Congratulations to Anola Pickett and Wyatt Townley! These Heartlanders are finalists for the Thorpe Menn Award for Literary Excellence, sponsored by the Kansas City Branch of the American Association of University Women. The award recognizes excellence in writing by local authors. Pickett’s middle grade historical fiction Wasatch Summer was published by by Bonneville Books, April 2011. Townley’s The Afterlives of Trees is a collection of poems published by Woodley Press in 2011.
Sue Ford has sold over 130 magazine pieces for children and adults. Sue writes for children under her maiden name, Susan Uhlig. She has been an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for 18 years. She also is an instructor for the Institute of Children’s Literature. Sue’s website susanuhlig.com has writing resources and recommendations of children’s books. She is currently marketing a tween novel.
Debra McArthur grew up in Springfield, Missouri, where her high school experience included church activities, choir, drum and bugle corps, and the kind of drama and angst that make a person really glad to grow up. She earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and an M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University. She has written eight nonfiction books for young readers. A Voice for Kanzas is Debra’s first novel.
Jeana Tetzlaff is currently working on a middle grade novel that is realism-fantasy. She has several short stories published in holiday anthologies for kids, published in Grit, Ethanol Today and in the GladstoneDispatch. She is a member of the Northland Critique group at the Woodneath Library. She lives in Gladstone, MO.
Barb’s novel CROSSING THE TRACKS, is published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, a division of Simon and Schuster. Release date – July 6, 2010. She also has both fiction and non-fiction accepted for publication in CRICKET MAGAZINE. Barb is represented by Ginger Knowlton of Curtis Brown Ltd., a New York based literary agency representing writers since 1914. When not writing, Barbara is an art museum docent at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. She lives in Kansas City with her family….
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Ronica Stromberg is the author of five children’s books: two published and three under contract. The Time-for-bed Angel, a picture book, came out in 2008, published by Lion-Hudson of England. The book follows the humorous adventures of a guardian angel watching over a rambunctious, bedtime-avoiding boy. Ronica reads the story in day cares, preschools, and early education classrooms during story time or before naps. Her mystery for 10- to 14-year-olds, The Glass Inheritance, came out in 2001, published by Royal…
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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.
Laura Manivong is the author of ESCAPING THE TIGER (HarperCollinsChidren’s Books), a middle grade novel about a Lao boy trying to survive in a Thai refugee camp. Her other children’s publishing credits include ONE SMART FISH (Scholastic / Children’s Press, 2006); Skipping Stones Magazine (2001); and Highlights Magazine (TBA). Laura has also worked as a television writer/producer in creative services since 1992, earning various industry accolades including an Emmy for individual achievement in writing.
Judy Hyde has published three books with Scholastic: ROOKIE READER: RAINY DAY MUSIC and ROOKIE READ ABOUT GEOGRAPHIES: LOUISIANA and INDIANA. She is the current moderator of the Wednesday critique group and has been attending since 1985.