Sylvia Ross was born and raised in Los Angeles, apart from her family’s Chukchansi culture. Early on, she worked as a painter for Walt Disney Productions, later returning to school to earn a B.A. from Fresno State University. She then moved with her family to eastern Tulare County, where she taught at a school attended by the children of the Tule River Indian Reservation. She is the author of “Lion Singer” (2005) and “Blue Jay Girl” (2010), children’s books published by Heyday Press. She has written for News from Native California, and has work in the anthologies “The Dirt Is Red Here”; “Spring Salmon, Hurry To Me”; “Salmon, Seaweed and Manzanita Cider” and “The Illuminated Landscape, a Sierra Nevada Anthology”.