Wi2023 Speakers and Authors

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Appearing Authors

Jade Adia
There Goes the Neighborhood, Hyperion
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Born and raised in South LA, Jade Adia writes stories about gentrification, Black teen joy, and the sh*tshow that is capitalism. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Ethnicity, Race & Migration, and a certificate in Human Rights. She recently survived law school, graduating with a specialization in Critical Race Studies. There Goes The Neighborhood is her debut novel. Find her online at www.jadeadia.com and on Instagram @jadeadia.


Miya T. Beck
The Pearl Hunter, Balzer + Bray
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Miya T. Beck is a native Californian who always had a deep interest in the Japanese side of her heritage. Though she tried and failed to become fluent in Japanese, her studies did introduce her to the myths and fairy tales that inspired The Pearl Hunter. A former daily newspaper reporter and magazine writer, she lives in Brooklyn with her family.


Katharine Beutner
Killingly, Soho Crime

Katharine Beutner is an assistant professor of English at the College of Wooster in Ohio; previously, she taught at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. She earned a BA in Classical Studies at Smith College and a MA in English (creative writing) and PhD in English literature at the University of Texas at Austin. Her first novel, Alcestis, won the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award in 2011 and was a finalist for other awards, including the Lambda Literary Association’s Lesbian Debut Fiction Award. Her writing has appeared in Tinfish Press, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Public Books, The Toast, TriQuarterly, Humanities, and other publications. Recently, she received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. She is the editor in chief of The Dodge, a magazine of eco-writing and translation.


Landis Blair
The Night Tent, Margaret Ferguson Books / Holiday House

Landis Blair is the author and illustrator of The Envious Siblings and Other Morbid Nursery Rhymes, as well as the illustrator of the New York Times bestseller From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty and the graphic novel The Hunting Accident by David Carlson, which won the 2021 Fauve d'Or and the 2020 Quai des Bulles. He has published illustrations in numerous print and online periodicals including The New Yorker, The New York Times, Chicago, VQR, and Medium.

Alexandra Bracken
Silver In the Bone, Random House Children's Book

Alexandra Bracken was born in Phoenix, Arizona. The daughter of a Star Wars collector, she grew up going to an endless string of Star Wars conventions and toy fairs, which helped spark her imagination and a deep love of reading. After graduating high school, she attended The College of William & Mary in Virginia, where she double majored in English and History. She sold her first book, Brightly Woven, as a senior in college, and later moved to New York City to work in children’s book publishing, first as an editorial assistant, then in marketing. After six years, she took the plunge and decided to write full time. She now lives in Arizona with her tiny pup, Tennyson, in a house that’s constantly overflowing with books. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @alexbracken, and visit her at alexandrabracken.com.

Adrienne Brodeur
Little Monsters, Avid Reader Press

Adrienne Brodeur is the founder of the fiction magazine Zoetrope: All-Story, with Francis Ford Coppola and was an editor at a publishing house. She now serves as Executive Director of Aspen Words, a literary arts nonprofit program of the Aspen Institute. She is the author of the memoir Wild Game, which was a Best Book of the Year by NPR, The Washington Post, and is in development as a Netflix film. Little Monsters, a novel, is her most recent work.

Diane Marie Brown
Black Candle Women, Graydon House Books

Diane Marie Brown is a professor at Orange Coast College and a public health professional for the Long Beach Health Department. She has a BA and MPH from UCLA and a degree in fiction from USC’s Master of Professional Writing Program. She grew up in Stockton and now lives in Long Beach, California, with her husband, their four daughters, and their dog, Brownie. Black Candle Women is her debut novel.


Patti Callahan Henry
The Secret Book of Flora Lea, Atria Books

Patti Callahan Henry is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of several novels, including Surviving Savannah and Becoming Mrs. Lewis. She is the recipient of the Christy Award, the Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Year Award, and the Alabama Library Association Book of the Year. She is the cohost and cocreator of the popular weekly online live web show and podcast Friends and Fiction. A full-time author and mother of three, she lives in Alabama and South Carolina with her family. Find out more at PattiCallahanHenry.com.

Rita Chang-Eppig
Deep as the Sky, Red as the Sea, Bloomsbury

Rita Chang-Eppig received her MFA from NYU. Her stories have appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, The Rumpus, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Best American Short Stories 2021 (selected by Jesmyn Ward), and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the Rona Jaffe Foundation/Vermont Studio Center, the Writers Grotto, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University. She lives in California.

