Karly Dizon, Agent

Karly Dizon

Literary Agent

Karly is an agent at Fuse Literary building universes with stories that matter. Karly is aggressively building her client list to boost and give visibility to marginalized voices, experiences, history, culture, folklore, and mythology. She believes that children should be able to see themselves reflected and celebrated within the pages of a book, from contemporary to fantastical adventures. Karly loves stories with grand adventures, imperfect characters, but most importantly, a strong voice that hooks a reader within the first page. If you can make her cry or laugh out loud, bonus points!

Shannon Hassan, Agent

Shannon Hassan

Literary Agent, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Shannon Hassan has been an agent at the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency for more than a decade. She represents best-selling and award-winning authors of middle grade and young adult novels, including Dusti Bowling, Alison Gervais, Lindsay Currie, Jenni L. Walsh, and many others. She is seeking humorous and heartfelt contemporary stories, diverse perspectives, original POVs, fresh takes on history, magical or speculative twists (prefers real-world settings), thrillers and mysteries.

Shannon received her JD from Harvard and her BA from George Washington University. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Rachel Orr

Literary Agent, Prospect Agency

Rachel Orr is celebrating her seventeenth year at Prospect Agency, where she represents both authors and illustrators in projects ranging from board books through YA. She previously worked for eight rewarding years at HarperCollins Children’s Books and uses those editorial skills to help prepare her clients’ work for submission. Her clients include Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and Leeza Hernandez (ROXIE LOVES ADVENTURE), Steve Breen (SKY & TY), Cathy Carr (LOST KITES AND OTHER TREASURES), Cori Doerrfeld (THE RABBIT LISTENED), Lauren Glattly (PROPER BADGER WOULD NEVER!) and Susie Lee Jin (KING OF THE MOUNTAIN!). A native of Pittsburgh and a graduate of Kenyon College, she currently lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, with her husband and two children, where she enjoys dancing, running and reading, of course.

Nyasha Williams, Author

Nyasha Williams


Nyasha Williams is a creator dedicated to healing, indigenizing, and liberation through creativity. With a profound commitment to storytelling, Nyasha advocates for diverse works of art, media, and literature that amplify unheard voices. With nine children’s books released and two forthcoming titles, Nyasha’s impact on literature is profound. Her tarot and oracle deck, “Black Tarot: An Ancestral Awakening” and “Elemental Alchemist,” are testaments to her transformative artistry.

Colorado based, Nyasha invites collaborators to join her in creating a more inclusive society. With a deep-rooted passion for writing and a commitment to sharing her process with community, Nyasha is on a mission to usher in an era of unapologetic, diverse works of art, media, and literature.

Lily Williams, Illustrator/Author

Lily Williams

Author and Illustrator

Lily Williams is the author and illustrator of many books including the nonfiction picture book series If Animals Disappeared, and graphic novels Go With The Flow and Look On The Bright Side. She grew up in Northern California and worked in feature animation before moving to Colorado. Lily seeks to inspire change, engage audiences, and educate people of all ages with her artwork.

Laura Perdew

Laura Perdew


Laura is an author of fiction and nonfiction for kids, and a presenter, author coach, writing consultant at CU Boulder, and former middle school teacher. She has written over 60 books for the education market. Her favorite subjects to research and write about are nature and the environment, and her goal as an author is to share the wonders of nature with kids with the hope of inspiring them to unplug, explore, and take action. She is also the author of THE FORT (Page Street Kids, 2020), a picture book that celebrates the power of imagination and compromise, and the magic of a fort. She lives in Boulder with her husband and twin boys.

Kaitlyn L Sanchez, Literary Agent, Bradford Literary Agency

Kaitlyn L Sanchez

Literary Agent, Bradford Literary Agency

Kaitlyn Sanchez is a mom, wife, agent with Bradford Literary Agency, and middle school math teacher. 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. In her free time, she loves to play soccer, binge-watch TV shows, and, of course, read. Especially when she’s all cozied up with her husband and daughter reading together.

