Fox Cities Book Festival 2018: October 8th - October 14th

Festival Authors

Non-Fiction

Ann Marie Ackermann

https://www.annmarieackermann.com

Ann Marie Ackermann is a former American attorney with focuses on criminal and medical law. She now lives in the German town in which the assassination occured. Her intimate knowledge of Germany enabled her to bring the German and American sides of this story together.

Young Adult

Laurie Halse Anderson

http://madwomanintheforest.com/

Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times-bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous ALA and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. She is also the author of Forge, Wintergirls, Twisted, Prom, and many other titles.

Poetry

Abayomi Animashaun

http://www.abayomianimashaun.com/

Abayomi Animashaun is the author of two poetry collections and editor of two anthologies. A recipient of the Hudson Prize and a grant from the International Center for Writing and Translation, Animashaun teaches at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

Non-Fiction

Jerry Apps

http://www.jerryapps.com

Jerry Apps, born and raised on a Wisconsin farm, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of seven novels, and more than 35 nonfiction books, many of them on rural history and country life.

Non-Fiction

Laura Jean Baker

https://www.laurajeanbaker.com/

Raised by therapists; married to a defense attorney, Laura Jean Baker writes where mental health, crime, and family intersect. Her memoir, The Motherhood Affidavits, was released in April 2018. She continues to teach in the English Department as well as in Women’s and Gender Studies and the Honors College at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

Upcoming Events October 13 @ 11:00 am A Reading and Conversation with Laura Jean Baker
Fiction

Callie Bates

http://calliebates.com

Callie Bates is a writer, harpist and certified harp therapist, sometimes artist, and nature nerd. When she’s not creating, she’s hitting the trails or streets and exploring new places. She lives in the Upper Midwest. THE WAKING LAND is her debut fantasy novel.

Non-Fiction

Robert Birmingham

https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/Records/Article/CS15109

Robert A. Birmingham is the author of Spirits of Earth: The Effigy Mound Landscape of Madison and the Four Lakes and the coauthor of Aztalan: Mysteries of an Ancient Indian Town. Now retired, he served as the state archaeologist of Wisconsin for many years and taught Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin Waukesha. He received the Increase Lapham Research Medal from the Wisconsin Archeological Society

Fiction

Emily Bleeker

http://www.emilybleeker.com

Emily Bleeker is a former educator who learned to love writing while teaching a writer’s workshop. After surviving a battle with a rare form of cancer, she finally found the courage to share her stories, starting with her debut novel, Wreckage, followed by the Wall Street Journal bestseller When I’m Gone. Emily currently lives with her family in suburban Chicago. Connect with her or request a Skype visit with your book club at www.emilybleeker.com.

Young Adult

Chelsea Bobulski

http://chelseabobulski.com/

Chelsea Bobulski is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in history. Although she grew up in Columbus, Ohio, with a possibly magical wood behind her house, she now lives in northwest Ohio with her husband, daughter, and dog.

Fiction

Nickolas Butler

http://www.nickolasbutler.com

Nickolas Butler is the award-winning and internationally best-selling author of “Shotgun Lovesongs”, “Beneath the Bonfire”, and “The Hearts of Men”, which was published in March.

Non-Fiction

James M. Campbell

http://www.jamesmcampbell.com/

James Campbell is a native of Wisconsin, where he lives with his wife and three daughters. He has written stories for Outside, National Geographic, and many other magazines and newspapers. His first book, The Final Frontiersman was chosen by Amazon in 2004 as the #1 Outdoor title of the Year.

Non-Fiction

Roberta Capasso

https://skywomanlivesinme.wordpress.com/

Roberta Capasso is one of ten siblings born to an Oneida mother and European-American father. Growing up in Milwaukee and Lac du Flambeau, she received her BS in Elementary Education from UW-Milwaukee. She is a devoted wife and mother of two grown sons. Boston Marathon finisher and operatic singer, Roberta’s research into her Indigenous Oneida Tribe continues today.

