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No one would have imagined that Larry Barnhill, a University of Florida track star and successful event promoter in Miami, would become involved with three other men in a string of bank robberies in and around the Atlanta area. The gang, dubbed the Morning Glory Boys by the media and the FBI, all lived otherwise respectable, even exemplary, lives. Finally, in 2000, they were apprehended, convicted and sent to prison. Larry has just been released from his twenty-year-sentence in the Jessup (Georgia) Federal Correctional Institute.
Larry Barnhill’s book, Control, Move, Dominate: The True Story of the Morning Glory Boys, is a compelling true crime narrative with social justice overtones and ultimately, the promise of redemption.
Don Bolognese and his wife, the late Elaine Raphael, illustrated more than 250 children’s books for Simon & Schuster, Viking Press, HarperCollins, Scholastic, Macmillan, Farrar and Straus, J.B. Lippincott, Delacorte Press, Grosset & Dunlap, and more. Don collaborated with Jean Craighead George on an environmental book, All Upon a Stone, which was selected by the New York Herald Tribune as its “Picture Book of the Year, 1973.”
His latest project is a picture book called Starlight, featuring a wild horse who is leading and protecting his herd at a time when settlers are moving West and threatening the ecological balance of the community.
Judith Bruder’s first novel, Going to Jerusalem, was a funny, quirky account of a modern-day Jewish pilgrimage to the land of Israel. Then the unthinkable happened, as she found herself unexpectedly and irrevocably embarking on a spiritual journey that eventually led her to become a Roman Catholic. Judith told that story in her second book, Convergence.
Her latest manuscript, Begin Again, is an inspirational autobiography: part memoir, part spiritual journey, always a love story. It is well-suited for these uncertain times, as we all reflect on our lives, our beliefs, and our choices.
Melanie Cataldo is an illustrator, writer, and arts educator. She has illustrated picture books for Learning A-Z, Candlewick Press, and Flyaway Books. Melanie has also worked as an illustrator/designer of textiles, packaging, and educational materials. She lives in central Massachusetts.
Melanie is currently working on writing and illustrating Elephants Do Not Like Bees. The humorous picture book presents readers with interesting elephant facts as they follow a very hungry herd of elephants through a very wild day!
Author/illustrator Lynn Curlee has published fourteen magnificently illustrated, non-fiction picture books for middle grade and YA readers. His most recent book, The Great Nijinsky, was a 2019 YALSA Finalist. Three of his books, Capital, Liberty and Rushmore, were chosen by the Barbara Bush Literacy Campaign as their book of the year. Curlee has won numerous awards for his work, including but not limited to a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book (Brooklyn Bridge), Orbis Pictus Award (Rushmore), ALA Notable Books for Children (Liberty), and Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year (Parthenon).
Lissette Decos is a Cuban-American television producer with over 15 years’ experience in reality formats of the love-wedding-relationship-disaster variety (i.e. Say Yes to the Dress and 90 Day Fiancé).
Her debut novel, Four Frogs, has been acquired by Forever Books in a two-book deal, for publication in 2023. The romantic comedy is about a single reality show producer who decides to date four different men, each of whom embodies one core quality from her “perfect man” list. How hard can it be to turn four frogs into one Prince? You might say Lissette’s got the story and the soundtrack for romantic angst down.
Author/Illustrator of the beloved Gilbert and Friends series, and illustrator of Ree Drummond’s wildly successful Charlie the Ranch Dog series.
Diane deGroat’s latest picture book is The Adventures of Robo-Kid, tracking two parallel stories, one in the real world and one inside a comic book. They intersect when the real-life kid and the comic book superhero find they need each other’s help. The Adventures of Robo-Kid will be published by Neal Porter Books/Holiday House in Summer 2022.
Robin Storey Dunn was born to a German immigrant family in a small West Texas town. She left home at sixteen, queer, punk, and feral, and was rescued by an all-Black spiritualist church. She lived communally with the congregation for ten years, trying and failing to become a saint. Ultimately, she was delivered from fundamentalism to a pragmatic understanding of the importance and soul of kindness. Today, she lives with her wife and children in Austin, Texas, in the same neighborhood where she was once homeless and struggling for redemption.
Her debut, SOME KINDA LOVE: A Queer Punk Meditation on Leaving and Finding Home, tells a story that carries readers across juxtaposed cultures of white and Black, punk and gospel, queer identity and religious extremism.
Originally from Philadelphia, Chris has also lived in Berkeley, Paris, Sydney, Berlin, Antwerp, Chicago, and now Atlanta, where he teaches Health Humanities at Emory University. He is the author of Dysfluencies: On Speech Disorders in Modern Literature (Bloomsbury 2014) and the editor of Talking Normal: Literature, Speech Disorders, and Disability (Routledge 2015). He received his Ph.D. in English Lit from U.C. Berkeley in 2009 and is a former Fulbright scholar.
