2011 participating mentors

Below is a partial list of the mentors for this year's conference. Please note that this list, as in past years, is subject to change. All our mentors are volunteers who offer their time and experience to aspiring writers and illustrators. Unfortunately there are sometimes unforeseeable last minute circumstances that may result in a mentor's cancellation.

Authors and Illustrators: If you are interested in volunteering to be a mentor at future conferences, click here to view our selection procedures.

Editors, Agents and Art Directors:

Stacy Cantor Abrams, Editor, Walker Books for Young Readers
Kaylan Adair, Editor, Candlewick Press
Jennifer Arena, Executive Editor, Random House Children's Books
Stacey Barney, Editor, Putnam Books for Young Readers
Meagan Bennett, Art Director, Abrams Books for Young Readers
Erin Black, Assistant Editor, Scholastic
Anna Bloom, Editor, Scholastic
Jennifer Bonnell, Executive Editor, Puffin Books
Marilyn Brigham, Editor, Marshall Cavendish Children's Books
Mary Kate Castellani, Associate Editor, Walker Books for Young Readers
Margery Cuyler, Publisher, Marshall Cavendish Children's Books
Chelsea Eberly, Assistant Editor, Random House
Sylvie Frank, Assistant Editor, Holiday House
Barry Goldblatt, Agent, Barry Goldblatt Literary Agency
Debbie Guy, Senior Designer, Grosset & Dunlap
Rebecca Hahn, Editorial Assistant, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Carrie Hannigan, Agent, HSG Agency
Katherine Harrison, Assistant Editor, Knoph
Alyson Heller, Assistant Editor, Aladdin Books
Guillian Helm, Editorial Assistant, Simon Pulse
Michelle Humphrey, Agent, ICM
Zareen Jaffery, Executive Editor, Simon and Schuster Books For Young Readers
Liza Kaplan, Editorial Assistant, Dutton Children's Books
Teresa Kietlinski, Agent, Prospect Agency
Emily Sylvan Kim, Agent, Prospect Agency
Mary Kole, Agent, Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Sarah LaPolla, Associate Agent, Curtis Brown Ltd.
Jennifer Laughran, Agent, Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Emma Ledbetter, Editorial Assistant, Atheneum
Gillian Levinson, Assistant Editor, Razorbill
Julia Maguire, Assistant Editor, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Samantha McFerrin, Editor, Harcourt/HMCo
Kate McKean, Literary Agent, Howard Morhaim Literary Agency, Inc
Beth Miller, Assistant Agent, Writers House
Emmanuelle Morgen, Agent, Judith Ehrlich Literary Agency
Meredith Mundy, Senior Editor, Sterling
Charlie Olsen, Agent, InkWell Management
Kathleen Ortiz, Agent, Nancy Coffey Literary & Media Representation
Annette Pollert, Associate Editor, Simon Pulse
Paula Sadler, Editorial Assistant, G. P. Putnam's Sons
Laura Schreiber, Editorial Assistant, Disney-Hyperion
Emily Seife, Associate Editor, Scholastic Press
Becky Shapiro, Editorial Assistant, Scholastic
Kiffin Steurer, Associate Editor, Philomel Books
Annie Stone, Assistant Editor, HarperCollins
Bethany Strout: Editorial Assistant, Little, Brown
Kari Stuart, Agent, ICM
Becca Stumpf: Agent, Prospect Agency
Elizabeth Tardiff, Senior Designer, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Andrea Tompa, Editor, Candlewick Press
Tamra Tuller, Editor, Philomel Books
Harold Underdown, Editor, The Purple Crayon website
Becky Vinter, Associate Agent, FinePrint Literary Management
Joanna Volpe, Agent/Sub. Rights Director, Nancy Coffey Literary & Media Representation
Carlie Webber, Jr. Agent, Jane Rotrosen Agency
Christy Webster, Associate Editor, Random House Children's Books
Alison Weiss, Assistant Editor, Egmont
Noa Wheeler, Editor, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Danielle Young, Editorial Assistant, Simon and Schuster Books For Young Readers
Emellia Zamani, Editorial Assistant, Michael di Capua Books/Scholastic Press

Authors and Illustrators

Debbie Dadey, Author
Doris Ettlinger, Illustrator
Judy Freeman, Author/BookReviewer
Ponder Goembel, Illustrator
Dianne Ochiltree, Author
Michael Rex, Author/Illustrator
Courtney Sheinmel, Author
Thomas Yezerski, Author/Illustrator

Some of our council members will also mentor at this year's conference.