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Authors that will be participating at the 2017 Collingswood Book Festival have been announced. Please check back often for additions and updates.



Collingswood Town Book Featured Author

   Liz Moore
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Liz Moore is the author of the novels The Words of Every Song and the much-acclaimed Heft. Moore's short fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in venues such as Tin House, The New York Times, and Narrative Magazine. She is the winner of the Medici Book Club Prize and Philadelphia's Athenaeum Literary Award. After winning a 2014 Rome Prize in Literature, she spent 2014-15 at the American Academy in Rome, completing her third novel. That novel, The Unseen World, was published by W.W. Norton in July of 2016. Louisa Hall called it "fiercely intelligent" in her review in The New York Times. The Unseen World was included in "Best of 2016" lists by The New Yorker, the BBC, Publishers Weekly, Vox, Google Play, and Audible.com, among others. Liz Moore is a professor at Holy Family University in Philadelphia.














   Jonathan Allen
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Jonathan Allen is the co-author of Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign. He is the head of content at Sidewire, a columnist at Roll Call, and an adjunct professor at Northwestern University. He is the recipient of the Dirksen and Hume Awards and has written about national politics for more than a decade, including as a former Washington bureau chief for Bloomberg News and a former White House bureau chief for Politico. He is a frequent guest on national television and radio programs..



   Janet Benton
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Janet Benton’s debut novel, Lilli de Jong, is the diary of an unwed mother in 1883 Philadelphia (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, May 2017). Kirkus Reviews calls it a “monumental accomplishment.” Her writings have appeared in the New York Times Modern Love column, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Writers Digest, Glimmer Train, and elsewhere. She has edited and co-written award-winning TV documentaries for The Great Experiment, a series on Philadelphia history. Benton holds an M.F.A. in fiction writing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a B. A. in religious studies from Oberlin College. She has taught writing at four universities and has taught private workshops for two decades. Through her business, The Word Studio, she mentors writers.



   Kevin Callahan
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Kevin Callahan is in his 34th year writing sports, travel and outdoor stories, focusing in and around South Jersey and Philadelphia. He currently is a writer for the Philadelphia 76ers website Sixers.com and South Jersey Sports Digest after 33 years writing for a Gannett newspaper. The Black Rose, which is set in Sea Isle and Avalon and takes place over four years from 2012 to 2016, is the first novel of a completed trilogy and was published in May of 2017 by PublishwithJAM. The second novel, The Fish Finder – planned to be released Labor Day weekend – is set in Cape May and takes place over four months in 2015. The Chess Game, the third novel of the trilogy – planned to be released Thanksgiving Day weekend – takes place over one day, June 16, 2015, in Camden, New Jersey. Callahan was a featured columnist for the Courier-Post, writing commentary on the four Philadelphia professional sports teams. He was the Eagles Beat Writer from 1992 to 2001. He has won multiple awards from the Philadelphia Press Association, including First Place Sports Coverage Daily Division, and the Associated Press Sports Editors First Place Column Writing Division. He is a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America and the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association. Follow him on his two personal Twitter accounts: @CP_KCallahan (Callahan's Playground on sports) and @IntotheOUTsides (on playing outdoors and travel).



   Kevin Catalano
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Kevin Catalano’s debut novel, Where the Sun Shines Out, is forthcoming from Skyhorse Publishing in October of 2017. His first book was The Word Made Flesh (Queen's Ferry Press), a collection of dark flash and short stories. Other work has appeared in places like PANK, storySouth, Booth, Pear Noir!, and Atticus Review. He holds an MFA in fiction from Rutgers University–Newark, where he teaches writing. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children.



   Jen Conley
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Jen Conley’s short stories have appeared in several journals and anthologies. She is an editor of Shotgun Honey and co-hosts the Noir at the Bar in NYC. Her story collection, Cannibals: Stories from the Edge of the Pine Barrens is available now. She lives in New Jersey.



   Tony Knighton
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Tony Knighton’s novel Three Hours Past Midnight was published this year by Crime Wave Press. His novella and story collection Happy Hour and Other Philadelphia Cruelties was published in 2015 by Crime Wave Press and his short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, including Equilibrium Overturned and Year's Best Hardcore Horror Volume 1.