Linda Castillo

http://www.lindacastillo.com/

Originally from Ohio where her Amish thrillers are set, Linda Castillo knew from an early age that she wanted to be a writer--and penned her first novel at the age of thirteen. She's published thirty books for three New York publishing houses and won numerous industry awards, including a nomination by the International Thriller Writers for Best Hardcover, the Golden Heart, the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, and a nomination for the prestigious Rita.

Fiction Young Adult

Crystal Chan

http://crystalchan.net/

The 2011 exotic zoo outbreak in Ohio – where scores of lions, panthers, and tigers ran loose around the county – inspired Crystal Chan’s most recent novel, All That I Can Fix. She loves talking about diversity and other important things in person, online, and on Wisconsin Public Radio. Her debut novel, Bird, was published in nine countries.

Upcoming Events October 11 @ 6:30 pm Diverse Voices in Youth Literature
Fiction

Bruce Chudacoff

https://www.facebook.com/thekeytothemap/

Bruce Chudacoff was born and raised in Appleton and practiced law here for over 45 years. He is currently retired and resides in Glenview, Illinois, and Palm Island, Florida, with his wife, Nancy, of almost 50 years. They have three children and six grandchildren. He is a first time author.

Children

Tricia Clasen

http://www.triciaclasen.com/

Tricia is professor of communication at UW-Rock County. Her debut novel, The Haunted House Project, published in 2016 by Sky Pony Press. She also co-edited Gendered Identities: Critical Readings of Gender in Children’s and Young Adult Literature, in 2016 by Routledge.

Young Adult

Liz Czukas – Canceled

http://lizczukas.com

Liz Czukas is the author of fun, funny, and a little bit romantic books for teens, like Ask Again Later, Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless, and Throwing My Life Away.

Non-Fiction

Lynne Diebel

Lynne Diebel grew up in Minnesota and now lives with her husband Bob in Wisconsin, where they raised their four children. Her many books are centered on the natural worlds of Wisconsin and Minnesota. She and Bob paddled almost 3,000 miles together researching their two guidebooks to Minnesota’s rivers.

Upcoming Events October 13 @ 1:00 pm Crossing the Driftless: Some Upstream Paddling Required
Fiction Non-Fiction

Judy DuCharme

Judy DuCharme is a retired fifth-grade teacher and ridiculous Packer fan from Door County, Wisconsin. She and her husband have two children and are expecting their first grandchild this summer. Judy has authored six books and writes for Guideposts Magazine. Her passion is to write that others may be strong in the Lord.

Poetry

De’Shawn Ewing

De’Shawn L. Ewing, a poet and spoken word performer. He has represented Milwaukee in both regional and national poetry slams. He has taught writing and expression workshops. He has also appeared on artist panels to discuss poetry. He has been known to “transfix with a deliberate, yet rhythmically pleasing delivery”.

Upcoming Events October 13 @ 1:00 pm The Sound of the Word: Milwaukee Voices
Non-Fiction

Ron Faiola

http://www.ronfaiola.com

Ron Faiola is an author, photographer and filmmaker, with three documentaries on PBS including Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old Fashioned Experience and two books on supper clubs including his latest, Wisconsin Supper Clubs: Another Round, released on Agate Publishing’s Midway imprint in May, 2016.

Fiction

Brenda Felber

http://www.brendafelber.com

Brenda Felber is author of the Pameroy Mystery Series for middle-grade readers. She loves a good road trip and will take readers along with imagineer Lillia Pameroy to all fifty states by the end of the series! In each story Brenda takes threads of local history and twists of paranormal to weave a mystery that encourages curiosity in young readers.

Upcoming Events October 10 @ 6:30 pm The Journey of Writing a Mystery Series for Tweens
Fiction

PJ Fiala

http://www.pjfiala.com/

PJ Fiala has toyed with many careers in her life, looking for that perfect fit. Finally, when her love for writing took root, a match was made. An avid biker, she plots most of her stories while riding and enjoying new adventures with her husband. Creating stories filled with steamy passion and suspense, and always ending with a happily ever after, 'cause who doesn’t love that?

