to get an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Tziporah splits her time between working as a psychiatrist in oncology/palliative care and writing, interspersed with mom duties and dog walking. She and her family are passionate Settlers of Catan players. Over the past few years, Tziporah has become obsessed with indoor rock climbing, and hopes soon to have the courage to try it outdoors on actual rocks.

Tziporah’s middle grade novel, No Vacancy (Groundwood, 2020), won a Sydney Taylor Book Award Honor (Silver Medal) and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. Her debut picture book, On the Corner of Chocolate Avenue: How Milton Hershey Brought Milk Chocolate to America, will be published by HMH in Fall 2022. Tziporah is repped by Jacqui Lipton.


Favorite Quote: “When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.” —Dr Wayne W. Dyer

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