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2019 Participating Mentors

Below is a list of our mentors for the 2019 conference. Please note that this list, as in past years, is subject to change. All of our mentors are volunteers who offer their time and experience to aspiring writers and illustrators. There are sometimes unforeseeable last minute circumstances that may result in a mentor's cancellation.

    Editors, Agents and Designers

    • Taylor Abatiell, Junior Designer, Penguin Workshop
    • Tracey Adams, Agent, Adams Literary
    • Eve Adler, Senior Editor, Sterling Children's Books
    • Rosie Ahmed, Editorial Assistant, Dial/Penguin
    • Ardi Alspach, Assistant Editor, Sterling Children's Books
    • Stacey Barney, Senior Editor, Putnam/Penguin Random House
    • Lauren Bieker, Agent, FinePrint Literary Management
    • James Burns, Vice President-Managing Agent, The Bright Agency
    • Andrea Cascardi, Senior Literary Agent, Transatlantic Agency
    • Erin Casey, Associate Agent, Gallt & Zacker
    • Sona Charaipotra, Agent, Cake Literary
    • Steven Chudney, Owner, The Chudney Agency
    • Raqayyah Daud, Editorial Assistant, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    • Emily Daluga, Assistant Editor, Abrams
    • Gabriella DeGennaro, Assistant Editor (Preschool Publishing), Penguin Workshop
    • Gretchen Durning, Editorial Assistant, Razorbill/Penguin Random House
    • Claire Easton, Agent, Painted Words
    • Chelsea Eberly, Agent, Greenhouse Literary Agency
    • Cheryl Eissing, Assistant Editor, Philomel/Penguin Random House
    • Linda Epstein, Agent, Emerald City Literary
    • Elissa Erwin, Agent Assistant, Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management
    • Rebecca Eskildsen, Agent Assistant, Writers House
    • Liza Fleissig, Agent, Liza Royce Literary Agency
    • Alice Fugate, Agent Assistant, Trident Media Group
    • Ben Gartenberg, Assistant Editor, Scholastic Press
    • Alex Gehringer, Agent, Bright Group
    • Stacey Glick, Agent, Dystel & Goderich Literary
    • Evan Griffith, Editor, Workman Publishing
    • Katie Heit, Editor, Scholastic
    • Dianne Hess, Executive Editor, Scholastic Press
    • Sarah Homer, Assistant Editor, HarperCollins Children's Books
    • Megan Ilnitzki, Associate Editor, HarperCollins Children's Books
    • Akshaya Iyer, Editorial Assistant, Scholastic/Graphix
    • Sarah Kasman, Editorial Assistant, Sourcebooks
    • Susan Krogulski, Assistant Editor, Boyds Mills & Kane
    • Gianna Lakenauth, Editorial Assistant, Knopf/Penguin Random House
    • Nathalie Le Du, Editorial Director, OddDot/Macmillan
    • Elizabeth Lee, Editorial Assistant, Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Macmillan
    • Michelle Lee, Editorial Assistant, Dial/Penguin
    • Tricia Lin, Assistant Editor, Aladdin Books/Simon & Schuster
    • Julia McCarthy, Editorial Assistant, Atheneum/Simon & Schuster
    • Tia Mele, Junior Agent, Talcott Notch Literary
    • Emmanuelle Morgen, Literary Agent, Stonesong
    • Jonah Newman, Editorial Assistant, Scholastic
    • Bobby O'Neil, Agent, FinePrint Literary Management
    • Anu Ohioma, Assistant Editor, Penguin Workshop/Penguin Random House
    • Rachel Orr, Agent, Prospect Agency
    • Anna Parsons, Editorial Assistant, Aladdin Books/ Simon & Schuster
    • Kelly Peterson, Literary Agent, Rees Literary Agency
    • Linda Pratt, Agent, Wernick and Pratt
    • Kate Renner, Senior Designer, Viking Penguin
    • Annette Pollert-Morgan, Editorial Manager, Sourcebooks
    • Julie Robine, Designer, Sterling Children's Books
    • Shelly Romero, Editorial Assistant, Scholastic
    • Peter Rubin, Agent, FinePrint Literary Management
    • Alex Sanchez, Assistant Editor, Razorbill/Penguin Random House
    • Dainese Santos, Editorial Assistant, S&S Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster
    • Talia Seidenfeld, Editorial Assistant, Scholastic
    • Dani Segelbaum, Agent Assistant, New Leaf Literary
    • Tiffany Shelton, Assistant Editor, Wednesday Books/St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan
    • Laura Bryn Sisson, Editor, Callisto Media
    • Rachael Stein, Editor, Sterling Children's Books
    • Stephanie Stein, Editor, HarperCollins Children's Books
    • Laurel Symonds, Agent, The Bent Agency
    • Jennifer Unter, Agent, The Unter Agency
    • Olivia Valcarce, Assistant Editor, Scholastic Press
    • Melissa Warten, Assistant Editor, Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Macmillan
    • Holly West, Senior Editor, Feiwel and Friends/Swoon Reads/Macmillan
    • Regan Winter, Editorial Assistant, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Authors and Illustrators

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

Authors and Illustrators

If you are interested in volunteering to be a mentor at future conferences, click the button below to view our selection procedure.

Previous Participating Mentors

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