Upcoming Events October 10 @ 6:30 pm Plotting Your Romance October 12 @ 4:00 pm Marketing Strategies
Fiction

John Galligan

http://www.johngalligan.com/

John Galligan is the author of five novels including the critically acclaimed Red Sky, Red Dragonfly and a series of mysteries (The Nail Knot, The Blood Knot, The Clinch Knot, and The Wind Knot).

Poetry

Ross Gay

http://rossgay.net/

Ross Gay is the author of three books: Against Which, Bringing the Shovel Down, and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Catalog was also a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, the Ohioana Book Award, the Balcones Poetry Prize, the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award, and it was nominated for an NAACP Image Award.

Upcoming Events October 11 @ 5:00 pm Delight, Gardens, C’mon!
Fiction

J. D. Griesbach

https://jdgriesbachauthor.com/

J. D. Griesbach lives in Menasha, Wisconsin, where he was born and raised. He loves the Green Bay Packers, the Wisconsin Badgers, and all (most) things Wisconsin, and enjoys rooting for the North Dakota State University Bison.

Poetry

Dasha Kelly Hamilton

http://www.dashakelly.com/

Dasha Kelly is a nationally-respected writer, artist and creative consultant. She has delivered her uniquely engaging sessions to college campuses, corporate teams, churches, correctional institutions, arts groups, class rooms in every K-12 grade, elderly recreational programs and non-profit organizations.

Upcoming Events October 13 @ 1:00 pm The Sound of the Word: Milwaukee Voices
Non-Fiction

Douglas Haynes

http://www.douglas-haynes.com/

Douglas Haynes is an essayist and poet. Every Day We Live Is the Future is his first book of nonfiction, and his poetry chapbook Last Word is forthcoming in late 2017. He teaches writing at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

Children Graphic Novel

Duachaka Her

https://duachakaher.com/

Duachaka Her is a Hmong-American cartoonist and illustrator. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a B.F.A. in Entertainment Design and concentration in Comics and Sequential Art. She resides in central Wisconsin with her husband and son and enjoys reading and watching movies in her spare time.

Fiction

Joseph Heywood

Joseph Heywood grew up an Air Force brat, graduated from Rudyard High School in 1961, and from Michigan State in 1965 with a degree in journalism. He served as USAF instructor navigator, and he is a Vietnam vet. Heywood is the author of 18 novels, two short story collections, and a memoir. The author lives seven months in the UP and patrols 30 days yearly with Michigan COs.

Upcoming Events October 8 @ 6:30 pm Deluged by Foxes: Thoughts From An Aging Scribbler
Non-Fiction

Michael Hittle

Michael Hittle taught Russian history at Lawrence University from 1966 to 2001. His love of fishing led him in 1972 to the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage, where his family purchased land and built a cabin. He served on the board of the flowage property owner’s association and is an editor of its newsletter.

Non-Fiction

B.J. Hollars

http://www.bjhollars.com/

B.J. Hollars is the author of several books, most recently, The Road South: Personal Stories of the Freedom Riders.An associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, he lives a simple existence with his wife, their children, and their dog.

Non-Fiction

Heather Holm

https://www.pollinatorsnativeplants.com

Heather is an award-winning author and nationally sought-after speaker spending much of her time passionately educating audiences about the fascinating world of native bees and the native plants that support them. She is the author of, Pollinators of Native Plants and most recently,Bees, recipient of five book awards. Heather currently lives in Minnesota with her husband.

Upcoming Events October 8 @ 6:30 pm The Pollination of Native Plants October 9 @ 10:00 am Common Native Bees
Fiction

Victoria Houston

http://victoriahouston.com/

Victoria Houston: A Biographical Sketch
She is the author of DEAD SPIDER, the seventeenth book in her Loon Lake Mystery Series, which has been featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal and on NPR. You can see the features on her website: www.victoriahouston.com.

