Loren Long was born in Joplin, MO but raised in Lexington, KY. As a student at the University of Kentucky, he knew he wanted to be an artist and graduated with a B. A. in Graphic Design. He completed graduate studies at eh American Academy of Art in Chicago.
He began doing illustrations for the Gibson Greeting Card company. In 1995 Forbes Magazine hired him to illustrate their cover which led to further jobs at Sports Illustrated and Time Magazines.
He won the prestigious Golden Kite Award for “I Dream of Trains” by Angela Johnson. This was also the first picture book Loren illustrated. He went on to win a Golden Kite Honor for his illustration of “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer” by Walt Whitman; this book also earned him the 2004 Parent’s Choice Gold award. His first book as both author/illustrator was “Drummer Boy” followed by the New York Times Best Seller “Otis”.
Loren lives in Cincinnati with his wife Tracy, two sons, and his dog Stella. He is very much looking forward to the Authors in April program.