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Saturday April 9, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 7:30 PM EDT
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Scandinavia House 
58 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10016

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Kweli Journal 

Kweli Children's Book Writers Conference 

Celebrate our voices, our stories, our truth. Join us on April 9th at Scandinavia House for an incredible day with top editors, agents, authors and illustrators in the children's book publishing world. Our spring conference is an excellent opportunity for writers and illustrators of color to learn, get inspired and network with others in the industry. The day will include a keynote address by award-winning author, EDWIDGE DANTICAT. Our panels and workshops will cover topics from the craft of writing to the business of writing. Top editors, agents, and authors will discuss crucial steps to help launch a writer's career and offer carefully considered manuscript critiques. We will end the day with a wine and cheese reception. 

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Victoria Wells Arms (Agent, Wells Arms Literary)
Tracey Baptiste (Author, The Jumbies)
Stacey Barney (Senior editor, Putnam / Penguin)
Regina Brooks (Agent, Serendipity Literary Agency)
Joseph Bruchac (Author, Trail of the Dead)
Joanna Cardenas (Editor, Viking / Penguin)
Sona Charaipotra (Co-author, Shiny Broken Pieces / Co-founder Cake Literary)
Sheela Chari (Author, Vanished & Find Me in Dobbs Ferry)
Dhonielle Clayton (Co-author, Shiny Broken Pieces / Co-founder Cake Literary)
Edwidge Danticat (Author, Untwine and Mama’s Nightingale)
Jessica Echeverria (Editor, Lee & Low Books)
Zetta Elliott (Author, The Girl Who Swallowed the Sun)
T.S. Ferguson (Editor, Harlequin Teen)
Antonio Gonzalez (Children’s Book Marketing, Scholastic)
Katherine Harrison (Editor, Knopf)
Andrew Harwell (Editor, Harper Collins)
Connie Hsu (Senior Editor, Roaring Brook Press, Macmillan)
Cheryl Hudson (Co-founder and Editorial Director, Just Us Books)
Grace Kendall (Editor, FSG / Macmillan)
Cheryl Klein (Executive Editor, Arthur A. Levine, Scholastic) 
Celeste Lim (Author, The Crystal Ribbon)
Alvina Ling (VP / Editor-in-Chief, Little Brown Books for Young Readers)
Nnedi Okorafor (Author, Akata Witch)
Daniel Josť Older (Author, Shadowshaper)
Beth Phelan (Agent, Bent Agency)
Lynne Polvino (Editor, Clarion)
Sean Qualls (Illustrator, Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass)
Natalia Remis (Editorial Assistant, Scholastic)
Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich (Author, 8th Grade Superzero & Two Naomis)
Eileen Robinson (Editor and Publisher, MOVE Books)
Rachel Stark (Assistant Editor, Sky Pony Press)
Mekisha Telfer (Editorial Assistant, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers & Salaam Reads)
Harold Underdown (Freelance Editor, Founder, The Purple Crayon)
Eric Velasquez (Illustrator / Author, Grandma's Gift)
Stacy Whitman (Founder / Publisher, Tu Books, an imprint of Lee and Low Books)
Phoebe Yeh (VP / Publisher, Crown Books for Young Readers - Random House Children's Books)


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