Poetry

Karla Huston

http://www.karlahuston.com/

Karla Huston, Wisconsin Poet Laureate (2017-2018), is the author of A Theory of Lipstick (Main Street Rag: 2013), winner of a Wisconsin Library Association Outstanding Achievement Award. She has published 8 books including Grief Bone, recently from Five-Oaks Press.

Non-Fiction

Sean Jensen

During his career, he’s won many awards, broken many big stories, covered many big games, appeared on many big networks and shows, and penned many profiles on high-profile athletes. After moving back to the Twin Cities, Sean hatched the concept for a book series that partnered with famous athletes to tell their inspirational childhood stories. So far Sean has written 4 books in the Middle School Rules series with a 5th on the way.

Fiction

Lesley Kagen

http://www.lesleykagen.com

Lesley Kagen is an actress, sought-after speaker, audio book narrator, and award-winning New York Times bestselling author of nine novels. Her work has been translated into five languages. A mother of two, a grandmother of two, she lives in a hundred-year-old farmhouse in a small town in Wisconsin.

Children

Keiko Kasza

http://www.keikokasza.com/

Keiko was born in Japan. She started her career as a graphic designer but soon her interests moved to children’s books. Her first book was published in Tokyo in 1981. She has published 22 books, of which G. P. Putnam published 16 and Japanese publishers published 6.

Non-Fiction

Catherine Kautsky

https://www.debussysparis.com

Catherine Kautsky is Chair of Keyboard at Lawrence Conservatory. She has played and taught on six continents and spent two sabbaticals in Paris, where her book was born. Ms, Kautsky has won the Lawrence Excellence in Teaching Award and holds a named professorship. She performs frequently locally and across the country.

Upcoming Events October 10 @ 10:00 am Debussy’s Paris with Catherine Kautsky
Fiction

Kathrin Köhler

http://www.theliteratecondition.com

Kathrin Köhler is a writer interested in intersectionality, the interstitial, and ideas interdisciplinary. They are most comfortable writing in places 'between.' Their work tends to explore the internalization of social power structures, what it means to belong and to be accepted, and how people conceive of and interact with nature.

Upcoming Events October 13 @ 11:30 am Horror Writers Panel
Non-Fiction

Steve Krueger

Steve Krueger is an accomplished historian who specializes in bringing to life the obscure and forgotten facts and events of local history. He was born and raised in Menasha, Wisconsin where he still resides with his wife and children. Steve immerses himself in the subjects he studies and spends countless hours exploring, researching, and preserving local historic relics in order to present tangible artifacts alongside the stories.

Children

Laura Kuehl

http://www.bapplebooks.com

First-time children’s book author Laura Kuehl, 30, moved to Appleton, Wis., from the Madison area several years ago. The route was far from direct, as Laura fled from an abusive partner, after giving birth as a teenager to their daughter.

Non-Fiction

Sharon Lamers

Sharon Lamers was born in Appleton, Wisconsin in 1944. Moving to Anchorage, Alaska in 1967, she earned two Montessori certifications in Primary Childhood Development/Education and taught preschool for thirty years. Sharon retired and moved back to Wisconsin in 1999 with her husband. They live in New London with three cats.

Young Adult

Lori M. Lee

http://www.lorimlee.com/

Lori is the author of the Gates of Thread and Stone series. She has a borderline obsessive fascination with unicorns, is fond of talking in capslock, and loves to write about magic, manipulation, and family. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, kids, and an excitable shih-tzu.

Upcoming Events October 11 @ 6:30 pm Diverse Voices in Youth Literature
Fiction

James Lowder

https://www.chaosium.com/james-lowder/

James Lowder’s publications include the bestselling, widely translated dark fantasy novels, as well short fiction, comic book scripts, film reviews, and critical essays. On the other side of the publisher’s desk, he serves as executive editor for Chaosium’s fiction line. He has edited more than a dozen critically acclaimed anthologies.

