Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators


Digital Workshop Series 7.0 Faculty


Ruth Chan is an illustrator/author of children’s books and comics. Her work has been featured in The New York Times and Cup of Jo. Her recent children’s books include Thank You, Neighbor!, Hard-boiled Bugs for Breakfast written by Jack Prelutsky, Have You Seen Gordon? written by Adam Jay Epstein, How Old is Mr. Tortoise? written by Dev Petty, and Rick the Rock of Room 214 written by Julie Falatko. Prior to illustrating full time, Ruth spent a decade working with youth and families in underserved communities. She is a proud Canadian and lives and works in Brooklyn NY.
Jane Chun (She/her) has been an agent at Janklow & Nesbit since May 2019 and is currently building her list. She’s particularly interested in stories that center marginalized communities and prose that is cinematic and atmospheric with good rhythm. In both fiction and nonfiction, she’s drawn towards compelling, fresh voices that make her feel as though the writer is in the room with her. Regardless of how plot-driven a story is, characters with rich inner worlds and emotional depth are a must for her. Jane is interested in literary, upmarket, and commercial fiction and select nonfiction. She is not the right person for picture books, prescriptive nonfiction, romance, commercial thrillers, hard sci-fi, poetry, or short story collections.
Kristin Dwyer is the author of the YA romance, Some Mistakes Were Made (HarperTeen 2022) When she’s not writing books about people kissing, she and her spouse can be found encouraging their four overly opinionated misfits to get into trouble.
  Emily Forney (She/her) is a literary agent at BookEnds Literary. She is also a digital media and rhetoric teacher, cultural critic, and a writer for what feels like an eternity.  After earning her MFA in Creative Writing from Northern Arizona University, Emily worked in editorial roles for literary magazines, journals, and digital prints before finding her home at BookEnds. She was a 2020 Publishing Fellow with the LA Review of Books and is currently on the Young Feminist Leaders Council for Feminist Press. She actively writes about identity, Blackness, and pop culture.
Susan Graham (they/them) joined Einstein Literary Management as an assistant in 2015 and now has a growing list of author and illustrator clients. They hold a Master’s Degree in Children’s Literature and a Master’s Degree in English from Simmons College. Susan’s looking for children’s and young adult fiction in all genres, but their favorite books are often science fiction and fantasy, especially written with a queer lens. They also enjoy picture books and represent graphic novels in all age categories and in all genres. They’re particularly interested in friendships and sibling narratives, and monster protagonists are always a plus. They’re looking for a good non-fiction or two for children or teens but don’t know about what. Works by and about marginalized voices are welcome and encouraged.
Chelsea Hensley (She/her). Before becoming an agent at KT Literary, Chelsea was a freelance editor and perpetual publishing intern. In 2018 she mentored in Pitch Wars and most recently was an editorial intern at Page Street Publishing where she assisted on titles from Addie Thorley and Breanna Shields. She has a BA in English from the University of Missouri and lives and works as a bookseller in St. Louis, MO. Chelsea likes fresh and imaginative SFF, dark and twisty mysteries/thrillers, and whipsmart protagonists. She is interested in working with authors belonging to groups traditionally underrepresented in publishing, especially Black authors.

  Ismita Hussain (She/her) is an agent at Great Dog Literary, a Georgia native, and a graduate of Emory University, where she studied Human Health and Italian. In her Desi household, she grew up speaking Bangla, Hindi, and Urdu. Ismita is a founding member of Disability in Publishing and currently serves as their External Relations Lead.
Tamara Kawar (She/her) is an agent at DeFiore & Company. She holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Columbia University. She grew up in Beirut and Paris and currently lives in New York City. Tamara is currently seeking adult and YA science fiction and fantasy, graphic novels of all genres, as well as LGBTQ historical fiction and romance. She’s particularly interested in underrepresented voices and perspectives in speculative and genre fiction.

Maeve MacLysaght (She/her) is an agent at Copps Literary Services. She is a queer ex-classicist based in Oakland, CA. She represents BIPOC, Queer, and marginalized creators writing commercial genre fiction across MG, YA, Adult, and Graphic Novel. Her particular weaknesses are genre-blending SFF, horror, and anything with murder or making out (ideally both).

Stefanie Molina is an agent at Ladderbird Literary.  Prior to becoming an agent, Stefanie spent her career advocating for marginalized folks in publishing as a technical editor at a national laboratory, senior editor at the literary journal F(r)iction, and book coach and editor for women of color. She is Asian Latina (Mexican, Japanese, and Irish) and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, both from the University of California at Davis.  You can find her on Twitter @fiction_tech.
Roma Panganiba (She/her) is an agent at Jenklow & NesbitShe won an essay contest in fourth grade and used the prize money to buy some glitter gel pens and a pint of locally made cotton candy ice cream, and has been chasing those heights of excellence ever since. After majoring in English and Psychology at a picturesque liberal arts college in the middle of nowhere, she moved to England and dabbled in graduate school before finding her way back across the Atlantic to work at a cupcake bakery, a tutoring center, and a theatrical costume studio. She is now happily employed at a Jenklow & Nesbit and lives in Brooklyn, where she stays up too late and complains about being tired.
Jas Perry is a Manhattan-based literary agent with KT Literary who represents Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction and Graphic Novels. She’s a We Need Diverse Books grantee and was previously a freelance children’s editor and an editorial intern with Levine Querido and Scholastic/Arthur A. Levin Books. She attended New York University in Florence and London before graduating with a BA in English from the City University of New York’s Hunter College. Jas is Black/Japanese and represents a diverse range of strong voices with a focus on BIPOC, QTPOC, and/or disabled creators. She particularly enjoys dark contemporary realism, offbeat humor and horror, (Alondra Nelson-defined) Afrofuturism, and bold, grounded SFF that makes her think.

Sofía Rhei is a writer and poet with more than forty published titles. Her most popular stories for young readers are Young Moriarty and Flowers of Shadow. Among other recognitions, she has received the Spirit of Dedication award from the ESFS, a mention from the Banco del Libro de Venezuela and the Celsius, Kelvin and Dwarf Stars awards. How to get ideas was included in the White Ravens catalog 2017.
  Sofía Rhei es escritora y poeta con más de cuarenta títulos publicados. Algunas de sus historias para jóvenes más conocidas son El joven Moriarty y Flores de sombra. Ha obtenido, entre otros, los galardones Spirit of Dedication de la ESFS, mención del Banco del Libro de Venezuela y los premios Celsius, Kelvin y Dwarf Stars. Su obra Cómo tener ideas fue incluida en el catálogo White Ravens 2017.
  Kaitlyn Sanchez is an agent with Context Literary Agency. She’s also the proud co-creator and co-host of the Spring Fling Kidlit Contest and Kidlit Zombie Week as well as creator and co-host of the Kidlit Fall Writing Frenzy Contest.  You can find her online at: and  Twitter: @KaitlynLeann17   Facebook: