Bree Ogden, Agent, D4EO Literary Agency
Brooks Sherman, Agent, The Bent Agency
Emily Mitchell, Agent, Wernick and Pratt Agency
Fiona Kenshole, Agent, Transatlantic Agency (doing Show and Tell first pages only)
Lucy Ruth Cummins, Art Director, Simon & Schuster and Paula Wiseman Books
Emily Feinberg, Assistant Editor, Roaring Brook Press
Stephanie Pitts, Assistant Editor, Schwartz & Wade, Random House
Susan Dobinick, Associate Editor, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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FACULTY BIOS in alphabetical order by last name
Susan Blackaby has worked in educational publishing for over 30 years. On the clock, Suz hones her skills by writing for the K-8 audience and teaching writing workshops. On her own time, she dabbles across the genres. Besides a long list of early readers, Suz is the author of several picture books: REMBRANDT’S HAT, BROWNIE GROUNDHOG AND THE FEBRUARY FOX, BROWNIE GROUNDHOG AND THE WINTRY SURPRISE, and the upcoming TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN OREGON (illustrated by the incomparable Carolyn Conahan); a middle grade biography, CLEOPATRA: EGYPT’S LAST AND GREATEST QUEEN; and an award-winning collection of poetry, NEST, NOOK & CRANNY. Musts include strong milky tea, Cheez-its, narrow-ruled yellow tablets, and #2 Ticonderogas.
Martha Brockenbrough is the author of seven books, five for young readers. The three out now are the YA novel DEVINE INTERVENTION (Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books), which was one of Kirkus Reviews Top 100 Books for teens in 2012; FINDING BIGFOOT (Feiwel and Friends); and THE DINOSAUR TOOTH FAIRY (Scholastic/AAL).
A second YA novel, THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH, comes out in spring of 2015. Another picture book, LOVE, SANTA, comes out in 2016. Both are with Arthur Levine at Scholastic.
Martha has been a teacher, a journalist, the editor of MSN.com, and a freelance writer whose clients include Cranium, MSN Entertainment, and Trivial Pursuit. She wrote an educational humor column for Encarta for nine years, and founded National Grammar Day and SPOGG, the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar. http://marthabrockenbrough.squarespace.com/ Twitter: @mbrockenbrough
Lucy works on a range of titles from picture books to young adult novels. She has worked on a number of award-winning and New York Times bestselling books, including MOUSETRONAUT by Mark Kelly, illustrated by C.F. Payne; WARNING: DO NOT OPEN THIS BOOK, by Adam Lehrhaupt, illustrated by Matthew Forsythe; HENNY written and illustrated by Elizabeth Rose Stanton; THE BOY AND THE AIRPLANE, written and illustrated by Mark Pett; CATS’ NIGHT OUT, by Caroline Stutson, illustrated by Jon Klassen; MONSTERS EAT WHINY CHILDREN, written and illustrated by Bruce Eric Kaplan; and THE BOYS, written and illustrated by Jeff Newman. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and her last job before working in publishing was at a Taco Bell restaurant. Her website is http://lucyruthcummins.com. Twitter: @lucyruth
Susan Dobinick is an associate editor at Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers. Among other books, she has edited SPIRIT’S KEY, a middle grade magical realism novel about a girl who sees the ghost of her pet dog and solves a mystery on a small southern island, and DEAR YETI, a picture book about two little boy hikers who go searching for the mythical creature. She is looking for quirky but heartfelt picture books, design-centered picture books, heartfelt middle grade, sophisticated YA, and mysteries and ghost stories for all ages. In nonfiction, she likes books with social justice and civil rights themes. http://us.macmillan.com/splash/publishers/farrar-straus-giroux.html Twitter: @sdobinick
