Festival Info

Live Magic in Queer YA

YA authors Andrew Eliopulos (THE FASCINATORS), Isabel Sterling (THIS COVEN WON’T BREAK), Anna-Marie McLemore (DARK AND DEEPEST RED), and Aiden Thomas (CEMETERY BOYS) come together to discuss the role of magic–witchy and otherwise–in queer narratives, as well as their magical inspirations!

WHEN: 01:00PM EST on Saturday, 2 May 2020


Andrew Eliopulos is a children’s book writer and editor living in Brooklyn, New York. He may or may not believe in magic.

Originally from Georgia, Andrew graduated from the University of Chicago, where he double-majored in Germanic Studies and Fundamentals: Issues and Texts.

Andrew’s debut novel, The Spider Ring (written under his birth name), was an International Literacy Association Children’s Choices Reading List pick and a Grand Canyon Reader Award nominee.

Isabel Sterling is an LGBTQ advocate and educator by day and a YA author by night. When she’s not writing about magic and murder, Isabel can be found lost in a good book, marathoning her favorite shows, or relaxing by the lake. She lives in central NY with her wife and their brood of furry children: cats Oliver and December and a beagle-mix named Lily.

Isabel is the author of These Witches Don’t Burn and This Coven Won’t Break.

Aiden Thomas is a YA author with an MFA in Creative Writing. Originally from Oakland, California, they now make their home in Portland, OR. As a queer, trans, latinx, Aiden advocates strongly for diverse representation in all media. Aidens special talents include: quoting The Office, Harry Potter trivia, Jenga, finishing sentences with is my FAVORITE, and killing spiders. Aiden is notorious for not being able to guess the endings of books and movies, and organizes their bookshelves by color.

Anna-Marie McLemore (they/them) is a queer, Latinx, non-binary brujx who grew up hearing la llorona in the Santa Ana winds. They are the author of THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS, a 2016 William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist; 2017 Stonewall Honor Book WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS, which was longlisted for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature; WILD BEAUTY, a Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Booklist best book of 2017; BLANCA & ROJA, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice; DARK AND DEEPEST RED, a Winter 2020 Indie Next List title; and the forthcoming THE MIRROR SEASON.