Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple
2018 Keynote Speakers
Jane Yolen, often called "the Hans Christian Andersen of America," is celebrating her 365th published book in 2018. Her works have won an assortment of awards including two Nebulas, a World Fantasy Award, a Caldecott, the Golden Kite, three Mythopoeic awards, two Christopher Medals, the Jewish Book Award, the Kerlan Award, and the Catholic Library’s Regina Medal, as well as six honorary doctorates from six different colleges and universities. But, she doesn't write for the awards, in fact, one of her awards set her good coat on fire. She writes because she loves to write--needs to write.
She lives in Massachusetts in the winter and Scotland in the summer, and in both places, she writes a poem every single morning. In 2018, she has books being published in almost every genre: A Bear Sat On My Porch Today, Monster Academy, On Gull Beach, Crow Not Crow, and How Do Dinosaurs Learn to Read (picture books), Finding Baba Yaga (novel in verse), Mapping the Bones (YA novel), Fly With Me (Nonfiction), Mixti-Maxti (poetry collection), Stone Cold 2: Sanctuary (Graphic Novel), and Meet Me At the Well (which defies genre).
Follow her on twitter @janeyolen #Yolen365 or on facebook and visit her website: www.janeyolen.com
Heidi E.Y. Stemple didn’t want to be a writer when she grew up. In fact, after she graduated from college, she became a probation officer in Florida. It wasn’t until she was 28 years old that she gave in and joined the family business, publishing her first short story in a book called Famous Writers and Their Kids Write Spooky Stories. The famous writer was her mom, author Jane Yolen. Since then, she has published more than 20 books including Fly With Me, Counting Birds, Monster Academy, You Nest Here With Me, Not All Princesses Dress In Pink, and 2 Fairy Tale Feasts cookbooks, as well as numerous short stories and poems, mostly for children.
Heidi lives on an old tobacco farm in western Massachusetts where she writes, reads, cooks, sews, and once a year, calls and counts owls for the Audubon Christmas Bird Count.
Follow her on twitter and instagram: @heidieys, on facebook: Heidi E.Y. Stemple and at Owl Count, and visit her website: www.HeidiEYStemple.com