2019 New England SCBWI Conference: The Golden Brick Road

Springfield, Massachusetts
Friday, May 03, 2019

New England SCBWI 2019 
The Golden Brick Road
artwork by Neesha Hudson

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Faculty Bios

Keynote Speakers


Ekua Holmes

Ekua Holmes’ work is collage based and her subjects, made from cut and torn papers, investigate family histories, relationship dynamics, childhood impressions, the power of hope, faith and self-determination. Holmes has looked out of her window for the subjects of her collages, remembering a childhood of wonder and delight.  In this spirit, she supports those who have a calling in the arts as well as keeping her own studio practice ignited. She has created and led workshops, been a visiting artist and lecturer, and held artist residencies in public and private institutions throughout New England.


For her work in illustrating children’s literature, Holmes is the recipient of a Caldecott Honor, Coretta Scott King’s John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator award, Robert Siebert and Horn Book awards for her illustrations in Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, her first illustration project. This year, she won the coveted Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration for the book, Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets. In her first public art initiative, she was recently selected to receive a Now + There Public Art Accelerator Fellowship for The Roxbury Sunflower Project, in which she facilitated the planting of 10,000 sunflower seeds in her native Roxbury, MA.


Ms. Holmes currently serves as Commissioner and Vice Chair of the Boston Art Commission, which oversees the placement and maintenance of public works of art on and in city of Boston properties. She is also currently Associate Director at the Center for Art and Community Partnerships at MassArt where she manages and coordinates sparc! the ArtMobile, an art-inspiring, art-transforming vehicle retrofitted to contribute to community based, multidisciplinary arts programming currently focused in Mission Hill, Roxbury and Dorchester, MA. Holmes received her BFA in Photography from MassArt in 1977.



Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Lynda Mullaly Hunt is a New York Times bestselling author whose novel, Fish in a Tree, is an ALA Schneider Family Book Award winner, an ALA Notable Book, a Global Read Aloud, a SLJ Best Book, a Nerdy Book, and an SCBWI Crystal Kite winner. Soon it’ll be a stage show in multiple cities including NYC. Her first novel, One for the Murphys (also published by Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin), is an ABA New Voices Pick, a Nerdy Book, and a Scholastic Book Clubs Editors’ Choice. Combined, Lynda’s books have appeared on 56 state award lists and are published in 28 languages. For twelve years, she proudly co-directed the NESCBWI Whispering Pines Retreat in Rhode Island. Her next novel, Shouting at the Rain, will be released in May 2019.


Special Guest Panelist


Patricia MacLachlan

Patricia MacLachlan is the celebrated author of many timeless bestselling books for young readers, including Sarah, Plain and Tall (winner of the Newbery Medal) and Arthur, for the Very First Time (winner of the Golden Kite Award). Though she didn't begin writing books until the age of thirty-five, she is now one of the most beloved authors of both picture books and novels. She is often praised for the simplicity and sensitivity she brings to her stories and for her deft handling of unconventional subject matter. MacLachlan lives and writes at her home on top of a mountain in western Massachusetts.



Workshop Faculty


*** see the CRITIQUE FACULTY list below for additional Workshop Presenters


Kristine Asselin

Kristine Asselin writes MG fantasy and contemporary YA. She grew up on a small, family-owned golf course in Central Massachusetts, which was the inspiration for her most recent YA novel, Falling for Wonder Boy. She is also the author of sixteen works of children’s nonfiction as well as the YA novel Any Way You Slice It and co-author of the MG novel The Art of the Swap.


She loves being a Girl Scout leader and a Library Trustee, and volunteering with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Her alter-ego is The Query Godmother and she loves critiquing queries and helping people with submission packages. She lives on the outskirts of Boston with her teen daughter and husband, and is represented by Kathleen Rushall of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.



