Wyatt Townley’s work has been read by Garrison Keillor on NPR, featured by Ted Kooser in his American Life in Poetry column, and published in journals ranging from The Paris Review to Newsweek. She won a Master Artist Fellowship in Poetry from the Kansas Arts Commission to complete her latest book of poems, The Afterlives of Trees (Woodley Press), selected as a Kansas Notable Book. Other books of poetry include The Breathing Field (Little, Brown) and Perfectly Normal (The Smith); books of nonfiction, Yoganetics: Be Fit, Healthy, and Relaxed One Breath at a Time (HarperCollins) and Kansas City Ballet: The First Fifty Years (Kansas City Star Books).
Wyatt served as a frequent literature panelist for the Kansas Arts Commission and in 2003 was invited to help establish the State Poet Laureate position. A founding board member of The Writers Place, and for years a visiting author with Young Audiences, she serves on the board of the Kansas Alliance for the Arts in Education.
Wyatt also writes offbeat picture books. They use the same muscles as poetry, and she is determined to see them into print.
For more information on Wyatt’s books, visit her website at www.WyattTownley.com.
Jeana Tetzlaff is an ICL graduate and loves to write middle grade fiction. She has one mg novel on submission to Walker Publishing. In the works are an adult thriller and another middle grade novel that is fantasy grounded in the real world. She has been published in Grit Magazine.
Judy Schuler’s children’s book, Foxes for Kids, is now out of print, but still available on Amazon. She has published short stories and articles in magazines such as Scholastic Scope, Boys’ Quest, Grit, and Writers’ Journal. She currently does free-lance editing online. She currently does freelance editing from her website, www.editsonline.com.
Anola Pickett is a member of SCBWI and a former ICL instructor. She’s taught writing classes at area community colleges. Her published work includes a chapter book, OLD ENOUGH FOR MAGIC, two books for teachers, and more than 70 stories and articles for children and adults in print and online publications. She recently completed a middle-grade historical novel set in 1889 Utah and is working on a contemporary middle-grade and a humorous picture book.
Diane Bailey has sold three non-fiction books for children, Cyber Ethics (Rosen, 2008), Extreme Careers: Brain Surgeon (Rosen, 2008), and Mary J. Blige (Rosen, 2009), and is furiously finishing two more. She is currently marketing two middle grade novels. The Jack Factor is a light fantasy that retells the Jack and the Beanstalk story, and Steamed! is historical fiction that explores the steamboat-railroad rivalry of the 1850s. She’s also written Firekeepers, a non-fiction book for young readers about the history of fire in the United States. And with her stepfather, she co-wrote an adult murder mystery, “Murder in Four Parts,” which is set in the world of Sweet Adelines (That’s women’s barbershop singing, in case you were wondering. Diane used to be a Sweet Adeline.)
Colleen Ryckert Cook is a freelance writer and editor and current regional advisor for Kansas Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. The Rosen Group has published three books by Colleen: Kentucky Past and Present (August 2010), Teen FAQ: Cancer Decisions for You and Your Family and Teen FAQ: Social Networking (both January 2011). Two more titles, America’s Supernatural Secrets: Werewolves in America and Call of Duty: Your Career in the Marines, will come out in 2012.
Colleen has completed one upper middle grade supernatural thriller about a boy trying to resist the lure of a werewolf curse. She also is revising a women’s fiction manuscript. Among her colleagues she most likely wins the prize for shortest piece ever published: Her six-word memoir appears on page 68 in Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs From Writers Famous and Obscure (Harper Perennial, 2008).
Lisa Cindrich is the author of the upper middle-grade historical novel IN THE SHADOW OF THE PALI: A STORY OF THE HAWAIIAN LEPER COLONY (Putnam, 2002) and has also published poetry and fiction for adults in The Nation, The Florida Review, and other journals. After many years working as a reference librarian, she’s now at home with a toddler and writing whenever she can!
Current projects include an upper middle-grade supernatural novel, a picture book about mutts and another picture book about a young witch’s Christmas adventure. She has also cowritten and is marketing an adult novel of suspense set in a dystopian future United States.
Joanne M. Anderton aka Johana Gast Anderton aka J. M. G. Anderton
- The Glass Rainbow, The Story of Depression Glass, Trojan Press, North Kansas City, MO, 1969, eight reprints. (pioneer work on subject), OP.
- Twentieth Century Dolls, From Bisque to Vinyl, Trojan, 1971, OP.
- Sewing for Twentieth Century Dolls, Vol. 1, Trojan, 1972, 1979, 1996. OP
* Sewing for Twentieht Century Dolls, Vol. 1, Hobby House Press, 1998. OP
- The Collector’s Encyclopedia of Cloth Dolls from Rag Baby to Art Object, 1984, Wallace-Homestead Book Company, Lombard, IL 60148, OP.