HANNA OTERO BIRD
Hanna Otero Bird started her career as a Teach For America corps member, teaching third and fourth grade in Compton, California before moving onto editorial positions at Frank Schaffer Publications, McGraw-Hill Education, and Spark Notes. She is the Editorial Director of Sterling Children's Books where she oversees the development of 200 projects a year, from board and picture books to novelty and non-fiction titles. Hanna is currently looking to acquire picture books, middle grade and light non-fiction. In her free time, she is writing a young adult novel. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and three children.
AUTHOR, SINGER, SONGWRITER
Mimi Cross is an author, singer, and songwriter. Grammy award winning artist Rosanne Cash has described Cross's writing and singing as fusing delicacy and power, heart and gut. Inspiring, evocative, and refreshing. Cross received a bachelor of music from Ithaca College and an MA from New York University and is the creator of Body of Writing, a practice combining yoga and writing that boosts creativity. Her debut novel, Before Goodbye (January 1, 2016) published by Skyscape and Shining Sea published by Skyscape (May 24, 2016) . She resides with her young son in New Jersey. During the course of her musical career, she's shared the bill with artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, and Sting.
AUTHOR, MEMBER OF WOMEN WHO WRITE
Marion Goldstein is a psychotherapist who practiced in Montclair NJ. She was an adjunct professor at Caldwell College where she taught a course in Poetry Therapy. In addition to two chapbooks, her poetry and essays have been published in several books and literary journals. Her memoir, Hard to Place: One Family's Journey Through Adoption and a volume of her poetry “Architecture of the Unpronounced” were both published by North Star Press. Marion has been a member of Women Who Write since 2009.
Elizabeth May is an Editorial Assistant at Kensington Publishing Corporation where she works primarily with Editorial Director, Gary Goldstein on genre fiction, including mysteries, thrillers, romances, westerns, and select nonfiction. She recently acquired Cynthia Tennent’s Truhart contemporary romance series for Lyrical Press. She is seeking fiction in the genres mentioned above, and particularly enjoys books that walk the line between upmarket and commercial, as well as historical women’s fiction, and mysteries where the characters are as important as the crime. You can find her on twitter @LizMay05. Or send a query to firstname.lastname@example.org.
AUTHOR, PRESIDENT OF WOMEN WHO WRITE
Ginger Pate, a former elementary school teacher and current President of Women Who Write (WWW), is the author of two picture books: Look Left, Look Right, Look Left Again which was a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award winner and a finalist in the International Book Awards, and Would You Invite a Skunk to Your Wedding? Both were published by Greene Bark Press.
Washington, DC’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is creating a 2016 booklist for
elementary, middle and high school students in the District. They will be using the book image of Ginger’s book, Look Left, Look Right, Look Left Again. The booklist will also be part of a resource for educators, parents, and community members and will be utilized by teachers to increase literacy among children, adolescents and teens.
WEBSITE DEVELOPER & SMALL BUSINESS CONSULTANT
Andy has spent 35 years working with computers and the people who use them. He and a partner formed a computer company in 2000 and spent more than a decade building computers, networks and the cyber side of our clients' corporate lives. For the past five years, his focus has been on helping small office/home office clients and non-profits maximize exposure and returns. Clients enjoy new technology while minimizing the clicks and rattles of geek speak and technobabble.
To date, Andy has helped Women Who Write launch a new website (this one), created an online membership application process and online store, instituted corporate, role-based email accounts, created a free email broadcast system, launched Women Who Write's Facebook group, introduced better collaboration through the use of Dropbox, manages membership data, has provided desktop publishing for Women Who Write's Member Directory and Goldfinch 2015-2016.
AUTHOR, MEMBER OF WOMEN WHO WRITE
Laurie Wallmark writes picture books and middle-grade novels, poetry and prose, fiction and nonfiction. She has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. When not writing, Laurie teaches computer science at Raritan Valley Community College. Her debut picture book, Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine, published by Creston Books received four starred trade reviews (Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and School Library Journal) and several national awards, including Outstanding Science Trade Book. It is a Cook Prize honor book. Laurie has been a member of both the NJ SCBWI and Women Who Write for many years.
Corvisiero is the Founder and Senior Literary Agent at the Corvisiero Literary Agency, a New York City boutique literary management services agency representing authors around the world. Marisa is also a Corporate and Trust and Estates attorney with experience in top global firms and fortune 500 companies. She participates in and has taught several workshops and boot camps on writing and publishing for Writer’s Digest, at Conferences around the country, and various other Online Resources.
Currently Looking For: Marisa seeks creative stories with well-developed plots and rich characters with unique voices. She will consider Romance and Women’s Fiction, New Adult, Thrillers, Adventure, Paranormal, Fantasy, Science Fiction, and any combination thereof. She is actively seeking thrilling adventure stories for YA and MG.
Not Looking For: NA I’ll consider anything in my respective categories.