His current project is a dark comedy titled Dwell Here and Prosper, a novel based on a diary his father kept while recovering from a stroke in a dysfunctional assisted living facility somewhere in Delco, PA.
Annie Evans is a nine-time Emmy winning, former Sesame Street staff writer.
Her latest project is Sebastian, A Black Cat Tale, an exciting middle grade animal fantasy. Annie makes good use of her experience writing for muppets, voicing sharp and funny animal characters who star (along with their humans) in this exciting adventure.
Naila Farouky is a Peabody Award-winning Executive Producer with extensive experience in developing and producing quality children's programming. Of Palestinian-Egyptian origin, with dual Jordanian and American citizenship, Naila has worked as an Executive Producer and Project Manager on Sesame Street co-productions in 17 countries around the world. She is currently the CEO of the Arab Foundations Forum based in Cairo.
Emma Fick’s new book, Border Crossings: A Journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway, will be published by HarperDesign in 2022. This extraordinary book chronicles her epic train journey from Beijing to Moscow in 240 pages of watercolor illustrations and hand-written text.
Emma started drawing and writing in this style while on a Fulbright Scholarship in Serbia, teaching English. She began to chronicle Serbian culture, from grandiose themes to minute details, in a series of watercolor illustrations she called “Snippets.” Eventually she published both Snippets of Serbia (Komshe), and Snippets of New Orleans (UL Press).
Kermit Frazier has been a writer—both a playwright and a television writer—as well as a teacher of writing, literature, and theater for nearly forty years. He is a recipient of the McKnight Foundation Fellowship in Playwriting. As a television writer, Frazier has written for such television series as the popular children’s mystery series Ghostwriter (which he helped to create and for which he was a head writer), Gullah Gullah Island (co-producer and executive story editor), and many more.
His latest manuscript, Piecing the Puzzle: A Coming of Age Memoir takes the reader on a journey through the life and mind of a precocious Negro boy in the 1950s and 60s in Washington, D.C.
Janet Harvey is an award-winning writer of comic books, movies and games. As a comic book creator, she wrote the YALSA finalist Angel City for Oni Press, the upcoming CURIE SOCIETY from MIT Press, and the first adventure of Cassandra Cain in No Man’s Land for DC Comics. As a game writer, she was the staff writer on the DC Universe Online MMORPG. Her feature film debut, A Million Hits, screened at festivals around the world and was distributed by Summer Hill Films.
Janet's current project is a YA graphic novel being developed in collaboration with Angel City illustrator Megan Levens.
On a sunny September morning in 2013, Marti Hill, a graphic designer and single mother of two, was home alone, preparing to leave for work. The doorbell rang and a friendly, familiar face asked if he could come in. She opened the door and within minutes Marti was left for dead, crumpled in a five-foot-wide pool of blood, her throat and neck cut in three places, skull broken, and face beaten to an unrecognizable mass of red flesh. Miraculously, Marti Hill not only survived, but recovered, and is finally telling her own story in A Millimeter from Murder: The Anatomy of a Survivor.
Author and Photographer Jonathan Hollingworth's books of photography include Left Behind: Life and Death Along the U.S. Border; Everybody I Ever Met in L.A.; and What We Think Now: Young People's Response to the War in Iraq. He has had solo exhibitions at the UCR / California Museum of Photography, Santa Fe Art Institute and Center for Photography at Woodstock. His work has been published in The New York Times, The Independent, The Sunday Times (London), Die Welt, and BBC News Magazine, among others. He lives in New York, where he works in the publishing industry.
Determined to live the most fully realized life possible, young Claire Kahane defied norms, lived dangerously, and took to the road in the 1950s. She crisscrossed this continent, then traveled across Europe and North Africa in a manner reserved for the men of her times. Drawn back to Berkeley during the roiling 60s, she eventually completed a PhD and taught at U at Buffalo, becoming an influential psychoanalytic-feminist literary critic. At age 65, she set out for another adventure: to become a psychoanalyst. But life took her elsewhere.
In Kahane’s picaresque memoir, Nine Lives, she vividly paints a sense of place, time, and identity as she recreates herself 9 times over 9 decades, involving herself in as many dramatic relationships.
Emily Perl Kingsley has received 21 Emmy Awards for her writing work on Sesame Street. The mother of a child with Down Syndrome, Ms. Kingsley is the author of the inspirational essay Welcome to Holland, about parenting a differently abled child, which has been reprinted in many languages and in many forms all over the world. She is a frequent lecturer on Down syndrome and disability rights. Ms. Kingsley has received the Secretary’s Highest Recognition Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in recognition of her 39 years of spearheading the inclusion of individuals with disabilities on Sesame Street in the United States and 140 countries around the world.