Emily works mostly with picture book, chapter book and middle grade titles, though she would never turn down a chance to look at a humorous, realistic YA novel. She edited the upcoming nonfiction picture books COYOTE MOON and HIGHWAY HAWKS by Maria Gianferrari, the latter illustrated by Brian Floca. While she is always looking for solid, voice-driven picture books and middle grade, she particularly loves nonfiction for young readers. She has worked on books by Jason Chin, Erin Stead, Laura Vaccaro Seeger, and Patricia MacLachlan. Emily would not be the best editor for fantasy YA. http://us.macmillan.com/roaringbrook.aspx. Twitter: @EmilyFeinberg
Fiona is a literary and film agent with the Transatlantic Agency in Canada. Based in Portland, Fiona represents British and American writers and artists from picture books to YA. She spent 20 years as a senior publisher in the UK – Publishing Director at Oxford University Press Children's Books, Deputy Managing Director ofHodder Children's Books and Editorial Director at HarperCollins. Authors she has published include Michael Morpurgo, Lois Lowry, Beverly Cleary, Geraldine Macaughrean and L.J. Smith. She is herself a published author. As VP of Development Acquisition at Laika Inc., she created new projects for the animation studio including working on the Academy nominated "Coraline" and Paranorman." www.tla1.com kenshole.blogspot.com/
Emily Mitchell began her career at Sheldon Fogelman Agency, handling submissions, subsidiary rights, and coffee. She spent eleven years at Charlesbridge Publishing as senior editor, contracts manager, and director of corporate strategy. At Charlesbridge her books included A MOTHER’S JOURNEY by Sandra Markle, illustrated by Alan Marks (a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book); MUSIC WAS IT: YOUNG LEONARD BERNSTEIN by Susan Goldman Rubin (a YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction finalist and winner of the Sydney Taylor Jewish Book Award); the Aggie and Ben series of early readers by Lori Ries, illustrated by Frank W. Dormer; and FLYING THE DRAGON, a debut middle-grade novel by Natalie Dias Lorenzi. Emily holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Harvard, a master’s in secondary English education from Syracuse, and an MBA from Babson. She lives outside Boston. Emily is accepting new clients in all genres for children. www.wernickpratt.com. Twitter: @emilyreads
Ruth A. Musgrave is an award-winning writer, educator, and naturalist known for her entertaining and creative approach to animal science. She is the author of seven books including EVERYTHING SHARKS (National Geographic Kids, 2011) and co-author of ULTIMATE WEIRD BUT TRUE (National Geographic Children's Books). Musgrave is a frequent contributor to National Geographic Kids Magazine and other children's publications. In the last decade, she honed her self-editing skills by researching and writing about more than 300 animals for 100-plus published projects. Her next book MY PET ADVENTURE, a National Geographic Kids Funny Fill-Ins book, is due out June 2014.
Bree Ogden is in her 5th year of agenting. She represents MG, YA, NA, select adult genres (horror, noir, transgressive), graphic novels, nonfiction, pop culture, and art books.
Bree graduated with her BA in Philosophy from SVU where she served as editor-in-chief of the University’s newsmagazine. She went on to receive her MA in Journalism at Northeastern where she worked as an editor on both the New England Press Association Bulletin and the campus music magazine, Tastemakers Magazine.
Bree also works as a freelance journalist and co-operates the macabre children’s magazine Underneath the Juniper Tree where she serves as Editorial Director. Bree is an instructor and columnist for the website http://LitReactor.com, a judge for the Ghastly Awards, and writes for the website http://BloodyDisgusting.com. Follow Bree on Twitter @breeogden or check out her blog http://agentbree.wordpress.com where you can find her literary tastes and a complete list of her clients.
