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PWID 2019: Faculty

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FACULTY

Adriana Domínguez, Agent, Full Circle Literary 

Adriana Domínguez has 20 years of experience in publishing. Prior to becoming an agent, she was Executive Editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books, Children’s Reviews Editor at Críticas magazine, published by Library Journal, and Senior Editor at Scholastic, among others. Adriana represents fiction and narrative nonfiction as well as author/illustrators. Her growing list of author/illustrators includes Ana Aranda, Tania de Regil, Rafael López, John Parra, Tony Piedra, Lorena Siminovich and Lila Quintero Weaver. Her author client list includes award winners and best sellers such as Michaela and Elaine DePrince, Reyna Grande, Katheryn Russell-Brown and Angela Cervantes. Some exciting 2018 debuts: author-illustrator Tony Piedra’s The Greatest Adventure (Arthur Levine Books), My Year in the Middle Row by Lila Quintero Weaver (Candlewick), and Path to the Stars by Girl Scouts CEO, Sylvia Acevedo (HMH). Adriana has a long trajectory of publishing underrepresented authors and illustrators, and welcomes submissions that offer diverse points of view. Books that she has edited or represented have been awarded the Pura Belpré Medal, the Coretta Scott King Honor and been finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the NAACP Award. Her list includes national and international bestsellers, and titles counted among the “Best of the Year” by Amazon, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, The New York Public Library, The Chicago Public Library, Parents.com, Salon.com, and others. Follow Adriana on twitter at @VocesBlog

 

Kait Feldmann, Editor, Scholastic

Kait Feldmann is an Editor at Orchard Books, an imprint of Scholastic, where she is building alist of picture books and graphic novels. She is excited to be working on debut picture books by Aida Salazar, Jon Lau, Isabella Kung, Sarah Jung, Shirley Chan, and more! Kait joined Scholasticin May of 2014 and gained editorial experience assisting on titles that include Newbery Honor-winner Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan, New York Times-bestseller The Marvels by Brian Selznick, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard: The Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling, with new illustrations by Lisbeth Zwerger. Kait lives in New York in a hoarder’s den surrounded by books. You can learn more about her at www.kaitfeldmann.com.


Vashti Harrison, Author and IllustratorPart author – illustrator – filmmaker, Vashti Harrison is an artist originally from Onley, Virginia. She has a background in filmmaking and a love for storytelling. She earned her BA from the University of Virginia as a double major in Media Studies and Studio Art with concentrations in Film and Cinematography. She then went on to receive her MFA in Film and Video from CalArts where she snuck into Animation classes to learn from Disney and Dreamworks legends. There she  rekindled a love for drawing and painting. Now, utilizing both skill sets, she is passionate about crafting beautiful stories for children and young adults in the film and kidlit worlds.Vashtiharrison.com@vashtiharrison

 

 Christopher Hernandez,  Senior Editor, Razorbill/Penguin Random House 

Chris Hernandez joined Razorbill as a senior editor in April 2019, acquiring picture books, middle grade, young adult, and graphic novels. Before coming to Penguin Random House, he was an editor at HarperCollins, where he had the pleasure of working with such stellar creators as Newbery Medalist Katherine Applegate; National Book Award-winner Thanhhà Lai; New York Times bestsellers Pittacus Lore, Lisa McMann, and Tahereh Mafi; SCBWI Golden Kite honoree Cori Doerrfeld; SCBWI Crystal Kite winner Tara Lazar; and critically-acclaimed author Jaye Robin Brown. Chris enjoys stories with heart, multi-layered humor, well-crafted mystery, thrilling adventure, a witty voice, accessible science fiction or fantasy, and a unique twist on something familiar. When he’s not editing children’s books, Chris goes home to write them—whenever his dog and cats give him a moment of peace. Follow him on Twitter: @ChrisMakesBooks.

