Ann Angel is a young adult biographer and novelist. Her biography, Janis Joplin Rise Up Singing received the 2011 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award among many other awards. Her most recent works include Adopted Like Me, My Book of Adopted Heroes (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2013) and Things I'll Never Say, Short Stories About Our Secret Selves (Candlewick/Walker 2014). Angel also directs the English Graduate Program and teaches writing at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, WI. Visit her at www.annangelwriter.com.
Nancy Bo Flood lives on the Navajo Reservation where she writes, hikes, and attends local rodeos. Her award-winning books include: Navajo Year, Walk Through Many Seasons (Arizona Book Award), Warriors in the Crossfire (Colorado Book Award, YALSA), No-Name Baby (Bank Street’s 100 Best Children’s Books of 2012; Horn Book’s top choice historical novels). Cowboy Up, Ride the Navajo Rodeo, a recent poetry-nonfiction, is a Library Guild selection. Visit her at www.nancyboflood.com.
Terry Farish is the author of The Good Braider, a novel set in South Sudan and Portland, Maine. It is a YALSA Best Book for young adults, a School Library Journal Best Book of the year and an ALA Outstanding Book for the College Bound and Lifetime Learner. The Alleyway will be published in 2015. She worked with Nepali-speaking refugees from Bhutan to produce a bilingual folktale, The Story of a Pumpkin. Visit her at www.terryfarish.com.
Varian Johnson is the author of four novels, including My Life as a Rhombus, which was named to the Texas Library Association Tayshas High School Reading List and the New York Public Library “Stuff for the Teen Age” list, and the forthcoming middle grade, The Great Greene Heist. He received an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and currently lives in Austin with his family. Visit him at www.varianjohnson.com.
E. M. Kokie's debut YA novel Personal Effects (Candlewick Press, 2012) explores loss, recovery and competing visions of masculinity in the shadow of the conflict in Iraq. It was a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults and Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults Top Ten, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, and a 2013 IRA Young Adult Honor Book.Visit her at www.emkokie.com.
Lyn Miller-Lachmann is the author of the 2009 novel Gringolandia (Curbstone Press/Northwestern UP), a ALA Best Book for Young Adults and Americas Award Honor Book about a teenage refugee from Chile under the Pinochet dictatorship. Her 2013 novel, Rogue (Nancy Paulsen/Penguin), a Junior Library Guild selection, portrays a young teenager with Asperger's and an X-Men obsession in search of a friend and her own special power.
Visit her at www.lynmillerlachmann.com.
Peter Marino is an English professor at SUNY Adirondack. His novels for young adults Dough Boy (2005) and Magic and Misery (2009) have been nominated by the American Library Association for Best Books for Young Adults. Magic and Misery made Booklist's Top 10 Fiction for Youth (2010) and the ALA Round Table’s Rainbow Books Bibliography.
J.L. Powers is the award-winning author of several books, most recently This Thing Called the Future(2011), a coming-of-age novel set in post-apartheid South Africa, and editor of That Mad Game: Growing Up in a Warzone, an anthology of essays from around the world (2012). Her novel Amina(2013) was published in Australia and explores a girl graffiti artist growing up in Mogadishu, Somalia. Visit her at www.jlpowers.net.