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Four middle grade and young adult authors hold a round table conversation about their work and process—how everyday realities shape their fiction and how fiction helps readers engage with real world issues.
Ava Jae is a writer and an Assistant Editor at Entangled Publishing. Her YA sci-fi debut Beyond the Red is releasing March 1, 2016 from Sky Pony Press. When she’s not writing about kissing, superpowers, explosions and aliens, you can find her with her nose buried in a book, nerding out over the latest X-Men news, or hanging out on her blog, Twitter, Facebook, tumblr, Goodreads, Instagram or YouTube channel.
Janet Sumner Johnson lives in Oregon with her husband and three kids. She bakes a mean cinnamon twist and eats way more cookies than are good for her, which explains her running habit. Though her full-time occupation as evil tyrant/benevolent dictator (aka mom) takes most of her time, she sneaks in writing at night when her inner funny bone is fully unleashed. Her middle reader novel The Last Great Adventure of the PB & J Society launches in April.
Kathy MacMillan is a writer, American Sign Language interpreter, librarian and avowed Hufflepuff. Her debut young adult novel Sword and Verse explores questions of power and prejudice in an epic fantasy setting and has been called “fascinating and unique” by National Book Award finalist Franny Billingsley.
Laura Shovan is former editor of Little Patuxent Review and editor of two poetry anthologies. Her chapbook Mountain, Log, Salt and Stone won the inaugural Harriss Poetry Prize. Laura conducts poetry workshops for children and teens as a Maryland State Arts Council Artist-in-Education. The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, her novel-in-verse for children, is a time capsule of one class's poems during a transformative school year. She blogs about arts education at www.laurashovan.com.
TIME & DATE
Monday, March 21, 2016 - 7:00pm