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Oct. 1, 2016 event details coming soon. Meanwhile, check out our 2015 event.

Collingswood Town Book Featured Author

   Lev Golinkin
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Lev Golinkin is the author of the memoir A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka. He shares his story of two intertwined journeys: a Jewish refugee family fleeing persecution and a young man seeking to reclaim a shattered past. Golinkin came to the United States as a child refugee from the former Soviet Union. He is a graduate of Boston College (2004) who currently resides in New Jersey. This is his first book. It has been chosen as the Collingswood Town Read.

   George Anastasia
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Born in South Philadelphia and raised in southern New Jersey, George Anastasia is a graduate of Dartmouth College (1969) with a B.A. in French Literature. He is an adjunct professor/lecturer at Rowan University and has also taught at Drexel University and Temple University. The veteran journalist worked for 38 years as a reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He has reported on organized and disorganized crime for decades. The recipient of numerous journalism awards, Anastasia is the author of seven books and two anthologies, including Blood and Honor, which Jimmy Breslin called "the best gangster book ever written." His other books include The Summer Wind about the Thomas Capano-Anne Marie Fahey murder case, and his latest book, Gotti's Rules.

   Ann Atkins
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Ann Atkins is the author of Eleanor Roosevelt's Life of Soul Searching and Self-Discovery. Ann's journey has included; college instructor, counselor and director of a family support center, while living in Korea, England and Germany. Her master's degree from Boston University encompassed studies at the University of Cambridge. As a speaker and author, she gives her audience relevant information to enlighten their own journey. Ann's Flash History biography series also includes; Golda Meir ~ True Grit. She lives in the Philadelphia area enjoying her family, hiking, reading and a cup of good coffee.

   Tom Coyne
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Tom Coyne, author of New York Times nonfiction bestseller A Course Called Ireland and the golf novel A Gentleman's Game, is assistant professor of English at Saint Joseph's University. His forthcoming book, A Course Called the Kingdom, will be published in 2016. He lives in Philadelphia.

   Gil Gaul

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Gilbert M. Gaul was a reporter for The Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer and other newspapers for nearly four decades. He was short-listed for the Pulitzer four other times and is the recipient of prestigious Goldsmith Prize for investigative reporting. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and a Ferris Fellow at Princeton, and lives in Cherry Hill.

   James Hannaham
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James Hannaham is the author of the novel Delicious Foods, an incisive look at race relations in America and an unflinching portrait of the pathos and absurdity of addiction. His previous book, the critically acclaimed God Says No, was honored by the American Library Association. He holds an MFA from the Michener Center at the University of Texas at Austin and lives in Brooklyn, where he teaches creative writing at Pratt Institute.

   Dave Hart and John Calu
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Hart and Calu have enjoyed a productive collaboration as novelists since 2003. Their published work includes Trenton: A Novel, a work of historical fiction and a contemporary mystery series entitled Adventures Along the Jersey Shore. An award-winning songwriter, researcher and historian, Dave Hart is a descendant of a New Jersey signer of the Declaration of Independence. He is a Trustee for the Trenton Historical Society and a member of the Ewing Township Historic Preservation Society. He resides in West Trenton. John Calu conducted songwriting workshops and served as a playwright in residence for various arts councils and organizations in California and New Jersey. He is also the author of a collection of humorous essays entitled A Yankee Jazz Singer in Cuzco.

   Elise Juska
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Elise Juska's new novel, The Blessings, was selected for Barnes & Noble's Discover Great New Writers series, featured on Entertainment Weekly's "Must List," and named one of the Philadelphia Inquirer's Best Books of 2014. Her short fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, The Gettysburg Review, The Missouri Review, The Hudson Review, Good Housekeeping and numerous other publications. She is recipient of the Alice Hoffman Prize for Fiction from Ploughshares and her work has been cited as distinguished by The Best American Short Stories. She directs the undergraduate Creative Writing Program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she was the recipient of the 2014 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching..

