Virtual Summer Conference

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Keynote Speakers

Corinna Luyken

Corinna Luyken is the author-illustrator of the NY Times bestseller, My Heart; as well as The Book of Mistakes, which received four starred reviews and has been praised by Entertainment Weekly, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and more.  She also illustrated Adrian Simcox Does Not Have a Horse, written by Marcy Campbell; Weird Little Robots, written by Carolyn Crimi, and Nothing In Common, written by Kate Hoefler. She lives in Olympia, Washington.

Star Crossed

Julia Denos

Julia Denos is an award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children, including the ALA Notable, SWATCH, The Girl Who Loved Color (Balzer+Bray), Here & Now (HMH) and Ezra Jack Keats Honor and Massachusetts Book Awarded Windows (HMH) both illustrated by E.B. Goodale. Her newest book, Starcrossed (HMH) earned stars from Kirkus and Booklist. Inspired by words and watercolor and the wild, Julia lives and works on the north shore of Massachusetts.

Matthew Forsythe

Matthew Forsythe is an award-winning comic book artist and illustrator. His first children’s book, My Name Is Elizabeth! by Annika Dunklee, was named a 2011 New York Times Notable Children’s Book. His first comic, Ojingogo, was nominated for an Eisner Award and won a Doug Wright Award for Best Experimental Comic. Matthew also was the Lead Designer on the animated show, Adventure Time on Cartoon Network. He lives in Montreal.

April dela Noche Milne

April dela Noche Milne is a Filipino-Canadian artist based in the unceded, ancestral, and occupied, traditional lands of Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations of the Coast Salish peoples, also known as Vancouver. Her work is inspired by grief, memories, everyday narratives, and issues of identity. She is the artist for the graphic novel The Blue Road: A Fable of Migration. April illustrated The Imperfect Garden, a children’s book written by Melissa Assaly (2019). Her work has also been featured in Briarpatch Magazine, Ricepaper Magazine, and EVENT Magazine, as well as various public places around Vancouver. 

Hannah Salyer

Hannah Salyer is a writer and illustrator of picture books, but she also does graphic design, custom ceramics, fabrication, editorial, and advertising illustration work. Her debut picture book, Packs, Strength in Numbers was published in January of 2020. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Sarah Jacoby

Sarah Jacoby’s illustrations have won awards from the Society of Illustrators (Gold Medal), Creative Quarterly, American Illustration, and Communication Arts. She illustrated Rabbit and Motorbike, by Kate Hoefler, and The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown, by Mac Barnett. She is also the author and illustrator of Forever or a Day. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.