Lexa Hillyer is the author of Proof of Forever (HarperCollins). She is also the author of Acquainted with the Cold (Bona Fide Books), the 2012 gold prize winner of the Foreword Book of the Year Award for Poetry and recipient of the Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize. Her work was featured in Best New Poets 2012 and she has received various prizes and honors for poetry. Lexa earned her BA in English from Vassar College and her MFA in Poetry from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. She worked as an editor at both Harper Collins and Penguin, before co-founding Paper Lantern Lit. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter and their very skinny orange tree. Photo © Charles Grantham
Lauren Oliver is the New York Times bestselling author of the YA novels Replica, Vanishing Girls, Panic, and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages. The film rights to both Replica and Lauren’s bestselling first novel, Before I Fall, were acquired by AwesomenessTV; a major motion picture adaptation of Before I Fall was announced by Open Road Films in 2016. She is also the author of novels for middle grade readers: The Spindlers; Liesl & Po, which was an E. B. White Read Aloud Award nominee; and the Curiosity House series, co-written with H. C. Chester. She has also written one novel for adults, Rooms, and is at work on another. When she is not filling various hotel rooms with clutter, she divides her time between Connecticut and New York City. Photo © Charles Grantham
In first grade Jessica’s teacher determined her future would involve telling stories, and years later she accepted that destiny. Receiving her BA in English Literature with minors in both writing and history from the University of Central Florida, Jessica went on to join the prestigious ranks of the publishing industry. She cut her teeth working in sales at Simon & Schuster before setting her sights – and heart – on the editorial side of the business. For three years Jessica worked for Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Division. Chasing her fate, her life’s work is designing stories for kids who, like her, find friends within the pages of books. Currently she lives in Brooklyn with her rescue pup Josie, and can be found petting strangers’ dogs if they let her. Photo © Jessica Sit
Alexa received her BA in Spanish and Latin American Literature from New York University. After interning with the superheroes at 826NYC and working in Panama with Amigos de las Américas, she returned to Brooklyn to earn her MFA in Literary Translation alongside the incredibly talented writers, poets, and translators at Queens College. Alexa lives in Brooklyn with a crippling coffee addiction, her synonym dictionary, and a growing chapbook collection. Photo © Praveen Elankumaran.
Adam Silvera is the New York Times bestselling author of More Happy Than Not, which received multiple starred reviews, History Is All You Left Me, and the forthcoming YA novel They Both Die At The End. Before publishing his first book, he spent years in the publishing industry as a children’s bookseller, marketing assistant, events coordinator, and book reviewer of children’s and young adult novels. He is tall for no reason and he lives in Brooklyn, but is forever loyal to his Bronx roots. Photo © K.W. Strauss.
Emily Berge is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a degree in film. After giving up on her childhood dream of being a mermaid, Emily has worked in a variety of storytelling environments. She founded and ran the personalized used book subscription box service, BookBag. She previously interned for the literary department of 20th Century Fox, Random House Studio, and Indian Paintbrush, as well as working in television programming for Viacom. She also worked as a bookseller at an independent bookstore in Princeton, NJ and still enjoys alphabetizing books in her free time. Though a diehard Midwesterner, she now lives in a spooky neighborhood in New Jersey. She thinks books are best read with a flashlight under the covers on a dark and stormy night. Photo © Spencer Thielmann
Diana majored in Multimedia and has been working as a design freelancer since then. She has worked with several prominent authors over the years, and has also interned with literary agents. She’s active in the writing community, having been a reader for pitch contests such as Pitch Slam, and organized Books(dot)Con, an online convention about books. When she isn’t working with code or the magic of Photoshop, she dabbles in writing and illustration as well, and makes too many nerdy references. She lives in Portugal, in a permanent wait for her Hogwarts letter, and in search of the best chocolate in the galaxy. Photo © Ana Luísa Pinto