   Julia MacDonnell
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Julia MacDonnell is a novelist, short story writer, essayist and book reviewer. Her second novel, Mimi Malloy At Last, was published by Picador in April 2014 to rave reviews in the national press, including three out of four stars in People Magazine. It was chosen as an "Indie Next" selection in April '14 and, in the summer, Bookpage named Mimi one of the top 20 books published so far in 2014. The paperback edition of Mimi Malloy At Last was published in March and a German edition came out in April. BookBrowse named it their #1 choice for Mother's Day this year. In the process of retiring after many years as a tenured professor at Rowan University, teaching graduate and undergraduate creative writing, she is also the nonfiction editor of Philadelphia Stories, a quarterly magazine of literature and art in both print and online formats.

   Susannah Marren
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Susannah Marren is the author of Between the Tides. Told against the backdrop of the Selkie legend – enchanted seals who shed their skins to live on land as women – Marren's unique style peels back the layers of a ‘ perfect world' to reveal the shifting tides of marriage, family, career and friendships. Originally from Long Beach Island, New Jersey, Susannah currently lives in Manhattan with her family and still spends her summers on the Jersey Shore. Between the Tides is her first novel.

   Evan Roskos
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One of Narrative's Best New Writers, Evan Roskos’s fiction has appeared in Granta's New Voices online feature, as well as in Story Quarterly, The Hummingbird Review, and BestFiction. He earned an MFA from Rutgers University — Newark and teaches literature and writing courses for Rowan University and Rutgers University-Camden. His debut novel Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) was published in March 2013 and was optioned by Kreate Films producer Shona Tuckman. Evan lives in NJ with his wife and son.

   Matthew Quick
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Matthew Quick is the New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook, which was made into an Oscar-winning film; The Good Luck of Right Now; Love May Fail; and three young adult novels. Every Exquisite Thing will be published in 2016. All of his books have been optioned for film. Quick grew up in Oaklyn, NJ. He graduated from Collingswood High School (class of 1992) and La Salle University (class of 1996), where he double-majored in English and secondary education. He taught high school literature and film for several years, before embarking on his career as a successful novelist.
   Robert A. Shinn and Kevin Cook
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Historic preservation advocates Robert A. Shinn, a Camden County Historical Society board member, and Kevin Cook, compiled Along the Cooper River: Camden to Haddonfield using images from local historical societies and other collections to chronicle the rivers heritage. Shinn, a retired corporate executive, was raised in South Jersey and has lived in Camden County since 1988. Cook, a lifelong resident of Cherry Hill, NJ, earned a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Design with an emphasis in Urban Planning from the University of Colorado at Boulder and gathered experiences in diverse careers from architecture to various real estate roles spanning almost ten years before sitting down to co-write Along the Cooper River.

   Joe Samuel Starnes
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Red Dirt, the new novel by Joe Samuel Starnes, can be described as the rural Rocky of tennis fiction. Starnes has published two previous novels, Calling (2005), which was re-issued last year as an ebook by MysteriousPress.com/Open Road, and Fall Line (2011), selected to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's "Best of the South" list. A native of Georgia, he lives in Haddon Township.

   Chris Avery
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Chris Avery is the author of Angst: Overcoming Freshman Year in High School. The novel chronicles the personal stories of three best friends attempting to navigate the perils of freshman year in high school while dealing with the realities of teen life. Chris grew up in tough neighborhoods with his mother and survived the threats and temptations of urban life. Surrounded by solid role models and positive influences, Avery excelled in school and pursued a career in education. He served as an administrator and consultant for schools around the world for the past decade. He also oversees educational research initiatives and provides training and consultation for TURNING STONEchoice, a non-profit organization. He is the recipient of the Teaching Tolerance: Teacher of the Year Award. Avery has been published in the NAIS Diversity Handbook for best practices in diversity and inclusion for independent schools.

   Charlotte Bennardo
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Charlotte Bennardo is the co-author of three books for young adults. Blonde OPS (St. Martin's) is a hacker-spy thriller, and the Sirenz series (Flux), Sirenz and Sirenz Back In Fashion features two frenemies dealing with the ancient Greek gods in modern day NYC. She is also featured in Beware the Little White Rabbit anthology, which celebrates the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland with short stories in numerous genres. She writes new adult science fiction, young adult fantasy, and middle grade adventure and historical novels — when her children and pets and the crazy squirrel in the backyard don't need her.