Clients: Tish Rabe, RJ Prescott, LP Dover, MJ Fields, Chelsea Camaron, JL Mac, Megan Erickson, Nicole Jacqueline, Ashley Suzanne, David Wallace, Stina Lindenblatt, Kevin James Boreaux, Kathryn Kupanoff, Kerry Adrienne, L.A. Cadieux, Ryk E. Spoor, Gwen Jones, Dan Kamin, Don Nardo, etc.
KAREN DELLE CAVA
AUTHOR, MEMBER OF WOMEN WHO WRITE
Karen writes for children from Pre-K to young adult. Her first young adult novel, A Closer Look, was released in 2011 by WestSide Books and named a Top 40 Title for Realistic Fiction by the PA Librarians Association that year.
Her short fiction for middle grade and younger readers as well as crafts, games and party plans have appeared in Highlights for Children magazine. Her short fiction has also been used in standardized test booklets for reading comprehension across the country.
Karen studied writing for children at The New School in NYC and has taught writing at William Paterson University. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and Women Who Write. When Karen's not reading, writing or playing Scrabble, you'll find her at the gym in a Zumba class.
AUTHOR, EDITOR, BOOK PUBLICIST, AND AGENT
Marie Lamba (www.marielamba.com) is author of the young adult novels What I Meant… (Random House), Over My Head and Drawn, and of the picture book Green, Green (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2017). Her work appears in the short story anthology Liar Liar (Mendacity Press), the anthology Call Me Okaasan: Adventures in Multicultural Mothering (Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing), and her articles appear in more than 100 publications including national magazines such as Writer’s Digest, Garden Design and RWR. She has worked as an editor and award-
winning public relations writer, and a book publicist, has taught classes on novel writing and on author promotion, and belongs to The Liars Club.
As an agent, at The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency in New York (jdlit.com), Marie is currently looking for young adult and middle grade fiction, along with general and women’s fiction and some memoir. She is also open to submissions from picture book authors or illustrators who are already established, or whose work she has requested through conferences. Overall, books that are moving and/or hilarious are especially welcome. She is NOT interested in science fiction or high fantasy (though she is open to speculative elements and loves a good ghost story), category romance (though romantic elements are welcomed), non-fiction, or in books that feature graphic violence.
AUTHOR, MEMBER OF WOMEN WHO WRITE
Amy M. Reade grew up in northern New York. After graduating from college and law school, she practiced law in New York City before moving to southern New Jersey, where she lives now with her husband, three children, dog, two cats, and a fish. She writes full time and is the author of three novels of gothic suspense: Secrets of Hallstead House, set in the Thousand Islands region of New York, The Ghosts of Peppernell Manor, set outside Charleston, South Carolina, and House of Hanging Jade, set on the Island of Hawaii. She is currently working on the
first and second books of the Malice series, a gothic trilogy set in the United Kingdom (expected release date in early 2017). All her novels are published by Kensington. She loves cooking, reading, and traveling.
Amy has been a member of Women Who Write for several years. She has served as the Vice President for Membership and continues to serve as the coordinator of the online critique group. Her membership in WWW is a source of pride and great enjoyment.
Amy can be found online at www.amymreade.com (website), http://amreade.wordpress.com (blog), http://www.facebook.com/amreadeauthor, http://www.twitter.com/readeandwrite, and http://www.pinterest.com/amreade.
DONNA BAIER STEIN
POET AND EDITOR
DONNA BAIER STEIN is the author of Sympathetic People (Iowa Finalist Award Winner and 2015 IndieBooks Award Finalist) and Sometimes You Sense the Difference (Finishing Line Press). Her novel The Silver Baron’s Wife (PEN/New England Discovery Award winner) will be published in 2015 by Serving House Books.
Her work has appeared in Ascent, Beloit Poetry Journal, Poet Lore, Prairie Schooner, Virginia Quarterly Review, Puerto del Sol, and elsewhere.
She was a founding Poetry Editor at Bellevue Literary Review and now publishes Tiferet Journal. Other awards include a scholarship from Bread Loaf, fellowships from Johns Hopkins University and the New Jersey Council for the Arts, prizes from the Poetry Societies of Virginia and New Hampshire, an Honorable Mention from the Allen E. Ginsberg Poetry Prizes, a Summer Literary Seminars Scholarship, three Pushcart nominations and prizes from Kansas Quarterly, Florida Review, and elsewhere.
For more information, please visit Donna's website at www.donnabaierstein.com
DODGE FOUNDATION POET AND EDITOR
Sander Zulauf edited the Journal of New Jersey Poets at County College of Morris for 27 years, where he has been teaching poetry and writing for 44 years. An editor of the anthology The Poets of New Jersey: From Colonial to Contemporary, he is founding editor of the Index of American Periodical Verse. He produced and directed The First American Poetry Disc, a video anthology of contemporary poets reading their poems. He has been a Dodge Foundation poet since 1987, and in 1999 was named the first Poet Laureate of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark. His recent publications include work in the 35th anniversary issue of Lips, U.S.1 Worksheets and the new poetry anthology Palisades, Parkways & Pinelands. His poetry titles include Succasunna New Jersey, Living Waters, Where Time Goes, and Bashō in America.