Hybrid Writer



Traci Sorell writes award-winning fiction and nonfiction works for young people in a variety of formats. Born and raised in northeastern Oklahoma, she is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and lives by Fort Gibson Lake. Traci’s writing focuses on combating the erasure and invisibility of Native Nations and their citizens while centering their humanity, sovereignty, histories, cultures and languages in trade published literature for young people. Her nonfiction books include We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga (2018); Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer (2021); We Are Still Here: Native American Truths Everyone Should Know (2021); She Persisted: Wilma Mankiller (2022); Contenders: Two Native Baseball Players, One World Series (2023); and Riding the Trail: Cherokees Remember the Removal (2025). Traci’s fiction books include At The Mountain’s Base (2019); Indian No More (2019); Powwow Day (2022); Clack! Clack! Smack! A Cherokee Stickball Story (2023); Mascot (2023); and Being Home (2023). Her publishers are Charlesbridge, Kokila/Penguin, Tu Books/Lee and Low, Millbrook/Lerner, and Philomel/Penguin. Traci earned a JD from the University of Wisconsin, a MA from the University of Arizona and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley. She serves as a 2021-22 Tulsa Artist Fellow, focused on writing in formats new to her.