   Matthew Cody
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Matthew Cody is the award-winning author of five novels for young readers, including the popular Supers of Noble's Green superhero mysteries – Powerless, Super and Villainous. His Robin Hood retelling Will in Scarlet was an Indie Next Pick, and was named one of the Best Books of the Year by Amazon, the children's Book Committee at Bank Street College and the New York Public Library. His new series, The Secrets of the Pied Piper, launches this fall from Knopf Books for Young Readers. Matthew is a faculty member at Gotham Writer's Workshop where he teaches fiction and writing for children. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and son.

   J.C. Edwards

J.C. Edwards is the nom de plume for Jamie Edward Ciofalo. Jamie is co-founder/partner of Haley House Publishing, LLC and co-author of Barefoot Johnny, (Haley House Publishing, 2015). Jamie serves as a public school administrator and holds a Masters of Arts, Educational Administration, a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and eight educational endorsements. He started his career as a high school teacher for students with disabilities and football coach. Jamie's greatest strengths lie in the areas of public speaking, curriculum and special program development, and career coaching and leadership. He is an expert in bullying prevention, positive school culture and climate, student equity and achievement, and school improvement. He serves on the board of directors for several non-profit organizations. He co-founded Haley House Publishing, LLC to provide aspiring authors and educators with the opportunity to turn their vision into reality and to share their talents, knowledge and wisdom with the world.

   Brad Hecht

Brad Hecht is the author of the novel Struggs. Brad's book takes place in 1775 British-occupied Boston. Struggs has been a top ten-rated book under Colonial historical fiction for the past two years. Brad is a two-time cancer survivor. He has endured more than 12 surgeries and over 40 chemotherapy treatments. He wrote the novel Struggs while dying of cancer. Brad wanted to prove to his kids that, "No matter where you are in life, you can always achieve your dreams." Through strong will or divine presence, Brad thanks his doctors everyday. His second book, Dale Ranger, is on its way to completion but will not be available for the Collingswood Book Festival. Brad Hecht was born and raised in Philadelphia and is now a proud resident in South Jersey. Approximately Exit #4.

   Elisa Ludwig
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Elisa Ludwig is the author of the teen mystery/adventure Pretty Crooked trilogy (HarperCollins), the last installment of which, Pretty Wanted, was released in March 2015. She's also the author of Coin Heist, a teen caper set in Philadelphia (Adaptive, 2014). When she's not writing for teens she writes about food for the Philadelphia Inquirer. She lives outside of Philadelphia with her family.

   Kate MacHugh
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Kate MacHugh is 26 years old and has authored three books; Ugly, Tormented and Barefoot Johnny. Kate holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Stockton University and a Bachelors in Social Work from Alvernia University. Kate first began speaking about her experiences as a victim of bullying before writing her memoir; Ugly. Tormented and Barefoot Johnny followed as Kate discovered her love of writing. Kate travels all over the country telling her story of being a victim of bullying in middle school and high school. Kate enjoys being able to impact young people with her words and her story. She lives with her fiancé, CJ and two dogs; Declan and Lily.

   Randy Ribay
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Randy Ribay is a Filipino-American YA author, high school English teacher, and reviewer for The Horn Book. He can be found in Camden, NJ walking his dog-children, gaming, or making lightsaber sound effects with his mouth. His debut An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes is out October 2015 from Merit Press/F+W Media.

   Dianne K. Salerni
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Dianne K. Salerni is the author of the popular children's Eighth Day fantasy series about a secret day of the week. Published by HarperCollins, the series so far includes The Eighth Day (a 2015 Sunshine State Young Readers selection) and The Inquisitor's Mark, described by Kirkus as "an exciting blend of Arthurian legend and organized crime." She has also published two YA historical novels. The Caged Graves (Clarion/HMH) is a Junior Library Guild Selection and a finalist for the CLAU Beehive Book Award, the Green Mountain Book Award, and the South Carolina Young Adult Book Award. Her debut novel, We Hear the Dead (Sourcebooks), was the inspiration for a short film, The Spirit Game, which premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Dianne is a former elementary school teacher who retired from teaching to spend more time hanging around creepy cemeteries and climbing 2,000-year-old pyramids in the name of book research.

   Tiffany Schmidt
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Tiffany Schmidt is the author of several young adult novels: Send Me a Sign, Bright Before Sunrise, and Hold Me Like a Breath (Once Upon a Crime Family book 1), as well as the picture book The Adventures of Black Dog. She's found her happily ever after in Pennsylvania with her saintly husband, impish twin boys, and a pair of mischievous puggles. Her new books since last year are Hold Me Like a Breath (Indie Next Summer pick!)and The Adventures of Black Dog. Tiffany's previous two novels were Bright Before Sunrise and Send Me a Sign.