Upcoming Events October 13 @ 11:30 am Horror Writers Panel
Fiction

Benjamin Ludwig

http://benjaminludwig.com/

A life-long teacher of English and writing, Benjamin Ludwig lives in New Hampshire with his family. He holds an MAT in English Education and an MFA in Writing. Ginny Moon is his first novel, which was inspired in part by his conversations with other parents at Special Olympics basketball practices.

Non-Fiction

Carol Mainville Van Boxtel

Carol Mainville Van Boxtel, a Kaukauna native, is a historian and genealogist. Her eleven books are concerned with the rich history of the City of Kaukauna and the citizens who helped develop the city. Carol received the 2017 Lillian Mackesy Historian of the Year Award for three of her books.

Upcoming Events October 12 @ 10:00 am Historic Kaukauna Bus Tour October 12 @ 1:30 pm Finding the Missing Puzzle Pieces
Non-Fiction

Jean Long Manteufel

http://TransitionsWithJean.com

All of her life Jean Long Manteufel has called Appleton home. She is the owner of A-1 Moving & Storage, as well as Long’s Senior Transitions. Her joys are family and volunteering.

For seven years, Manteufel has been writing a column for the Post Crescent; entitled Transitions. She helps seniors through life’s transitions.

Non-Fiction

Melanie McManus

https://www.melaniemcmanus.com

Melanie Radzicki McManus has worked as a radio news reporter, press secretary with the Wisconsin State Legislature and editor of two local publications. Since 1994, she has worked as a freelance writer specializing in travel and fitness. McManus has won three prestigious Lowell Thomas Gold and Grand Awards for travel journalism.

Children

Darcy Miller

http://darcyamiller.com

Darcy Miller lives in Prairie du Sac, WI, with her two small children and librarian husband. Darcy is the daughter of a world-class Birmingham Roller Pigeons flyer. Her first middle grade novel, ROLL, was released by HarperCollins last May.

Non-Fiction

Mel Miskimen

https://www.melmiskimen.com

Mel Cieslik Miskimen is an award winning writer. Her book, Sit. Stay. Heal. published by Sourcebooks, was a selection on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Chapter A Day. For a more detailed account of her daily adventures go to www.melmiskimen.com. She is represented by the Kathy Green Literary Agency.

Non-Fiction

Jack Mitchell

https://www.facebook.com/jwmitch1/

Jack Mitchell was the first employee of NPR, the first producer of All Things Considered, Director of Wisconsin Public Radio, and Professor of Journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of Wisconsin on the Air: 100 Years of Public Broadcasting in the State that Invented It.

Children

John Mitchell

https://dreamerboybooks.com/

After 20 years working in many aspect of the film industry, Writer-Director John Mitchell made the documentary film “Cheeseheads”, a humorously philosophical travel film about love of place. His upcoming works include the children’s book “Dreamerboy”, it’s subsequent sequel “Dreamergirl”, as well as two novels, and the romantic comedy stage play “Lambeau Leap”.

Fiction

Margaret Murphy

Outdoor adventures are a daily activity for Margaret Murphy who loves hiking, biking, kayaking and kite flying. She also enjoys writing and often merges this love of the outdoors into her stories. With this backdrop, unique characters, surprising romances, and humorous encounters engage and endear her readers.

Graphic Novel

Carlos Nieto III

Carlos is from Silverlake, California. He worked on The Simpsons TV show as a layout artist for three years, then at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as an artist in residence. He currently travels the country presenting art programs at libraries, and he is developing his debut graphic novel L.A. Calavera.

Upcoming Events October 13 @ 1:00 pm Latino Style Watercolor Selfies
Non-Fiction

Jerald Podair

https://faculty.lawrence.edu/podairj/

Jerald Podair is professor of history and Robert S. French Professor of American Studies at Lawrence University. He is the recipient of the Allan Nevins Prize, awarded by the Society of American Historians for “literary distinction in the writing of history,” and Lawrence University’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship.