Jennifer Baker

Jennifer Baker is long-time a publishing professional, creator/host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, and contributing editor to Electric Literature. For 3 years she served as a team member for the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books and has also been an instructor for Sackett Street Writers' Workshop, I, Too Arts Collective, and independently. In 2017, she was awarded a NYSCA/NYFA Fellowship & a Queens Council on the Arts New Work Grant for Nonfiction Literature. Her essay, What We Aren't (or the Ongoing Divide) is listed as a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2018. Jennifer is editor of the short story anthology Everyday People: The Color of Life (Atria Books, 2018). Her writing has appeared in Forbes.com, LitHub, Poets & Writers, and Bustle among other print & online publications. Her website is jennifernbaker.com.



Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen is an award-winning children's book author whose books include Chicks Rule!, Brobot Bedtime, Duck Duck Moose (a CBC Children's Choice Award Finalist), Tyrannosaurus Wrecks (a Junior Library Guild Selection), and the Purrmaids chapter book series. She frequently speaks about the craft of writing at schools and conferences all around the world. She lives in Princeton, NJ with her husband, three children, and an imaginary pony named Penny. You can learn more about her and her books on her website sudipta.com. Follow her on Twitter @SudiptaBQ



Mary Jane Begin

Mary Jane Begin is a Professor in the Illustration Department at Rhode Island School of Design, where she has taught for 27 years. She is an Associate Professor in the Masters in Children’s Book Writing and Illustration Program at Hollis University and a Professor at Lesley University, College of Art and Design. She teaches online courses on color, composition, character development and media with LinkedInLearning.com and CreativeLive.com. She is an award-winning illustrator/author of picture books with seven of her titles translated into Chinese, including My Little Pony: Under the Sparkling Sea and The Dragons on Dazzle Island. In 2018, her title Willow Buds, The Tale of Toad and Badger, won the prestigious Bing Xin Children’s Literature Award in China.



J. L. Bell

Panel Moderator J. L. Bell is an author of both fiction and nonfiction for young readers, in both prose and comics form, as well as history for grown-ups. His publications include a science-activity book, a 600-page government report about Gen. George Washington, and an examination of the first thirty years of the character Dick Grayson. For SCBWI New England he has been a Regional Advisor and conference director, and he now compiles the newsletter's "Market News" column.



Sarah S. Brannen

Sarah S. Brannen is the award-winning illustrator of over twenty books for children. She wrote and illustrated Bear Needs Help, Madame Martine, Madame Martine Breaks the Rules, and Uncle Bobby's Wedding. Sarah illustrated Seashells: More Than a Home and Feathers: Not Just for Flying, both written by Melissa Stewart. Sarah lives in Massachusetts.



Lisa Bunker

Lisa Bunker's first novel, Felix Yz, about a boy fused with an alien, was published by Viking in June 2017. Her second novel, Zenobia July, about a transgender girl getting to live as a girl for the first time in a new family and school (and solving cyber crimes), is due out, also from Viking, in May 2019. She has two grown children, and lives in Exeter, New Hampshire with her wife, Dawn Huebner, who is also writer. In November of 2018 Lisa won election to represent Exeter in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. In her vanishing spare time she plays piano and chess and studies languages.



Nancy Castaldo

Nancy Castaldo has written books about our planet for over 20 years. She has received the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, Green Earth Book Award, Junior Library Guild selection, and Eureka Honor. Her latest book, Back from the Brink: Saving Animals From Extinction received starred reviews from Booklist and Kirkus. Nancy is also the Regional Advisor for the Eastern NY Region. She has served on the Golden Kite Committee and the WIP Grant Committee.



K.R. Conway

K.R. Conway (Kate Conway) is a bestselling YA novelist, boutique publisher, graphic designer, and blogger who teaches fiction craft at writers’ conferences and schools throughout New England (and abroad via Skype). She is the founder of the Cape Cod Teen Writers Conference and Writers Around the Block, and a standing member of YAAR and MASFFA. She can be found at www.CapeCodScribe.com



Michelle Cusolito

Michelle Cusolito is the award-winning author of the non-fiction picture book, Flying Deep: Climb Inside Deep-Sea Submersible Alvin. She has worked as a naturalist, classroom teacher, and curriculum developer. She holds a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University. Flying Deep was an NSTA Outstanding Science trade Books for 2019 and Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2018. www.michellecusolito.com/blog/