Nicole Chung
A Living Remedy, Ecco

Nicole Chung is the author of the national bestseller All You Can Ever Know, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, a semifinalist for the PEN Open Book Award, and an Indies Choice Honor Book. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Atlantic, The New York Times, GQ, Time, The Guardian, and Slate. Nicole lives in the Washington, DC, area with her family.


Melissa Coss Aquino
Carmen and Grace, William Morrow
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Melissa Coss Aquino is a Puerto Rican writer from The Bronx. She received her MFA from The City College of New York, CUNY, and her PhD from The Graduate Center, CUNY in English. She currently works as an Associate Professor in the English department at Bronx Community College, CUNY. She is a proud IWWG, VONA, AROHO and Hedgebrook alumna. Carmen and Grace is her first novel.


Alex Crespo
Saint Juniper’s Folly, Peachtree Teen / Peachtree

Alex Crespo is a debut queer, trans, Mexican-American writer who loves writing queer spooky love stories.


Tove Danovich
Under the Henfluence: Inside the World of Backyard Chickens and the People Who Love Them, Agate
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Tove Danovich is a freelance journalist who has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Ringer, Backyard Poultry Magazine, and many others. She is a former Midwesterner, turned New Yorker, who now lives in Portland, Oregon. She keeps several chickens in her suburban yard and hopes to add more. Their Instagram @BestLittleHenhouse is more popular than hers. You can find her on Twitter @TKDano.


Ananya Devarajan
Kismat Connection, Inkyard Press

Ananya Devarajan is an undergraduate at the University of California, Irvine, pursuing a major in Neurobiology and Behavior with a minor in English. Like the majority of her characters, she is a second-generation Indian American young adult. Her love for storytelling began on Wattpad, where she grew her audience as a Featured Author, and she later went on to win first place in TeenPit 2019. In her free time, she can be found watching her favorite Bollywood movies or studying for yet another Organic Chemistry exam. Kismat Connection is her debut novel. ananyadevarajan.com


J. T. Ellison
It's One of Us, MIRA

J.T. Ellison is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 25 novels, and the EMMY® award winning co-host of the literary show A Word on Words. With millions of books in print, her work has won critical acclaim, prestigious awards, and has been published in 28 countries. She lives in Nashville with her husband and twin kittens.


Alisha Fernandez Miranda
My What If Year: A Memoir, Zibby Books

Alisha Fernandez Miranda serves as Chair and former CEO of I.G. Advisors, an award-winning social impact intelligence agency. A graduate of Harvard University and the London School of Economics, her writing has been featured in Vogue, Business Insider, Romper, and Huffington Post. Originally from Miami, Alisha currently lives in Scotland with her husband and twins.

Sean Ferrell
The Sinister Secrets of Singe, Pixel+Ink

Sean Ferrell lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He writes stories about children and adults who don’t understand why they keep getting into trouble. Sometimes those stories are for adults. Sometimes for children. His work is usually speculative in nature. His shorter writing has appeared in journals and magazines such as Electric Literature’s “The Outlet” and The Adirondack Review.


Tim Fite
A Bucket of Questions, Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Tim Fite is a musician, singer-songwriter, and multimedia artist who likes to sing, draw, and consider himself a pebble in the shoe of iniquity. Visit him at TimFite.com.

Michelle Fus
Ava's Demon, Book One: Reborn, Skybound Comet

Michelle Fus graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2011 for Computer Art & Animation. After interning at Pixar & working at DreamWorks Animation for two years, they decided to follow their dreams by telling stories and creating comics. Fus has been working on their sci-fi/fantasy epic AVA’S DEMON for over eight years and hopes to continue to add new and exciting installments to the story for as long as they can. They want to thank you for supporting their work & hope you thoroughly enjoy this book!


Kate Glasheen
Constellations, Holiday Hosue

Kate Glasheen grew up in Troy, New York and lived there until their departure for Pratt Institute for a BFA in Fine Art. Kate has since been a creator, artist, and contributor for several critically acclaimed books, participated in exhibitions and collections across the globe, and worked on several of the biggest properties in entertainment. Their artistic interests find communion in fine and sequential art under the notion that there’s something hilarious about something that’s not funny at all. Constellations is their author-artist debut. Kate lives, draws, and tattoos out of Philadelphia.