Non-Fiction

Carolyn Porter

https://www.carolyn-porter.com

Carolyn Porter is a graphic designer and typography geek who designed the multi-award-winning font P22 Marcel Script. “Marcel’s Letters: A Font and the Search for One Man’s Fate” recounts Carolyn’s obsessive quest for answers about Marcel Heuzé, the World War II forced laborer whose handwriting inspired the font.

Poetry

Melissa Range

https://melissarange.com/

Melissa Range is the author of Scriptorium, a winner of the 2015 National Poetry Series (Beacon Press, 2016), and Horse and Rider (Texas Tech University Press, 2010). Recent poems have been published in 32 Poems, Blackbird, Image, and Poetry.

Fiction

Sarah Read

http://www.inkwellmonster.wordpress.com

Sarah Read is a dark fiction writer living in Wisconsin. Her short stories have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including Ellen Datlow's The Best Horror of the Year vol 10. Her debut novel will be out from Journalstone/Trepidatio Publishing in early 2019.

Poetry

Amanda Reavey

http://www.amandangohoreavey.com

Amanda Ngoho Reavey is a poet and teacher interested in re-story-ation and ethnoautobiography. She is the author of the award-winning poetry book, Marilyn (The Operating System, 2015), and the founder of RestoryNation. She earned a MFA from Naropa University and is currently a PhD student at UW-Milwaukee.

Upcoming Events October 13 @ 1:00 pm The Sound of the Word: Milwaukee Voices
Children

Corina Rogers

http://www.corinarogers.com

Corina Rogers is a high school social studies teacher and lives in the only Waunakee in the world with her husband, three teenagers and their British Lab, named Charley. Backwards Dog is her first published children's book. Charley is thankfully not the only Backwards Dog in the world and looks forward to treats and bringing joy to all those he meets.

Children

Peter and Connie Roop

Connie and Peter Roop have written over 100 children’s books including biographies, novels, humor, picture books, and science books. Seven of their books are Reading Rainbow books, including the Feature Book Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie. Their publishers include Scholastic, National Geographic, Hyperion, and Simon & Schuster.

Non-Fiction

Elizabeth Rynecki

http://www.ChasingPortraits.org

Elizabeth Rynecki is the great-granddaughter of the Polish-Jewish artist, Moshe Rynecki (1881-1943). She is the author and documentary film producer of Chasing Portraits. She has a BA in Rhetoric from Bates College and a master’s degree in Rhetoric and Speech Communications from UC Davis.

Children Fiction Young Adult

Kurtis Scaletta

https://kurtisscaletta.com/

I am the author of several novels for young readers including Mudville (2009), Mamba Point (2010), The Tanglewood Terror (2011), The Winter of the Robots (2013), and Rooting for Rafael Rosales (2017). I am also the author of the Topps League series (illustrated by Eric Wight and Ethen Beavers).

Upcoming Events October 11 @ 6:30 pm Diverse Voices in Youth Literature
Children

Larry Scheckel

https://larryscheckel.com

Larry Scheckel grew up on a family farm, attended eight years of a one-room country school, military, and started a teaching career that stretched over thirty-eight years teaching physics in Tomah, Wisconsin. Larry and his wife, Ann, are both retired teachers and live in Tomah, Wisconsin. Larry has published four books.

Non-Fiction

Gavin Schmitt

http://framingbusiness.net/

Gavin Schmitt is a life-long Fox Cities native. The author of six books, he has been described as an excellent researcher and the go-to expert on organized crime in Wisconsin and surrounding areas.

Non-Fiction

Tasha Schuh

https://www.tashaschuh.com

After a tragic theater accident left Tasha paralyzed from the chest down, Tasha has discovered invaluable lessons that resonate with audiences of all demographics. Since 2007, she has been traveling across the country inspiring and challenging thousands of listeners to overcome and persevere, no matter what life throws at them.

