Dr. Barbara Vance is the author and illustrator of the award-winning children’s poetry collection, Suzie Bitner Was Afraid of the Drain.

Barbara graduated from University with a BA and MA in Literature and a PhD in Narrative Studies. While a student, she wrote extensively and served as the nonfiction editor of the literary journal, Reunion. She now teaches in the Arts, Technology and Emerging Media and Communications School at the University of Texas at Dallas.

In addition to producing books and teaching, Barbara works with the Dallas Chamber Symphony for which she wrote and illustrated their TechNotes Music Curriculum.