Jill Santopolo, Executive Editor, Philomel Books
Jill Santopolo is the Editorial Director of Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, a division of Penguin Random House. She has edited many critically acclaimed, award-winning, and best selling books including A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff, The Secret Sky by Atia Abawi, Proxy by Alex London, It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! by Chelsea Clinton, the Nightshade series by Andrea Cremer, A Dance Like Starlight by Kristy Dempsey and Floyd Cooper, and Peanut Butter Cupcake! by Terry Border. Jill is also the author of the Alec Flint Mysteries, the Sparkle Spa series, and the Follow your Heart books. She holds a BA in English literature from Columbia University, an MFA in Writing for Children from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a certificate in Intellectual Property Law from NYU. When she isn't writing or editing, Jill is a thesis advisor at The New School in their MFA program is Writing for Children and Young Adults and is on the faculty of the Columbia Publishing Course. She was formally an adjunct professor at McDaniel College, where she helped develop the curriculum for the certificate program in Writing for Children.
Karen Grencik, Agent and Co-Founder, Red Fox Literary
Karen Grencik became a literary agent because of a man she admired. She wanted the world to know his story, so she set out to make that happen. In 2001, she accomplished her goal when Double Luck, Memoirs of a Chinese Orphan, written by Lu Chi Fa with Becky White, was published by Holiday House. Double Luck received many awards, including The Parents' Choice Gold Award for Best Nonfiction. Karen's next sale, George Hogglesberry, Grade School Alien, written by Sarah Wilson, was acquired by a brand new editor, Abigail Samoun, at Tricycle Press. George Hogglesberry went on to win the coveted Golden Kite Award for Best Picture Book Text. Many other award-winning titles followed. In June 2011, Karen joined forces with Abigail Samoun to open Red Fox Literary, LLC, a boutique agency that specializes in children's books for all ages and genres. Karen has made the Top 10 Picture Book Agents list for the past three years, and she looks forward to helping authors achieve their dreams and to briging many more fabulous children's books to bookshelves. For more information about Karen and Red Fox Literary visit:
Jane Kurtz, Author
Jane Kurtz is the author of nearly 40 books for young people—fiction, nonfiction, picture books, ready-to-reads, middle grade and young YA novels, including two books to tell the story of the American Girl Doll of the Year 2010 and a picture book (about surviving and recovering from a flood) that won the Golden Kite award for text. She is currently working on a middle grade novel set in Oregon and two nonfiction picture books that will be her next published works. In addition, she has done presentations and workshops about books and writing all over the world. Though she has lived in seven different states and two different countries, she now calls Portland, Oregon home and is on the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in children’s and YA literature.
Graham Salisbury, Author
Graham Salisbury grew up in the Hawaiian Islands where his family had lived since 1820. He graduated from California State University, and received an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where he was a member of the founding faculty of the MFA program in writing for children.
Graham is the Author of twenty 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 Lake Oswego, Oregon.