   Yvonne Ventresca
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Yvonne Ventresca is the author of Pandemic (Sky Pony Press, 2014), winner of the 2015 Crystal Kite Award from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (Atlantic region). Pandemic is a young adult novel about an emotionally traumatized teenager struggling to survive a deadly bird flu outbreak. School Library Journal called Pandemic "an engrossing apocalyptic story" and Kirkus Reviews said "this realistic page-turner will keep most readers enthralled." Yvonne's other writing credits include a short story in Prep for Doom (2015), a dystopian YA anthology, and two nonfiction books for teens, Avril Lavigne (a biography of the singer) and Publishing (about careers in the field). Yvonne lives with her family in New Jersey.

   Robert Agnello
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Both of Robert Agnello's books, Eli the Snazzleraffer and The Glimmers Starring Ruby Shroo, have won Moms Choice awards. He will be bringing both of them and his new Glimmer book introducing Ignate Knorr. Also Mr. Agnello is an Emmy award-winning artist who has written music for Carmen Sandiego, Pete and Pete and Out of The Box.

   Kim and Danny Adlerman (aka Kin Eagle)
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Kim and Danny Adlerman first met when they were both working for a children's publishing house in New York City. Their books include Hey, Diddle Diddle, It's Raining, It's Pouring, Africa Calling, and How Much Wood Could A Woodchuck Chuck? - a wonderful read-aloud or sing-along book for parents and children to share together. Oh No, Domino! features words and illustrations by Kim and a song on CD by Danny. Listen UP! is a full length CD by Danny Adlerman and Friends. And Mommy's Having a Watermelon (illustrated by Megan Halsey) is their newest arrival.

   Daryl Cobb
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Seventeen children's books and counting, Daryl Cobb is an author/singer/songwriter and premier educational performer. In 2013 he released his second children's novel. This award winning book has been called a must read-- Kirkus Reviews said " [Baseball, Bullies & Angels delivers] characters and twists that positively outstrip stories merely about athletic glory. Always sincere, occasionally shocking, this tale is required reading for kids and parents." Daryl also added Mr. Moon to his list of published picture books, which include Daddy Did I Ever Say? I Love You, Love You, Every Day, the Bill the Bat series, Henry Hare's Floppy Socks, Greta's Magical Mistake and Daniel Dinosaur, which are also all Kirkus Reviews recommended reads. Daryl lives in Hunterdon County New Jersey with his family and when he is not writing, singing, strumming a guitar or playing with his kids, he is visiting schools across the country. His educational programs "A Writer's Journey" and "Music & Storytime" for elementary and middle school students consistently receive BOCES (New York State Arts In Education) rating of EXCELLENT and have been receiving high praise from educators across the country for years. Daryl's newest picture book The FROGS: A Happy Life and children's chapter book Pirate: Monkey Troubles were released in January of 2015.

   Matthew Cody
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Matthew Cody is the award-winning author of five novels for young readers, including the popular Supers of Noble's Green superhero mysteries – Powerless, Super and Villainous. His Robin Hood retelling Will in Scarlet was an Indie Next Pick, and was named one of the Best Books of the Year by Amazon, the children's Book Committee at Bank Street College and the New York Public Library. His new series, The Secrets of the Pied Piper, launches this fall from Knopf Books for Young Readers. Matthew is a faculty member at Gotham Writer's Workshop where he teaches fiction and writing for children. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and son.

   Jason Didner
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Jason's music for kids and families is truly inspired by his own child's most brilliant moments in her development. It began when she was 12 months old and really waking up to the word around her. What fascinated little Holly captured Jason and his wife Amy's imagination in ways long forgotten. These inspiring moments combined with the couple's active senses of humor to create the lyrics and music of their Parents' Choice Approved album Everyone's Invited! Jason has led his band The Jungle Gym Jam in live performances at festivals, concert series public libraries, zoos and parties all over the mid-Atlantic states. Jason also founded the Maxwell's Mini Music Mondays concert series at the legendary Maxwell's Tavern in Hoboken, NJ.