Kaitlyn has been agenting for 3 years and has sold 38 books with her incredible clients. For critiques, Kaitlyn especially enjoys critiquing author-illustrated picture book dummies, picture book fiction, author-illustrated graphic novels, and middle grade and young adult fiction novels. Kaitlyn always loves helping creators find the story that they’re meant to tell.

For more information on what type of fantastic stories to submit to Kaitlyn for critiques, check out her Manuscript Wish List (MSWL).

Julie Hedlund

Julie Hedlund

Author, Entrepreneur

Julie Hedlund is an award-winning picture book author whose titles include SONG AFTER SONG: THE MUSICAL LIFE OF JULIE ANDREWS, OVER, BEAR! UNDER, WHERE?, MY LOVE FOR YOU IS THE SUN, and A TROOP IS A GROUP OF MONKEYS.

Julie is the founder of the 12 x 12 Picture Book Writing Challenge, a co-founder of the annual online conference, Picture Book Summit, and a co-creator of The Complete Picture Book Submissions System. Julie lives in Boulder, CO, with a dwindling assortment of creatures as her children grow up and flee the nest.

Jessica Lanan

Author and Illustrator

Jessica Lanan is the Sibert Honor-winning creator of Jumper: A Day in the Life of a Backyard Jumping Spider and The Fisherman & the Whale, a Colorado Book Award finalist and winner of the Bull-Bransom Award for wildlife art. She has illustrated many other picture books, including The Lost Package, Just Right: Searching for the Goldilocks Planet, and Thank You, Moon.

Jacqui Lipton, Senior Literary Agent, The Tobias Literary Agency

Jacqui Lipton

Senior Literary Agent, The Tobias Literary Agency

Jacqui Lipton is a senior agent at The Tobias Literary Agency and publishing attorney. She is the author of “Law and Authors: A Legal Handbook for Writers” and loves chatting with creative artists about their legal rights and business needs. Her tastes are broad and eclectic and she lives in the midwest with a bunch of kids and kitties.

Chris Eboch, Author

Chris Eboch


Chris Eboch is the author of over 100 books for children, including nonfiction and fiction, early reader through teen. Her novels for ages nine and up include The Eyes of Pharaoh, a mystery in ancient Egypt; The Well of Sacrifice, a Mayan adventure used in many schools; and The Genie’s Gift, a middle eastern fantasy. She writes the Felony Melanie series, featuring the characters from the movie Sweet Home Alabama as teenagers, with her brother, scriptwriter Douglas Eboch.

Her writing craft books include You Can Write for Children: How to Write Great Stories, Articles, and Books for Kids and Teenagers, and Advanced Plotting.

Darcy Pattison, Children’s book author and indie publisher

Darcy Pattison

Children's Book Author

Children’s book author and indie publisher DARCY PATTISON has written over seventy award-winning fiction and non-fiction books for children. Five books have received starred PW, Kirkus, or BCCB reviews.

Awards include the Irma Black Honor award, five NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books, four Eureka! Nonfiction Honor book (CA Reading Assn.), two Junior Library Guild selections, two NCTE Notable Children’s Book in Language Arts, a Notable Social Studies Trade Book, a Best STEM Book, an Arkansiana Award, and the Susannah DeBlack Arkansas Children’s History Book award. She’s the 2007 recipient of the Arkansas Governor’s Arts Award for Individual Artist for her work in children’s literature.

Her books have been translated into ten languages.

Dow Phumiruk, Award-winning author and illustrator

Dow Phumiruk

Award-winning author and illustrator

Dow Phumiruk is an award-winning author and/or illustrator of fifteen children’s books, with five more on the way. She is one of the illustrators of YES WE WILL by New York Times bestselling author Kelly Yang. She has illustrated A LIFE OF SERVICE, by two-time Newbery Honor winner Christina Soontornvat, and ONE GIRL, by NYT bestselling author Andrea Beaty. She is currently working on illustrations for a book by renowned author Jane Yolen. HUGSBY and MELA AND THE ELEPHANT, both written by Dow, are Colorado Book Award finalists. Dow is a retired pediatrician who teaches medical students part time. In her free time, she enjoys light hikes and sewing. She is represented by East West Literary Agency.