   Dave Levitan
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Dave Levitan is a science journalist whose work has appeared in a variety of outlets, including the Washington Post, the Atlantic, Scientific American, and many others. His book, Not A Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science, is published by WW Norton. He lives in Collingswood with his wife.



   Tom McAllister
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A Philadelphia native, Tom McAllister lives in New Jersey, teaches at Temple, and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, an editor at Barrelhouse, and the author of a memoir, Bury Me in My Jersey: A Memoir of My Father, Football, and Philly. The Young Widower's Handbook is his first novel.



   Amie Parnes
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Amie Parnes is the co-author of Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign. She is the senior White House correspondent for The Hill in Washington, where she covered Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election and is now covering the Trump administration. She has written about politics for over a decade. Prior to this assignment, she chronicled the Obama White House and the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections for Politico and The Hill, respectively. She appears regularly on national television programs.



   Jason Rekulak
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Jason Rekulak has worked for St. Martin’s Press, Quality Paperback Book Club, and (for the last 17 years and counting) Quirk Books, where he currently serves as Publisher. In addition to acquiring and editing his own list of titles, Jason oversees the editorial and design departments. Jason has acquired and edited many New York Times bestsellers for Quirk, including the YA fantasy Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, the beloved mash-up novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith, and the Edgar Award-winning The Last Policeman trilogy by Ben H. Winters. His debut novel, The Impossible Fortress, was published in 2017 by Simon & Schuster. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two children.



   Myrna B. Shure
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Myrna B. Shure is a developmental psychologist and the author or coauthor of seven books, including I Can Problem Solve curriculum guides for preschool through grade six for use in schools, and numerous book chapters and journal articles. Her trade books for parents, Raising A Thinking Child (Holt, 1994; paperback, Pocket Books, 1996; audiotape, BDD Audio, 1996), Raising A Thinking Child Workbook (Original Publication, Holt, 1996; Research Press, 2000, also available in Spanish, Research Press, 2005), and Raising A Thinking Preteen (Holt, 2000; paperback, Owl/Holt, 2001), help children learn to resolve everyday conflicts and get along with others. Her third trade book, Thinking Parent, Thinking Child (McGraw-Hill, 2005; Research Press, 2012; 2nd Ed. 2016) helps families turn their most challenging problems into solutions. Dr. Shure is professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology at Drexel University in Philadelphia.



   Wallace Stroby
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Wallace Stroby is an award-winning journalist and the author of eight novels, four of which feature professional thief Crissa Stone, whom Kirkus Reviews named "Crime fiction's best bad girl ever." A Long Branch, N.J., native, he's a lifelong resident of the Jersey Shore. A graduate of Rutgers University, Stroby was an editor at The Star-Ledger of Newark for 13 years. His eighth novel, Some Die Nameless, will be published by Little, Brown in 2018.



   Dennis Tafoya
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Dennis Tafoya is the author of three crime novels, Dope Thief, Wolves of Fairmount Park and The Poor Boy's Game, and his short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies including Philadelphia Noir and Best American Mystery Stories.



   Lisa Thomas-Laury


At the age of twenty-four, Lisa Thomas-Laury began working at WPVI-TV as a reporter and co-anchor of Action News in 1978. She covered the stories of everyday people around the region, as well as numerous political elections and conventions and the activities of political figures. However, the stories she loves to tell the most are those of average people with unique experiences, and those who overcome major obstacles in their lives. In 2001 Lisa faced her own significant life challenge. She underwent a bone marrow transplant at the Mayo Clinic in 2004 and returned to Channel 6 two and a half years later. Lisa has received three honorary doctorate degrees and numerous other awards, including Philadelphia’s most prestigious accolade, the Liberty Bell Award. She retired in March 2016 after a second bone marrow transplant, having spent nearly four decades with WPVI-TV. Lisa is at work on an autobiography, planned for a Fall 2017 release. Photo Credit: WPVI-TV





   Megan Atwood
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Megan Atwood is a creative writing professor at Rowan University in New Jersey. She has been an active member of the kidlit community since 2000 as a writer, editor, agent, speaker, teacher, and emcee of events. She has written over 40 books for the library market, winning YALSA Quickpick Awards for two of her series. This year she has had Ice Cream Summer, a middle grade book from Simon and Schuster, come out in May, her series Dear Molly, Dear Olive placed in Target, and The Devils You Know, her first YA trade novel, will be released on October 3 from Soho Teen.



