Society of
Children's Book Writers
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2010 Team Bologna & RA Volunteers

The SCBWI Bologna Symposium and Showcase is co-coordinated by a small team of volunteers from all over the world. All are SCBWI Regional Advisors or key SCBWI members. Read about them here and say hi when you get to Bologna – Team Bologna and the RA Volunteers want to meet you!

Team Bologna

[Kathleen Ahrens]

Kathleen Ahrens

SCBWI International Regional Advisor Chair

Kathleen is a linguistics professor at Hong Kong Baptist University, a publicly funded tertiary institution in Hong Kong devoted to Whole Person Education. She joined SCBWI in 1998 and volunteered to be the SCBWI International Regional Advisor Chair in 2008. SCBWI has opened many doors for her as a writer, and she hopes that her leadership will help other writers and illustrators achieve their professional goals.

[Angela Cerrito]

Angela Cerrito

SCBWI Assistant International Advisor

Angela lives in Germany and works as a physical therapist. SCBWI Bologna was her introduction to SCBWI and the world of children's book publishing. Nothing has compared to the advice, encouragement, and inspiration gained at many SCBWI Bologna events. She has volunteered as the Assistant International RA coordinator for SCBWI and is honored to be one of the organizers of SCBWI Bologna 2010. Angela is represented by William Reiss at John Hawkins and associates. Her debut novel 'The End of The Line' is forthcoming from Holiday House.

[Bridget Strevens-Marzo]

Bridget Strevens-Marzo

SCBWI International Illustrator Advisor

Based in France, Bridget Strevens-Marzo illustrates for publishers internationally. Her books include Margaret Wild's Hush, hush! andKiss, Kiss! (PW star review) and The Big Book for Little Hands (British Book Design shortlist). How do You Make a Baby Smile? was a US Bank Street Book choice. She shares her love of books with students and SCBWI members worldwide. As International Illustrator Liaison, she is on the SCBWI Board of Advisors.

Read an interview with Bridget Strevens-Marzo

[Mio Debnam]

Mio Debnam

SCBWI Bologna Treasurer

Mio Debnam is the Regional Advisor for SCBWI Hong Kong. She is currently working as a freelance editor and writer, having previously been the Editor-in-Chief of two daily English newspapers for children. Mio has had a MG novel published, as well as several easy readers and four picture books.

[Irene Ying-Yu Chen]

Irene Ying-Yu Chen

SCBWI Bologna Secretary

Irene Ying-Yu Chen is the Assistant Regional Advisor for SCBWI Taiwan. She is currently a children's literature critic in Taiwan. Her academic works are published in Taiwan and abroad.

[John Shelley]

John Shelley

SCBWI Bologna Illustration Display Portfolio coordinator

John Shelley began his illustration career in London, his first picture book 'The Secret in the Matchbox' being shortlisted for the Mother Goose Award. From 1987 he lived in Tokyo for over 20 years, receiving awards for commercial illustration while illustrating over 40 children's books for Western and Japanese markets. The former Illustrator Coordinator and Assistant Regional Advisor of SCBWI Tokyo, he returned to the UK in 2008, but still maintains close ties with Japan.

[Doug Cushman]

Doug Cushman

SCBWI Bologna consultant and Bologna logo designer

Doug Cushman was born in Springfield, Ohio and moved to Connecticut with his family when he was 14 years old. While in junior high and high school he created comic books lampooning his teachers, selling them to his classmates for a nickel a piece. Since 1978 he has illustrated over 100 children's books, thirty or so of which he wrote as well. Among his many honors he has gained a place on the New York Times Children's Best Sellers list and on the 2003 Children's Literature Choice list. He has received a National Cartoonist's Society Reuben award, the 2004 Christopher Award for his book illustrations, the 2007 Maryland Blue Crab Award and the 2009 California Young Readers Medal. He is a fan of mystery novels and enjoys cooking, traveling, eating and absorbing French culture and inspiration, as well as a few extra kilos, in his new part-time home in Paris, France.

Read an interview with Doug Cushman

[Erzsi Deàk]

Erzsi Deàk

SCBWI Bologna consultant and co-moderator of the Publishing Panel

Writer-Editor Erzsi Deàk is currently editorial assistant for La Martinière Jeunesse France. Previously the International Coordinator & SCBWI Bologna Organizer, Erzsi was awarded the SCBWI Member of the Year twice. She edits the SCBWI Bulletin column, "Here, There, Everywhere," focusing on children's books around the world.

