Speakers

 Speakers

Erin BowmanErin Bowman

Erin Bowman is the critically acclaimed author of numerous books for teens, including the Taken Trilogy, Vengeance RoadRetribution Rails, and the Edgar Award-nominated Contagion duology. Her middle grade debut The Girl and the Witches Garden is forthcoming in May 2020. A web designer turned author, Erin has always been invested in telling stories—both visually and with words. Erin lives in New Hampshire with her husband and children.

 

Ann Davila CardinalAnn Dávila Cardinal

Ann is a novelist and Director of Recruitment for Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA). She has a B.A. in Latino Studies from Norwich University, an M.A. in sociology from UI&U and an MFA in Writing from VCFA. She also helped create VCFA’s winter Writing residency in Puerto Rico.

Ann’s first novel, Sister Chicas was released from New American Library in 2006. Her second novel, a horror YA work titled Five Midnights was released from Tor Teen in 2019 with a follow up Category Five is forthcoming in June 2020.Her stories have appeared in several anthologies, including A Cup of Comfort for Mothers and Sons (2005) and Women Writing the Weird (2012) and she contributed to the Encyclopedia Latina: History, Culture, And Society in the United States edited by Ilan Stavans. Her essays have appeared in American ScholarVermont WomanAARP, and Latina Magazines.

Julie C Dao_credit Melody MarshallJulie C. Dao

Julie C. Dao is the author of the acclaimed Rise of the Empress duology, including FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS and KINGDOM OF THE BLAZING PHOENIX, as well as the follow-up novel SONG OF THE CRIMSON FLOWER. A proud Vietnamese-American who was born in upstate New York, she now lives in New England. Follow her on Twitter @jules_writes. Photo Credit: Melody Marshall

 

Joel Christian GillJoel Christian Gill

Joel Christian Gill is a cartoonist and historian who speaks nationally on the importance of sharing stories. He wrote the words and drew the pictures in Fast Enough: Bessie Stringfield’s First Ride(published by Lion Forge, 2019) and the award-winning graphic novel series Strange Fruit: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History, as well as, Tales of The Talented Tenth from Fulcrum Publishing. He has worked for diverse clients including the People’s United Party of Belize, NBC, the Boston Globe and his has written for The Huffington Post. His latest work is a memoir chronicling how children deal with abuse and trauma: Fights: One Boy’s Triumph Over Violence (Oni Press January 2020.) He was Chair of Foundations and then Comic Arts at The New Hampshire Institute of Art. He is currently an Associate Professor of Illustration at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Gill has dedicated his life to creating stories to build connections with readers through empathy, compassion, and ultimately humanity. He received his MFA from Boston University and his BA from Roanoke College.

 

Brian MacDonaldBrian Macdonald

Brian McDonald is the co-author of Bob Hikes Mount Monadnock and author of Saratoga.

Brian has dabbled in many trades before settling down to write in more recent years.

When Brian isn’t writing he can be found exploring New Hampshire by way of outdoor activities, such as hiking, camping, kayaking and more. You can find Brian online at www.saratogaconcord.com

 

joanAmmi-Joan Paquette

Joan is a Senior Agent with EMLA, working from her home office in Massachusetts. She represents all forms of children’s and young adult literature, but is most excited by a strong lyrical voice, tight plotting with surprising twists and turns, and stories told with heart and resonance that will stand the test of time.

An EMLA client herself, Joan is also the author of numerous books for children, most recently the Princess Juniper series, the picture books Ghost in the House, Elf in the House, Bunny Bus, and The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies, and the “non-fiction with a twist” series Two Truths and a Lie, co-written with Laurie Ann Thompson. When she is not on the phone, answering email, or writing, you will most likely find Joan curled up with a book. Or baking something delicious. Or talking about something delicious she’s baked. Really, after books and food, what else is there worth saying?

 

Jen Petro-RoyJen Petro-Roy

Jen Petro-Roy writes books about girls and boys who are strong, determined, unsure, struggling to fit in, bubbly, shy, and everything in between. Jen is an eating disorder awareness advocate, an avid reader, and a belt-out-the-words-in-the-car singer. She is the author of the middle grade novels P.S. I Miss You and Good Enough and the nonfiction You Are Enough. Her next novel, Life in the Balance, will be out in February 2021 (All with Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends). She is represented by Kate Testerman at KT Literary.

 

Adi-Rule-752x1080Adi Rule

Adi Rule is the author of the middle grade novel Hearts of Ice (Scholastic) and young adult novels 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 NH Pulp Fiction anthologies. She also contributes essays and features to New Hampshire Magazine.

 

KipWilsonKip Rechea Wilson

Kip Wilson is the author of White Rose, a YA novel-in-verse about anti-Nazi political activist Sophie Scholl. White Rose won the 2017 PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award, was a 2019 Winter/Spring Indies Introduce and Spring Indies Next title, and received four starred reviews. It was published on April 2, 2019 with HMH’s Versify imprint. Kip holds a Ph.D. in German Literature and wrote her doctoral dissertation about the poet Rainer Maria Rilke. She’s lived in Germany, Austria, and Spain, and currently calls Boston home.