 

Esther Hershenhorn, PAL Author & Regional Advisor Emeritus

Chicagoan Esther Hershenhorn writes picture books, poetry and middle-grade fiction, teaches adult Writing for Children workshops at the Newberry Library and the University of Chicago’s Graham School’s Writers Studio and coaches writers of all ages to help them tell their stories. Her latest books include S IS FOR STORY and the baby board book TXTNG MAMA TXTNG BABY. Esther proudly advocates for children’s book creators via her past service on the Board of Advisors of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and current service as the Illinois Chapter’s Regional Advisor Emeritus. Visit her website www.estherhershenhorn.com to learn more about her books, classes and coaching. She blogs at www.teachingauthors.com

 

 

 Angie Hodges, Senior Art Director, Cottage Door Press

Angie Hodges is a Senior Art Director at Cottage Door Press, an independent publisher of high quality children’s books. She was part of the small start-up team at the time of the company’s inception, and has seen the company grow to become the fastest growing publisher 2 years in a row from 2017-2018, named by Publishers Weekly. She helps guidea team of 5 art directors and works to develop new and innovative formats that utilize special cover treatments and paper engineering. Angie has been working as a designer and art director for 20 years, 14 of which has been in children’s book publishing.Angie studied Business Administration and Art with a Graphic Design focus at Elmhurst College.She has always been fascinated and inspired by children’s illustrations and illustrators and fine art. She is most inspired by Roald Dahl, Mary Blair, Alice and Martin Provensen, Patricia Polacco, and Georgia O’Keeffe to name a few. Angie spends her time collecting vintage Little GoldenBooks and poking around antique stores searching for other “needed” treasures. When she is not working you will find her painting or reading or taking little road trip adventures!

 

Connie Hsu, Executive Editor, Roaring Brook Press, Macmillan Publishing

Connie Hsu is an executive editor at Roaring Brook Press at Macmillan Publishing and a member of the Brooklyn Book Festival Children’s Planning Committee. Books on her list include the bestsellers Be Kind, Real Friends, and After the Fall, and Caldecott Medal winner The Adventures of Beekle, Caldecott Honor book Leave Me Alone!, and Sid Fleischman award winner Stella Diaz Has Something to Say. She grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, and graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

 

 

 

  Bill Konigsberg, Author

Bill Konigsberg is the award-winning author of five young adult novels. THE PORCUPINE OF TRUTH won the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the Stonewall Book Award in 2016. OPENLY STRAIGHT won the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor, and was a finalist for the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award and Lambda Literary Award in 2014 and has been translated into five languages. His debut novel, OUT OF THE POCKET, won the Lambda Literary Award in 2009. His most recent book, THE MUSIC OF WHAT HAPPENS, was released in February of 2019. In 2018, The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)’s Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) established the Bill Konigsberg Award for Acts and Activism for Equity and Inclusion through Young Adult Literature. Prior to turning his attention to writing books for teens, Bill was a sports writer and editor for The Associated Press and ESPN.com. He lives in Chandler, Arizona, with his husband, Chuck, and their Australian Labradoodles, Mabel and Buford.

 

Jasmin Rubero, Associate Art Director, Kokila (Penguin Random House)

Jasmin Rubero is the associate art director of Kokila. She has designed books by critically acclaimed and bestselling artists and authors, including theNew York Timesbestselling Ladybug Girl series by Jacky Davis and David Soman; Pura Belpré Award winner Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes by Juan Felipe Herrera, illustrated by Raul Colón; and Pura Belpré illustration honor recipient Islandborn by Junot Diaz, illustrated by Leo Espinosa.The Kokila picture book list started with New York Times bestselling picture book Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry illustrated by Vashti Harrison;My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero, illustrated by Zeke Peña, which received 5 starred reviews; and At the Mountain’s Base written by recipient of the 2019 Sibert Medal Honor and Orbis Pictus Award Honor Traci Sorell; illustrated by Weshoyot Alvitre,who contributed to the Eisner Award-winning anthology Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream. Illustration Portfolios can be emailed to heratjrubero@penguinrandomhouse.com. For picture book dummies, please see the Kokila homepage. 

 

Laurel Symonds,  Literary Agent, the Bent Agency

Laurel Symonds launched as a literary agent at The Bent Agency in Fall 2018 after nearly a decade of experience in the publishing industry. She began hercareer in the editorial department ofHarperCollins Children’s Books/Katherine TegenBooks in New YorkCity and hasalso held positions in the marketing departmentat a smallpublishing house, in a library, and as a bookseller at one of the nation’s best independent bookstores. As a literary agent, she is seeking children’s fiction and nonfiction, from picture books to young adult, particularly focusing on voices that have previously been underrepresented and stories that have been overlooked.