Jamie L. B. Deenihan

Jamie L. B. Deenihan is a picture book author who lives in Suffield, CT. She taught first grade in West Springfield, MA for over a decade before taking time away from her classroom to be home with her family and focus on her writing career. Jamie’s picture books include When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree (Sterling, 2019), The New Bird in Town (Avenue A Books, 2019), The Tooth Fairy Vs. Santa (Penguin Workshop, 2019), and When Grandpa Gives You a Toolbox (Sterling, 2020). Visit Jamie online on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and www.jamiedeenihan.com



Erin Dionne

Erin Dionne’s latest book for tweens is Lights, Camera, Disaster (Scholastic, 2018). She’s the author of five other books for young readers, including the 2014 Edgar Award finalist Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking (Dial, 2013). Her first picture book, Captain’s Log: Snowbound, released in 2018 from Charlesbridge Publishers. Her next novel, Secrets of a Fangirl (Scholastic) releases May 28, 2019. She teaches at Montserrat College of Art and lives outside of Boston with her husband, two children, and a very indignant dog.



Frank W. Dormer

I used to draw in books. Now they pay me to do it. My latest books illustrated are Octopus Escapes and Ebenezer has a Word for Everything. You look nice today.



Carrie Finison

Carrie Finison writes picture books as well as poetry and fiction for children’s magazines. Her work has appeared in Highlights, High Five, Ladybug, and Babybug. Her debut picture book Dozens of Doughnuts, illustrated by Brianne Farley, will be published by Putnam in 2020, with a second book releasing in 2021. She was proud to win the Barbara Karlin picture book work-in-progress grant from SCBWI in 2014, and the Peg Davol picture book scholarship from New England SCBWI in 2015. She lives outside Boston with her husband, son, and daughter, and two cats who permit her to write in their cozy attic office. For more information about children’s magazine writing, visit her website: www.carriefinison.com.



Greg R. Fishbone

Greg R. Fishbone is the author of sporty sci-fi for young readers including the Galaxy Games series of MG novels. His books provide humor and entertainment while promoting cultural diversity and scientific literacy. Greg served as a longtime Assistant Regional Advisor and webmaster for New England SCBWI, founded the Class of 2k7 group of debut authors, and heads a long-running critique group. For more information, go to http://gfishbone.com



Debbi Michiko Florence

Debbi Michiko Florence, a third-generation Japanese American, is a former classroom teacher and zoo educator. Her debut chapter book series is Jasmine Toguchi (FSG,2017 and 2018). Jasmine Toguchi Mochi Queen was a Bank Street 2018 Best Children’s Books of the Year, on the 2018 Amelia Bloomer List, and the 2018 CBCC Choices List (Best of the Year). Mochi Queen, Jasmine Toguchi Drummer Girl, and Jasmine Toguchi Flamingo Keeper were Junior Library Guild selections. Debbi is also the author of the early chapter book series, Dorothy and Toto (Picture Window Books, 2016) and an upcoming chapter book series (Picture Window Books, fall 2019). A native Californian, Debbi now lives in Connecticut with her husband, rescue dog, bunny, and two ducks.



Deborah Freedman

Deborah Freedman was an architect once, but now prefers building worlds in picture books. She is the author and illustrator of a small stack, including her latest, Carl and the Meaning of Life, and New England’s 2014 and 2018 Crystal Kite winners, The Story of Fish and Snail and This House, Once. Deborah could talk books all day if you let her, and there’s not much she likes better than being in a roomful of people who feel the same way. She lives in a colorful house in southern Connecticut, where she is busy at work on her next books.



Anne (AC) Gaughen

AC Gaughen is the author of the Scarlet Trilogy (Scarlet, Lady Thief, Lion Heart) and the Elementae Series (Reign the Earth, Imprison the Sky). She serves in volunteer engagement for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts and on the board of the non-profit Boston GLOW (Girls Leadership and Organized Women). She holds a Master of Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education and an MFA from the University of St Andrews in Scotland.



