Brian Jung has been, variously, a college English Instructor, a slush pile editor for a fantasy magazine, a high school teacher, a substitute gym teacher, a carnie, and, most recently, a software developer. He has had poetry published in a number of obscure journals, and has even edited one of them (The Cream City Review). He is simultaneously at work on a number of fiction projects, but only one about a dog who at every full moon transforms into a deceitful auto mechanic. He blogs as mrchompchomp on YA and children's literature at Critique de Mr. Chompchomp. He has no good explanation for that name.
Caleb Dunaway is an LIS student specializing in young adult services, which immediately marks him as a voracious reader of science fiction, fantasy, literature, and whatever happens to catch his eye (i.e. a lot). He also watches more anime and reads more manga than is healthy, which is probably why he is also a regular contributor to Otaku USA Magazine. When not doing either of those, he tries to understand his idiosyncratic taste in music, plays impossibly hard video games that he is bad at, and somehow manages to preserve his sanity and social life despite all of the above. You can e-stalk him on Twitter @OneGreatTurtle.
Colleen Mondor is the monthly YA columnist for Bookslut, and a reviewer (primarily on environmental titles) for the ALA's Booklist. She personally writes about aviation in Alaska, a subject she knows way too much about. Her book, The Map of My Dead Pilots: The Dangerous Game of Flying in Alaska, was published in 2011. Her favorite writer is Ray Bradbury and if she had a choice, we would all worship at the church of Louis Armstrong. Find out more at her site, Chasing Ray or on twitter via @chasingray.
When David Elzey was a teen he: "borrowed" a nine-foot plaster headless Santa statue and set it on fire on a friend's front lawn; had a private conversation concerning movie acting with Jack Nicholson; gave up surfing shortly after finding his leg tangled in the mouth of a basking shark; played Lady Macbeth in a silent movie adaptation of Shakespeare's play; ate twenty McDonald's cheeseburgers in one sitting on a dare, didn't get sick, but didn't eat again for two days afterward; co-edited his high school newspaper, literary journal and, for a brief time, senior yearbook because he was too lazy to actually write for any of them. David currently writes reviews for The Horn Book Guide, is a bookseller, and working on an MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College. He also reviews all kinds of kidlit at the excelsior file.
Debra Touchette is a middle school language arts teacher in rural Idaho because it is the only way she'll get into heaven, er, because she believes the children are our future. When she's not overrun with grading and awash in middle school angst, she blogs about books at (Library Lass) Adventures in Reading and is a judge in the graphic novel category of the Cybils awards. She retweets amusing bon-mots @threelefthands, but mostly, she really wants a nap.
Gonovice has done construction, and door-to-door fundraising for environmental groups, but always wanted to be a librarian. Finally earned MLS in August, age 53. He works a public library reference desk near Fredericksburg, VA, and hosts a "Chess & Go" program for all ages (Most players are juvenile or young adult, with more guys than gals, usually.) Two homeschooled daughters are in college. He likes good fiction, but pays more attention to nonfiction. Favorite writers include Lao-tzu, R. Buckminster Fuller, Gregory Bateson, James Joyce, Kurt Vonnegut, Lewis Thomas, Oliver Sacks, Gary Paulsen, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Tim O'Brien, and Leo Tolstoy.
Gregory K. Pincus is an author, screenwriter, volunteer elementary school librarian, and right-handed batter. He has written for the big screen (Little Big League), the small screen (movies for ABC, NBC, the Disney Channel among other credits), and the computer screen (blogging at http://gottabook.blogspot.com). Perhaps best known for spreading Fibs (poems based on the Fibonacci sequence) virally through the internet and into the New York Times, Greg is thrilled to have his first novel, The 14 Fabulous Fibs of Gregory K., under contract with Arthur A. Levine Books.
Gwenda Bond is working on a young adult novel. Her writing and criticism have appeared in the Journal of Mythic Arts, Publishers Weekly, the Washington Post, Kirkus, Strange Horizons, and LCRW (as Dear Aunt Gwenda). She is pursuing an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and lives in a hundred-year-old house in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband writer Christopher Rowe and three unruly animals. She posts often about writing and books (and television and cupcakes, truth be told) at her blog, Shaken & Stirred.
Justin Colussy-Estes is a stay at home dad, college English instructor, and bookseller at Little Shop of Stories, a children's bookstore in Decatur, GA. He's in the middle of a twenty-five year love affair with graphic novels, YA, and chapter books. He also runs a monthly middle-school boy's book group and the store blog little blog of stories.
Kelly Fineman is a poet and author working on a biography in verse about Jane Austen; although her current topic is a girly author, Kelly's used to working in fields that are traditionally dominated by guys: biography and poetry. She'll be sharing reviews of poetry collections for guys and the occasional poetry tips for today's bards. Her website is woefully out of date, but her blog, Writing and Ruminating, is upated on a regular basis.
Lee Wind is an award-winning blogger, author and speaker, who writes teen books with gay main characters--because that's what he wanted to read when he was in junior high and high school, and there was nothing out there! Today, there are teen books with GLBTQ characters and themes, and Lee blogs about them, the hidden homophobia in our history and culture, and a mess of other stuff over at I'm Here. I'm Queer. What the Hell do I Read? He's also the official blogger for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators at SCBWI: The Blog and the head of SCBWI's Team Blog, reporting on the Children's Literature industry and the renowned SCBWI annual conferences.
Little Willow is a bookseller who has no problems giving Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to boys and Maniac Magee to girls. She is determined to show the world (one person at a time!) that the gender of an author or protagonist has no bearing on the worth of a story. A good book is a good book, no matter what, and it should be read by all. She blogs at Bildungsroman, which also has a corresponding archive website.
Sarah Stevenson blogs as a. fortis on Finding Wonderland, a blog about writing for young adults, and on Readers' Rants, a book review blog. She is a writer and artist living in Northern California. "Writer and artist" is pretty general, so here are three helpful and informative factoids: 1) She used to write a humor column about weird websites for the entertainment site IGN.com; 2) She has a lot of nerdy and/or obscure hobbies, including graphic novels, video games, role-playing games, and Welsh language; and 3) She thinks designing websites (like this one) is fun. Bonus factoid: She is currently working on a YA novel about a girl who hears people's thoughts.
Seth Christenfeld is a staff member on this site, he swears--he's just in grad school, which leaves him with very little time to read. After spending most of a decade working at a Barnes and Noble in the suburbs, he is now pursuing an MFA in musical theatre writing (it's a real thing, seriously) at NYU, working on an adaptation of the novel Zuleika Dobson. (Haven't heard of it? That's okay, neither has anybody else.) He tweets about theatre, books, and other crap at http://www.twitter.com/earbox. His favorite non-book, non-theatre things are cheese, redheads, and other people's dogs.
Tanita Davis has recently discovered a library with a café, and is convinced she can figure out a way to live there. Her most recent job is author of A La Carte, a novel about a girl who wants to be a television chef, and Mare's War, a WWII novel which comes out in 2009. She blogs about books as TadMack at Readers' Rants and is spending another three years in Glasgow, Scotland, in serious NorCal sun withdrawal.
Trisha is a Young Adult Librarian in Hawaii. When not working, reading, or blogging at The YA YA YAs, she can often be found watching ESPNEWS. She thinks the worst part of working in a public library is having to work at least a couple of Saturdays a month during football season.
William Polking teaches high school reading and college composition. Because he feels guilty about destroying the economy with his lavish salary and benefit package, he also coaches large group speech and girls soccer. His students tell him that reads like it is his job, to which he gently responds that it kind of is. Feel free to troll him on Twitter, where he can be found @Polking.