BornEllen Zolotow
(1952-11-25) November 25, 1952 (age 71)
New York City, US
Children's literature
SpouseMark Graff (2019–present)[1][2]
Ned Shank (1978–2000, until his death)[3][1][2]
Mark Parsons (1970–1975)[3][1]
PartnerDavid R. Koff (until his death in 2014)[4]
RelativesCharlotte Zolotow (mother)
Maurice Zolotow (father)

Crescent Dragonwagon (née Ellen Zolotow, November 25, 1952, New York City) is a multigenre writer. She has written fifty books, including two novels, seven cookbooks and culinary memoirs, more than twenty children's books, a biography, and a collection of poetry. In addition, she has written for magazines including The New York Times Book Review, Lear's, Cosmopolitan, McCall's, and The Horn Book.[5]

Dragonwagon is the daughter of the writers Charlotte and Maurice Zolotow.[6] Although many of her cookbooks include non-vegetarian recipes, she has been a vegetarian since the age of 22.[7]

Dragonwagon and her late husband, Ned Shank, owned Dairy Hollow House, a country inn and restaurant in the Ozark Mountain community of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Dragonwagon later co-founded the non-profit Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow, and was active in the cultural and literary life of Arkansas throughout the 31 years she lived in the state full-time.[3]

Awards and nominations

Dragonwagon's tenth children's book, Half a Moon and One Whole Star, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney and published in 1986, was the winner of a Coretta Scott King Award, as well as a Reading Rainbow Selection. In 1991, she won Arkansas' Porter Prize.

Year Awards and nominations Book
2003 Won: James Beard Foundation Award: Vegetarian/Healthy Focus Passionate Vegetarian (2002)[8]
1993 Nominated: James Beard Foundation Award: Americana The Dairy Hollow House Soup & Bread: A Country Inn Cookbook (1992)[8]




Children's books


See also


  1. ^ a b c REX NELSON: Dragonwagon cooks
  2. ^ a b "Announcing the Forthcoming Publication of the 30th Anniversary Edition of Dairy Hollow House Soup & Bread". The University of Arkansas Press. July 18, 2022.
  3. ^ a b c "Crescent Dragonwagon (1952–)". Encyclopedia of Arkansas.
  4. ^ Campbell, Duncan (March 13, 2014). "David Koff obituary". The Guardian.
  5. ^ Dragonwagon, Crescent (November 26, 2012). "Over and Over". The Horn Book.
  6. ^ Fox, Margalit (November 19, 2013). "Charlotte Zolotow, Author of Books on Children's Real Issues, Dies at 98". The New York Times. Retrieved November 23, 2013.
  7. ^ Krasner, Deborah. (2004). Wholesome Menus From the Passionate Vegetarian. Vegetarian Times . Issue 318. pp. 45–46.
  8. ^ a b "James Beard Awards: Cresent Dragonwagon". James Beard Foundation Award. Retrieved December 12, 2023.
  9. ^ a b James Beard Foundation Awards: Crescent Dragonwagon