Rosanne Parry is the award winning author of the middle grade novels WRITTEN IN STONE, SECOND FIDDLE, and HEART OF A SHEPHERD. She teaches writing at the Loft Literary Center. Rosanne lives in an old farmhouse in Portland where she and her husband are raising 4 children, 3 chickens and 5 kinds of fruit. She writes in a tree house in her back yard. http://rosanneparry.com/. Twitter: @RosanneParry
Stephanie Pitts is an Assistant Editor at Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. Stephanie works mostly on picture books and middle grade novels. She once pulled a darling picture book manuscript out of the slush pile—SOPHIE’S SQUASH by Pat Zietlow Miller and illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf—which was published by S&W in August 2013 to four starred reviews. She is also the editor of a forthcoming middle grade novel, MY BROTHER’S SHADOW by Tom Avery, and a picture book tall tale tentatively titled JACKRABBIT MCCABE AND THE ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH by Lucy Rozier. She’s always on the lookout for highly original picture book manuscripts, particularly smart humorous titles and picture book biographies. She is also interested in character-driven middle grade novels with a strong voice, and non-traditional non-fiction for young readers. http://www.facebook.com/schwartzandwadebooks
John has many acclaimed books to his credit, including WOLF! WOLF!, winner of the Borders Original Voices Award for best picture book; MOONPOWDER; FU FINDS THE WAY; and BLACKOUT, a New York Times Best Book of the Year and winner of the Caldecott Honor. He also illustrated Whoopi Goldberg’s ALICE and the covers for Rick Riordan’s multi-million copy international bestselling series PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS, THE KANE CHRONICLES, and THE HEROES OF OLYMPUS. Most recently, John wrote his first novel, SWIM THAT ROCK, with his long-time friend Jay Primiano. http://roccoart.com/
Sara Ryan, Author
Sara Ryan is the author of the graphic novel BAD HOUSES, with art by Carla Speed McNeil, published by Dark Horse Comics. She is a two-time Oregon Book Award winner for her young adult novels EMPRESS OF THE WORLD and THE RULES FOR HEARTS, both published by Viking. Her comics work ranges from Hellboy to the Eisner Award-winning anthology Comic Book Tattoo and the Eisner-nominated “Me and Edith Head.” She also works as a librarian in Portland, Oregon. Find her online: http://sararyan.com. Twitter: @ryansara
Graham Salisbury’s family has lived in the Hawaiian Islands since the early 1800s. He graduated from California State University, an received an MFA degree from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where he was a member of the founding faculty of the MFA program in writing for children. He is the author of nineteen books, including UNDER THE BLOOD-RED SUN, BLUE SKIN OF THE SEA, NIGHT OF THE HOWLING DOGS, EYES OF THE EMPEROR, and the Calvin Coconut series. He lives in Portland, Oregon. Visit him at: www.grahamsalisbury.com.
Heidi Schulz, Author
Heidi Schulz is a writer, reader, and giraffe suspicioner. She lives in Salem, Oregon with her husband, co-captaining a crew made of their teen daughter, a terrible little dog, and five irascible chickens. She served as the 2013 Children’s Specialist for Wordstock Festival, here in Portland.
Heidi’s debut novel for middle grade readers, HOOK’S REVENGE, will be published in the US by Disney•Hyperion on September 16, 2014 and in the UK by The Chicken House shortly after. Bloomsbury Kids will publish her picture book debut, GIRAFFES RUIN EVERYTHING, in 2016. http://heidischulzbooks.com Twitter: @HeidiSchulz
Author photo by Michelle Wonderling.
Prior to joining The Bent Agency, Brooks worked as a literary agent at FinePrint Literary Management and in the managing editorial department of Henry Holt and Company. Before starting his career in publishing, he spent several years working in the entertainment industry (in both New York and Hollywood), and two years with the Peace Corps in West Africa.
Recent sales include: young adult novels SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli (Balzer + Bray) and MORE HAPPY THAN NOT by Adam Silvera (Soho Teen); middle grade novels FLIGHTS AND CHIMES AND MYSTERIOUS TIMES by Emma Trevayne (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers) and HOOK'S REVENGE by Heidi Schulz (Disney*Hyperion); and picture books GIRAFFES RUIN EVERYTHING by Heidi Schulz (Bloomsbury Kids), I DON'T LIKE KOALA by Sean Ferrell (Atheneum), and I AM OTTER by Sam Garton (Balzer + Bray). http://www.thebentagency.com/. Twitter: @byobrooks
Johanna Wright, Author/Illustrator. Johanna was born in Eugene, Oregon, “in the shadow of some very big and beautiful trees,” and studied puppetry and children’s book illustration at Evergreen State College. She spent most of her twenties in Brooklyn, New York, where she worked as a Christmas elf, a cupcake froster, a batik shirt maker, a painting assistant for a large-scale painted backdrop company, and a postcard painter on the streets of Manhattan—all while trying to break into the world of children's book publishing (and eating lots of questionable street-cart food). She landed her first children’s book deal for THE SECRET CIRCUS in 2007. Since then she has written and illustrated BANDITS, BUNNIES ON ICE, and THE ORCHESTRA PIT. Johanna now lives in Portland, Oregon, with “one super husband, two young kiddos, and two shockingly soft and fuzzy kitties. Her website is: http://johannawright.com. Twitter: @johannarobin