Dubbed one of the worlds most tattooable poets, Aatticus was named the #1 Instagram poet to follow on Instagram by Teen Vogue.
Corie's work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her short stories and essays have appeared in a number of literary journals including North American Review, Indiana Review, Evansville Review, South Dakota Review and Green Hills Literary Lantern.
Carmiel Banasky is the author of The Suicide of Claire Bishop. Her work has appeared in Glimmer Train, The Guardian, American Short Fiction, Guernica, The Rumpus, and on NPR among other places. She earned her MFA from Hunter College.
Isabel Bandeira is the author of the Ever After series, which includes Bookishly Ever After and Dramatically Ever After (June, 2017). When not at her day job as a Mechanical Engineer designing medical devices, she figure skates, practices archery, and draws. She lives in New Jersey.
Koa Beck’s reporting has appeared in The Atlantic.com, Alternet, The New York Observer, TheGuardian.com, and Esquire.com. Her short stories have been published in Slice, Kalyani Magazine, Apogee Journal, Nat.Brut, and The Ink and Code. She is the executive editor at Vogue.com and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
Stefanie is the co-owner of Homestead Design Collective, a San Francisco Bay Area landscape design firm focused on creating beautiful gardens that provide harvest. Her second book Harvest is co-authored with Alathea Harampolis and will be published by Ten Speed Press in Fall 2017.
Rolando is the founder of the Italian fine food importer Manicaretti and a frequent winner of specialty food show awards. His products, cooking classes, and culinary expertise have been praised by luminaries such as Ina Garten, Alice Waters, Mario Batali, Thomas Keller, Nancy Silverton, and many more. His first book Autentico will be published by St. Martin’s Press in Fall 2017
Carrie Bouffard has worked as an English teacher and as a school library advisor. Her passion is getting people of all ages excited about books. Carrie grew up in Vermont and currently lives in New Zealand with her husband, her two children and an assortment of unruly animals.
Akemi Dawn Bowman
Akemi is a YA writer, Ravenclaw, and Star Wars enthusiast. She served in the US Navy and has a BA in Social Sciences from UNLV. She currently lives in England with her husband, two children, and their Pekingese mix. Her novel Starfish will be published in Fall 2017 by Simon Pulse.
Angus is a James Beard award finalist and the owner of the wildly popular Octopus Bar in Atlanta, which has been featured on Anthony Bourdain’s show “The Layover.”
Heather Bryant is a reviewer and blogger for Aussie Owned and Read, as well as a reader for annual writers' contests such as Nestpitch, and a member of SCBWI. When she isn't writing, she divides her time between good books and bad TV. Heather lives in Newcastle, Australia with her husband, sons, and far too many voices in her head.
Michael Reid Busk
Michael Reid Busk is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California's PhD Program in Literature and Creative Writing. His writing appears or is forthcoming in Iowa Review, Conjunctions, Gettysburg Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Indiana with his wife and children.
Christine is the senior food editor at BuzzFeed, where her goal is to teach everyone how to make simple, healthy food at home without going crazy. Her Buzzfeed Clean Eating Challenges has a combined 11 million page views.
Caitlin is a fashion photographer whose work has appeared in Vogue, Elle, Vanity Affair, and the New York Times, as well as a number of international movie posters. In 2015 Caitlin had her directorial debut in the form of a music video for The Plateaus.
Jihan is a playwright and most recently, writer for a forthcoming HBO series written by Allan Ball. She is an Affiliate Artist at New Georges Theater in New York, and her plays have been produced and developed all over the world.
Pamela Ehrenberg is the author of Queen Of The Hanukkah Dosas (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Fall 2017). An AmeriCorps alumna, Pamela holds a B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's in education from George Washington University; she works at the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Jessica is an art director and set designer. Originally from Toronto, Jessica received her Bachelors of Design from York University and Sheridan College, and an MFA from The School of Visual Arts in New York. Jessica’s work has been published in Vogue, Elle, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vanity Fair, and her commercial clients include Club Monaco, HBO, Jive Records, Microsoft, MTV, New Balance, Nickelodeon, Sephora, and Warner Bros.
Illustrator Beth Evans makes stuff but is also kind of a mess, and connects with multitudes of people across the internet in their universal messiness. Her Instagram account, , which has been featured in Huffington Post, MSNBC and Bustle and has over 146k followers.