Charnaie Gordon
Lift Every Voice and Change: A Sound Book: A Celebration of Black Leaders and the Words that Inspire Generations, becker&mayer! kids

Charnaie Gordon is a Diversity and Inclusion Expert, author of A Kids Book About Diversity, blogger, podcast host, and digital creator. She also serves as a member of the National Advisory Board for Reading is Fundamental for their Race, Equity and Inclusion (REI) initiative. More than anything else, she cares about connecting people with great books they’ll love. Charnaie is passionate about instilling a love of reading, lifelong learning and curiosity in her kids. She hopes to inspire others to do the same with their children. Find her online at hereweeread.com and @hereweeread on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.


Alex Hay
The Housekeepers, Graydon House Books

Alex Hay grew up in the United Kingdom in Cambridge and Cardiff, and has been writing as long as he can remember. He studied history at the University of York, and wrote his dissertation on female power at royal courts, combing the archives for every scrap of drama and skulduggery he could find. He has worked in magazine publishing and the charity sector and lives with his husband in London. The Housekeepers is his debut novel and won the Caledonia Novel Award.


Deborah Hemming
Goddess, House of Anansi Press

Deborah Hemming is the author of Throw Down Your Shadows, which was a finalist for the 2021 ReLit Novel Award. She studied English at McGill University and the University of King’s College, and Information Studies at Dalhousie University. She lives in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, with her partner and son.


María José Fitzgerald
Turtles of the Midnight Moon, Random House Children's Books
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María José Fitzgerald is a former teacher and current writer of children’s books. Her favorite stories usually include animals, friendship, family, and magic. She grew up snorkeling and hiking in her homeland of Honduras, where nature and culture nourished her soul. Her debut novel, Turtles of the Midnight Moon, will be published by Knopf in the spring of 2023. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, walking her dogs, or maybe out on a family mountain-bike ride.


Jason June
Never Forget Eleanor, HarperCollins

Jason June (it’s a two-name first name, like Mary-Kate without the hyphen or the Olsen twin) loves to create flamboyant and heartfelt picture books, as well as queer young adult novels full of love and lust and hijinks. His works include the YA queer rom-coms Jay’s Gay Agenda and the finstant New York Times best-seller Out of the Blue. Up next in 2023 are Never Forget Eleanor, a moving picture book about Alzheimer’s, Riley Weaver Needs a Date to the Gaybutante Ball, a YA contemporary about how gender and sexuality labels can both limit and liberate us, and The Spells We Cast, a YA rivals-to-lovers fantasy about an elf-descended gay cowboy!

Jon Klassen
The Skull, Candlewick Press

Jon Klassen is the author-illustrator of This Is Not My Hat, winner of the Caldecott Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal, the first book to receive both honors; and its companion books, I Want My Hat Back, We Found a Hat, and The Rock from the Sky. He has also illustrated two Caldecott Honor Books, Sam and Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn, as well as Triangle, Square, Circle, and The Wolf, the Duck, & the Mouse, all written by Mac Barnett. There are over 2.7 million copies of his books in print, in twenty-seven languages. Jon Klassen lives in Los Angeles, California.


Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Sunshine , Graphix (an imprint of Scholastic)

Jarrett J. Krosoczka is a New York Times bestselling author, a two-time winner of the Children’s Choice Book Award, an Eisner award nominee, and the author and/or illustrator of more than 30 books for young readers. His critically acclaimed graphic novel memoir Hey, Kiddo was a National Book Award Finalist. His work includes several picture books, select volumes of Star Wars: Jedi Academy, the Lunch Lady graphic novels, and the Platypus Police Squad novel series. Jarrett is also the host of The Book Report with JJK on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live, a weekly segment celebrating books, authors, and reading. Jarrett lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife and children, and their pugs, Ralph and Frank.


Jason Landsel
By Water: The Felix Manz Story, Plough

Jason Landsel is a New York-based writer and illustrator with a lifelong fascination with the history of social and religious radicalism. He is a regular contributor to Plough Quarterly and a member of the Bruderhof, an Anabaptist community movement that traces its roots to the Radical Reformation.


