Authors in Attendance
The ECIS Library and Information Services Committee is proud to have wonderful authors in attendance at our 8th Triennial Conference! Join us and meet these eight amazing writers!
John Coy is the author of 16 books, including: young adult novels, the 4 for 4 middle-grade series, and fiction and nonfiction picture books. He has received numerous awards for his work including a Marion Vannett Ridgway Award for best debut picture book, a Charlotte Zolotow Honor, Bank Street College Best Book of the Year, Notable Book for a Global Society, the Burr/Warzalla Award for Distinguished Achievement in Children’s Literature and the the Kerlan Award in recognition of singular attainments in the creation of children’s literature. His recent book "Their Great Gift: Courage, Sacrifice, and Hope in a New Land" depicts the lives of recent immigrants. John lives in Minneapolis and visits schools around the world. http://www.johncoy.com/
Bill Harley is a two-time Grammy award-winning artist, recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the RI Council for the Humanities and an NPR commentator, Bill’s songs and stories paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling and family life. Home of "Zanzibar", "Monsters In The Bathroom", "50 Ways To Fool Your Mother", "You're In Trouble", "Dad Threw The TV Out The Window", "Down in the Backpack" and "The Ballad of Dirty Joe", Bill’s work spans the generation gap. Singer, storyteller, author, playwright, educator, performing artist – welcome to the world of Bill Harley – a world of wit and wisdom. http://www.billharley.com/
Sara Holbrook is a full time educator, author, poet, and consultant who brings practical knowledge to the classroom, helping students to develop the complex thinking and literacy skills they will need to succeed in the 21st century workplace. With over 30 years’ experience as a writer in the fields of education, law, public housing, and drug prevention, she has been teaching in classrooms around the US and abroad for over 20 years. She is also the author of more than a dozen books for children, adults and teachers as well as an award-winning performance poet. A frequent keynote speaker, she shows teachers how to use writing and oral presentation exercises in order to help raise vocabulary and other literacy skills along with comprehension through collaboration, writing and classroom performance across all grade levels and content areas. http://www.saraholbrook.com/
Jeeva Raghunath started telling stories as a teacher, first teaching toddlers then high schoolers. She then began marketing and translating children's books. Now professional storyteller, Jeeva is credited with pioneering the storytelling movement here in Chennai and the rest of Tamil Nadu. In addition to over 500 performances both solo and at international showcases, she has represented India at 17 international storytelling festivals around the globe. She has authored 8 children's books and translated 45 books into Tamil from English. Jeeva leads highly interactive storytelling workshops and has worked with over 25,000 children and adults all over the world. The settings for these programs include schools, colleges, cultural associations, hospitals, libraries, and museums. Jeeva’s storytelling style leaves her audience spell-bound. She believes that she herself is the best prop for her storytelling. Her cross cultural story repertoire includes a wide range of Indian and Asian folktales, among many others. http://www.jeevaraghunath.com/
Jan Reynolds is author of 14 books for children including the Vanishing Cultures Series, receiving the Parent's Choice Award, CBC Notable Children's Books in Social Studies, and American Book Sellers "Pick of the List."
She is also author of 2 books for adults: Everest Grand Circle and Mother and Child. She has been a member of expeditions to China, Tibet, Nepal, New Zealand, Australia, Lapland, Amazon Basin, Canadian Arctic, Mongolia, and Sahara. One of America's best known spokespeople on mountaineering, she has made appearances on ABC's Good Morning America, NBC's Today, National Public Radio, New York Times, and three adventure films. In addition to numerous lectures around the globe for schools and companies, she is a wilderness photographer/writer for: National Geographic, Vogue, Esquire, New York Times, various ski and outdoor magazines, and has had her worked featured at the United Nations. She also held the women's high altitude skiing record, sponsored by National Geographic. http://www.janreynolds.com
Michael Salinger has been writing and performing poetry and fiction for over 20 years. In this time he has become a fixture in the performance poetry and education community performing and teaching in over 200 cities in 35 countries. His work has appeared in dozens of literary journals published across the US and Canada and he has authored/co-authored several publications. Eight time captain and coach representing Cleveland at the National Poetry Slam competition, he has also served as a consultant and board member to Poetry Slam, Inc., the governing body of Poetry Slams across the country. He founded the organization's summer writing and performance conference held at the SUNY campus in Oneonta, New York. In addition to leading numerous workshops in middle schools, high schools, and colleges, he is also chief facilitator of the teen writing and performance program at Cleveland's Playhouse Square Foundation - the second largest performing arts center in the United States after Broadway. http://www.michaelsalinger.com/
Steve Swinburne was born in London, England. When he was 8, he left England with his family and sailed on the Queen Elizabeth to New York City. He has worked as ranger in a number of national parks. He loves to travel and observe nature and wildlife. A safari in Africa, hiking in Scotland, monitoring sea turtles on a Georgia island, a winter trek through Yellowstone and watching shorebirds in New York have all led to book projects. As a life-long naturalist, he loves sharing his passion for nature and exploring wild places. And as an author, he loves writing about wildlife and this amazing and beautiful planet we share. When Steve is not writing and photographing children's books, he loves to sing and play Beatle songs on his Gibson guitar, garden, read, travel with his family and take pictures. Steve's photography has appeared in numerous magazines. http://www.steveswinburne.com/
Cat Weatherill is a best-selling novelist and one of Europe’s leading performance storytellers – the only writer in the UK to hold this distinction. She is best-known for her children’s fantasy books, published by Puffin. Her first novel Barkbelly was shortlisted for the prestigious Branford Boase award, and she is currently collaborating on a version of Bluebeard with the illustrator Chris Riddell. Cat works internationally, performing, writing and training. She frequently works with the British Council to promote the art of storytelling abroad. She lives near Stratford Upon Avon in a tiny black and white cottage that dates from the time of Shakespeare, but she travels constantly and loves the smell of aviation fuel! Cat Weatherill's visit is brought to us by Authors Abroad, one of our conference sponsors. http://www.catweatherillauthor.com/