Speakers

 Speakers

Erin Bowman

Erin Bowman

Erin Bowman used to tell stories visually as a web designer. Now a full-time writer, she relies solely on words. She lives in New Hampshire with her family, and when not writing she can often be found hiking, commenting on good typography, and obsessing over all things Harry Potter. Erin is the author of the Taken trilogy, Vengeance RoadRetribution Rails, and the forthcoming Contagion. You can visit her online at embowman.com or on twitter @erin_bowman

Lisa Bunker

Headshot Lisa BunkerLisa Bunker works full time as a writer and trans activist. Her first novel, Felix Yz, about a 13-year-old fused with an alien, was published by Viking in June 2017. Her second novel, Zenobia July, about a teenage trans girl with a troubled past who solves cyber-crimes, is due out, also from Viking, in Spring 2019. She has two grown children, and lives in Exeter, New Hampshire with her partner. Her author website is at http://www.lisabunker.net, and you can find her on Twitter @LisaBunker.

Amy Rose Capetta

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Amy Rose Capetta is an author of YA fantasy, sci-fi, and mystery. Her first novel, Entangled, was a BEA Buzz Book. Her latest, Echo After Echo, is a queer love story wrapped in a murder mystery and set on Broadway. It has received two starred reviews and is a Junior Library Guild selection. More upcoming: The Brilliant Death (Viking 2018), The Lost Coast (Candlewick 2019), Once & Future (co-written with Cori McCarthy, coming from Little, Brown’s Jimmy Imprint in 2019). She holds a BA in Theater Arts from the University of California at Santa Cruz and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from VCFA. Amy Rose is the co-founder of the Rainbow Writers Workshop, the first-ever LGBTQIAP workshop for YA and middle grade. She lives in Vermont with her partner and their young son.

Robert Crawford
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Robert  Crawford has published two books of poetry, The Empty Chair (2011, Richard Wilbur Award), and Too Much Explanation Can Ruin a Man (2005). His sonnets have twice won the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. His poems have appeared in many national journals including The Formalist, First Things, Dark Horse, The Raintown Review, The Lyric, Measure, Light and Forbes. He co-founded the Hyla Brook Poets, and is a long-time member of the Powow River Poets of Newburyport, MA. Currently, he is Co-Chairman of the Robert Frost Farm Board of Trustees, Director of the Frost Farm Poetry Conference and Frost Farm Prize. He is a Frost Farm guide during the season. He lives in Chester, NH, with his wife, the poet Midge Goldberg.

Paul Durham

durham-headshotPaul Durham is an award-winning novelist whose middle grade books for young readers include The Luck Uglies series (HarperCollins) and The Last Gargoyle (Penguin Random House 2018). His debut novel was named a 2015 ALA Notable Children’s Book, a New York Public Library Top Book for Reading and Sharing, the 2014 Cybils Award Winner for Middle Grade Speculative Fiction, an ALA Booklist Top Ten First Novel for Youth, and a Kansas City Star Best Book of the Year. Paul regularly visits schools and libraries throughout the country to promote his work and help librarians and educators foster a love of reading in their elementary and middle school students. He has appeared on New Hampshire Public Radio and also produces and hosts his own weekly podcast, Telling Lies to Children, where he interviews best-selling authors, editors, booksellers, and other publishing insiders to give listeners a behind-the-scenes look at the children’s publishing industry.

Paul currently lives in Exeter, NH, with his wife, two daughters, and an enormous, bushy creature the local animal shelter identified as a cat. He writes in an abandoned chicken coop at the edge of a swamp, and keeps a tiny porcelain frog in his pocket for good luck.

Lisa Griffin

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Lisa M. Griffin is an illustrator specializing in stories for children. She spends most day in her New Hampshire studio enjoying a warm cup of tea while sketching and working on picture books.

Lisa has illustrated over a dozen books including her first as an author/illustrator with “Hey Good! What’s Your Excuse?” The next story in this series, “Green-Eyed Goose” will debut in August 2018.

When she isn’t drawing and daydreaming, Lisa enjoyed reading, yoga, photography and time with her family. Lisa is a member of the Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and holds a BFA in Visual Design and Illustration.

Lita Judge

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Lita Judge is the author and illustrator of 24 fiction and nonfiction books including, Mary’s Monster, One Thousand Tracings, Born in the Wild, Red Sled, and Hoot and Peep. Her book, Flight School, has recently been adapted into an off-Broadway musical which is currently showing in New York City and China. Awards for her books include the International Reading Association Children’s Book Award, an ALA Notable, NCTE Notable Book, a Kirkus Best Book, and the Jane Addams Honor. Before she created art and books, Lita was a geologist and worked on dinosaur digs. But a trip to Venice Italy inspired her to quit her job and pursue a lifelong passion for creating art. Now, when not in her studio, she can be found backpacking through Europe with her sketchbook and easel in hand. Painting in the streets of Italy, France, Sweden, Russia and many other places have inspired her many of her books. The novel, Mary’s Monster, was inspired through reading Mary Shelley’s journals while exploring places she had traveled. This book created a rich opportunity to explore working in a completely new form, that of combining free verse with full page illustrations in novel form. Lita was drawn to capturing the interior world of Mary Shelley’s mind, as well as the realistic images of her life. Creating this book was a journey in itself and took five years to complete. Lita lives in New Hampshire.

Marty Kelley

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I’m currently a children’s author and illustrator but have, in the past, been a second grade teacher, a baker, a cartoonist, a newspaper art director, a drummer in a heavy metal band, a balloon delivery guy, an animator, and lots of other things.  I’ll probably continue writing and illustrating children’s books for many years to come because there are few other jobs where being able to paint a perfect booger-bubble is an actual job requirement.