   Isabel Bandeira
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Isabel Bandeira is the author of Bookishly Ever After. She split her youth between summers surrounded by cathedrals, castles, and ancient tombs in Portugal and the rest of the year hanging around the lakes and trees of Southern New Jersey. This fed her fairy-tale and nature obsessions which is evident in her novel Bookishly Ever After, a captivating story about sixteen-year-old Phoebe who uses her favorite books to help her with her first crush. Isabel lives in South Jersey with her little black cat, too many books, too much yarn, and a closetful of vintage hats.



   Joshua David Bellin
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Joshua David Bellin has been writing novels since he was eight years old (though the first few were admittedly very, very short). A Pittsburgh native, Josh graduated from Wesleyan University and went on to earn his Ph.D. in English at the University of Pennsylvania. He has published three science fiction novels for teens: the two-part Survival Colony series (Survival Colony 9 and Scavenger of Souls) and the deep-space adventure Freefall. Josh loves to read (mostly YA fantasy and science fiction), watch movies and draw (again, mostly fantasy and sci-fi), and spend time in nature (often catching frogs and toads). He’s the world’s worst singer (just ask his kids), but he plays a pretty mean air guitar. He lives with his wife and two children in the beautiful Frick Park area of Pittsburgh.



   Charlotte Bennardo
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Until Hollywood calls, Charlotte lives in NJ with her husband, children, two needy cats and sometimes a deranged squirrel. She is the author of the middle grade trilogy, Evolution Revolution: Simple Machines, Simple Plans and Simple Lessons (Poolside Press).She is also the co-author of young adult novels Blonde Ops (St. Martin’s/Dunne) and the Sirenz series (Sirenz, Sirenz Back In Fashion (Flux), and one of 13 authors in the anthology, Beware the Little White Rabbit (Leap). She's written for magazines and newspapers, and given presentations/workshops at NJ SCBWI and other conferences, libraries, and book events. Currently she’s working on sci-fi, historical, fantasy, and time travel novels and loves to hear from fans on Twitter (charbennardo) or through her blog.



   M. Tara Crowl
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M. Tara Crowl is the author of Eden's Wish, about a genie who makes her own wishes come true in this imaginative story. Her love of books and desire to write her own found her studying in Sydney, Australia. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, M. Tara Crowl has lived in Tennessee, California and Australia but now resides in New York City.



   J.A. Culican
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J.A. Culican is a USA Today Bestselling author of the middle grade fantasy series The Keeper of Dragons. Her first novel in the fictional series catapulted a trajectory of titles and awards, including top selling author on the USA Today bestsellers list and Amazon, and a rightfully earned spot as an international best seller. Additional accolades include Best Fantasy Book of 2016, Runner-up in Reality Bites Book Awards, and 1st place for Best Coming of Age Book from the Indie book Awards. J.A. Culican holds a Master’s degree in Special Education from Niagara University, in which she has been teaching special education for over 11 years. She is also the president of the autism awareness non-profit Puzzle Peace United. J.A. Culican resides in Southern New Jersey with her husband and four young children.



   Darlene Beck Jacobson
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A former teacher with Glassboro Public Schools, Darlene Beck Jacobson is the author of Wheels of Change, winner of the Grateful American Book Prize Honorable Mention for 2015. Her blog features recipes, activities, and crafts for children, as well as interviews with children's book authors and illustrators. She lives and writes her children's stories in New Jersey with her family and a house full of dust bunnies.



   Jeffry W. Johnston
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Jeffry W. Johnston is the author of The Truth and Fragments. Fragments was a 2008 Edgar nominee for Best Young Adult Mystery and a 2008 YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers selection. Jeffry W. Johnston has published about thirty-five short stories and more than two hundred articles. He lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife and their teenage son.