   Traci Dunham
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Traci Dunham resides in Haddonfield, NJ with her husband Sandy and two daughters, Caroline and Paige. She spends her summers at the Jersey Shore in Wildwood Crest. Growing up at the shore gave her the inspiration for her current #1 best selling book The Oyster's Secret. Traci enjoys writing children's books that have a clear message. Her second book, My Sister Lulu and Me "For all children who are uniquely special", carries with it the message of acceptance of those with disabilities. She is currently working on her third book and has recently established her own publishing company, Tad Books.

   Allison Gutknecht
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Allison Gutknecht is the author of Don't Wear Polka-Dot Underwear with White Pants (and Other Lessons I've Learned). She grew up in Voorhees, NJ, with three fewer siblings than her main character, Mandy Berr. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, she earned her master's degree in Children's Media and Literature from NYU. Allison lives in New York City with her rambunctious toy poodle, Gypsy, and her literate cat, Folly. She is a massive fan of polka dots. As of October 2015, her other books are: A Cast Is the Perfect Accessory (and Other Lessons I've Learned), Never Wear Red Lipstick on Picture Day (and Other Lessons I've Learned), and Pizza Is the Best Breakfast (and Other Lessons I've Learned).

   Dar (Hosta) James
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Award winning New Jersey author/illustrator Dar Hosta is the creator of the children's picture books I Love The Night, I Love The Alphabet, Mavis & Her Marvelous Mooncakes, If I Were A Tree, Animalization, and Doggie Do! Dar grew up in Columbia, MO, as the daughter of an artist and enjoyed a childhood where creativity was happening all the time. She lives in New Hope, Pennsylvania in a quaint, old house, surrounded by trees and lots and lots of frogs.

   Lee Harper
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Lee Harper is an award winning author/illustrator of many well-known picture books. Lee's most recent creation is Turkey Trick or Treat, his third collaboration with author Wendi Silvano. Lee loves all the creatures of the animal kingdom except stinkbugs. And monkeys. He doesn't HATE monkeys — he loves drawing them — it's just that he doesn't really trust them.

   Darlene Beck Jacobson

Darlene Beck Jacobson has loved writing since she was a girl. Her stories have appeared in CICADA, CRICKET, and other magazines. Darlene is a former teacher with Glassboro Public Schools, and the author of Wheels of Change, an Award winning MG Historical with Creston Books (2014). Her blog features recipes, activities, and crafts for children, as well as interviews with children's book authors and illustrators. Darlene loves to visit classrooms and talk to students of all ages about reading, writing, and how she became a published author. She has workshops for students from Pre-K through grade seven.

   Kathleen D. Lindsey

Kathleen D. Lindsey is an African American Historian, who uniquely combines her talents of quilting and storytelling in theatrical appearances throughout the East coast, bringing awareness and understanding to all nationalities. "Miss Kat," as she prefers to be called, merged the two skills, using them as visual aids and learning tools for both children and adults. She is the author of Sweet Potato Pie, Miss Mattie's Aprons, and Run, Faredy, Run. She lives in Clayton, NJ.

   Lauren Magaziner
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Lauren Magaziner is originally from New Hope, Pennsylvania, and recently graduated Hamilton College. Her debut novel, a middle grade humorous fantasy called The Only Thing Worse Than Witches, was an Indie Next List Pick. The paperback version is releasing on August 4, 2015. Lauren currently lives in Brooklyn, where she continues to write humorous children's books.

   Nan Marino
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Nan Marino is a middle grade book author and a young adult librarian. Her first book Neil Armstrong is My Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me won a Golden Kite Honor Award and was featured in Bank Street Best Books and New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing. Her most recent book Hiding Out at The Pancake Palace is a 2016 Garden State Book Award nominee and was named an NPR Best Book. Pancake Palace takes place in the Pinelands of New Jersey, which is where Nan lives with her husband and a large goofy dog.

