Coffee and Conversation with #StillWeRevise presenter, John Micklos, Jr.!

Time to get back to some more Coffee and Conversation with some of our presenters for the upcoming SCBWI MD/DE/WV 25 and Still We R(ev)ise 25th Annual Conference! In the cyber chair today is author John Micklos, Jr. Need to catch up? Here’s links to previous #stillwerevise interviews:

John Micklos, Jr.

John is the author of 35 titles ranging from poetry and picture books for primary students to history and social studies books for upper elementary, middle school, and high school students. Titles include the bestseller 125 True Stories of Amazing Pets (National Geographic Kids, contributor), One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me (Penguin), and more than a dozen books for Capstone, Enslow, and Cavendish Square. He is also an award-winning journalist with extensive experience writing and editing materials in the field of reading education. Continue reading

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Coffee and Conversation with Young Vo, this year’s Jack Reid Illustrator #StillWeRevise Scholarship Winner!

Back in January, I sent out a congrats to Robin Blasberg, winner of this year’s Jack Reid author scholarship for our upcoming 25th Annual SCBWI MD/DE/WV 25 and We Still R(ev)ise Conference! Today, I’m sending out another major congrats to Young Vo, this year’s Jack Reid illustrator scholarship winner! To celebrate, here’s another round of Coffee & Conversation … since there can never be enough coffee and conversation. Enjoy!

Young Vo is a traditionally trained animator, having graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts’ (CalArts) Character Animation/Film program in 2003.  There he learned how to communicate with moving pictures.  After graduating from CalArts, he worked in film for a short time before pursuing an animation career within the video game industry. He started out working for large gaming companies on the west coast but eventually moved to Maryland to pursue an exciting opportunity at an independent studio. Continue reading

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Coffee and Conversation with #StillWeRevise Presenter, Leah Henderson!

It’s Coffee and Conversation time, a way for you to get to know some of our presenters for the upcoming SCBWI MD/DE/WV 25 and Still We R(ev)ise 25th Annual Conference! Today I’m shining the spotlight on author, Leah Henderson and in case you need to catch up, here’s links to previous #stillwerevise interviews:

Leah Henderson

Leah has always loved getting lost in stories. When she is not scribbling down her characters’ adventures, she is off on her own, exploring new spaces and places around the world. She received her MFA at Spalding University and currently calls Washington D.C. home. One Shadow on the Wall (Simon & Schuster/Atheneum) is her debut middle grade novel. You can find Leah on Twitter @LeahsMark or at her website: leahhendersonbooks.comContinue reading

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Coffee and Conversation with #StillWeRevise presenter, Maria Gianferrari!

Happy Friday, everyone! Today I’m continuing our series of Coffee & Conversation interviews with presenters from the upcoming SCBWI MD/DE/WV 25 and Still We R(ev)ise 25th Annual Conference! Today we have picture book author, Maria Gianferrari in the cyber chair. Missed any previous interviews? No worries, here’s the links:

Maria Gianferrari

Maria holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in English from SUNY Stony Brook. She is the author of the nonfiction picture books Coyote Moon and the forthcoming Hawk Rising, both from Roaring Brook Press, as well as Terrific Tongues, a concept book coming from Boyds Mills Press in April. Maria’s future nonfiction titles include Whooo-Ku (GP Putnam’s Sons) and A Home For Bobcat (Roaring Brook Press). She is also the author of the Penny & Jelly BooksOfficer Katz & Houndini and Hello Goodbye Dog. Maria lives in Leesburg, Virginia with her family. Continue reading

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Coffee & Conversation with #StillWeRevise presenter, Meg Eden!

The coffee and conversation just keeps rolling and there’s still more to come from many of our awesome SCBWI MD/DE/WV 25 and Still We R(ev)ise 25th Annual Conference presenters! Today we have author and creative writing teacher, Meg Eden in the cyber chair. But first, have you missed any previous interviews? No worries, here’s the links:

Meg Eden

Meg’s work has been published in various magazines, including Rattle, Drunken Boat, Poet Lore, RHINO and Gargoyle. She teaches creative writing at the University of Maryland. She has five poetry chapbooks, and her novel Post-High School Reality Quest is published with California Coldblood, an imprint of Rare Bird Books. Find her online at www.megedenbooks.com or on Twitter at @ConfusedNarwhalContinue reading

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Upcoming FREE Webinars … next up, February 24th!

