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CARRIE FINISON likes to read, write, and rhyme every day. She writes a variety of forms for children and her poems and stories have appeared in Babybug, Ladybug, High Five, and Highlights magazines. She was the 2014 winner of the Barbara Karlin work-in-progress grant for picture book writing from SCBWI. Carrie also writes and develops fiction and nonfiction content for educational publishers. She is represented by Linda Epstein at the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency.
HANNAH HOLT is an award-winning picture book writer and essayist. Her editing clients have described her feedback as “exceptional” and “better than we’ve ever had before.” Hannah lives in the Portland, Oregon area with her husband and four children. She enjoys trying new recipes and training for marathons.
www.LightbulbBooks.com PENNY PARKER KLOSTERMANN is the author of There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight (Random House Children’s Books, 2015) and the upcoming, A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale (Random House Children’s Books, Spring 2017). She loves all kinds of books, but especially loves very silly picture books that make her laugh. She has been known to hug her favorite picture books and seriously hopes that someday her books will gain huggable status too. Penny is a member of SCBWI. She was named the 2012 Barbara Karlin Grant Runner-up. She is represented by Tricia Lawrence of the Erin Murphy Literary Agency. Penny grew up in Colorado and now lives in Abilene, Texas-the Storybook Capital of Texas!
RENÉE M. LATULIPPE has co-authored nine award-winning early readers and a collection of poetry titled LIZARD LOU: A COLLECTION OF RHYMES OLD AND NEW for All About Learning Press, where she is also the editor. She also has poems published in several anthologies, including ONE MINUTE TILL BEDTIME (ed. Kenn Nesbitt), THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BOOK OF NATURE POETRY (ed. J. Patrick Lewis), and THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY Middle School, Science, and Celebrations editions (ed. Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong). She is the founder and instructor of The Lyrical Language Lab online writing course and blogs on children’s poetry at NoWaterRiver.com, which features poetry videos and interviews. Renée earned her BFA in acting/directing from Marymount Manhattan College and her MA in English Education from NYU; worked and played in the theater for almost two decades; and taught English, theater arts, and public speaking in NYC. She lives in Italy with her husband and twin boys.
Twitter: @ReneeMLaTulippe BJ LEE is an award-winning poet with over 90 poems published in anthologies, magazines and online. She has published poems in THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BOOK OF NATURE POETRY, ONE MINUTE TILL BEDTIME, THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY FOR CELEBRATIONS and many other anthologies. Her work has appeared in magazines, including Highlights for Children, The Journal of Children’s Literature, The School Magazine (Australia). She’s had poems nominated four consecutive years for the Rhysling Award. She reached the Final Four in The March Madness Poetry Contest in 2014. B.J. earned a M.S. in Library Science from Simmons College and a B.A. in English. She lives in Florida with her poet husband, Malcolm Deeley, and toy poodle, Bijoux.
NEAL LEVIN has written poems for several anthologies including POEMS TO LEARN BY HEART (Disney/Hyperion), MY TEACHER’S IN DETENTION (Meadowbrook Press), and CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: THINK POSITIVE FOR KIDS. He has also written poetry and prose for a variety of national magazines including Highlights, MAD Kids and The Saturday Evening Post. He lives in Michigan.
SUZY LEVINSON loves to get lost in stories…and write some of her own. She lives in New York, where she’s often found furiously typing up a poem, a picture book, or a middle grade story. She has poems published in THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY FOR CELEBRATIONS.
LIANA MAHONEY is a nationally certified teacher from upstate New York who writes children’s poetry, educational materials, and non-fiction. Her first picture book, FOREST GREEN, a rhyming non-fiction circle story, is forthcoming from North Country Books. She has numerous poetry credits, including the SCBWI Bulletin, various children’s magazines, online publications, and a poem in the award-winning sports-themed anthology AND THE CROWD GOES WILD. Liana’s poems also appear in various curricular materials with School Specialty, superteacherworksheets.com, and the Core Knowledge Foundation. She believes that a walk in the woods is one of the best cures for writer’s block, second only to teaching kindergarteners.
DIANA MURRAY has published several picture books in rhyming verse, including CITY SHAPES (Little, Brown, Spring 2016), NED THE KNITTING PIRATE: A SALTY YARN (Roaring Brook Press, Winter 2016), GRIMELDA, THE VERY MESSY WITCH (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins, Summer 2016), and others. Diana is the recipient of two SCBWI Magazine Merit Awards (2013 and 2014) and an Honor (2013) for poetry. She also won the 2010 SCBWI Barbara Karlin Grant for a picture book work in progress. She has published many poems in magazines including, Highlights for Children, Highlights High Five, Highlights Hello, and Spider. Diana is represented by Brianne Johnson at Writers House. She was raised in New York City and currently lives in a nearby suburb with her husband, two daughters, and a goldfish named Pickle.
WILLIAM PEERY is a stay-at-home dad and has been writing children’s poetry since 1995. Founder of the Poets’ Garage, his publishing credits include several children’s magazines and the SCBWI Bulletin, and the anthology AN EYEBALL IN MY GARDEN — And Other Spine-Tingling Poems anthology (Marshall Cavendish, 2010) Awards: 2007 Writer’s Day Contest (SCBWI-Los Angeles Event) H. M. for Picture Book 2006 Writer’s Day Contest (SCBWI-Los Angeles Event) H. M. for poetry
www.shakespeery.com BUFFY SILVERMAN‘s curiosity about the natural world inspires much of her writing. Her poems appear in THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY FOR CELEBRATIONS, THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY FOR SCIENCE and DEAR TOMATO: AN INTERNATIONAL CROP OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE POEMS, as well as several children’s magazines, including Ladybug, Spider, Cricket, Highlights for Children, and Know magazine. She is also the author of more than 70 nonfiction books for children. Buffy lives at the swampy end of a small lake in Michigan.
KEN SLESARIK is a teacher and children’s poet from Phoenix, Arizona. His “Heroes and Poets” assembly program has been well received by teachers, students, parents, and administrators. When not teaching or visiting schools, Ken writes poetry for children with poems published in THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY K-5 EDITION; THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL; THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY FOR SCIENCE; THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY FOR CELEBRATIONS; and DEAR TOMATO: AN INTERNATIONAL CROP OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE POEMS. Ken’s mission is to empower students through the medium of poetry and he is a poetry advocate to children and teachers alike.
kenslesarik.com ELIZABETH STEINGLASS lives in Washington, DC with her husband and three children. She goes for walks and writes poetry every day. Her poetry has appeared in Ladybug, Babybug, and High Five magazines. Liz also keeps a blog where she is a regular contributor to Poetry Friday, the weekly online celebration of all things poetry.
LINDA KULP TROUT is a teacher and writer. She currently teaches middle school reading and language arts. Her poems have been published in more than a dozen anthologies including THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL, and LULLABY AND KISSES SWEET. Her poems and articles have also appeared in many children’s magazines and teacher resources. She is the mother of two grown sons and two adorable grandchildren. Linda lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and a very bossy kitty named Daisy.