   Erin Entrada Kelly
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Erin Entrada Kelly was raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana, but now lives in the Philadelphia area. Her debut novel, Blackbird Fly, received three starred reviews and was named a 2015 Junior Library Guild Selection, 2015 SIBA Best Book of the South, and finalist for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize. Blackbird Fly was also nominated for the ALA Notable Children’s Book Award, earned an Asia Pacific Librarians Association Honor Award for Literature, and received the Golden Kite Honor Award. Kirkus, School Library Journal, and the Center for Multicultural Literature all named Blackbird Fly one of the best books of 2015. Her second novel, The Land of Forgotten Girls, was named one of the best contemporary books of the year and one of the top 10 multicultural books of 2016 by Booklist. The Land of Forgotten Girls earned three starred reviews, was a 2016 Junior Library Guild Selection, and earned the Parents Choice Foundation Gold Award for Fiction. Erin’s third novel, Hello, Universe (March 2017), earned five starred reviews.



   Jessica Lawson
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Jessica Lawson writes middle grade fiction, lots of to-do lists, and songs about lost socks, and is the author of The Actual & Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher, a book that Publishers Weekly called “a delightfully clever debut” in a starred review. Her latest middle grade novel, Waiting for Augusta, is also a Junior Library Guild Selection. Jessica Lawson enjoys living in Pennsylvania, where she and her family spend weekend hours exploring back roads and searching for old stone houses. She likes pizza. A lot.



   April Lindner
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April Lindner is the author of three young adult novels that put a twist on the classics: Love, Lucy, a retelling of A Room With a View; Catherine, a contemporary retelling of Wuthering Heights; and Jane, a retelling of Jane Eyre. An English professor at Saint Joseph's University, she is a mother, and wife and lover of rescue pets.



   David Neilsen
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David Neilsen is the author of Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom, and several other odd, weird, supernatural, and occasionally slightly disturbing books and stories. David is also a professionally trained actor who works as a professional storyteller up and down the Hudson River Valley and in New York City. His one-man performances based on the work of H.P. Lovecraft have sent many screaming into the hills in search of their sanity.



   Dianne Salerni
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Dianne Salerni is the author of the books The Morrigan's Curse, The Eighth Day, The Inquisitor's Mark, The Caged Graves and We Hear the Dead. Now retired, she spends her free time hanging around creepy cemeteries and climbing 2000 year-old pyramids in the name of book research. Dianne K. Salerni lives in Chester County, Pennsylvania with her husband Bob, her two daughters, Gabrielle and Gina, her trusty dog, Sorcia, and mischievous cat, Luna.



   David Teague & Marisa de los Santos
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David Teague is the author of the Sixth Grade book Saving Lucas Biggs, a joint venture with his wife Marisa de los Santos. The book is a charming time-travel story that follows one girl's race to change the past in order to save her father's future. David lives in Wilmington, Delaware, with his wife, Marisa, his children, Charles and Annabel, and their two dogs, Huxley and Finn. David teaches literature at the University of Delaware.



   Joe Wos
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Joe Wos has been cartooning professionally since the age of 14 and drawing mazes since he was 7. For 25 years, he has performed throughout the US, illustrating stories as he tells them, and he also illustrates live musical performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Joe has served as the visiting resident cartoonist at Santa Rosa’s (CA) Charles M. Schulz Museum since its opening, and he also works as a full-time cartoonist, writer, and the "Brand Character Integrity Consultant" for StarKist’s Charlie the Tuna. A master maze maker, Joe has garnered international attention for his work, especially his 140-sq. foot puzzle chock full of more than 100 illustrations—the world’s largest hand-drawn maze. His creation of MazeToons—a unique hybrid that is part cartoon and part puzzle—has enabled Wos to fulfill his lifelong dream of appearing in the funny pages. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, three children, and a cat named Mittens.





   Robert Agnello
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Both of Robert Agnello’s books, Eli the Snazzleraffer and The Glimmers Starring Ruby Shroo, have won Mom's Choice awards. Three new books will be coming out soon. Band of Innocence-Legacy is a novel for young adults. It is supported by a series of comic books. The first two have been released. Eli the Snazzleraffer’s second book on growing up will be released in September. Also Mr. Agnello is an Emmy award-winning artist who has written music for Carmen Sandiego, Pete and Pete and Out of The Box.



   Robin Barone
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Dreamer. Planner. Doer. Born and bred in Philadelphia, Robin Barone decided at an early age that she wanted to experience the world! Robin has had the opportunity to live in New York, Washington D.C., Buenos Aires, Paris, and Singapore in addition to visiting over 50 countries! Through all of her experiences, Robin recognized that there is an opportunity to teach children about the world and its diverse citizens through adventure-travel books, which led to her debut, Where is Robin?, a fun exploration of America.



