Hi. I’m Shana Youngdahl I write poems and novels about how making mistakes doesn’t make you less intelligent, it just makes you human.

The seeds of my debut novel As Many Nows As I Can Get started a lifetime ago, when I was a teenager and met other young people who believed in their dreams so fiercely they’ve held onto them even as the winds of life have blown hard. These days I teach at the University of Maine , Farmington because I love to be around young people and to remind them that no dreams are too big.