Vivian Kirkfield

Vivian Kirkfield has paved her career path with picture books. From shelving them when she worked at a children’s library during her college years, to reading them with her students when she taught kindergarten, her goal has always been to help kids become lovers of books and reading. She is the author of Pippa’s Passover Plate (Holiday House); Four Otters Toboggan: An Animal Counting Book (Pomegranate Press); and Sweet Dreams, Sarah (Creston Books). Vivian lives in the quaint New England village of Amherst, New Hampshire, where the old stone library is her favorite hangout and her young grandson is her favorite board game partner. She blogs at Picture Books Help Kids Soar where she interviews authors & illustrators and hosts the #50PreciousWords Challenge.



Jo Knowles

Jo Knowles is the author of several YA and MG books, including Read Between the Lines and See You At Harry’s. Her newest MG novel, Where The Heart Is, has been called "an immensely appealing, hard-to-put-down story about friendship and love, heartache and bravery" by Newbery Award-winner, Rebecca Stead. Jo's awards include a New York Times Editor's Choice and Notable, an ALA Notable, Bank Street College's Best Books for Children and YALSA's Best Fiction for Young Adults. Jo teaches writing at the Mountainview MFA program through Southern New Hampshire University. www.joknowles.com



Rajani LaRocca

Rajani LaRocca was born in India, raised in Kentucky, and now lives in the Boston area with her wonderful family and impossibly cute dog. She is a writer of stories for children, doctor of adults, and baker of too many sweet treats. Her debut MG novel, Midsummer’s Mayhem, is inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream and the hours she's spent watching competitive baking shows. Find her on Twitter and Instagram @rajanilarocca or visit her website at www.rajanilarocca.com.



Brian Lies

Brian Lies is the award-winning author/illustrator of numerous picture books, including The Rough Patch and Got to Get to Bear’s!, and the New York Times bestselling bat books (Bats at the Beach, etc.).  Brian lives in Duxbury, MA and has been a member of SCBWI for 28 years.



Jen Malone

Jen Malone writes YA fiction with HarperCollins and MG adventures with Simon & Schuster. Jen’s published titles include The Art of the Swap (with Kristine Asselin), Changes in Latitudes, Best Night Ever, The Sleepover, the You’re Invited series (with Gail Nall), At Your Service, Map to the Stars, Wanderlost, and Follow Your Art (a collaboration with Dreamworks Animation and Penguin Random House on a companion story to the animated film Trolls). She once spent a year traveling the world solo, met her husband on the highway (literally), and went into labor with her identical twins while on a rock star's tour bus. You can learn more about Jen and her books at www.jenmalonewrites.com. Find her on Twitter and Instagram @jenmalonewrites.



Christy Mihaly

Christy Mihaly lives and writes in Vermont, overlooking the hayfield that inspired her first picture book, Hey, Hey, Hay! (A Tale of Bales and the Machines that Make Them). She writes for children's magazines about science, nature, and history. Her 2015 Ask magazine article about Gregor Mendel, The Probability of Purple Peas, received a letter of commendation from SCBWI in its Magazine Merit Awards competition. Christy’s poetry has appeared in publications including Imperfect: Poems about Mistakes, an Anthology for Middle Schoolers; Highlights; and the SCBWI Bulletin. She has also published a YA nonfiction work, Diet for a Changing Climate: Food for Thought, co-written with Sue Heavenrich, and a dozen books in the educational market. Visit her website at www.christymihaly.com.



Lisa Papademetriou

Lisa Papademetriou is the author of The Dreamway, A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic, the Confectionately Yours series, and many other novels for MG and YA readers. She is also the creator of Bookflow (www.bookflow.pub), a digital product that streamlines the process of crafting a novel while offering writers encouragement, inspiration, and connection.