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I wanted to send out a quick reminder of the awesome regional webinars coming up that you don’t want to miss. So grab your calendars and let’s go!

A Conversation with Middle Grade Authors

February 24th, 3:00pm to 3:30pm

The MD/DE/WV Region is pleased to host a FREE webinar, open to everyone, featuring middle grade authors R.D Henham and Deborah Kalb! This webinar is presented as part of the Read Local Challenge, which gives you the chance to win prizes by reading books by featured authors from Maryland, Delaware, Washington, D.C., and Virginia!

Join us as these authors discuss their inspirations and challenges and answer your questions! Continue reading

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Coffee & Conversation with #StillWeRevise keynote speaker, Hena Khan!

We’re getting closer to our SCBWI MD/DE/WV 25 and Still We R(ev)ise Annual Conference! If you haven’t yet, be sure to register so you won’t miss any of the fantastic speakers and presenters we have lined up, including Hena Khan, our closing keynote speaker and today’s guest in the cyber chair. And have you missed any of our previous interviews? No worries, here’s the links:

Hena Khan

Like so many other writers, Hena Khan grew up with her nose in a book. She still thinks of the characters and stories she absorbed years ago. That’s why she loves writing for kids—in the hopes that something she wrote will help shape them. Hena explores her Pakistani American culture in her writing, along with space, spies, and adventures. Amina’s Voice is her most recent middle grade novel. She also wrote the forthcoming chapter book series, Zayd Saleem, Chasing the Dream, and several picture books including Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns, Night of the Moon, and It’s Ramadan, Curious George. Continue reading

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Coffee & Conversation with #StillWeRevise presenter, Courtney Pippin-Mathur

And yet another Coffee & Conversation with one of our awesome presenters from the upcoming SCBWI MD/DE/WV 25th Annual Conference: And Still We R(ev)ise! This time, author/illustrator, Courtney Pippin-Mathur is joining us in the cyber chair. But first, if you’ve missed our previous interviews, here’s the links!

Courtney Pippin-Mathur

Courtney is the author and illustrator of Dragons Rule, Princesses Drool and Maya was Grumpy. She grew up in East Texas but now lives in a suburb of Washington D.C with a knight, a princess and two dragons. This leads to many exciting adventures with lots of breaks for reading.  Continue reading

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Coffee & Conversation with Sarah Yasutake, our new Event Coordinator!

Happy Friday, everyone, let’s have some Coffee & Conversation to celebrate the end of a long week! (Well, it’s been long for me, at least.) Today I’m taking a break from our pre-And Still We R(ev)ise Conference presenter interviews by shining the spotlight on one of our new SCBWI MD/DE/WV events coordinator, Sarah Yasutake!

She has taken over Sarah Davis Maynard‘s position, who did an AMAZING job and will be missed! If you’re reading this, Sarah, thank you for all your hard work and best of luck with your writing!

And now, a huge welcome to Sarah Yasutake, who is excited about her new role as event coordinator!

What was your favorite book as a child? As a teen? As an adult? Continue reading

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Coffee & Conversation with #StillWeRevise presenter, Megan Wagner Lloyd

I’m continuing our Coffee & Conversation series with presenters from the upcoming SCBWI MD/DE/WV 25th Annual Conference: And Still We R(ev)ise! This time, I’m shining the spotlight on picture book author, Megan Wagner Lloyd. But first, if you’ve missed our previous interviews, here’s the links!

Megan Wagner Lloyd

Megan is the author of Finding Wild and Fort-Building Time, as well as the upcoming picture books Building Books, Paper Mice, and The ABCs of Catching Zs. She lives with her family in the Washington D.C. area.  Continue reading

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