Shelley Sackier, author of The Freemason’s Daughter and Dear Opl, writes middle grade and YA fiction. She visits schools to illuminate the merits of embracing failure just like NASA and to further her campaign to erect monuments to all librarians.
Julie Segal Walters, author of This is Not a Normal Animal Book, lives in Washington, D.C., and is a former civil rights and First Amendment lawyer, as well as the founder of Civic Action Strategies, a grassroots organizing and democracy development company.
Ray Shepard, author of Now or Never!, began his career as a middle school history and English teacher in Iowa. He holds a master’s degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education where he received a Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Tammar Stein has had to cancel her participation.
Tammar Stein, author of The Six-Day Hero, has also written four young adult novels including Light Years, which was named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She lives in Virginia with her family.
Nic Stone, author of Dear Martin, was born and raised in a suburb of Atlanta, Ga., and the only thing she loves more than an adventure is a good story about one. After graduating from Spelman College, she worked extensively in teen mentoring and lived in Israel for a few years before returning to the U.S. to write full-time.