Speakers

 Speakers

Maryann Cocca-Leffler

Maryann Cocca-Leffler

Maryann Cocca-Leffler’s new book, Growing Season, was inspired by her love of spring, when she fills her garden with flowers and then watches them grow all summer long. Maryann is the Author and Illustrator of over 60 books for children including, Janine and Janine and the Field Day Finish, (A 2016 ILA Teacher’s Pick) inspired by her daughter, Janine. Together they have developed a corresponding website, with a mission to help change public perception of children with disabilities. (www.JaninesParty.com). Upcoming books include; Same Way Ben (Albert Whitman Fall 2019) and The Belonging Tree (Christy O/MacMillan, 2020). Her Scholastic “LET IT” Seasons Series has sold over two million copies.

Maryann grew up in the Boston area and has a BFA in illustration from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She spent 20 years in NH and now lives on the coast of Maine.

Please visit; www.MaryannCoccaLeffler.com

Ceara Comeau

Ceara ComeauCeara Comeau started writing stories when she was twelve years old. Her writing career began with “Amber Oak Volume 1” and “Adventures of the Young and Curious”. Both books were a compilation of short stories that were self-published when she was fifteen years old. Over the next few years, “Amber Oak Volume 2” was written and became self-published when she was seventeen. During her college years, “Amber Oak and the Missing Links” and “Amber Oak and the Master of Illusions” was born. After they were self-published, Ceara wrote another story separate from her Amber Oak world entitled, “The Lost Journal of Erika Traynor”. That was the last book she self-published before graduating college in December 2016. Later, she returned to the beginning and looked at her Amber Oak series. It was then that she decided to take the series she worked hard on all those years ago and rewrite it. It first started out as an eight book novella series, then to a trilogy, and then it turned into one book, “Memories of Chronosalis.” In the future, she intends to expand the galaxy that she created in this book.

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 FormalistFirst ThingsDark HorseThe Raintown ReviewThe LyricMeasureLight and Forbes.Heco-founded the Hyla Brook Poets, and is a long-time member of the Powow River Poets of Newburyport, MA. Currently, he is the Director of Poetry Activities and Park Manager at the Robert Frost Farm in Derry NH and is serving as Derry’s first poet laureate. He lives in Chester, NH, with his wife, the poet Midge Goldberg.

Anita Diamant

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Anita Diamant is the author of twelve books.

Her first novel, New York Times bestseller, The Red Tent, has been published in more than 25 countries. Winner of the 2001 Booksense Book of the Year Award, it was adapted into a two-part miniseries by Lifetime TV.

Anita Diamant’s other bestselling novels include Good Harbor, The Last Days of Dogtown, Day after Night, and The Boston Girl.

Diamant has also written six non-fiction guides to contemporary Jewish life, the first of which, The New Jewish Wedding, has recently been revised and updated as The Jewish Wedding Now. Her other guidebooks include The Jewish Baby Book, Living a Jewish Life, Choosing a Jewish Life, How to Raise a Jewish Child and Saying Kaddish. A collection of her essays, Pitching My Tent, is drawn from twenty years worth of newspaper and magazine columns. An award-winning journalist, her articles have appeared in the Boston Globe Magazine, Real Simple, Parenting Magazine, Hadassah, Reform Judaism, Boston Magazine and Yankee Magazine.

Anita Diamant is the founding president of Mayyim Hayyim: Living Waters Community Mikveh, a 21st century reinvention of the ritual bath as a place for exploring ancient traditions and enriching contemporary Jewish life. www.mayyimhayyim.org

Anita Diamant grew up in Newark, New Jersey and Denver, Colorado. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in comparative literature and holds a Master’s degree in English from Binghamton University. She resides in the Boston area with her husband, Jim Ball.

You can find her online at www.anitadiamant.com

Mohini Durgampudi

Mohini Durgampudi

Mohini Durgampudi is an entrepreneur, food safety instructor and assists at a culinary incubator. She started her career in the IT sector but took a very happy and eager detour into the food industry. An avowed bookworm, her writings have so far been anonymous contributions to travel and food blogs and crowd sourced websites. Sweet Neem is her first book and it brings together her love of food, travel, family, history and culture.

 

 

 

Ginger Johnson

Ginger Johnson

Ginger Johnson earned a BA from BYU, a MA from Indiana University, and and MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She likes circles better than lines (especially when they’re rainbows) and lives in the woods near the sea with her husband, two sons, a coop of chickens, a pond of frogs, and a school of magic fish. Visit her online at http://www.gingerjohnsonbooks.com.

 

Erin E. Moulton

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Erin E. Moulton is the author of middle grade and young adult novels: Flutter, Tracing Stars, Chasing the Milky Way and Keepers of the Labyrinth, as well as the editor of the YA anthology Things We Haven’t Said: Sexual Violence Survivors Speak Out. When she isn’t writing or editing, she can be found teaching writers of all ages, working at the library, or co-hosting the YA book-loving podcast, Teen Title Talk. You can find Erin online at

www.erinemoulton.com

Lorin Rees

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Lorin Rees loves collaborating with creative people who are passionate about their work, helping to bring their ideas to fruition. Some of the books he has represented include the critically acclaimed story collection You Know When the Men are Gone (Amy Einhorn Books) by Siobhan Fallon; Black River (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) by S.M. Hulse; The End of Big (St. Martin’s) by Nicco Mele; Who: Solve Your #1 Problem (Ballantine) by Geoff Smart and Randy Street; and I Believe in Zero (St. Martin’s) by Caryl Stern, President and CEO of Unicef USA.

Lorin serves on the Board of Directors for Salamandar Literary Journal and is on the advisory board of the Southern New Hampshire MFA program. He speaks regularly at conferences around the country.

Jenna Russell

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Jenna Russell is an award-winning Boston Globe reporter who has written about childhood bullying victims, traumatized first responders, and resettled Syrian refugees. She was part of the team of Globe reporters that won a Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting in 2014, and her work with the Globe Spotlight Team – investigating failures of the Massachusetts mental health care system – was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in local reporting. She is a co-author of two Globe books: Last Lion, a 2009 biography of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, and Long Mile Home, about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Her 2017 story on Syrian refugees in the Boston suburbs will be published in the forthcoming anthology Best American Newspaper Narratives, Vol. 6.

 

Dan Szczesny

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Dan Szczesny is a long-time journalist and author living in New Hampshire. His books include The Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie, Mosquito Rain: Alaskan Travel Essays and Sing and Other Stories. His book, The Nepal Chronicles, won the 2016 New Hampshire State Library Award for Work of Outstanding Non-Fiction. His latest book, The White Mountain, is a year long cultural and historical story of Mount Washington. Dan is also the Editor of Murder Ink, a series of New England-based Pulp Fiction anthologies set in or around the newsroom.

Dan 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, Appalachia Journal, AMC Outdoors and Huffington Post. In 2000, he moved to New Hampshire to cover the Presidential Election and became Associate Publisher of The Hippo, now the state’s largest Arts and Entertainment journal. You can find him online at  www.danszczesny.com