   Donna McDine
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Donna McDine's creative side had lain dormant for many years until her desire to write sparked in 2007. With several early reader children's picture books to her credit, A Sandy Grave (Purple Dragonfly 2014 Award First Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved and Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014), Powder Monkey (Story Monster Approved 2014), Hockey Agony (New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Story Monster Approved 2014), The Golden Pathway ( Literary Classics Silver Award & Seal of Approval Recipient Picture Book Early Reader 2011 and Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention) and Dee and Deb, Off They Go - Kindergarten First Day Jitters (August 2015) all with Guardian Angel Publishing. McDine's adventures continue as she ignites the curiosity of children through reading while she writes and moms from her home in the historical hamlet Tappan, NY. McDine is a member of the SCBWI, New York State Reading Association and Family Reading Partnership.

   Richard John McLaughlin

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."

   Robin Newman
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Raised in New York and Paris, Robin Newman is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the City University of New York School of Law. She's been a practicing attorney and legal editor, but she prefers to write about witches, mice, pigs, and peacocks. She received a 2010 and 2012 SCBWI Barbara Karlin Grant Letter of Commendation. She is a member of the National Writing Project Writers Council. Robin is the author of The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake, A Wilcox & Griswold Mystery, illustrated by Deborah Zemke (Creston Books, Spring 2015), Kirkus Reviews, starred review; Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep, illustrated by Chris Ewald (Creston Books, Spring 2016); and The Case of the Poached Egg, A Wilcox & Griswold Mystery, illustrated by Deborah Zemke (Creston Books, Fall 2016). She lives in New York with her husband, son, goldfish, and English Cocker Spaniel, who happens to have been born on the Fourth of July. Check out this book trailer for The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake: https://youtu.be/wrDGOcVg_NE

   Laura Scott Schaefer
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Laura Scott Schaefer has had three picture books published along with the new hit chapter book series The Crumbles Chronicles: Tails of a Nervous Dog. She is passionate about her writing, the messages of her books and helping kids tap into their imagination. Laura teaches enrichment classes, conducts specialty workshops and provides animated author visits, both in person and via Skype. Her books have received excellent reviews from Midwest Book Review, ForeWord Book Review and lots of parents. The Crumbles Chronicles series has won both a Purple Dragonfly Award and Mom's Choice Award. Laura is already working on more books in the comical series written from the viewpoint of a rescue dog that's scared of just about everything, yet ends up a hapless hero. She offers a free fan club for readers and a portion of all purchases goes to help animal rescue shelters. Visit Crumbles the Dog's website: www.crumblesthedog.com

   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's picture books, City Street Beat, Storm Song, and Look What I Can Do! (nominated for the Keystone to Reading Book Award), celebrate rhyme and rhythm. Her middle-grade novel, Samantha Hansen Has Rocks in Her Head, has been part of the curriculum in Collingswood schools since 2009.

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From schools and library events to various stages, Yosi's shows are whimsical and imaginative, featuring an enthusiasm that is both magical and infectious. Yosi has five multi-award-winning CDs and his music can be heard nationally on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, and WXPN - Kids Corner. He performs at concert stages throughout the Northeast.

   Timothy Young
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Timothy Young has had a lot of fun jobs; he's been an animator, puppet maker, toy designer, sculptor, art director, illustrator and graphic designer. Tim has designed for Pee-Wee's Playhouse, the Muppets, Disney, the Simpsons and Universal Studios. Now he is the author/illustrator of 5 published picture books including I Hate Picture Books! and The Angry Little Puffin. He lives with his family on the Eastern Shore of Maryland..

   Lamont Dixon

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.

Napalm ran the Louder Than A Bomb statewide Spoken Word contest at Rutgers-Camden this year, in which Collingswood High School slam poets took first place.

   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.

Anna Evans hosts our children's poetry contest and is its final judge every year. We are thrilled she will be returning in 2015 to host "From the River to the Sea.''

   Todd Evans

Todd C. C. Evans aka Son of Black
In his youth, Mr. Evans has won a writing contest with Ebony Jr. Magazine. Much of his work reflects on music and the ups and downs of urban street life and modern day situations. He has co-written two songs on the Imani Record Label. Mr. Evans is featured on the Imani Label album entitled Live All Over the Place. His work has also been heard on Eadon's Place.Com. Mr. Evans has published a short novel entitled Staggerlee Booker T. and Me by FavorTwoU Publications. Mr. Evans' latest books are entitled Mojo and Momma's Prayer, Jus Like Jonah and now The Shrew Tames You. Mr. Evans has been featured in the Courier Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Burlington County Times, and the Trenton Times. Mr. Evans founded the Willingboro Open Mic and the Don Evans' Players Theater Group in Willingboro, NJ. He founded the Heritage Cultural Book Fair, which is a traveling coalition of tri-state authors who sign and sell books collectively. He is the host for several open mic venues in the Southern Jersey area. As a poet, he has been featured in New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. Todd can be seen performing spoken word with the Captain Black's Big Band. Mr. Evans resides in southern New Jersey with his wife. They have two sons and one grandson. He has cared for three foster children. Mr. Evans has been a youth football, baseball and basketball coach for many years. He attended Morgan State University and is a graduate of B.C.C. and B.C.I.T. in South Jersey.