Tanya Konerman writes because she is compelled to share her innate curiosity with young readers. She was awarded the Indiana SCBWI's Helen Frost Mentorship in 2020. Before authoring children's books, her stories were published in magazines, newspapers, and websites. When not at her desk, Tanya can be found hiking the Appalachian Trail or exploring the slot canyons and hoodoo-blessed lands of the Southwest— while adding birds to her life list.
Tanya's newest picture book, 'Til Spring, intertwines themes of poverty, hunger, and hope into a story based on rural American history.
Krysia Kurzyca was born and grew up in Wroclaw, Poland, where she attended art schools for six years and became a successful jewelry designer. She moved to the United States in the early eighties. Several years ago, she started to apply her skills and sensibilities to the illustration and writing of children's books. She resides in Great Barrington, MA where in addition to making art, she is the founder of a medicinal plants farm and CSA.
Krysia’s latest book, Away from Gray, tells the story of a child who brings color and imagination to her world in the context of a city healing from war.
Kathryn Lefroy is an Australian-born writer of middle-grade novels and screenplays. Energetic and prolific, she’s as well-versed in art history as technology. She holds a Ph.D. in marketing and consults and writes on tech branding and marketing for some of the world’s top companies.
Her first middle grade novel was called Alex and the Alpacas Save the World (Freemantle Press).
Kathryn's latest project is The Trouble with Superpowers, a contemporary Middle-Grade mystery with an SFF twist.
Robert Love is a critically acclaimed artist and writer best known for co-creating Fierce, Shadow Rock, and Number 13 for Dark Horse Comics. Robert is also the co-creator of the animated web series The Adventures of Venus Kincaid, which was developed by FOX 2000. In addition to his creator-owned properties, Robert was the artist for Alpha Girl (Image Comics) and Never Ending (Dark Horse). He has also done illustration and design work for Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, B.E.T., Vibe Magazine, and the Sacramento Kings.
Robert is currently writing and drawing a comic series called Children of the Plague, for Dark Horse Comics, and is developing a middle-grade graphic novel called Life on Doom Street.
For an artist who made his reputation working with material that was “100% Guaranteed Overheard,” Stan Mack has one of the most distinctive voices in American letters. Stan Mack’s Real Life Funnies, the strip he drew weekly for the Village Voice for more than twenty years, has had an outsized impact on the development of one of today’s most popular and culturally revered forms—the literary graphic novel.
His new project, Socialism: What's It Good For?, explores the history of American Socialism, including debates over—and the promise of—Democratic Socialism in the 21st century.
Author John A. Marley is an Irish television producer and writer with a proven track record in creating and producing distinctive, original entertainment and factual programming for both the UK and international audiences.
In his new thriller, London Interrupted, master thief Danny Felix finds himself propelled into the heist of the century, masterminded by a psychotic, crooked cop named James Harkness. In order to succeed he will not only have to outwit the ruthless Harkness; he will also have to bring the city of London to a halt.
Brooke McIntyre’s writing focuses on connections between people and between people and their environment. Her two most recent picture books are set in nature. In Hello, Otter. Hello, River. a child and her mom search a river habitat for an elusive otter. Under It All, An Oyster lyrically examines an overlooked creature with enormous environmental importance.
Making connections is also at the heart of Inked Voices, the well-reputed, international, online writers’ platform established by Brooke McIntyre to inspire professionalism, nurture creativity, and foster community for rising authors as well as published writers.
Award-winning writer and journalist Lisa N. Peterson worked as a crime reporter at The Newtown Bee in the 1980s, covering two high-profile murder cases—the woodchipper murder and the disappearance of Regina Brown—in Newtown, Connecticut. She is the foremost expert on these two interwoven domestic violence murder cases—both without bodies.
Her new manuscript, The Look-Back Window: A Journalist’s Memories of Murders and Men, is a true crime memoir.
Nicole Quinn is a WGAE screenwriter who has written scripts for HBO, Showtime, Jodie Foster’s Egg Pictures, and John Singleton’s New Deal Productions. Her plays are published by Playscripts and have had hundreds of productions worldwide.
Nicole's latest project is a Middle Grade mystery, Neko Reynolds and the Mystery of the Standish Cross. It’s September 1964, and Neko Reynolds is skipping the 4th grade to integrate a Convent girls’ boarding school. Neko is odd for a variety of reasons, including the fact that she sees ghosts.
Eric Rosenblum’s YA short stories have appeared in Guernica Magazine, Washington Square and Hobart Press. His non-fiction writing has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Playboy.com, and many other publications. Eric has an MFA from the prestigious creative writing graduate program at Syracuse University. He teaches Fiction Writing in Pratt Institute’s BFA in writing program in Brooklyn, New York.
