Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Faculty Bios

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Kelly Garrett's debut mystery, The Last To Die, comes out from Poisoned Pen Press in 2017. She's the coordinator of SCBWI Oregon's The Next Level Professional series and has a background in marketing and public relations. You can find her online at, on twitter as @garrett_kelly, and on Instagram as @writerkellygarrett.

Kelly is critiquing young adult novels for this event.



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Sue Ford writes for children under her maiden name, Susan Uhlig, and for adults as SM Ford. She's currently working on picture books, a middle grade novel, and a young adult novel in verse. She’s the author of four picture books, including: Belling the CatThe Fox and the Crane, and My Shadow for Unibooks (Korea) for their English as a foreign language program and seven readers for Compass Media (Korea). She's also sold over 160 magazine pieces for children and adults, and is an Instructor for the basic magazine course for the Institute of Children's Literature. 

Sue is critiquing picture books and magazine pieces for this event.


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Peter McCleery is the author of the hilarious Bob and Joss series of children's books, Bob and Joss Get Lost! (available February 2017) and Bob and Joss Take a Hike (coming in 2018). He lives and works and occasionally gets lost in Portland, Oregon with his wife and two kids. One of his favorite things is kids (and adults) who laugh. He's also written for Highlights magazine and for grow-ups on the McSweeney's humor website. You can find him at and on twitter @pmccleery.

Peter is critiquing picture books for this event.


Jennifer Bosworth photoJennifer Bosworth is the author of the young adult novels Struck and The Killing Jar. The Dark Road, her first thriller for adults, will be released in 2018. She recently escaped from Los Angeles and is now hiding out in Portland with her husband and a couple of long-legged dogs. Learn more about her at

Jennifer is critiquing young adult novels for this event.



Amber Keyser photoAmber J. Keyser is an evolutionary biologist-turned-author, who writes both fiction and nonfiction for tweens and teens. In addition to The V-Word (Beyond Words/Simon Pulse, 2016), she is the author of The Way Back from Broken, a heart-wrenching novel of loss and survival (Carolrhoda Lab, 2015), Sneaker Century: A History of Athletic Shoes (Twenty-First Century Books, 2015), and the forthcoming Pointe, Claw, a novel about claiming the territory of the body (Carolrhoda Lab, 2017). She is the co-author with Kiersi Burkhart of the middle grade series Quartz Creek Ranch (Darby Creek, 2017). More information at

Amber is critiquing middle grade and young adult novels and nonfiction for this event.


Miriam Forster photoMiriam Forster learned to read at the age of five, wrote her first story at the age of seven and has been playing with words ever since. She's the author of the high fantasy duology City of a Thousand Dolls and Empire of Shadows and lives in Portland with her husband and an adorably evil cat.

Miriam is critiquing young adult novels for this event.



Sandra-Bishop-2014smrSandra Bishop is a literary agent with Transatlantic Agency, where she represents nonfiction and fiction authors who write across a variety of categories–from serious narrative to inspirational romance. She is proud to represent young adult historical novelist and founder of, Stephanie Morrill, as well as many others. Sandra is a Portland, Oregon native who enjoys hiking,live music, sunshine, star gazing, and working out of her home. For more information about Sandra, see

Sandra is critiquing young adult fiction and nonfiction for this event.



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Kate Berube is a children's author and illustrator. Kate grew up wanting to be an artist in a cow-filled Connecticut town. She earned her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Like so many artists, Kate's career trajectory wasn't a straight line–she's been a nanny, a tax preparer, a scenic painter in NYC, a decorative painter in Chicago, and a bookseller in Portland. She is the author/illustrator of Hannah and Sugar and the illustrator of The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read by Curtis Manley. For more information about Kate, see:

Kate is critiquing picture books and illustrations for this event.