James Ransome, author of Be a King, is the recipient of the Coretta Scott King, NAACP Image and the Orbis Pictus awards. He often collaborates with his wife, author Lesa Cline-Ransome.
Jason Reynolds, author of Long Way Down, is the New York Times bestselling author of four critically acclaimed books and co-author of another two. He has been named a Coretta Scott King Honoree twice and received the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent, the Kirkus Award, and the Schneider Middle Grade Award. He has also been selected as a finalist for the National Book Award and is currently on the longlist for the 2017 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.
Reynolds is on faculty at Lesley University, for the Writing For Young People MFA Program, and currently resides in Washington, D.C.
As a selection for the 2018 Festival’s Pop-Up Book Club, this author’s book has a discussion guide available HERE.
Jason Rodriguez, author of Try Looking Ahead, is also editor of the Colonial Comics and Artists Against Police Brutality and has been nominated for both Eisner and Harvey Awards.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Sean Rubin has had to cancel his participation.
Sean Rubin, author of Bolivar, was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He is also an illustrator for the Redwall series. Sean studied art and archeology at Princeton University, where he met his wife, Lucy. They have two sons and live in Charlottesville, Va.
Brenda Rufener, author of Where I Live, is a technical writer turned novelist. A double major in English and biology, she graduated from Whitman College. She lives in North Carolina with her family and is an advocate for homeless youth.