Rebecca Roan

Rebecca Roan is an Associate Managing Editor for the book publishing division at Highlights for Children. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and an MA in Children’s Literature from Simmons College. Rebecca is a recipient of the PEN New England Children’s Book Discovery Award. Her debut picture book, Dragons Get Colds Too, is due out February 2019 from Bloomsbury Publishing.



John Schu

John Schu has built a career out of advocating for the people and things he cares about most: kids, books, and the libraries—and librarians!—that connect them. He was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker for his dynamic interactions with students and his passionate adoption of new technologies as a means of connecting authors, illustrators, books, and readers. He has served on numerous American Library Association committees, including the Newbery Award selection committee; inspired a new generation of librarians as a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University; and shared his love of reading with countless educators and students as the Ambassador of School Libraries for Scholastic Book Fairs. This Is a Story (Candlewick Press), his debut picture book illustrated by Caldecott Honor artist Lauren Castillo, will publish in 2022.



Jessica Southwick

Jessica Southwick is the force of nature behind Jesswick Creative Studio, LLC, which offers graphic design, illustration, writing, and marketing services. Jessica helps her clients create bespoke branding solutions, from logo and identity system design, to copywriting, site organization, and all sorts of other nifty creative marketing projects. Jessica is also an author/illustrator. Her most recent title, The Nutcracker: An Enchanting Pop-Up Adaptation (author), was released last fall, and The Mitten: A Classic Pop-Up Folktale (author) was recognized as a “Best Book” by Parents Magazine, and has been translated into French and Japanese.



Heidi E.Y. Stemple

Heidi didn’t want to be a writer when she grew up. In fact, after she graduated from college, she became a probation officer in Florida. It wasn’t until she was 28 years old that she gave in and joined her mother, author Jane Yolen, and both her brothers in the family business. Since then, she has published 26 books including her newest nonfiction Counting Birds. Heidi lives on an old tobacco farm in western Massachusetts where she writes, reads, cooks, sews, and once a year, calls and counts owls for the Audubon Christmas Bird Count.



Tara Sullivan

Tara Sullivan is an award-winning author of MG/YA novels that address current human rights issues. Her first book, Golden Boy, was selected as a YALSA top-ten book of 2013, a best book of the year by Kirkus Reviews and the Wall Street Journal, and won the 2014 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People Award. Her most recent novel, The Bitter Side of Sweet, garnered five starred reviews and is a Children’s Africana Book Award honor book of 2017. Tara currently lives and writes in Massachusetts.



Padma Venkatraman

Asian American author, Padma Venkatraman, lived in five countries, explored rainforests, and worked as chief scientist on oceanographic vessels before becoming the critically acclaimed author of A Time to Dance, Island’s End and Climbing the Stairs (which were released to multiple starred reviews, cited on over 50 best books lists and won numerous awards). Her MG debut, The Bridge Home, a contender for the Global Read Aloud initiative, was released by Nancy Paulsen Books (Penguin, February 2019). Padma enjoys sharing the sea of stories within her by speaking to different audiences. She was recently interviewed on a national PBS TV program, and invited to present a keynote address at School Library Journal’s dialogue day. Visit her at www.padmavenkatraman.com, @padmatv (twitter) or instagram.



Mia Wenjen

Mia Wenjen blogs at PragmaticMom.com and co-created Multicultural Children's Book Day, a nonprofit dedicated to getting diversity books into the hands of kids. Her debut picture book, Sumo Joe, releases May 14, 2019 through Lee and Low. She is also the co-author of How to Coach Girls with Boston College Women's Soccer Head Coach, Alison Foley. You can find her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest @PragmaticMom. Her YouTube channel is Mia Wenjen.



Ellen Wittlinger

Since 1993 I’ve published seventeen novels for YA and MG readers. My novel Hard Love won a Printz Honor Award and a Lambda Literary Award in 2000. Many of my books have been on the ALA Best Books for Young Adults list, the New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age lists, and have been Junior Library Guild selections. They have been shortlisted for numerous state book awards and won state awards in Michigan and Massachusetts. Some novels have been translated into German, Dutch, Danish, Turkish, Croatian, Italian, French, and Korean.