Rebecca Evans is an author/illustrator living in Maryland who enjoys spending time with her husband and four young children and working from her home studio. She regularly speaks at elementary schools and shares her love of literature and art with children. She is also the illustrator coordinator for the SCBWI MD/DE/WV region and mentors with EB Lewis.
Shoshana Flax holds an MFA in writing for children from Simmons College, and works at the Horn Book by day. A former bookseller, she loves seeing anyone get excited about books, and she’s especially excited about contemporary middle-grade realistic fiction.
Melissa Gorzelanczyk is a former magazine editor and columnist. Her debut young adult novel ARROWS is out now from Delacorte Press. Booklist called it, “A sweet high-school twist on Greek mythology with added substance about teen parenting and breaking out of a bad relationship.” She's a proud member of the SCBWI, The Sweet Sixteens and the Class of 2k16. Twitter &Instagram
Kaitlyn Greenidge's debut novel, We Love You, Charlie Freeman (Algonquin Books) was shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Elle.com, among others. She is a contributing writer for LENNY Letter. Kaitlyn received her MFA from Hunter College.
Claudia is a former editor-at-large for Penguin Random House where she most recently acquired The New York Times bestseller Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler. She’s also a New York Times bestselling ghostwriter herself having collaborated with Jillian Michaels and Jeanette Jenkins among others.
Tim is a James Beard Rising Chef of the Year winner and the owner of Otium and Barrel & Ashes in Los Angeles. He was among the top 10 chefs in the Bocuse d’Or world finals.
Dustin Illingworth writes about books and culture for the LA Times, the Times Literary Supplement, and the LA Review of Books. He is the managing editor of The Scofield, a contributing editor for 3:AM Magazine, and a staff writer for Literary Hub. He is finishing a debut novel, Bread at Midnight.
Shelly is the popular food and travel blogger behind the website Cookies & Cups, which has over 3,000,000 page views a day, and the author of The Cookies & Cups Cookbook (Gallery Books, Spring 2016).
Kathleen Kellett writes young adult and middle grade fantasy. She received her M.A. in Children’s Literature and M.F.A. in Writing for Children from Simmons College in 2014. She lives in New Jersey and can be found online.
Lexi is the founder of Lexi’s Clean Kitchen, the go-to food blog for paleo and clean eating. She has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Self, Women’s Health, Yahoo.com, and more. Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Victory Belt, 2017) is her first book.
Lyla is a YA writer. After studying Psychology and Cinematic Arts at USC and working various jobs in Hollywood, Lyla moved to Northern California, where she currently resides with her family. She spends her time writing, teaching, and songwriting.
Alyse is the creator of Eating Reset and an expert nutritionist who has been featured in USA Today, Weight Watchers, Life & Style, Maxim, Shape, and more. Alyse is currently the nutrition advisor for Crateful, a healthy meal delivery service in Los Angeles.
Jodi Ellen Malpas
Jodi is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling This Man trilogy. She has written seven novels, all of which have been New York Times and Sunday Times bestsellers.
Rachel’s blog for busy moms, Clean Food Crush, has millions of online readers. She has published multiple clean food cookbooks, including 30 Days of Clean and Easy Recipes and 7 Days of Fun Clean Recipes, which has been downloaded over 200,000 times by people all over the world.
Kathryn Maughan grew up in Roy, Utah and moved to New York City to attend Columbia University. She received her MFA from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts. She also writes for television and film.
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Mary is senior editor at Splice Today and the author of The Scarlet Letter Society, which was #4 on the Amazon bestseller list for Erotic Romance. Her writing has appeared in Salon.com, the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Baltimore Sun.
Susan is a landscape designer and co-author of the bestseller Garden Up! Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces (Cool Springs Press, 2011). Her designs have been featured in San Francisco Chronicle, Cottages and Bungalows, Fine Gardening, and PBS’s Growing a Greener World.
Laura Moser is a journalist whose work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Slate, the Daily Beast, SELF, the Paris Review Daily, the Jewish Daily Forward, and Washing-tonian among others. She is the author of a Bette Davis biography and the co-author of a trilogy of comic young-adult novels.
