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Rachel Elliott is an author-illustrator of comics and books for young people. She teaches writing and comics classes at the University of Kentucky’s Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies. In 2016, the Kentucky Foundation for Women awarded Rachel with a grant for a graphic novel project. Rachel grew up queer during the 1980s in... [More]
Kirbi Fagan is a writer and illustrator for readers of all ages but specializes in children’s literature. She is recognized for her cover art in adult, YA, and middle grade fiction as well as her numerous covers for comic books. Kirbi was traditionally trained as an oil painter but now works in mixed media techniques... [More]
Barbara Larmon Failing is the author of the picture book LASSO LOU AND COWBOY MCCOY (Dial Books, 2003). She lives in Oklahoma with her family.
Amy Farrier is an illustrator, writer and lifelong fan of picture books. She has a BA in English from Rice University and works in watercolor and pen and ink, embracing all the beautiful surprises that brings. She lives in Austin, Texas with her young daughter, overgrown garden and spicy cat.
Colleen Frakes grew up on a prison island (really!) then moved to the mainland to attend The Center for Cartoon Studies. She was awarded a 2007 Xeric Grant for her first graphic novel Tragic Relief and in 2009 won an Ignatz Award for her second book, Woman King. She has created comics for Zest Books, Mirage Studios (Tales of... [More]
Angie Frazier is the author of Everlasting and its sequel, The Eternal Sea, as well as her middle grade Suzanna Snow mysteries. She is a writer, mom, freelance editor, a good cook, and a horrible housekeeper. Angie lives in southern New Hampshire with her husband and their two daughters.
Ellie Gall is an educator and youth librarian with over a decade of direct service working and learning with children, families, and communities. When she is not reading, writing, playing board games, or nerding out at museums, Ellie can be found hanging out with her husband at their home in Evanston, Illinois.
Arun Gandhi is the fifth grandson of Mohandas K. Gandhi, also known as Mahatma Gandhi. A journalist for more than thirty years for The India Times, Arun now writes a blog for The Washington Post. Arun serves as President of the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute and travels the world speaking to governmental leaders, as well... [More]
Vanessa Gillings is an author, illustrator and fox enthusiast. Her work has been featured in award-winning coloring apps and galleries across the country. She currently lives in Virginia with her husband and her very fox-like corgi.
Joy Givens is a pun-slinging, hymn-singing storyteller and the lucky mother of two small superheroes. Raised in a big Midwestern family, Joy now lives in the blossoming literary community of Pittsburgh. She has written several award-winning short stories and writes middle grade and YA fiction to celebrate the fresh, fierce, fantastic side of life.
Laura Goode is the author of Sister Mischief, published to wide acclaim from Candlewick Press. She found herself propelled unexpectedly into writing teen fiction after writing poetry and plays. She holds an MFA and a BA in English and creative writing from Columbia University, and her poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Fawlt, and other... [More]
Kate Goodwin writes slightly weird stories about slightly weird teenagers. She’s fascinated by the tangle of thoughts and feelings we all experience and loves stories with a strong psychological bent. A former high school teacher, she earned her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and now lives... [More]
Maurissa Guibord is the author of Warped and Revel. Before writing for teens, Maurissa worked slinging pizzas, alphabetizing things, and practicing medicine. Now she writes fiction with a dash of the mysterious, the romantic, and a touch of humor. Her short mystery fiction has been nominated for the Agatha Award. She lives on the coast... [More]