Lisa Yee

In 2004, Lisa Yee’s debut, Millicent Min, Girl Genius, won SCBWI's first Sid Fleischman Humor Award. Since then, she has written 20 more novels, including Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time, and Warp Speed, about a Star Trek geek. In addition to her American Girl books, and Bobby series illustrated by Dan Santat, Lisa also writes YA. Lisa was a Publishers Weekly Flying Start, USA Today Critics’ Top Pick, and Washington Post Book(s) of the Week. DC Super Hero Girls is her latest series, and she is currently for writing two novels with Random House—the first being, Maizy Chen's Diabolical Plot To Rule The World. Lisa also writes for NPR and eats a lot of chocolates. You can visit her at www.lisayee.com.



Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen, often called "the Hans Christian Andersen of America," is celebrated her 365th published book in 2018—also her 375th). Her works, which range from very young rhymed picture books to novels for adults and every genre in between, have won an assortment of awards including two Nebulas, a World Fantasy Award, a Caldecott, the Golden Kite, three Mythopoeic awards, two Christopher Medals, the Jewish Book Award, the Kerlan Award, and the Catholic Library’s Regina Medal, as well as six honorary doctorates from six different colleges and universities. She lives in Massachusetts in the winter and Scotland in the summer. She writes every day. One of her awards set her good coat on fire.



Critique Faculty




*** Eve Adler (editor)

Eve Adler is a Senior Editor at Sterling Children’s Books. She works on a variety of formats, including board books, picture books, early readers, chapter books, and middle grade. Prior to joining Sterling, Eve worked at Penguin Workshop, an imprint of Penguin Random House Children’s books, where she edited Girls Who Code: The Friendship Code by Stacia Deutsch, a New York Times Bestseller, and Hello, World: Paris: A Book of Shapes by Ashley Evanson, an Amazon Best Book of the Year. She’s drawn to projects that break the mold, and will stand out in the marketplace. Prior to Sterling and Penguin Workshop, Eve worked at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers (Macmillan Children's Publishing Group), and in the adult imprint of G.P. Putnam's Sons (Penguin Random House).



*** Julie Bliven (editor)

Julie Bliven edits fiction and nonfiction board books, picture books, and MG novels at Charlesbridge. She holds an MA in Children’s Literature from Simmons College, mentors writers in the college’s MFA program, and has taught writing courses at the Jewish Community Centers of Massachusetts. Julie is also a fan of playing and watching basketball, dabbling in watercolors, and taking city hikes (or mountainous hikes) with her family and friends. @Julie_Bliven



*** Rob Broder (editor)

Rob Broder is the Publisher and Creative Director at Ripple Grove Press, an independent, family-owned picture book publishing company that he started with his wife. Since Rob began building his skills and experience in publishing, he has read hundreds of picture books and thousands of submissions. Rob has a passion for well-told and beautifully illustrated picture books. He writes, hikes, plays ukulele, and publishes books.



*** Linda Camacho (agent)

Linda Camacho graduated from Cornell with a BS in Communication and has held various positions at Penguin Random House, Dorchester, Simon and Schuster, Writers House, and Prospect Agency. She's done everything from foreign rights to editorial to marketing to operations, and received her MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Now at Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency, Linda is looking for MG, YA, and adult fiction across all genres (especially upmarket, women’s fiction/romance, and literary horror); she's also seeking select picture books and graphic novels (writer-illustrators only).



*** Christy T. Ewers (illustrator agent)

Christy T. Ewers is one half of the agenting team at The CAT Agency, where she represents 37 illustrators & author/illustrators, along with her mother and partner, Chris Tugeau, who founded the agency 25 years ago. The CAT Agency is a boutique agency that believes in the hands-on approach to representing a diverse group of talent from all over the world. Although art has always been a part of her life and career, Christy has a degree in English and a background in creative writing. Her love of working with illustrators is equaled only by working with author/illustrators in finding their voice, creating dynamic characters, and crafting their stories. She absolutely loves her job.