   Marc Bazerman (Baze)
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Multi–award winning Baze from Baze And His Silly Friends writes and performs interactive and fun songs that encourage children to use their imagination and creativity to learn about the world in which they live. Hailing from Caldwell, NJ, Baze has entertained familes at music festivals, libraries, concert series and as the featured performer on Circle Line cruises around New York City. The video for This is your Body has been featured on HBO Family and their songs can be heard on radio stations around the country. Winner of a 2014 Creative Child Magazine CD of The Year Award for their 3rd album The Best Day Ever! Baze is out to inspire children of the world through music, laughter and love. The Midwest Book Review says "their music is a great way to encourage young people ages 3 – 7 to look on the bright side of life" and Kids Home Library calls them "Zesty Fun!"



   Artie Bennett
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Artie Bennett is executive copy editor for Random House Books for Young Readers and author of The Butt Book. Then came the number two picture book, fittingly entitled Poopendous!, published in March 2012. It was followed in February 2014 by Peter Panda Melts Down! His most recent is Belches, Burps, and Farts—Oh My! Artie's claim to fame is being the youngest (at age thirteen) person to originate and sell a crossword puzzle to the New York Times and then went on to sell several dailies and two large Sunday puzzles to the Times before beginning college.



   Mark Collins
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Mark began drawing at the age of two and always knew he wanted to be an artist. After graduating from art school, he began a career as a graphic designer that continued on for almost two decades. Since 2001, he's focused solely on illustrating for textbooks, magazines, packaging, and other authors’ books. In 2013, he began creating his own children’s books and currently has over eight picture books available. His first book, Grandma Stinks!, is a funny and irreverent story of tolerance and love. Mark recently began taking his creativity on the road visiting with children at elementary school assemblies and classrooms, capturing their imaginations with his fun-loving, off-beat drawings and stories.



   Paul Czajak
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Paul Czajak got an F with the words “get a tutor” on his college writing paper and, after that, he never thought he’d become a writer. But after spending twenty years as a chemist, he knew his creativity could no longer be contained. Paul lives in New Jersey with his wife and two little monsters. In addition to the Monster & Me™ series, a 2015 MoonBeam silver medal winner for Best Children's Book series which includes Monster Needs A Costume, Monster Needs His Sleep, Monster Needs A Christmas Tree and others, he's also the author of Seaver the Weaver, which is a winner of the 2015 Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award. For more information about Paul, visit his website and Mighty Media Press, and follow him on Twitter, @pczajak.



   Victoria Ann Devine
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Victoria Ann Devine is a teacher, owner of a private tutoring business, and author of the well-known children’s book Santa’s Bully Elf. She was a “Leading Lady” in South Jersey Magazine’s list of Most Notable Women, honored by Women of Distinction Magazine, and recognized by The Courier Post. Victoria is an advocate for many bullying organizations and promotes an anti-bullying message at elementary schools. Bullying is a global issue that can have long-term effects on a child, and her first book communicates the significance of this type of intimidation. Victoria and her student co-author of MacCarrig share a passion for storytelling. Their oceanic collaboration encourages cooperation and friendship. Victoria writes books that help children appreciate diversity and accept others. In addition, Santa’s Bully Elf and MacCarrig each challenge children with an enhanced vocabulary. Readers will appreciate the figurative literary devices used throughout, so they can truly create a visual image when they are reading. Victoria is working on her third book, to be released in 2018. Sparky fans will love seeing this Golden Retriever back, with another clever twist.



   Samuel Formica
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At the age of 52, Samuel Formica decided to leave the stressful corporate world and begin writing children's books, one of his lifelong dreams. Relying on the many years of food knowledge and training, and with the increase in the epidemic of childhood obesity, he decided that the main topic of his first book, The King Who Had Issues, would be nutrition. As an accomplished artist, it came naturally to him to skillfully draw all the illustrations as well. Once the book was published in June 2016, he stepped it up a few notches by creating a unique, live, interactive show in which he brings his book to life by playing the part of the main character, Chef WC Gatchel. Using the ingredients of comedy, magic and puppetry, the WC Gatchel & Friends Show travels to preschools, elementary schools, daycares, libraries and other venues to spread the message of making healthy nutritional choices to children in a fun and entertaining way. Today Samuel lives in Philadelphia, PA where he enjoys spending time with his son and the opportunity to create the life of which he has always dreamed.