   Therése Halscheid
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Therése Halscheid's new book of poems is Frozen Latitudes (Press 53). Other collections include Uncommon Geography, Without Home, Powertalk, and a Greatest Hits chapbook award. Her poems and essays have appeared in many journals, among them the Gettysburg Review, Tampa Review, Crab Orchard Review, Natural Bridge. By way of house-sitting, she has been an itinerant writer for several years. Her travels have taken her from a stay in a swamp in the Florida Panhandle, to the Arctic north of Alaska, where she lived with and taught an Eskimo Inupiaq tribe.ttended Morgan State University and is a graduate of B.C.C. and B.C.I.T. in South Jersey.

   John McDermott

John McDermott grew up in Palmyra, NJ and has taught for two years each in Nanjing, China and Osaka, Japan. He recently retired from Union County College, where he taught English as a second language. A former editor of US1 Worksheets, he has twice performed as Festival Poet at the G.R. Dodge poetry festival and often serves as a Dodge Poet, working with teachers and students for many years. His poems have appeared in various magazines, and his haiku have appeared in Frogpond and Maininchi Daily News. His first full length book of his poetry, The Long Way Home was published in 2005 by Everyday Path Press and the CD version was published in 2010.

John is a haiku expert and Geraldine R. Dodge poet. He will be leading a haiku workshop for us with a river/sea theme. This is his second time appearing in the Poetry Tent. The last time was about 8 years ago, as a reader.

   Peter E. Murphy
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Peter E. Murphy was born in Wales and grew up in New York City where he operated heavy equipment, managed a nightclub and drove a cab. He is the author of Stubborn Child, a finalist for the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize, and three chapbooks of poetry. Recent essays and poems appear or are forthcoming in the Journal of Bahá'í Studies, the Lindenwood Review, New Welsh Review, Passager, Rattle, Rhino and Sleet Magazine. He is the founder of Murphy Writing of Stockton University, which sponsors the annual Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway and other programs for poets, writers and teachers in the U.S. and abroad.

Peter will lead the poetry workshop, Seeing the Sea Anew. Poets since Homer have been writing about the sea, so what can we say about it that hasn't already been said? Join us for this maritime-themed workshop to discover new words and images that portray the briny deep in an original way. Writers of all levels are welcome.

   David Benjamin Watkis

Dave Benjamin is a poet, educator, author, motivation speaker and community activist. Originally from Jamaica he was valedictorian of his high school. Music has always been a part of his life. After immigrating to the states he obtained a degree from Rowan University. Through the process he functioned as a mentor to numerous city youths. As a poet he used the art form to connect to adolescents and encourage their artistic ability to be utilized as a vehicle for academic success. He has a genuine concern for our youth, their place in society and their future accomplishments. Dave was a featured speaker at Camden City Stop the Violence Rally at Campbell Field where he spoke to a crowd of 6,000 youths, members of city government and community organizations regarding violence and its impact on the youth. He provided strategies on how the youth could stay in school and accomplish their goals. The spoken word platform was utilized as a vehicle to connect and empower the youth. Dave has a busy performance schedule where he does at least 50 shows per year with his band, which takes him to numerous venues across the regional and on the national scene. In addition he coordinates another thirty shows per year and large festivals as (Global Fusion, Unity Day and Coachella) which attracts fifty thousand to a million people at each venue. Dave also works with numerous organizations across the country as an artistic coordinator to bring collaborative projects to life. Dave has worked with such notables as Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Boyz II Men, Rage Against The Machine, and super producer Russell Simmons to name a few. Most recently, he organized the Caribbean Festival on the Camden Waterfront and was a big part of Louder Than A Bomb at Rutgers-Camden.