• Jess Townes is a picture book author who currently serves as the Co- Regional Advisor for the SCBWI Kansas/Missouri region. She writes picture books and middle-grade, as well as adult personal narrative and poetry. She is an avid birder, gardener, fan of musical theater and loves to travel. Jess lives outside St. Louis, Missouri with her husband, two teenagers, a fifty-pound lap dog and two opinionated cats. She is represented by Stephanie Fretwell-Hill of Red Fox Literary. You can find her online at www.jesstownes.com