J.E. Thomas, Author

J.E. Thomas


J.E. Thomas writes books for tweens and teens. She is passionate about writing books about what it means to be a good human. Her characters often start out lost, confused, frustrated, angry—basically lightyears from their best selves—but, ultimately, grow into people we’d want to spend time with or have living next door.

A Denver native, J.E. graduated from Kent Denver School then earned degrees in mass communications, political science and public communications from the University of Denver. Her debut middle grade novel, CONTROL FREAKS, was published by Levine Querido in 2023. CONTROL FREAKS earned a starred review from Booklist and was named a Must Read of Summer by People. A dedicated fan of teachers and librarians, J.E. believes educators are superheroes.

JC Peterson, Author

JC Peterson


JC Peterson is the author of contemporary YA rom-coms Being Mary Bennet and Lola At Last. She earned a degree in journalism from Michigan State University and worked as a journalist in Oklahoma before realizing she preferred stories of the made-up variety. Today, she lives in Denver, CO, with her husband and two children. When not dreaming of funny contemporary stories or signing up for way too much for her kids, she loves fancy tea parties, exploring the Colorado mountains, and planning new adventures.

Bianca Schulze, Founder, The Children's Book Review

Bianca Schulze

Founder, The Children's Book Review

Bianca Schulze is the founder and editor of The Children’s Book Review – a resource devoted to children’s literature and literacy. As host of The Growing Readers Podcast, she brings inspiring conversations to the literary community with incredible creators and changemakers.

Bianca is also the author of the popular Don’t Wake the Dragon series (translated into 14 languages) and the bestselling 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up (an Amazon “Book of the Month”). She is a reader, reviewer, mother, and children’s book lover. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Bianca now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

Beth Anderson, Children's Author

Beth Anderson

Children's Author

Beth Anderson, a former educator, has always marveled at the power of books. With her endless curiosity, penchant for untold tales, and fascination with language, she strives for accidental learning in the midst of a great story and hopes to inspire kids to laugh, ponder, and question.


Aram Kim, Art Director

Aram Kim

Art Director, Author and Illustrator

Aram Kim is a writer, illustrator, Art Director, and designer of children’s picture books. By day, she is an Art Director at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group where she designed and oversaw many award-winning picture books working with both debut illustrators and established illustrators. When she is not working as an art director, Aram writes and illustrates her own stories. Her published books include Cat on the Bus, Yoomi, Friends and Family series, and most recently, Tomorrow Is New Year’s Day, which is about Seollal, a Korean celebration of the Lunar New Year.

Leigh Gaddy


Leigh is a pre-published writer of middle grade fantasy, a wife and mom of two kids, and they have recently moved to Dillon. (If you live in Summit County, she asks that you reach out to her…maybe y’all can start a new Connect!). Leigh is an email marketer for NoveList, and loves that her personal and professional life is surrounded by books and libraries. When she’s not writing, she’s reading other middle grade fantasy or hiking in her beautiful new hometown. This is her second Letters and Lines conference, and she is really excited to see everyone there! She tells us that she’s been to a lot of conferences and that ours is a really, REALLY good one.

Rondi Sokoloff Frieder

Conference Safety Team

Rondi Sokoloff Frieder writes MG fiction and spends a part of every day escaping into the worlds of her adventurous characters. She has degrees in Human Development and Education, was a classroom teacher for close to thirty years, and often works with children who struggle with reading and writing. Rondi has been the PAL LIAISON for the RMC-SCBWI for the past nine years and thoroughly enjoys connecting authors and illustrators with teachers, parents, and bookstores. When she’s not writing, meeting with her critique groups, or taking a writing class, Rondi can also be found cruising down the slopes and up the trails of the Rocky Mountains, singing in her car, or cooking elaborate meals for her family and friends!