Upcoming Events October 9 @ 6:30 pm Enjoy Your Ride October 11 @ 6:30 pm Enjoy Your Ride
Non-Fiction

Will Schwalbe

http://willschwalbe.com/

Will Schwalbe has worked in publishing (he’s now EVP, Editorial Development and Content Innovation for Macmillan); digital media, as the founder and CEO of Cookstr.com; and as a journalist, writing for various publications, including The New York Times and the South China Morning Post.

Fiction

Patricia Skalka

http://www.patriciaskalka.com

Patricia Skalka is the author of the Dave Cubiak Door County Mysteries: Death Stalks Door County, Death at Gills Rock, and Death in Cold Water. A native Chicagoan, she is a member of The Authors Guild of America, Mystery Writers of America, Wisconsin Writers Association, and Society of Midland Authors.

Fiction

Tanya Solomon

https://www.facebook.com/thekeytothemap/

Tanya Solomon was born and raised in Appleton, graduating from Appleton West. Tanya devotes much of her time to retail sales and volunteer work. She has degrees from the University of Michigan and resides in Northbrook, Illinois, with her husband, David, of over 20 years. They have two children.

Poetry

Beth Spencer

Beth Spencer began writing poetry at about age eight. An early success was winning first place in a contest “Why I like to Read Good Books” by replacing an essay with a poem inside a cigar box “book.” She has been hooked ever since.

Upcoming Events October 8 @ 7:00 pm Poetry Unlocked
Non-Fiction

Scott Spoolman

Scott Spoolman is a science writer who has focused on stories of natural science and the environment related to Wisconsin and surrounding states. He grew up in northern Wisconsin, earned a master's degree from the University of Minnesota, and worked in the publishing industry before becoming a freelance writer.

Storycatchers

https://www.storycatcherscommunity.com/

Currently based out of Appleton Wisconsin, Storycatchers captures and encourages story sharing in a variety of ways including storytelling nights where community tellers share personal stories surrounding loose and changing themes

Fiction

L.R. Strasburg

L.R. Strasburg is an avid storyteller, acting out dramatic stories for children and young adults. He has written plays, skits, and novels with truth in one hand and imagination in the other.

Upcoming Events October 11 @ 10:30 am YA Author Roundtable October 12 @ 10:30 am YA Author Roundtable
Children

Jeanne Styczinski

https://mrsjeanne.com/

Jeanne Styczinski’s life-long dream was to write/ illustrate picture books. In 2014 she created a small publishing company, JeanneKay Publishing (jeannekaypublishing.com), a website (mrsjeanne.com), promotes writing and illustrating by presenting to elementary schools/libraries and conferences. Her three picture books have won Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards.

Upcoming Events October 13 @ 9:15 am How Illustrations Are Made
Crafts

The Mill: A Place for Writers

http://millwriters.org/

The Mill: A Place for Writers was founded to encourage the growth of the literary community and provide learning opportunities for writers at all levels by offering a broad range of classes and workshops for interested adults.

Upcoming Events October 14 @ 2:30 pm The Mill Prizes
Fiction

Richard Thomas

http://www.whatdoesnotkillme.com

Richard Thomas is the award-winning author of seven books—Disintegration and Breaker (Penguin Random House Alibi), Transubstantiate, Herniated Roots, Staring into the Abyss, Tribulations and The Soul Standard (Dzanc Books). He has been nominated for the Bram Stoker, Shirley Jackson, and Thriller awards. His over 140 stories in print include Cemetery Dance (twice), PANK, storySouth, Gargoyle, Weird Fiction Review, Midwestern Gothic, Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, Qualia Nous, Chiral Mad (numbers 2-4), and Shivers VI.

