Stephanie Pearmain received an MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hollins University. She has worked in the English Department at UA since 2001 where she currently teaches courses in Children’s and Young Adult Literature & Publishing and is the Coordinator of Undergraduate English Internships. Stephanie won the 2020 College of Social & Behavioral Sciences Lower-Division Teaching Award for the collaborative and community work she does with her English 389 course. She has been a Reader for the Andrea Brown Literary Agency and the award-winning online young adult literary magazine YARN and currently directs the university student run publication Pine Reads Review. Her first children’s book was published in 2012 by Scholastic and her writing has been published in anthologies and magazines, including the Nancy Drew Anthology.
Growing up in Tucson, Arizona with an English teacher as a mother and an overcrowded bookshelf for a best friend, you could say that Hannah Miller was practically raised on stories. So it’s no surprise that her love of all things fictional led to a bachelor’s degree in Film and Television with dual minors in English and Creative Writing. Currently in her senior year at the University of Arizona, she is busy writing an Honors thesis on the High School Musical franchise using queer cinema theory as a lens. In spring 2020, the School of Theatre, Film & TV awarded her second place in the Undergraduate Research Symposium for Best FTV Paper and Presentation. She is also an assistant director at Pine Reads Review, an online children’s literature publication. In her spare time, you can find her roaming the wilds of Book Twitter, binge-watching Avatar: The Last Airbender for the hundredth time, or tucked away in her bedroom with a good book. Inspired by the empathetic power of stories, she hopes to one day work in children’s publishing, driven to help every reader see themselves in, and understand others through, literature.
Named after a fictional character, Wendy Waltrip has been surrounded by books her entire life. After a move from Kentucky to Tucson, Arizona, in 2017, she began her undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona, majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in History and Theatre. She works as a Student Desk Assistant at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library and the Volunteer Coordinator with the community theatre Arts Express. She is also a Writer, Editor, and Podcast Producer with Pine Reads Review, an online children’s literature publication. In her spare time, Wendy is a fiction author writing YA action-adventure novels, often with kick-butt heroines. She hopes to one day work as a full-time fiction author or in children’s publishing. She loves reading all kinds of books, acting and working behind the scenes in theatrical productions, and traveling the world.