[Tioka Tokedira]

Tioka Tokedira

SCBWI Bologna Reviews coordinator

Tioka Tokedira joined SCBWI as a way to find kindred spirits and has been the Regional Advisor in France since 2007. She is putting the finishing touches on her first young adult novel and works as an acquisitions reader for the French publisher La Martinère Jeunesse, part of the group that owns Abrams.

SCBWI Regional Advisors

In addition, there are over a dozen SCBWI Regional Advisors and from around the world who are volunteering their time to organize the Symposium and Showcase.

[Marjorie van Heerden]

Marjorie van Heerden

Marjorie van Heerden has written and/or illustrated more than 100 children's books and has been published in 33 languages in Africa, Europe, Canada and the USA. She is the Co-RA for SCBWI (South Africa). In 2008 Marjorie won the M.E.R Award for best South African illustrated children's book.

[Jessie Huang]

Jessie Huang

Jessie is the RA of Taiwan. Her dream of becoming a writer herself started to take shape in 2006 when she published her first book,Folktales from Taiwan. Two picture books will be published in 2010.

[Corinne King]

Corinne King (pen-name Corinne Fenton)

Corinne has a passion for picture books. Her classic award-winning picture book 'Queenie: One Elephant's Story' was followed in 2008 by her Notable and shortlisted book 'The Dog on the Tuckerbox'. Her next book 'Flame Stands Waiting' will be launched in March 2010. Corinne is the ARA for Victoria, Australia.,

[Miri Leshem-Pelly]

Miri Leshem-Pelly

Miri Leshem-Pelly is an Israel based author and illustrator. Her favorite topic is nature and animals. Her book "Lon-Lon's Big Night" was published in the U.S.A. 12 other picture books by her have been published in Israel. Miri's works have won awards and have been shown in many exhibitions. Miri is the ARA for Israel..

[Linda Tan Lingard]

Linda Tan Lingard

Linda Tan Lingard is managing partner of Yusof Gajah Lingard Literary Agency. As the SCBWI RA in Malaysia, she hopes to nurture local writers/illustrators and to bring their work to the international market. She has lived in Jakarta, Hong Kong and UK and is keen to promote multicultural understanding through children's books.

[Linda Ravin Lodding]

Linda Ravin Lodding

Originally from New York, Linda has lived in Europe for the past 15 years darting between Sweden, Austria and Holland. As of 2008, Linda is the ARA for the SCBWI Dutch chapter. Her children's writing has appeared in numerous magazines and her picture book, 'The Busy Life of Ernestine Buckmeister', will be in bookstores next year.

[Mikki Mahan]

Mikki Mahan

Children's book writer Mikki Mahan is Regional Advisor for SCBWI in Russia. Originally from Seattle, Washington, Mikki has lived in Moscow for almost 15 years. She works for the global law firm White & Case and is an active supporter of several charitable organizations and non-profit projects.

[Jenny Desmond Walters]

Jenny Desmond Walters

Jenny Desmond Walters is the founding Regional Advisor of the SCBWI Korea chapter. She is an experienced education professional with a love of learning and literature. She has worked in public television developing curriculum and promoting instructional programs, as well as worked extensively with educational publishers and learning materials companies. For the last several years, Jenny has lived in east Asia where she has become an avid writer and observer of life in Japan and Korea. Her articles have been published in national children's magazines and writing journals, and she has been a member of SCBWI for more than 10 years. Jenny currently resides in Seoul with her husband and three daughters, and she rarely runs out of interesting stories to write.

[Laura Watkinson]

Laura Watkinson

Laura Watkinson is a translator, from Dutch and Italian into (British) English, and an occasional writer. She translates children's books for all ages, from picture books to YA/cross-over novels, and has recently completed projects for Piccadilly in the UK and Arthur A. Levine in the States. She's a champion of books in translation and loves making different cultures accessible to younger readers.

[Dianne Wolfer]

Dianne Wolfer

Dianne Wolfer is ARA for Western Australia. Her twelve books for teenagers and younger readers, including Lighthouse Girl and Choices, have been short listed for various awards and are enjoyed in Australia and internationally. Before settling in Albany, Dianne has lived in Thailand, Japan and Nepal.

[Yoko Yoshizawa]

Yoko Yoshizawa

Yoko Yoshizawa is ARA for SCBWI Tokyo. Her ten-month experience in Africa, especially impressive encounters with wildlife, enriched her crativity as a writer, translator, illustrator and printmaker. It also led her to collect animal proverbs and stories from the world. She has been contributing a regular column Animal Idioms and Sayings to Asahi Weekly twice a month since April and