   Allison Gutknecht
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Allison Gutknecht is the author of the Mandy Berr series, beginning with Don't Wear Polka-Dot Underwear with White Pants (and Other Lessons I've Learned). After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, she earned her master’s degree in Children’s Media and Literature from NYU. Allison grew up in Voorhees, NJ, and now lives in New York City with her rambunctious toy poodle, Gypsy, and her literate cat, Folly. Her latest book is called The Bling Queen.



   Jack Kohler


With its message of love and acceptance, Jack Kohler's first children's book, The Duck Said Baaaa!, is a book that will appeal to the oddball in each of us. He has since published two more books: Pig Flew and Bitsy Blew A Bubble. Jack enjoys doing his own illustrations, although it was a talent born out of necessity. He didn't know how to locate an illustrator, so he picked up a pen and some water color pencils to see what he could do on his own. Bringing his stories to life with his whimsical and vibrant illustrations is now his favorite part of the publishing process. In addition to creating books, Jack teaches fourth grade in the Philadelphia public school system. He is also madly in love with the ukulele, and has started a ukulele orchestra, comprised of both students and staff, at the school in which he teaches.



   Colleen Rowan Kosinski
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Colleen Rowan Kosinski is the author of Lilla's Sunflowers. She rediscovered her passion for writing after many years as a successful, freelance fine artist. When she discovered children's book writing she knew she had found her passion. She's written middle grade novels, young adult novels, and picture books. Colleen grew up in Collingswood, NJ and now resides in Cherry Hill, NJ with her husband, three sons, doberman pinscher, rottweiler, and miniature dachshund.



   Yosi Levin
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Yosi performs his original and traditional songs at various concert stages. From school & library events to regional music festivals, Yosi's shows are whimsical, imaginative and enthusiastic for his young audiences! Yosi resides in Island Heights, New Jersey with his wife and four children.



   Patricia Lugo


Patricia Lugo is the author of The Hocus Pocus Hockey Stick and co-author of Bonita Bones and the Halloween Surprise. She is a graduate of Stockton University and an elementary school teacher. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, their two beautiful children, and their puppy, Lucy.



   Richard McLaughlin (Ecoman)
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Richard John McLaughlin is a 30-year veteran special education teacher in the Philadelphia School District. He grew up in Langhorne, Pa, and currently resides in Warrington. Locally, he is known as Eco-Man. As Eco-Man he has entertained thousands of young children with an original award winning environmental musical show. His first article "The Perfect Stick," was published in Humpty Dumpty Magazine in March 2009. His first book, The Skunk With a Stinky Attitude, published by Inkwell Publishers in January 2014, was one of the books chosen to win the Kids Kart Award in 2014. The book teaches young children, "No one is born a bully, something happened."



   Tara F. Mozee


Tara is a kindergarten teacher who loves to tell stories that help little people build self-confidence and skills for navigating the big world. Along with a Master of Education degree in curriculum and instruction, Tara possesses the ability to inspire and motivate students to take the first steps on the journey to becoming lifelong learners. A practical person, Tara also enjoys expressing her creative side through art, music, and fashion. She lives to repurpose thrift-shop treasures and dreams of designing an entire line of handbags specifically for teachers and working moms.



   Two of a Kind
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Two of a Kind is an award-winning, nationally touring husband-wife duo (David and Jenny Heitler-Klevans) specializing in interactive music for children and families. Their performances highlight audience participation and varied musical styles, all with a sense of humor and fun. "Two of a Kind is a one-of-a-kind find!" says Publishers' Weekly. Two of a Kind presents musical programs for audiences of all ages, including songs, movement, sign language, puppets, and more - all with an emphasis on interaction and participation. Audiences sing and dance to songs ranging from animals, friendship and reading to conflict resolution, diversity and environmental topics. Two of a Kind has released eight recordings, seven of which are for families and children. Two of a Kind's recordings have won a total of 12 awards including Parents' Choice, Children's Music Web and Kids Radio Mania awards. A couple of their songs have won awards in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, the International Songwriting Competition and the Children's Music Web Awards. David and Jenny have also produced their own "two of a kind": twin sons named Ari and Jason born in January 1995! Jason and Ari often perform with their parents, making this a truly "family act."



