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Vanessa Barger, author of Super Freak, is a young adult and middle grade fiction writer living in Hampton Roads, Va. When she’s not writing, she teaches technology education to high school students. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators as well as the Virginia Writers Club.
Hannah Barnaby, author of Some of the Parts and Wonder Show, has worked as an editor, bookseller, and writing instructor, and was a finalist for the 2013 William C. Morris Award. She lives in Charlottesville, Va., with her family.
Robert Beatty, author of Serafina and the Black Cloak, lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, N.C., with his wife and three daughters, who help create and refine his stories.
Phil Bildner, author of A Whole New Ballgame and Marvelous Cornelius, taught middle school in the New York City public schools for eleven years. He now spends much of his year visiting schools around the world conducting writing workshops and classes.
Marc Boston, author of The Girl Who Carried Too Much Stuff, has always been a lover of books. His decision to write them came after becoming a father and being inspired to write original stories to read to his daughters. Marc lives in Charlottesville with his wife Rachael and their three daughters.
Fred Bowen is the author of Out of Bounds and 20 other sports books for readers ages 7-12. His books combine sports fiction and sports history. He has also written a weekly sports column for kids for the Washington Post since 2000.
Caitlin Rose Boyle, artist/illustrator of Jonesy, is a multimedia artist from Pittsburgh, Pa. Caitlin makes comics, illustrations, tiny video games, and short animations.
Michael Buckley, author of Raging Sea, also penned the New York Times bestselling Sisters Grimm series and NERDS as well as the Undertow trilogy. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Mecca Burns is a drama therapist, theatre activist, and musician. She is a founding member of Presence Center for Applied Theatre Arts, based in Charlottesville, and has led participatory theatre projects in Uganda, Kenya, Spain, Romania, and the United States.