Ellen Oh

Organizer, Sponsorships Ellen Oh

Anti-social curmudgeonly author, former college instructor, recovering attorney, addicted to diet coke. Can be bribed with donuts. Krispy Kreme only.

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Christina Soontornvat

Organizer Christina Soontornvat

Christina Soontornvat is a storyteller, engineer, and STEM educator. She is the author of the fantasy middle grade series, The Changelings, and the early chapter book series, Diary of an Ice Princess. Her forthcoming books include the middle grade fantasy, A Wish in the Dark, and All Thirteen, a nonfiction account of the Thai Cave Rescue.

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Melanie Conklin

Organizer Melanie Conklin

Melanie Conklin is the author of Counting Thyme and Every Missing Piece. Melanie grew up in North Carolina and worked as a product designer before she began her writing career. She spends her free time doodling and dreaming up new creative projects. She lives in New Jersey with her family.

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Kat Cho

Panels Kat Cho

Kat Cho is a YA author who loves to incorporate her Korean heritage in her writing, especially if it involves describing food. She loves anything that encourages nerding out, including reading, K-dramas, K-pop and anime. She’s the author of Wicked Fox and Vicious Spirits (PRH). You can find her online at

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Gail D. Villanueva

Website Gail D. Villanueva

Gail D. Villanueva is a Filipino web designer/developer and author of A Potful Of Magic (2021) and My Fate According to the Butterfly (2019), a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year and NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People. She lives in the Philippines with her husband and their spoiled pets.

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Alaina Lavoie

PR, Communications Alaina Lavoie

Alaina Lavoie is the communications manager at We Need Diverse Books and teaches in the MFA and MA programs at Emerson College. She lives in Boston with her wife and two literary cats.

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Cat Scully

Graphics Cat Scully

Best known for her world maps in the Brooklyn Brujas trilogy by Zoraida Cordova, Cat Scully is the writer and illustrator of YA horror comic-novel Jennifer Strange, releasing July 21, 2020 from Haverhill House Publishing. When she’s not writing or drawing, she works in video game development for the Deep End Games on their next title.

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Kim Bongiorno

Social Media Kim Bongiorno

Best known for earning accolades for her humorous social media presence for over a decade, Kim is an author and freelance writer whose longer work has been published in a dozen books and thousands of articles both online and in print. She’s currently working on her first middle grade novel.

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Susan Muaddi Darraj

Booksellers Outreach Susan Muaddi Darraj

Susan Muaddi Darraj is the author of the Farah Rocks series by Capstone, the first chapter book series to feature a Palestinian American protagonist. She is an Engllish and creative writing professor in Baltimore, Maryland, and previously won an American Book Award, an Arab American Book Award, and a Ford Fellowship for her work.

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Karuna Riazi

Volunteers Karuna Riazi

Karuna Riazi drinks a lot of tea and wears a lot of hats, including student in the Hamline University MFAC program, educator and diversity advocate. She is the author of The Gauntlet (Salaam Reads, 2017), its companion The Battle (2019) and Ghostwriter: The Jungle Book (Sesame Workshop/Sourcebooks Wonderland, 2019).

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