About the Writer

A former television news producer, Trina Sotira has spent close to two decades writing for large audiences. Her academic work and Creative Writing studies have been featured at the Illinois Reading Council, Association for the Study of African American Life and History, SCBWI-Illinois, and ABC-7's "Chicagoing." Her agented young adult story IN HER SKIN: GROWING UP TRANS was one of the first transgender teen novels, originally released as an ebook in 2012. The paperback edition launched April, 2016. Sotira is also the co-founder of MuseWrite Press. Along with Michelle Duster, she publishes stories of underrepresented voices. She teaches Fiction Writing, Creative Writing, and Composition as an associate professor of English at College of DuPage under her dinosaur name: Trina Sotirakopulos. At College of DuPage, Sotira designed the first creative writing certificate at an Illinois community college. Through the certificate program, she strives to teach others how to achieve their writing and publishing goals.

Books and Published Writing:

Impact: Personal Portraits of Activism, co-edited by Trina Sotira and Michelle Duster, MuseWrite Press, Oct., 2020.

"Chicago Newsroom Circa 1999," poem, The Poeming Pigeon: In The News Anthology, Aug., 2018.

In Her Skin: Growing Up Trans, Young Adult Novel, MuseWrite Press, 2016. 

Shifts: An Anthology of Women's Growth Through Change, co-edited by Trina Sotira and Michelle Duster, MuseWrite Press, 2015.

"Meat and Oil," flash fiction, published in Emerge Literary Journal, Dec., 2014.

"Pack Rats and Procreation: Using Your Past to Write Teen Fiction," WOW! Women on Writing, 2010.

​Click here for Trina's Blog Archives with pics and words from her early writing career.  (WARNING: Blog may contain graphic images from SCBWI conferences, book signings with MG/YA authors, and even photos of Trina eating  kids. Children under 13 not permitted without another child under 13. Or, to reach the appropriate age limit, simply add your age to the age of the person next to you--really this could be anyone nearby, even your dog,--and take that number multiplied by two. If you are now old enough, given your new age, then you can enter.) 

                         Photo credit: C. Bennorth