Cynthia Leitich Smith
Harvest House, Candlewick Press

Cynthia Leitich Smith is the New York Times best-selling, award-winning author of Hearts Unbroken, the Tantalize series, and the Feral trilogy. An NSK Neustadt Laureate and the author-curator of Heartdrum, a Native-focused imprint at HarperCollins Children’s Books, she was named the inaugural Katherine Paterson Chair on the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. A citizen of the Muscogee Nation, Cynthia lives in Austin, Texas.


Katherine Lin
You Can’t Stay Here Forever, Harper

Katherine Lin is a Bay Area-based attorney and writer. A graduate of Northwestern University and Stanford Law School, Katherine currently represents low-income tenants as counsel at a clinic at Berkeley Law School.


Beth Lincoln
The Swifts, Dutton Books for Young Readers
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Beth Lincoln was raised in a former Victorian railway station in the North of England. She grew neither tall nor wise, and never learned to play an instrument — but she did write stories, a bad habit that has persisted to this day. When she isn’t writing, Beth is woodcarving, or making a mess of her flat, or talking the nearest ear off about unexplained occurrences. The Swifts is Beth’s debut novel. It grew out of her love of etymology, the gleeful gothic, and classic murder mysteries. She lives in the North of England with her partner and hopefully, by the time you are reading this, a dog.

Fran Littlewood
Amazing Grace Adams, Henry Holt

Fran Littlewood has an MA in creative writing from Royal Holloway, University of London. Before her MA, she worked as a journalist, including a stint at the Times. She lives in London with her husband and their three daughters. Amazing Grace Adams is her debut novel.


Ruth Madievsky
All-Night Pharmacy, Catapult

Ruth Madievsky is the author of a bestselling poetry collection, Emergency Brake (Tavern Books, 2016). Her work appears in Harper’s Bazaar, Guernica, Literary Hub, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. She is a founding member of the Cheburashka Collective, a community of women and nonbinary writers from the former Soviet Union. Originally from Moldova, she lives in Los Angeles, where she works as an HIV and primary care pharmacist.


Krystal Marquis
The Davenports, Dial Books for Young Readers
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Krystal Marquis happily spends most of her time in libraries and used bookstores. She studied biology at Boston College and University of Connecticut and now works as an environmental, health, and safety manager for the world’s biggest bookseller. A lifelong reader, Krystal began researching and writing on a dare to complete the NaNoWriMo Challenge, resulting in the first partial draft of The Davenports. When not writing or planning trips to the Book Barn to discover her next favorite romance, Krystal enjoys hiking, expanding her shoe collection, and plotting ways to create her own Jurassic Park.


Greg Marshall
Leg: The Story of a Limb and the Boy Who Grew From It, Abrams Press

Greg Marshall was raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. A National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Prose, Marshall is a graduate of the Michener Center for Writers. His work has appeared in The Best American Essays and been supported by MacDowell and the Corporation of Yaddo. Leg is his first book.


Sarah Maslin Nir
The Flying Horse (Once Upon A Horse #1), Cameron Kids

Sarah Maslin Nir is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated reporter for the New York Times and the author of the adult memoir, Horse Crazy: The Story of a Woman and a World in Love with an Animal. The Flying Horse is her debut novel for young readers and the first book in the Once Upon a Horse series, published by Cameron Kids. The Jockey and Her Horse: Inspired by the True Story of the First Black Female Jockey, co-written with Raymond White, Jr., will follow in Fall 2023. Sarah lives in New York City.


Kiyash Monsef
Once There Was, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Kiyash Monsef is an Emmy Award-nominated producer and director; a writer of short stories, videos, comic books, and games; and a designer of innovative conversational and voice interface experiences. Once There Was is his first novel.

Dan Nott
Hidden Systems: Water, Electricity, the Internet, and the Secrets Behind the Systems We Use Every Day, Random House Children's Books
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Dan Nott is a cartoonist, illustrator, and educator living in Vermont. Dan’s short comics and illustrations for investigative journalism have appeared in Spotlight PA, The Nib, Resist!, and Seven Days, and in publications for NJ Advance Media and WBUR, among others. Dan graduated with an MFA from the Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) and was the lead writer and cartoonist for its free nationally distributed comic on the US government called This Is What Democracy Looks Like. Dan teaches classes about making comics and comics history at CCS.