   Nancy Viau
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Nancy Viau is the author of three picture books: City Street Beat, Look What I Can Do! (nominated for the Keystone to Reading Award) and Storm Song (an Amazon best seller). Nancy’s novels for kids 8-12 years old include Just One Thing! (a 2016 Foreword Indies Finalist) and Samantha Hansen Has Rocks in Her Head (second book in the series, Something's Bugging Samantha Hansen, coming in 2019). An additional middle grade novel, Beauty and Bernice, is also forthcoming. In her interactive, energetic story hours, assembly programs, and writing workshops, Nancy gets young readers writing and rhyming on the spot. She lives with her family in New Jersey, and finds inspiration in nature, travel, and her job as a librarian assistant. Visit www.NancyViau.com for free downloadable teaching guides and much more!





   Emari DiGiorgio


Emari DiGiorgio received a poetry fellowship from the NJ State Council on the Arts and residencies from Vermont Studio Center, Sundress, and Rivendell. Her first full-length collection,The Things a Body Might Become, is forthcoming (ELJ Editions, 2017). She teaches at Stockton University, is a Dodge Foundation Poet, and hosts World Above in Atlantic City.



   Lamont Dixon


Nancy Viau is the author of three picture books: Lamont Dixon aka Napalm da Bomb, from Philadelphia, has been a prominent presence in the poetry scene for many years. As a performance poet and teaching artist, Lamont demonstrates what he describes as "vibepoetics" - the eclectic mixing of multiple artists’ disciplines to provide dramatic language arts education. His training includes the Philadelphia University of the Arts, Freedom Theater and Temple University's Full Circle Improv Troupe. His poetry has been published in African Voices, New Poet's Revolution, and Essence magazine. He also appears on many CDs including: Awaiting the Spirit, the Po-Jazz Connection and African Rhythm Tongues. Lamont was also co-executive producer for the Philadelphia segment of HBO’s Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam. His latest book is Come Ride My Poems. His performances include: Turkey Hill Ice Cream Arts Festival, Chrysler National African-American Cultural Expo, Philadelphia Welcome America Poetry Series, New York's Nuyorican's Poet's Cafe, Zanzibar Blue Jazz Club, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Appel Farm, Music City's Jazz & Arts Festival, W. Oak Lane Jazz Festival, and much more. Lamont has served as a teaching artist with Perkins Center for the Arts, Rowan University, and NJ & PA State Council for the Arts.



   Anna Evans
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Anna is an award-winning and widely published poet, editor, teaching artist and translator based in Hainesport, NJ. Her poems have appeared in journals including the Harvard Review, Rattle, the Atlanta Review, the Evansville Review and 32 Poems. She is a graduate of the Bennington College MFA Program. Her poem, "Zeitgeber" (included in The Stolen From) won the 2012 Rattle Readers' Choice Award. Her sonnet collection, Sisters & Courtesans is published by White Violet Press. Her chapter books Selected Sonnets and Swimming are available from Maverick Duck Press. Her two books of translations, Saint-Pol-Roux & Other Poems from the French, and Selected Poems of Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, along with her newest chapbook, The Stolen From: Poems About Memory & Alzheimer's, are available from Barefoot Muse Press. Anna is editor of The Raintown Review, and an Advisory Board Member for Poetry by the Sea: A Global Conference. She is accredited by the New Jersey Artists in Education program to work with Children in Grades K-8, and she teaches poetry at the West Windsor Art Center, and writing at Stockton University.






   James Hoch


James Hoch’s poems have appeared in The New Republic, Washington Post, Slate, Chronicle Review of Higher Education, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Kenyon Review, Tin House, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review and many other magazines. His books are A Parade of Hands and Miscreants. He has received fellowships from the NEA, Bread Loaf and Sewanee writers conferences, St Albans School for Boys, Summer Literary Seminars. Currently, he is Professor of Creative Writing at Ramapo College of NJ and Guest Faculty at Sarah Lawrence.