*** Carter Hasegawa (editor)

Carter Hasegawa is an editor at Candlewick Press. He has worked as a bookseller since 2008 at various independent bookstores in Seattle and in Cambridge, which he still continues to do part-time when not at Candlewick. Some of his favorite, non-Candlewick books include: The Notorious Benedict Arnold, Jellicoe Road, Eleanor & Park, Ready Player One, Three Times Lucky, and many, MANY others. Basically anything that has a great voice, is a good story, and is "unputdownable."



Cari Lamba (agent)

Cari Lamba is an Associate Literary Agent at the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. She is actively seeking to represent fiction and non-fiction picture books, middle grade commercial fiction, as well as adult commercial fiction with a special interest in mysteries and foodie books. Prior to officially joining the team of agents, Cari interned for the agency for eight years. Cari graduated from Franklin and Marshall College with a BA in English Literature. She has experience as a bookseller and working in libraries. Cari has been published in Writer’s Digest Magazine and has taught webinars for Writer’s Digest as well.



*** Jennifer Laughran (agent)

Jennifer Laughran is a Senior Agent at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, as well as the host of the Literaticast literary podcast. She represents select author-illustrators of picture books and graphic novels, and authors of MG and YA fiction. Her favorite stories have a classic feel, inspire genuine emotional reaction (laughter or tears—but preferably both!), and reflect the gorgeous diversity of our world.



*** Tricia Lin (editor)

Tricia Lin is an editor at Simon & Schuster, where she works on picture books, MG, and YA novels. She is always looking for character-driven stories and captivating voices for her list, and is particularly interested in atmospheric speculative fiction and layered contemporary narratives. For upcoming seasons, she is thrilled to be editing some beautifully heartfelt MG novels, including The Simple Art of Flying by Cory Leonardo (Spring 2019) and The Memory Keeper by Jennifer Camiccia (Fall 2019). Tricia is also overseeing the launch of Tom Swift’s Inventors Academy, the Summer 2019 refresh of the classic Tom Swift property. She will accept manuscript submissions via email for the two months following the conference. Follow her on Twitter at @triciaelin.



Tracy Marchini (agent)

Tracy Marchini is a Literary Agent at BookEnds Literary, where she represents fiction, non-fiction and illustration for children and teens. She’s thrilled to represent a list of debut and award-winning authors and illustrators, and is currently open to submissions. Prior to joining BookEnds, she earned her MFA in Writing for Children from Simmons College, ran her own editorial business, and worked as a Literary Agents Assistant.



*** Kristen Nobels (art director)

Kristen Nobles is the art director at Page Street Press.



*** Rachel Orr (agent)

Rachel Orr is celebrating her twelfth year with Prospect Agency, where she represents both authors and illustrators in projects ranging from picture books through YA. She previously worked for eight rewarding years at HarperCollins Children’s Books, and uses those editorial skills to help prepare her clients’ work for submission. Her clients include Samantha M. Clark (The Boy, the Beach and the Beast / S&S), Cori Doerrfeld (The Rabbit Listened / Dial), Todd Tarpley (Three Grumpy Trucks / Little, Brown) and Emma Wunsch (Miranda and Maude / Abrams). Rachel lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, with her husband and two children. You can follow her on Twitter @rachelprospect. Or you can follow her to the local playground, where she spends at least two hours every day after school pick-up.



*** Amanda Ramirez (editor)

Amanda Isabel Ramirez is an Assistant Editor at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. She is passionate about diverse, commercial literature from humorous YA to fanciful MG adventures. There is a special place in her heart for Latinx and queer voices, as well as graphic novels. Amanda has worked with award-winning authors such as Neal Shusterman, Peterson Haddix, Tim Federle, Katherine Rundell, and Andrew Smith. Prior to S&S, she was an editor at The Literary Review, a Barnes & Noble bookseller, and a staff writer for various online lifestyle outlets. A sleepy Nuyorican, she currently lives on Long Island and climbs things she shouldn’t. Learn more about what Amanda is looking for on Twitter: @AmandaIsA_Ram



*** Sera Rivers (editor)

Sera Rivers is the managing editor for Avenue A Books, the children's graphic novel imprint of educational publisher Center for Responsive Schools. She is also a YA novelist and story slammer. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children from Simmons College and a BA in Creative Writing/Journalism Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.