Rex Ogle
Four Eyes, Graphix (an imprint of Scholastic)

Rex Ogle is the author of Free Lunch, recipient of the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. His original graphic novel series, Four Eyes, is based on the highs and lows of his middle-school years growing up in Texas. Under the pen name Rey Terciero, he authored Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy as well as Swan Lake: Quest for the Kingdoms. Before becoming a full-time writer, Rex worked as an editor in New York for many years. Rex now writes full time from his home in California. When he’s not busy writing, he can be found hiking with his dog, playing Mario Kart with his friends, or reading a new favorite book. Learn more about Rex at rexogle.com.


Sarah Penner
The London Séance Society, Park Row Books

Sarah Penner is the debut author of The Lost Apothecary, to be translated in eleven languages worldwide. She works full-time in finance and is a member of the Historical Novel Society and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. She and her husband live in St. Petersburg, Florida, with their miniature dachshund, Zoe. To learn more, visit slpenner.com.


Thien Pham
Family Style: Memories of an American from Vietnam, First Second

Thien Pham is a graphic novelist, comic artist, and educator based in Oakland, California. He is the author and illustrator of the graphic novel Sumo and did the art for the middle-grade graphic novel Level Up, written by Gene Luen Yang, and is an ongoing comic contributor to Eater SF. Currently Pham is working on his next graphic novel, teaching, and eating. A lot. Follow Thien on Twitter and Instagram.


Cecile Pin
Wandering Souls, Henry Holt
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Cecile Pin grew up in Paris and New York City. She moved to London at eighteen to study philosophy at University College London and received an MA at King’s College London. She writes for Bad Form Review, was longlisted for their Young Writers’ Prize, and is a 2021 London Writers Award winner. Wandering Souls is her first novel.


Justine Pucella Winans
Bianca Torre is Afraid of Everything, Clarion Books
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Justine Pucella Winans is a queer writer who resides in Los Angeles with her husband, cats, and long list of fears. When not writing, they try their best at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, read an alarming amount of manga and webcomics, and try to make pasta even a fourth as good as her nonna’s. Bianca Torre Is Afraid of Everything is their debut novel. justinepucellawinans.com, @justinepwinans


Shelley Read
Go As A River, Spiegel & Grau

Shelley Read is a fifth-generation Coloradoan who lives with her family in the Elk Mountains of the Western Slope. She was a Senior Lecturer at Western Colorado University for nearly three decades, where she taught writing, literature, environmental studies, and Honors, and was a founder of the Environment & Sustainability major and a support program for first-generation and at-risk students. Shelley holds degrees in writing and literary studies from the University of Denver and Temple University. She is a regular contributor to Crested Butte Magazine and Gunnison Valley Journal, and has written for The Denver Post and a variety of publications.


Roger Reeves
Dark Days: Fugitive Essays, Graywolf Press

Roger Reeves is the author of two poetry collections, King Me and Best Barbarian. His essays have appeared in Granta, The Yale Review, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of a Whiting Award, and teaches at the University of Texas at Austin.


Jeneva Rose
You Shouldn’t Have Come Here, Blackstone Publishing

Jeneva Rose is the internationally bestselling author of The Perfect Marriage and One of Us Is Dead. Her work has been translated into more than a dozen languages and optioned for film and television. Originally from Wisconsin, she currently lives in Chicago with her husband, Drew, and her English bulldog, Winston.


Elizabeth Rusch
All About Nothing, Charlesbridge

Elizabeth Rusch is the author of more than two dozen award-winning children’s books, including Mario and the Hole in the Sky, winner of the AAAS/Subaru Prize for Excellence in Children’s Science Picture Books, the Green Earth Book Award, the Cook Prize, and the Golden Kite Award. In her newest book, All About Nothing encourages kids to look at the world differently — to see what might be hidden in the space around things and appreciate how important that space can be. Elizabeth lives in Portland, Oregon.


Liselle Sambury
Delicious Monsters, Margaret K. McElderry Books

Liselle Sambury is the Trinidadian Canadian author of the Governor General’s Literary Awards Finalist Blood Like Magic and its sequel, Blood Like Fate. Her work spans multiple genres, from fantasy to sci-fi, horror, and more. In her free time, she shares helpful tips for upcoming writers and details of her publishing journey through a YouTube channel dedicated to demystifying the sometimes complicated business of being an author.

Jade Shyback
Aqueous, Xeno Books, an imprint of Red Hen Press

An outdoor enthusiast and avid beekeeper, Jade Shyback left a financial services career in the Middle East to return to Canada and pursue endless hobbies, including writing, by which she finally utilized her English Literature degree to create her debut fictional novel, Aqueous.  


