Vesper Stamper was born in Nuremberg, Germany and raised in New York City. Her family was an eclectic mix of engineers, musicians, and artists who didn’t think Voltaire too tough for bedtime reading, Chopin Valses too loud for wake-up calls, or precision slide rules too fragile as playthings. She married filmmaker Ben Stamper right out of college, and together they have two children. Vesper has a BFA in Illustration from Parsons and later earned her MFA in Illustration from School of Visual Arts, in celebration of which Ben gifted her an orange tree. She illustrates and writes under its leaves and blossoms at her grandfather’s old drafting table, in the pine woods of the Northeast.
Vesper’s debut illustrated young adult novel, What the Night Sings (Knopf), 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 by the Wall Street Journal and Kirkus.