Born in Germany and raised in New York City, Vesper Stamper has been an illustrator for over 20 years and now also writes and illustrates novels of historical fiction. She has a BFA in Illustration from Parsons and an MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay from School of Visual Arts. Her debut illustrated YA novel, What the Night Sings, about the post-Holocaust period, was a National Book Award Nominee, a Morris Award Finalist, Golden Kite Honor Book and Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner, and was named a Best YA Book of 2018/9 by YALSA, the Wall Street Journal and Kirkus. She lives with her husband, filmmaker Ben Stamper, and her two teenagers, in the Northeast.

BFA Illustration, Parsons School of Design, NYC
MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay, School of Visual Arts, NYC
LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, NYC (Visual Art)

2018 National Book Award Nominee in Young People’s Literature
2018 Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner
2018 William C. Morris Award Finalist
2018 Golden Kite Honor Book (SCBWI)
2019 White Raven (Internationale Jugendbibliothek)
2019 TAYSHAS Selection (Texas Library Association)
2020 Oklahoma Sequoyah Award Selection (Pending)
TENT Children’s Book Residency, Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, MA
People’s Choice Finalist, Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search
Lincoln City Fellowship, Speranza Foundation
Center for Faith and Work Artist-in-Residence, NYC
SCBWI New Jersey Juried Show Grand Prize, 2014 and 2017
SCBWI New Jersey People’s Choice, 2014
School of Visual Arts MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department Scholarship
Creative Quarterly 45-46
Starred review, Kirkus
Starred review, Publisher's Weekly
Starred review, School Library Journal
Junior Library Guild Selection
St. Andrew's Society of Washington, DC Scholar

Agora @ 150 W83: The Art of What the Night Sings
14th Street Y: The Art of What the Night Sings
Hadas Gallery & Synagogue: The Art of What the Night Sings
Walnut Hill Community Church: The Art of What the Night Sings
Parsons School of Design Alumni Show
School of Visual Arts MFA Thesis Show
School of Visual Arts MFA Book Show
The Breath & The Clay Creative Conference
All Angels Church Gallery
Mikhail Zakin Gallery

Photograph by    Ben Stamper

Photograph by Ben Stamper