KARLA HARRY VISITING AUTHOR GRACE LIN
Grace is also an occasional commentator for New England Public Radio, a reviewer for the New York Times, a video essayist for PBS NewsHour, and the speaker of the popular TEDx talk, “The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf.” She has also hosted the two podcasts: kidlitwomen* and Kids Ask Authors. In 2016, Grace’s art was displayed at the White House, where Grace was recognized by President Obama’s office as a Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling.
Gabby Rivera is an author and comics creator who was the first Latina to write for Marvel Comics. As the writer of the Marvel series America, she created America Chavez, the first queer, Latinx teen-girl superhero to appear in comics. Currently, Gabby is the writer and creator of b.b. free, a new original comic series for BOOM! Studios, and the host of the podcast joy revolution. When not writing, Gabby speaks on her experiences as a queer Puerto Rican from the Bronx, an LGBTQ youth advocate, and the importance of prioritizing joy in communities of queer and trans people of color at events across the country.
Her two newest graphic novels are Girl on Film and The Plain Janes. Her short stories and short comics have been published in Strange Horizons, Tor.com, Womanthology, Star Trek: Waypoint, Vertigo SFX: Slam! and many other anthologies. In a former life, she was known as Cecil Seaskull in the Canadian ‘90s indie band Nerdy Girl. She has written two opera librettos, Les Aventures de Madame Merveille and Hockey Noir: The Opera. She is a two-time MacDowell Fellow and currently lives in Los Angeles.
Kat Leyh is a Chicago-based writer and artist. She’s best known as a co-writer and cover artist for the series Lumberjanes., and she's worked as a cover artist and writer and artist for several other BOOM! Studios series. Her new graphic novel, Snapdragon, was released by First Second this year. Her upcoming graphic novel from Gallery 13, Thirsty Mermaids, will be released February 2021. Besides creating comics, her favorite things include riding her bike, traveling, cooking food, eating that food, and being a great big nerd.
KEILA V. DAWSON
A native of New Orleans, her debut picture book The King Cake Baby, celebrates one of the unique cultural traditions in her hometown – eating King Cake during the Mardi Gras season.
Keila is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, writes monthly author studies for the Reading for Research Month blog, and reviews books for Multicultural Children’s Book Day. When Keila isn’t reading, writing, and visiting schools, she’s traveling, playing tennis, or digging in genealogical archives.
Before becoming a children’s book author, Keila V. Dawson was a community organizer, special education teacher, school administrator, educational consultant, and advocate. She has lived and worked in the United States, the Philippines, Japan, and Egypt.
LINDSAY H. METCALF