Safiya Sinclair
How to Say Babylon, Simon & Schuster

Safiya Sinclair was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica. She is the author of the poetry collection Cannibal, winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award in Literature, the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Poetry, and the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. Cannibal was selected as one of the American Library Association’s Notable Books of the Year, was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the Seamus Heaney First Book Award in the UK, and was longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize.


Sharon Sochil Washington
The Blue Is Where God Lives, Overlook

Sharon Sochil Washington, a cultural anthropologist and creator of White Space, a newsletter on Substack that explores the meaning between the words we use, has written for the Dallas Times Herald, New York Newsday, and the Akron Beacon Journal. She received degrees from Columbia University and The New School in New York City, and speaks regularly at universities and conferences on issues of social justice, race, economic insecurity, education, and media influences. The Blue Is Where God Lives is her debut novel. She lives in Houston.


Laura Spence-Ash
Beyond That, the Sea, Celadon Books

Laura Spence-Ash’s fiction has appeared in One Story, New England Review, Crazyhorse, and elsewhere. Her critical essays and book reviews appear regularly in the Ploughshares blog. She received her MFA in fiction from Rutgers–Newark, and she lives in New Jersey.


Jen St. Jude
If Tomorrow Doesn’t Come, Bloomsbury Children's Books

Lambda Literary Fellow Jen St. Jude (she/they) grew up in New Hampshire apple orchards and now lives in Chicago with her wife and dog. She holds degrees in creative writing from Colby College and Harvard University Extension School, and has served as an editor for Chicago Review of Books, just femme & dandy, and Arcturus Magazine. When she’s not reading or writing, you can find her cheering on the Chicago Sky and Red Stars. If Tomorrow Doesn't Come is her first novel. jenstjude.com @jenstjude


Emma Straub
Very Good Hats, Rocky Pond Books

Emma Straub is the New York Times bestselling author of five books for grown-ups, including This Time Tomorrow, All Adults Here and Modern Lovers. Her novels have been published in fifteen languages. Her shorter fiction and nonfiction have been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, and Elle. Emma and her husband own Books Are Magic, an independent bookstore in Brooklyn. They have two kids and two cats.


Jessica Swift
Radiant Rainbows: Messages of Hope, Healing, and Comfort, Gibbs Smith

Jessica Swift is an artist and fabric + surface pattern designer who creates colorful, magically uplifting artwork intended to inspire others to live courageous, honest, hope-filled lives. She creates and manufactures her own products that she sells in her Portland, Oregon studio and in shops around the country. She also licenses her artwork to others for branded products such as fabric, stationery, puzzles, books, and more.

Megan Tady
Super Bloom, Zibby Books

Megan Tady is a writer and editor who runs the company Word-Lift. When she’s not scrutinizing copy, she can be found stocking her free neighborhood library, challenging anyone to a dance-off, or stewing over how Portlandia stole all of her jokes. She’s a corn-fed Nebraska gal who now lives in a quaint New England town with her husband and two kids.

Betty C. Tang
Parachute Kids, Graphix (an imprint of Scholastic)

Betty C. Tang is the New York Times bestselling illustrator of the Jacky Ha-Ha series of graphic novels by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein. She has worked for various Hollywood animation studios including Disney TV and DreamWorks Animation, and codirected an animated feature called Where’s the Dragon? Betty is also a fourth degree black belt in aikido, a Japanese martial art. Born in Taiwan, Betty immigrated to California as a Parachute Kid when she was ten. She lives in Los Angeles. Learn more about her work at bettyctang.com.


Priyanka Taslim
The Love Match, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Priyanka Taslim is a Bangladeshi American writer, teacher, and lifelong New Jersey resident. Having grown up in a bustling Bangladeshi diaspora community, surrounded by her mother’s entire clan and many aunties of no relation, her writing often features families, communities, and all the drama therein. Currently, Priyanka teaches English by day and tells all kinds of stories about Bangladeshi characters by night. Her writing usually stars spunky Bangladeshi heroines finding their place in the world — and a little swoony romance, too. You can connect with her on Twitter and Instagram @BhootBabe and check out her website, PriyankaTaslim.com.

