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Team Bologna 2018

There is a lot of behind the scenes work that goes on to make the SCBWI Bolgona Showcase appear … and this is the team. 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!



Christopher Cheng, International Publications, Crystal Kite & Bologna Showcase Coordinator

Christopher dwells in an inner-city terrace in Sydney, Australia and holds a Master of Arts (Children's Literature). From his office (and dining room table) he creates picture books, fiction (including historical fiction), and non-fiction titles for chldren. He is co-chair for the Advisory Board of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Asian Festival of Children's' Content (AFCC). Christopher is also a director of Sparklight, a digital publishing company. He is also an Ambassador for the National Centre for Australian Children's Literature. 

In 2017 Christopher was an Australia Day Ambassador. He is a popular speaker, panellist and presenter on Australian Children's Literature at Australian and American Universities, as well as being a regular guest at children's book events including book fairs, libraries, and of course schools. He often appears in the print media and on television and radio. The picture books Sounds Spooky (illus. by Sarah Davis, see, Python (illus. by Mark Jackson), Water (ilustrated by Susannah Go-Ho Quek) and New Year Surprise! (illustrated by Di Wu) are his latest titles.
Chris can be found at



Kathleen Ahrens, SCBWI International Advisor Chair

Kathleen is the International Regional Advisor Chairperson (IRAC) and serves on the SCBWI Advisory Board. She oversees all the regions outside of the United States. She is also a Professor in the Department of English at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where she teaches courses in creative writing, literature, and linguistics. She is Vice-President & Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Humanities, and is a prominent researcher in metaphor theory, exploring aspects of metaphor use in in the political domain.

Prior to becoming the IRAC in 2008, she founded and served as Regional Advisor for Taiwan from 2001 to 2008, and concurrently served as the Assistant International Advisor from 2005 to 2008. In addition to her talks and publications on metaphor, she has published numerous articles on creative writing and gives invited talks around the world on creative writing and writing for children. She has served as the Director of the International Writers’ Workshop at HKBU from 2012 to 2017 and as the Programme Director for Hong Kong International Poetry Nights in 2013, and she also has served as a judge for a number of children's literature awards, including the Feng-Zi Kai Picture Book Award. She has published numerous short stories and translations and has two bilingual picture books, Numbers Do and Ears Hear, published with Sun Ya Press.


Angela Cerrito

Angela Cerrito SCBWI Assistant International Advisor

Angela is an author and a playwright whose work explores issues of identity and cultural perceptions. Her novel, THE SAFEST LIE (Holiday House), was a Guardian’s Best Children’s Book of the Year, a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and awarded SCBWI’s Crystal Kite. The Safest Lie, about a young girl smuggled out of the Warsaw ghetto, is based on research in Warsaw, Poland, including interviewing Irena Sendler and reading transcripts of interviews with Jewish children recorded at the end of the war; the research was made possible through SCBWI's Kimberly Colen Memorial Grant. Her debut novel, THE END OF THE LINE, about a boy coming to terms with his role in the death of a friend, received several awards including VOYA’s Top of the Top Shelf.
Discover more about Angela here:


SEaddy16Susan Eaddy Midsouth Regional Advisor & Bologna Showcase Designer

Susan Eaddy works in her attic studio writing picture books and playing with clay. She was an Art Director for fifteen years, and won international 3D illustration awards and a Grammy nomination. Her clay-illustrated trade books include, My Love for You is the Sun by Julie Hedlund and Papa Fish’s Lullaby by Patricia Hubbell, and her clay artwork appears regularly in Babybug, Ladybug, Click and Spider Magazines. She is the author of Poppy’s Best Paper & Poppy’s Best Babies (illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet of Versailles, France). She lives in Nashville, TN, loves to travel and has done school visits from Taiwan to Brazil to Alabama to Hong Kong! 
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Dana Carey IIC picDana Carey International Illustrator Coordinator.

Dana Carey is an author/illustrator. She has served SCBWI France as Assistant Regional Advisor organizing writer/illustrator retreats, regional conferences, workshops and webinars. She earned a degree in Fine Arts and Graphic Design and later, a teaching certificate. Now she teaches English to adults and university students. Between classes, Dana dedicates as much time as possible to writing and illustrating. She also writes reader reports for international acquisitions for French publishers. Dana interviews illustrators for a monthly blogpost called The Postcard Post for the Sub It Club, a support group for authors and illustrators. Based on a picture book dummy submission, she was accepted by the Rutgers University Council on Children's Literature for attendance at the One-on-One-Plus conference in 2015. 
Find Dana's Illustration portfolio here:



Sarah Baker Director of Illustration and Artist Programs

Sarah Baker is the Director of Illustration and Artist Programs at SCBWI. She manages and develops the illustrator grants, awards and scholarships, advises and mentors SCBWI illustrator members, and serves as the designer and art director for the Bulletin and all other SCBWI publications. Before coming to SCBWI, Sarah designed children’s books for six years at Penguin Young Readers Group. She also illustrates and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters. 
Discover Sarah's work here:


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Chelsea Confalone Regional Team Liaison

Chelsea works with SCBWI volunteers around the world to make sure they are supported in all they do to create community for writers and illustrators. She is the author of two non-fiction books for Penguin Young Readers, Ocean Monsters and Helicopters. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.