*** John Sandford (art director)

John Sandford is the senior art director at Cricket Media. He enjoys children’s publishing for the variety of storytelling and modes of expression, and uses different media and styles to fit the character and flavor of a story. His research has taken him to South Dakota to learn about the Lakota Sioux, Pennsylvania to study the world of the Old Order Amish, and Northern Wisconsin to interview the Terrible Hodag. John’s next book, his 65th, is Oak Leaf, for Cameron Kids, due out Fall 2019. Sandford’s work has garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal, CBC 10 Best selections, and a Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, among other honors. John lives in Chicago with his wife Frances. To see John’s work, please visit  www.sandfordarchive.com



Saba Sulaiman (agent)

Saba Sulaiman is an agent at Talcott Notch Literary Services, a boutique agency located in Milford, CT. She holds a BA from Wellesley College and an MA from the University of Chicago, where she studied modern Persian literature. She is seeking picture books through young adult, and is particularly (although not exclusively) interested in contemporary realistic stories. Being an immigrant who is constantly negotiating her own identity and sense of belonging in a place she now calls “home,” she is committed to highlighting more diverse voices with compelling stories to tell; stories that demonstrate the true range of perspectives that exist in this world, and address urgent and often underexplored issues in both fiction and non-fiction with veracity and heart. Twitter: @agentsaba.  Website: sabasulaiman.com



*** Brent Taylor (agent)

Brent Taylor is a literary agent and foreign rights manager at Triada US. For the last four years, he has built a list of picture books, MG, YA, graphic novels, and non-fiction. You can find him on Twitter @btaylorbooks or see some of his recent client books at www.btaylorbooks.com.



Sarah Richards Taylor (illustration & book design)

Sarah Richards Taylor is a designer at Charlesbridge Publishing, which publishes high-quality books for children, with a goal of creating lifelong readers and learners. She holds a BFA in illustration from the New Hampshire Institute of Art (2012) and an MA in Publishing & Writing from Emerson College (2015).



*** Christina Tugeau (illustrator agent)

Christina and agency are celebrating her 25th year, having begun in 1994! Five years ago her daughter Christy T. Ewers joined the agency, and today is the owner and head 'boss.' The CAT Agency Inc. is the first mother/daughter agency in the industry! We represent artists and artists/writers most happily.



*** Harold Underdown (independent editor)

Harold Underdown is an independent editor and publishing consultant; he critiques and develops manuscripts and provides other editorial and consulting services for individuals and publishers. As an in-house editor, he worked at Macmillan, Orchard, and Charlesbridge, and has experience in trade and educational publishing. Harold wrote The Complete Idiot's Guide to Children's Book Publishing, now in its third edition. He founded and runs "The Purple Crayon," a respected web site with information about the children's publishing world at http://www.underdown.org/. He also speaks and gives workshops through the Highlights Foundation, SCBWI's national and regional conferences, and Kid’s Book Revisions (online and on-site tutorials, webinars, and workshops in partnership with Eileen Robinson): http://www.kidsbookrevisions.com/.



Liza Pulitzer Voges (agent)

Liza Pulitzer Voges is an agent with Eden Street. Liza has been a literary agent for over 30 years; she has a boutique agency that handles approximately 50 authors and author illustrators of picture books, middle grade and some young adult.



*** Matthew Winner (social media expert)

Matthew Winner is an elementary school librarian, author, and children's book blogger. He is the host of The Children’s Book Podcast, a weekly podcast featuring insightful and sincere interviews with authors, illustrators, and everyone involved in taking a book from drawing board to bookshelf. In 2013 Matthew was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker and was invited to the White House as part of the Champions of Change program. Matthew currently teaches in Columbia, Maryland.

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