Héctor Tobar
Our Migrant Souls: A Meditation on Race and the Meanings and Myths of “Latino”, MCD/FSG

Héctor Tobar is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and novelist. He is the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller Deep Down Dark, as well as The Last Great Road Bum, The Barbarian Nurseries, Translation Nation, and The Tattooed Soldier. He is also a contributing writer for the New York Times opinion pages and an associate professor at the University of California, Irvine. He has written for The New Yorker, the Los Angeles Times, and his short fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories, L.A. Noir, ZYZZYVA, and Slate. The son of Guatemalan immigrants, Tobar is a native of Los Angeles, where he lives with his family.


Gail Tsukiyama
The Brightest Star, HarperVia

Gail Tsukiyama was born in San Francisco, California to a Chinese mother from Hong Kong and a Japanese father from Hawaii. She attended San Francisco State University where she received both her Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Master of Arts Degree in English. She is the bestselling author of Women of the Silk and The Samurai’s Garden, as well as the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Award and the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award. She divides her time between El Cerrito and Napa Valley, California.


Neely Tubati Alexander
Love Buzz, Harper Perennial

Neely Tubati Alexander is the author of women’s fiction with rom-com feels you can escape into with a smile. Originally from the Seattle area, she currently resides in Arizona with her husband and two elementary-aged children. If she’s not tucked away at the little desk in her bedroom writing, you can find her at some kiddo activity, drinking wine, or watching reality television, usually the last two together.


Steve Turner
Mud Ride: A Messy Trip Through the Grunge Explosion, Chronicle Prism

Steve Turner is the guitarist and cofounder of seminal Seattle grunge band Mudhoney. He lives in Portland, Oregon.


Wendy Walker
What Remains, Blackstone Publishing

Wendy Walker is the author of the psychological suspense novels All Is Not Forgotten, Emma in the Night, The Night Before, Don’t Look for Me, and American Girl. Her novels have been translated into 23 foreign languages, topped bestseller lists both nationally and abroad, and have been optioned for television and film. Wendy holds degrees from Brown University and Georgetown Law School. She is a former family law attorney with training in child advocacy and has worked in finance and several areas of the law.


Robby Weber
I Like Me Better, Inkyard Press

Robby Weber is a Florida-based writer who loves sunshine, summer and strong-willed characters. He can normally be found as close to the ocean as possible with his dog, Arthur, and a novel from Reese’s Book Club. He is the author of If You Change Your Mind.


Tyriek White
We Are A Haunting, Astra House

Tyriek White is a writer, teacher, and musician born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He has received fellowships from the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop and the New York State Writers Institute. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Mississippi.


Colson Whitehead
Crook Manifesto, Doubleday

Colson Whitehead is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eleven works of fiction and nonfiction, and is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, for The Nickel Boys and The Underground Railroad, which also won the National Book Award. A recipient of MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, he lives in New York City.


Brittany Williams
That Self-Same Metal, Amulet

Brittany N. Williams is an actress, writer, Co-Artistic Director of The NOLA Project, and nerd of many fandoms. She’s performed across three continents — including a year spent as a principal vocalist at Hong Kong Disneyland — and her writing has been featured on BlackNerdProblems.com, Tor.com, in The Indypendent, The Gambit, Fireside Magazine, and in the Star Wars anthology From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram at @BrittanyActs and at brittanynwilliams.com. Williams lives in New Orleans.

Ethan Young
39 Clues: The Maze of Bones: A Graphic Novel, Graphix (an imprint of Scholastic)

Ethan Young is an Asian-American cartoonist from NYC, having worked on many graphic novels including The Dragon Path, Nanjing: The Burning City, and Space Bear. He is currently a Character Designer for Marvel Studios.


Zach Zimmerman
Is It Hot In Here (Or Am I Suffering For All Eternity for the Sins I Committed on Earth)?, Chronicle Books

Zach Zimmerman is a Brooklyn-based comedian and writer named a TimeOut New York Comic to Watch. With essays and humor pieces that have been published in The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, The Washington Post, The Independent, and more, Zach was called a “rising star” by the New York Times and a “world class comic” by the Chicago Reader. Zach has performed around the world and was a host and staff writer for Scruff’s popular trivia game Hosting. An alum of The Second City Theatricals in Chicago, Zach’s first stand-up album, “Clean Comedy,” debuted on the Billboard Top 10 and at #1 on iTunes.



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