His first YA novel is called Everybody Knows.
Shelley Rotner is the author and photo-illustrator of 50 award-winning children’s books. She has traveled extensively for UNICEF documenting programs about children and education. She has a Dual Masters in Elementary Education and Museum Education from the Bank Street College of Education.
Shelley is currently collaborating with Jamie Tancredi on a photo-illustrated adult book called LIVING YOGA IN THE PRESENT MOMENT.
The author of three previous books, Stephanie Sellers brings together her work as a journalist, college educator, expert in gender studies, and advocate for women to her sensibilities as a writer. Sellers is the founder of Sedna's Daughters, an international virtual community for women who have been shunned or 'mobbed' by their families.
Stephanie Sellers is in a unique position to fit the pieces of shunned daughters' experiences into a cohesive picture. Healing the impact of this cross-cultural and pervasive phenomenon is the topic of her forthcoming book.
Seymour Simon, whom the New York Times called. “the dean of the [children’s science] field,” is the author of over 300 highly acclaimed science books, more than seventy-five of which have been named Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).
His latest book, Climate Action: What Happened and What We Can Do, was published by HarperCollins in February 2021.
Crystal Simone Smith is the author of two chapbooks of poetry, Routes Home (Finishing Line Press, 2013) and Running Music (Longleaf Press, 2014). She is the Founder and Managing Editor of Backbone Press Inc., which publishes emerging & established poets of color.
Her forthcoming YA book of blackout poetry, Dark Testament, will be published by Delacorte Press in 2022.
Author/Illustrator Rebecca Solow creates imaginative worlds from her home studio in Maryland. She's illustrated projects for Penguin Random House, Highlights Magazine, Spider Magazine and others and focuses on children's books, ranging from picture books through YA. She's drawn to animal stories, updated folk and fairy tales, middle-grade fantasy, and stories with humor and heart. Rebecca has a particular interest in narratives that feature strong girls who solve their own problems.
Though Rebecca has numerous books in the works, her latest work focuses on the lively and (literally) ‘explosive' true story of a young woman of particular courage and stamina.
Charles B. Strozier has written or edited ten books, has been nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize, and was recently shortlisted for the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize. His articles frequently appear in periodicals and he’s often participated, on camera, in documentary films and audio interviews. He’s written extensively on the noted 20th century psychoanalyst, Heinz Kohut. Chuck, a practicing psychoanalyst, is Professor Emeritus of History at John Jay College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York.
His current project, Empathy, Peacemaking, and the Troubles (working title) focuses on how the peace process in Northern Ireland was facilitated and stabilized through the work of politician/psychiatrist John Alderdice.
Transformed by the study of yoga and the journey into conscious compassionate heart-centered living, Jamie is constantly encouraging seekers to look within and awaken their inner vibrancy and guidance.
Her current manuscript, a collaboration with Shelley Rotner, is called Living Yoga in the Present Moment.
Erica Simone Turnipseed is a writer who has published two adult novels, a wife, a mom, and a teacher, not necessarily in that order. She’s also a student of popular culture and an everywoman philanthropist who founded the Five Years for the House Initiative, a fund-raising drive for the Afro American Cultural Center at Yale.
Her forthcoming picture book, Bigger Than Me, will be published by Caitlyn Dlouhy Books / Atheneum.
Kim Watson got his start as a bandleader, writer and performer on the New York music scene. After segueing into film he established himself as an innovator and director of over 40 music videos, garnering “Best Music Video” nominations from both MTV and the Soul Train Awards, and NAACP recognition for his presentation of positive images of African Americans. Watson went on to write for Disney, Nickelodeon, Simon & Schuster, Warner Brothers Films, MTV Films, Kidz Bop, movies of the week, and the Universal Pictures hit HONEY, starring Jessica Alba, before directing and conducting the interviews for A&E Biography’s groundbreaking documentary on LL Cool J.
Watson’s current photo series, TRESPASS, spotlights Los Angeles' homeless and highlights his skills as a “thought leader” and passionate, multi-dimensional artist who stirs people’s deepest emotions and promotes social change through his creativity.
A. Wild is a 2019 graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts with an MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults. Wild coaches competitive rock climbing and describes herself as a “maker, musician, and artist of many mediums.”
Her YA work-in-progress is a contemporary work of magical realism, told in prose and poetry. Not surprisingly, the final harrowing action scenes turn on life or death rock climbing.
Jessica Wolf is a writer and editor of (mostly) creative non-fiction. She is co-author of Deep Listening: Healing Practices to Calm Your Body, Clear Your Mind, and Open Your Heart/Rodale Press. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Huffington Post, AARP’s The Girlfriend, Istanbul Literary Review, Wilderness House Literary Review, among others.