Tom Mulroy is an award-winning educator living in the greater Minneapolis area. He's been a teacher at the same elementary school for more than twenty years, and has been writing since he was in elementary school himself. He's earned degrees from St. Cloud State University and St. Mary's University, both in Minnesota. Tom is a contributor to the blog "Middle Grade Minded" and maintains his own blog, "What I Did on My Summer Vacation."
Harley is a New York Times bestselling author whose books include 5-Factor Fitness, 5-Factor Diet, The 5-Factor World Diet, and The Body Reset Diet. Harley’s titles have attained global bestseller status, and have been translated in 14 languages in over 25 countries around the globe.
Nicki Pau Preto
Nicki is a graphic designer and YA author living just outside Toronto, Canada. Her favorite stories have always been the ones that take her somewhere new, with characters she can love and worlds she can get lost in. Like all starving artists, she considers bargain shopping a competitive sport and Froot Loops a suitable meal replacement.
With 20 years of experience in the health and fitness industry, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from Pennsylvania State University, Holly Perkins is a leading voice in women’s fitness. A Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Holly’s success comes from her philosophy that science should be the foundation of fitness.
Sarah Prager is the author of Queer, There, and Everywhere, a 2017 release from HarperCollins for young adults that brings the stories of 23 people from LGBT history to life.
Chris Scofield is a novelist and short story writer. She's worked with authors Ursula K. Le Guin and Tom Spanbauer, and is a former special education, art and preschool teacher. Scofield lives in Eugene, Oregon.
Jennifer Shulman writes contemporary YA. When she's not writing, she works as a consultant for children's television and toy companies, including Nickelodeon, Sprout, and LEGO. Read more about Jennifer and her books on her website and follow her on twitter
Michael Strecker is the author of The Young Comic’s Guide to Telling Jokes (with 650-plus original jokes) Vol. 1 and 2 and Jokes for Crescent City Kids. Michael is a professional stand-up comedian who has performed at comedy clubs throughout the country. He lives in New Orleans.
Jason Tougaw is the author of the memoir The One You Get: Portrait of a Family Organism, winner of the 2016 Dzanc Nonfiction Prize, Strange Cases: The Medical Case History and the British Novel (Routledge) and Touching Brains: Literary Experiments in 21st-Century Neuromania (forthcoming, Yale University Press).
Liz is author of the #1 New York Times bestseller He’s Just Not That Into You and How to Be Single: A Novel. She was an executive story editor of HBO's Emmy-winning Sex and the City and has also written for off-Broadway.
Tracy Deonn Walker
Tracy is a YA author, scholar, and geektivist. A life-long fangirl, Tracy’s wrote her Master’s thesis at UNC-CH about Superman, myths, and secret identities. She loves writing stories that connect the fantastic to our everyday lives. Her YA essay about growing up Black, female, and geeky will be published in OUR STORIES, OUR VOICES, an anthology from Simon Pulse in Fall 2018.
Daniel Waters is a 26-year-old writer living in Portland, Oregon. When he’s not writing, he works as a caregiver for children with severe autism. When he is writing, he’s committed to giving loud, proud voices to characters.
Jennifer is the author of the upcoming Diet Right for Your Personality Type (Harmony, February 2017) and a trainer on NBC’s hit show The Biggest Loser. She has her certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and is Reebok’s global women’s brand ambassador.
Ilana is the author of The Mommy Shorts Guide to Remarkably Average Parenting (Abrams, Fall 2016). Her blog Mommy Shorts boasts over 1 million page views a month and 800K followers. Her work has been featured on Ellen Degeneres, Jimmy Kimmel, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Huffington Post, and even Jeopardy!
Emma Hemming Willis
Emma Heming Willis, perhaps known best for her days as a model gracing the covers and pages of magazines including Glamour, Elle, Marie Claire, and Vogue to name a few, can now be found spending most of her time navigating work and parenting her children with her husband, Bruce Willis. In an effort to have a platform to speak with new moms and dads about the trials and tribulations of parenting, Emma created her eponymous blog.
Katie is a MG/YA writer who holds an English and Political Science double degree from the University of Michigan (2017) as well as a Masters of Accounting (2018). She is a proud alumnus of Kopitonez a Capella. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, singing, and working out. She currently resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in a cramped college apartment that she insists on filling with too many books and Asian snacks.