I’ve written and illustrated many published children’s books, including: Fall Is Not Easy; The Rules; Winter Woes; Summer Stinks; Spring Goes Squish; The Messiest Desk; Twelve Terrible Things; A Cape!; and Fame, Fortune, and the Bran Muffins of Doom.

In my spare time, I visit lots and lots of schools to show students how I create my books. I’m a juried member of the NH State Council for the Arts Visiting Artist Roster.

Virginia MacGregor

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Virginia Macgregor is the author of What Milo SawThe Return of Norah WellsBefore I Was Yours and, most recently, the young adult novel Wishbones.  Her fourth novel for adults, Forgetting You, will be out in the UK in August 2018. Her work has been translated into over a dozen languages.  After graduating from Oxford University, she worked as a teacher of English and Housemistress in three major British boarding schools.  She holds an MA in Creative Writing, and was, for several years, Head of Creative Writing at Wellington College.  She now writes full time. Virginia is married to Hugh, who is Director of Theatre at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire. They moved to New Hampshire from the UK in July 2016 and live at St. Paul’s with their two daughters, Tennessee Skye and Somerset Wilder.

Cori McCarthy

Headshot Cori McCarthyCori McCarthy is the author of the science fiction thrillers The Color of Rain and Breaking Sky, as well as the contemporary mixed media novel, You Were Here, and the feminist rom com, Now A Major Motion Picture. Cori started writing at the age of thirteen, and studied poetry, memoir writing, and screenwriting before falling in love with YA at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Cori spends most of her time at home in Vermont with her partner, fellow YA author Amy Rose Capetta, and their small son. Publications on the horizon include: the coauthored Once & Future duology, a space fantasy about a girl King Arthur, Merlin, and an inclusive knights of the round spaceship (Little, Brown ’19 & ’20), and the picture book biography Hope Is An Arrow about Lebanese-American poet Kahlil Gibran. In addition to writing, Cori is an editor and writing coach through YellowBirdEditors.com

Erin E. Moulton

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Erin E. Moulton is the author of FLUTTER(Penguin, 2011), TRACING STARS(Penguin, 2012), CHASING THE MILKY WAY(Penguin, 2014), and KEEPERS OF THE LABYRINTH (Penguin, 2015). She is also editor of the forthcoming anthology THINGS WE HAVEN’T SAID (Zest, 2018). Her books have been selected and nominated for national and state award lists, such as the Amelia Bloomer list, the Kentucky Bluegrass Master List and the Isinglass Teen Read Award List. FLUTTER was also a 2011 Kid’s Indie Next pick. Erin also works as teen librarian at the Derry Public Library where she maintains a collection of awesome YA books and leads teen programming. Erin loves fostering new voices, which makes her an active school visitor, mentor and workshop leader to writers of all ages. She is a proud VCFA alum  You can find her online at www.erinemoulton.com

Dale Phillips

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Dale T. Phillips has published novels, story collections, non-fiction, and over 60 short stories. Stephen King was Dale’s college writing teacher, and since that time, Dale has found time to appear on stage, television, in an independent feature film, compete on Jeopardy, and lose in a spectacular fashion. He co-wrote and acted in The Nine, a short political satire film. He’s traveled to all 50 states, Mexico, Canada, and through Europe.

Adi Rule

Adi headshotAdi Rule is the author of The Hidden Twin and Strange Sweet Song, which won the 2016 NH Writers Project literary award for Outstanding Young Adult Book as well as the Vermont College of Fine Arts Houghton Mifflin/Clarion Prize (St Martin’s Press). Adi has led workshops throughout New England for groups that include 826 Boston, the VCFA Young Writers Network, and the NH Writers Project. Her work has appeared in Hunger Mountain journal of the arts and two NH Pulp Fiction anthologies. She also contributes essays and features to New Hampshire Magazine. Recent editorial projects include fiction and nonfiction, video games, enhanced books, dissertations, and textbooks. Visit her online at www.adirule.com.

Dan Szczesny

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Dan Szczesny is a long-time journalist, travel writer, editor and author living in Manchester. He began his career in Buffalo, New York. Since then, he has written for a wide variety of regional and national publications, including the Main Line Times, Philadelphia Weekly, Christian Science Monitor, Princeton Packet, Pennsylvania Magazine, all4woman,com, Yahoo! Parenting and Huffington Post.

In 2001, Dan became Associate Publisher of The Hippo, now the state’s largest Arts and Entertainment journal. He’s written extensively about the outdoors and nature, including two travel narratives and one collection of short fiction. His fourth book, Mosquito Rain: Alaskan Travel Essays, will be released in June. More information at www.danszczesny.com

Ursula Wong

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Ursula Wong writes gripping stories about strong women struggling against impossible odds to achieve their dreams. Her work has appeared in Everyday Fiction, Spinetingler Magazine, Mystery Reader’s Journal, and the popular Insanity Tales anthologies. She is a board member of the Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative, teaches classes on writing and publishing, and appears regularly on TV and radio. Her debut novel, Purple Trees, is the tale of a woman in rural New England striving for normalcy despite a terrible and hidden past.  The WWII thrillers Amber Wolf and Amber War tell the harrowing story of the Soviet occupation of Eastern Europe. The Baby Who Fell From the Sky is an enchanting Peruvian folk tale. Find Ursula’s books on Amazon and other fine retailers, or visit her at ursulawong.wordpress.com.

 

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