Dr. Artika R. Tyner

Kenneth Allen

Dr. Artika Tyner is a passionate educator, award-winning author, civil rights attorney, sought-after speaker, and advocate for justice. She lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and is the founder of the Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

The Nancy Drew series

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“Something that is loved is never lost.” ― Toni Morrison, Beloved

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Veronica Chapman, Justice Alan C. Page, and Floyd Cooper

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I became an author to share about my rich cultural heritage and roots.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Keep writing- the world needs to hear your story.