Speakers

 Speakers

Katie Bayerl

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Katie fell in love with books before she can remember and with teaching when she was just a teen. The writing books for teens part came a bit later. She jumped right in and hasn’t looked back.

These days, when she isn’t penning her own stories, Katie coaches teens and nonprofits to tell theirs. She has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has taught writing to teens in a range of settings, including at GrubStreet in Boston. Her young adult novel A Psalm for Lost Girls (Putnam Books for Young Readers) has been selected as one of the most anticipated YA debuts of 2017 by Barnes & Noble and Bustle.

MarcyKate Connolly

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MarcyKate Connolly is a NYT Bestselling children’s book author and nonprofit administrator living in New England with her husband and pugs. She graduated from Hampshire College with a double major in Music and Literature, and from Boston University with an MS in Arts Administration. Her debut middle grade fantasy series is available now from HarperCollins Children’s Books and includes Monstrous and the companion novel, Ravenous. Her next book is Shadow Weaver which will be out from Sourcebooks in 2018. You can visit her online at marcykate.com.

K.R Conway

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K.R. (Kate) Conway is a sarcastic bugger who likes to torment Cape Cod’s summertime tourists, taunting them about sneaky sharks and traffic-free backroads. She’s been a professional journalist since 1999 when several newspaper editors lost their minds and hired her as a feature writer. She is best known, however, for her Urban Fantasy series, Undertow, which reads like a mash-up of Jaws and The Goonies. Awards, nominations, and features include Barnes and Noble’s Seven Terrifying Summer Reads for Teens (2015), Teen Ink Magazine’s Best Picks, Girl’s Life Magazine Cool Winter Reads, newspapers, magazines, and radio. Nominations include Indie Recon Live (Best New YA, Best Opening Line, Best Book Boyfriend), YALSA, Cybil, Goodreads, IRDA, and others.

The series has spawned fan fiction, fan art, jewelry, clothing, and even tattoos. Conway, who is a member of SCBWI, teaches fiction craft at writer conferences, high schools, and libraries. She lives on Cape Cod with her equally weird family and a strange assortment of critters. When not writing, Conway drives a forty-foot Loser Cruiser that smells like forgotten Pony sneakers from the 80s. www.CapeCodScribe.com

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.

Robert Co-founded the Hyla Brook Poets, and is a long-time member of the Powwow 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 NH with his wife, the poet Midge Goldberg.

Paul Durham

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Paul 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.

Heidi Heilig

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Heidi Heilig is a biracial, bipolar author of the acclaimed series THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE and THE SHIP BEYOND TIME. Heidi was born in Hawaii but lives in Brooklyn and so enjoys long rants on the beach.

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, 2017). 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. When Erin isn’t writing books she can be found drinking an excessive amount of Barry’s Tea, scribbling in notebooks, carving pumpkins, staring off into space wearing her noise cancelling headphones and trying to stay out of mischief without always succeeding. She also works as teen librarian at the Derry Public Library where she maintains a collection of awesome YA books and leads teen programming. You can find her online at www.erinemoulton.com

Adi Rule

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Adi Rule is the author of The Hidden Twin and Strange Sweet Song, which won the 2016 NH Literary Award for Outstanding Young Adult Novel, both with St. Martin’s Press. Her work has appeared in Hunger Mountain journal of the arts and in the pulp fiction anthologies Live Free or Die! Die! Die! and Murder Ink, Vol. 2. She is also a regular contributor to New Hampshire Magazine. Adi earned her MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she won the Houghton Mifflin/Clarion Prize for novels. She lives in New Hampshire with three cats who hate each other. Visit her online at www.adirule.com.

Francisco X. Stork

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Francisco X. Stork is the award winning author of many YA and middle grade novels, including Marcelo in the Real World, Behind the Eyes, Way of the Jaguar, Irises, The Last Summer of the Death Warriors, and most recently, Memory of Light.

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, The Nepal ChroniclesSing and Other Short Stories, and Mosquito Rain: Alaskan Travel Essays. He’s the recipient of the 2016 New Hampshire Literary Award for Work of Outstanding Non-Fiction. His upcoming travel title is The White Mountain. Dan is also the Editor of Murder Ink, a series of New England-based Pulp Fiction anthologies set in or around the newsroom. Volume Three is set for release in 2018.

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, all4woman,com, Yahoo! Parenting 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

Nicole Tadgell

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Nicole Tadgell is the award-winning illustrator of more than twenty picture books, including First Peas to the Table, In the Garden with Dr. Carver and Lucky Beans. When she’s not drawing, Nicole enjoys practicing Tai Chi and watching Doctor Who. She lives in central Massachusetts. Visit her online at www.nicoletadgell.com.

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Carol Gordon Ekster

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Carol Gordon Ekster taught elementary school teacher for 35 years.  Her first published book, Where Am I Sleeping Tonight?-A Story of Divorce, Boulden Publishing, 2008, was an About.com Readers’ Choice 2012 finalist for Best Children’s Book for Single Parents. The Library Is The Perfect Place”, was acquired by Library Sparks magazine, 2010.  A picture book, Ruth The Sleuth and The Messy Room, was on Character Publishing’s debut list, 2011 and was awarded the Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval.  Her picture book, Before I Sleep: I Say Thank You, Pauline Books and Media, released January 1, 2015 and is now in its third printing. The book was the 3rd place winner in the Catholic Press Association’s 2016 Book Awards in the children’s category and was a finalist for the ACP Excellence in Publishing Awards 2016. Her first e-book came out spring 2015 as part of a digital library with Schoolwide, Inc. Her new book, You Know What? with Clavis Books came out first in Dutch, December 2016, and the English version will be out September 2017. It is now available on Amazon for pre-sale! Carol spends time in critique groups, doing exercise and yoga, and working on her books. She is grateful that her writing gives her another way to communicate with children. Find out more at www.carolgordonekster.com

Ginger Johnson

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When Ginger Johnson was six, her mother asked her what she wanted for Christmas. “A typewriter,” she said. She didn’t get a typewriter, but instead had to make do with pencil and paper for her writing endeavors. Thankfully, she now works on an iMac.

Since those early days, Ginger has put her fingers to work. She earned her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts where she won the Marion Dane Bauer prize. In 2014, she received Honorable Mention for the SCBWI Work-in-Progress Grant. Her debut middle-grade novel, A Splintered Light (Bloomsbury) will be released in spring 2018.

Ginger lives in the Seacoast area of New Hampshire with her husband the Gingerbread Man, her two sons, a coop of sassy chickens, and a tank of doctor fish.

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.

 

 

Robert  Crawford (Poetry): See above

Erin E. Moulton (Publishing): See above

Adi Rule (Agents): See above