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Liara Tamani

Liara Tamani’s first novel, CALLING MY NAME, was a 2018 PEN America Literary Award Finalist and a 2018 SCBWI Golden Kite Finalist. Her second novel, ALL THE THINGS WE NEVER KNEW, has received a starred review from Kirkus and releases in June. She holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College and lives in Houston, […]

Kelly Yang

Kelly Yang is the New York Times bestselling and award winning author of FRONT DESK, THREE KEYS, and PARACHUTES.

Karen Strong

Karen Strong is the author of the critically acclaimed middle grade novel Just South of Home, which appeared on several Best of Year lists including Kirkus Reviews Best Books, CCBC Choices, and Bank Street Best Books. Her short story “The Witch’s Skin” appears in the young adult anthology A Phoenix First Must Burn. Born and […]

Karina Yan Glaser

Karina Glaser is the NYT best-selling author of The Vanderbeekers series. A former teacher and now a contributor to Book Riot, Karina lives in Harlem, New York City with her husband, two daughters, and assortment of rescued animals. One of her proudest achievements is raising two kids who can’t go anywhere without a book.

Karyn Parsons

Karyn Parsons is best known for her role as Will Smith’s ditsy cousin Hilary Banks on NBC’s The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. After leaving acting behind, Karyn has gone on to found and produce Sweet Blackberry, an award-winning series of children’s animated films, to share stories about unsung black heroes in history, featuring narration from […]

Jennifer Baker

Jennifer Baker is a publishing professional, creator/host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, and contributing editor to Electric Literature. In 2019, she was named Publishers Weekly Superstar for her contributions to inclusion and representation in publishing. Jennifer is the editor of the all PoC-short story anthology Everyday People: The Color of Life (Atria Books, 2018). […]

Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins

Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins joined the disability rights movement at the age of six and has been a passionate advocate ever since. In 1990, she received the Americans With Disabilities Act Award. Jennifer received her GED in 2002 before earning a B.S. in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University, which she plans to use to […]

Jennifer Li Shotz

Jennifer Li Shotz is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Max: Best Friend. Hero. Marine., about the coolest war dog ever. She is also the author of the Hero and Scout series. Among other things, Jen has written about sugar addiction, stinky shoes, and sports-related concussions. A Los Angeles native, she graduated […]

Jessica Kim

Jessica Kim writes about Asian American girls finding their way in the world. Before she was an author, Jessica studied education at UC Berkeley and spent ten years teaching third, fourth, and fifth grades in public schools. Like Yumi, Jessica lives with her family in Southern California and can’t get enough Hot Cheetos, stand-up comedy, […]

Jewell Parker Rhodes

JEWELL PARKER RHODES is the acclaimed author of Ghost Boys, a New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback editions, Ninth Ward, winner of a Coretta Scott King Honor, and Sugar, winner of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award. Her additional novels for young readers include Towers Falling and Bayou Magic. She has also […]