The SCBWI Bologna 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 wants to meet you!
Kathleen Ahrens is Professor and Head of the Language Centre as well as the Director of the International Writers’ Workshop at Hong Baptist University. She also serves as the International Regional Advisor Chair and as a member of the Board of Advisors for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. In addition, she is the Programme Director for International Poetry Nights Hong Kong 2013. She is represented by Fiona Kenshole at Transatlantic Literary Agency.
Angela Cerrito SCBWI Assistant International Advisor & SCBWI Bologna Co-organizer
Angela writes middle grade and young adult novels. She is a recipient of the Kimberly Colen Memorial Grant. Her debut novel, THE END OF THE LINE (Holiday House, April 2011) received several awards including YALSA Quick Pick 2012, VOYA Top of the Top Shelf 2011, VOYA Top Shelf for Middle Grade Readers 2011, Librarians Choices List 2011, Kansas State Reading Circle 2011-2012 Award List, Winchester Fiction Award Honor Book 2012 and a Top Teen Pick 2012. Website: www.angelacerrito.com
Rachelle Meyer was born in the state of Texas and spent most of her childhood with her nose in a book. Reading became the wellspring for her continuing passions in life: drawing, storytelling and traveling. She graduated with a degree in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin and then spent eight years in New York City working as a graphic artist and designer. She has since moved to Europe and launched a successful career as an illustrator. She also writes and illustrates her own picture books and graphic novels. Last year she illustrated a 70-page Dutch middle-grade “samenlezenboek” (read aloud together book) called Paniek in het Dierenziekenhuis (Panic in the Animal Hospital) by Ingrid Bilardie, published by Uitgeverij Delubas. One of her illustrations appears in the 2013 New York Times Best Seller, The Tapping Solution by Nick Ortner (Hay House). She’s also contributed an impressive number of designs to LITographs, creating posters, t-shirts and totebags from the texts of classic books as well as designing LITograph’s booth for Book Expo America in 2013. She now lives in Amsterdam with her English husband, her Dutch son, and her cranky old New York cat. Find Rachelle at www.rachellemeyer.com
Chris Cheng holds a Master of Arts (Children's Literature) and is a full time author writing fiction (including historical fiction), picture books and non-fiction titles. He is co-chair for the Advisory Board of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI); a member of the Advisory Board for the Asian Festival of Children's' Content (AFCC) and is one of three International Consultants on the Advisory Board for the online journal First Opinions, Second Reactions about Children's and Adolescent literature (http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/fosr/), for which he also contributes editorial and opinion pieces. Christopher is also a director of Sparklight, a digital publishing company. In 2014 Christopher is an Australia Day Ambassador. He is a popular speaker, panellist and presenter for children and adults presenting at Australian and American Universities on Australian Children's Literature, as well as being a regular guest at book fairs, libraries, schools and children's book events around Australia. He often appears in the print media and on television and radio and hosted and MC'd many children's literature functions. The picture books Sounds Spooky (illus. by Sarah Davis, see www.sounds-spooky.com), Python (illus. by Mark Jackson) and Water (ilustrated by Susannah Go-Ho Quek) are his latest titles. Chris can be found at www.chrischeng.com.