• Jess Townes is a picture book author who currently serves as the Co-Regional Advisor for the SCBWI Kansas/Missouri region. Her forthcoming titles include GROUNDHOG GETS IT WRONG (Dial, Fall 2022) and SOMETIMES I CRY (FSG, Fall 2023). 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