Upcoming Events October 13 @ 11:30 am Horror Writers Panel October 13 @ 2:00 pm Contemporary Dark Fiction—Research, Publication, and Trends
Fiction

Susan Amond Todd

http://www.susanamondtodd.com/

Susan Amond Todd has lived in North Carolina for the past 30 plus years but was born and raised in Neenah, WI. She is married with two grown daughters and grandmother to one little boy. Her career has been spent raising her daughters and in banking. As a young person she enjoyed writing short stories and poetry thinking maybe someday she would pursue more. White Lake is her first novel, combining her love of Wisconsin with that of the south. Return Home, her second book, will continue the story of White Lake.

Non-Fiction

Joan Treppa

http://joantreppa.com

Joan Treppa is a wife, mother, social justice advocate for the wrongfully convicted, and award winning Minnesota author of, Reclaiming Lives: Pursuing Justice for Six Innocent Men. She champions for the release of the six men convicted in the 1992 death of paper mill worker Tom Monfils and has become a strong voice for their families whom she describes as the, collateral damage of wrongful convictions.

Upcoming Events October 11 @ 6:30 pm A Matter of Facts; The Tom Monfils Case Revisited
Young Adult

Jill Van Den Eng

http://jillysbookblog.blogspot.com/

Jill Van Den Eng is the author of the young adult novels, Divided Moon (Solstice 2012) and Gangbanger (Solstice 2016). She lives in NE Wisconsin and thrives on the internet. Follow her on Twitter @MoonOverMadison, Instagram: jill.vandeneng, Facebook, and read her children’s book reviews at jillysbookblog.blogspot.com.

Children

Linda Vander Heyden

http://www.lindavanderheyden.com

Linda Vander Heyden is the author of three picture books, Mr. McGinty's Monarchs, A Horse Named Jack, and Hannah's Tall Order: An Alphabet Sandwich. She is drawn to stories with heart and humor. Linda lives in Wisconsin with her husband, two dogs, three cats, and a horse named Jack!

Fiction

Laura Vosika

http://www.bluebellschronicles.com/

Laura Vosika, author of the acclaimed time travel tale, Blue Bells Chronicles, spent her childhood in Europe, among medieval ruins. Holding a B.A. Music from Lawrence, she worked as a freelance musician, and now runs Gabriel’s Horn Publishing and hosts the radio program Books and Brews with Laura Vosika.

Fiction

Laura Vosika

http://www.bluebellstrilogy.com/

Laura Vosika, author of the acclaimed time travel tale, "Blue Bells Chronicles", spent her childhood in Europe, among medieval ruins. Holding a B.A. Music from Lawrence, she worked as a freelance musician, and now runs Gabriel's Horn Publishing and hosts the radio program "Books and Brews with Laura Vosika".

Fiction

Chris Welch

Christopher Welch resides in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. He’s a freelance reporter and an English instructor at Madison College’s Eastern Region campuses. His short stories have appeared in various small press and professional horror and fantasy publications, and he’s served as a jury member for the Bram Stoker Awards.

Upcoming Events October 13 @ 11:30 am Horror Writers Panel
Fiction

Scott Winkler

http://www.scottawinkler.com

Scott Winkler is an author, husband, father, teacher, scholar, and concerned citizen. His 2018 novel,The Meadow(Peregrino Press), is the first of a trilogy exploring the impact of trauma and moral injury on servicemen and their families, friends, communities, and nation. Scott and his family live in rural Wisconsin.

Upcoming Events October 13 @ 1:30 pm Stories and the Lives They Save
Fiction

Beth Ann Ziarnik

http://www.bethziarnik.com

Beth Ann Ziarnik is co-founder of Word & Pen Christian Writers in the Fox Valley and an avid fan of romantic suspense. Her debut novel, Her Deadly Inheritance, earned two major awards—most recently the 2017 Selah Award for First Novel. Its exciting sequel, Her Deadly Reunion, releases November 15.

Upcoming Events October 10 @ 1:30 pm Where Did You Get Those Ideas?