 

 

 

 

Off-Site Faculty for Additional Written Critiques

 Kat Brzozowski, Senior Editor, Swoon Reads and Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Kat Brzozowski is a senior editor at Swoon Reads and Feiwel & Friends, divisions of the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group (MCPG). She edits books acquired through the Swoon Reads site as well as acquires books traditionally (through agents and conferences) for Feiwel & Friends. She joined MCPG after seven years at Thomas Dunne Books, a division of St. Martin’s Press, where she acquired and edited fiction and non-fiction for teens and adults.

At  Feiwel & Friends, her authors include Anna-Marie McLemore (Stonewall Award honoree and National Book Award longlister), Leslie Odom, Jr. (star of “Hamilton”), and Aminah Mae Safi (Not the Girls You’re Looking For). For SwoonReads, she edits a wide range of young adult projects, from contemporary romance to thrillers and beyond. 

Kat is passionate about young adult fiction with complicated characters (especially female characters), and is drawn above all to a strong voice, realistic dialogue, and a great hook. She’s also looking for non-fiction for teens and young adults that expose readers to new worlds and new points of view.

 

Catherine LaudoneAssociate Editor, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 

Prior to joining Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers in March 2013, Catherine graduated with a BFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College and completed several internships at children’s publishing houses and literary agencies, including HarperCollins and Sourcebooks. She has the privilege of working with talented authors and illustrators such as Rebecca Kim Wells, Janice Lynn Mather, Lauren Spieller, Hanna Cha, Jennifer Gennari, Apryl Stott, Kat Helgeson, Stacey Kade, and Heather Petty. When not reading for work or pleasure, Catherine can be found watching her favorite Gilmore Girls reruns while enjoying a cup of chocolate tea. Follow her on Twitter: @CatherineLaud

 

 Regan Winter, Editorial Assistant, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Prior to joining LBYR, Regan worked as a sales assistant with IglooBooks, selling mass market picture, novelty, and select adult nonfiction books across the country. Now Regan is an editorial assistant for licensing, brand, and media tie-ins as well as trade picture books, various intellectual property projects, and graphic novels. She has assisted on licensing programs such as My Little Pony, picture books by Ame Dyckman, and The New York Times bestselling Magic Misfits series by Neil Patrick Harris. Regan is open to books for all ages and genres, particularly MG and YA titles that feature strong voices and interesting, off-beat characters. @ReadingReganW

 

 

 

FACULTY ONLINE RESOURCES:

Adriana Domínguez

Agent, Full Circle Literary

Full Circle Literary

SCBWI Interview: A Cafe Chat With Adriana Dominguez

Children’s Book Council Video: Day of Diversity Panel

Interviews at NBC News

Lee Wind blog

12×12 Challenge

Kait Feldmann, Editor, Scholastic  Website: https://www.kaitfeldmann.com/label

Manuscript Wish List:#MSWL Profile

Editor Interview: Only Picture Books

SCBWI Summer Conference Blog: Kait Feldmann: Celebrating Diversity, Tradition, and Change

Vashti Harrison, Author and Illustrator Website: https://www.vashtiharrison.com/

SCBWI Insight Interview: Illustrator Info Vashti Harrison Success Story

KidLit 411 Interview: Illustrator Spotlight

Christopher Hernandez,  Editor, Penguin Random House  Manuscript Wish List:#MSWL Profile

Razorbill Editors: Editor Profile

Esther Hershenhorn, author Website: Esther Hershenhorn

Blog: Teaching Authors

Angie Hodges, Senior Art Director, Cottage Door Press Cottage Door Press Website: Team Profiles
Connie Hsu, Editor, Macmillan SCBWI Podcast: A Conversation with Connie Hsu

Graphic Novel TK Podcast: Advocating for a Book, with Connie Hsu

Publisher’s Weekly Interview: In Conversation: Dan Santat and Connie Hsu

Bill Konigsberg, Author  Website: https://billkonigsberg.com/Huffpost interview:

Bill Konigsberg Explores A New Side Of The Gay Experience In His Latest Book

School Library Journal article: Author Bill Konigsberg Calls for Continued Conversation in Response to Hatred and Bigotry

Jasmin Rubero, Associate Art Director, Kokila (Penguin Random House) Kokila Books: Editor Profile

Publisher’s Weekly Article: Penguin Young Readers Announces Imprint for Diverse Books

Books 4 Your Kids: Kokila Books : Centering Stories From The Margins

Laurel Symonds,  Literary Agent, the Bent Agency  The Bent Agency Website: Agent Profile

Interview with Jonell Dewitt: Interview with Agent Laurel Symonds

Manuscript Wish List:#MSWL Profile