• Jess Townes 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 a life-long fan of children’s literature, musical theater, and travel. Jess lives outside St. Louis, Missouri with her husband, two insatiably curious boys, 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