Tony Gengarelly, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Since 1999 he has taught art and bookmaking for The Poetry Studio’s summer workshops. He has written and published on a variety of subjects, including Early American Modernism, Native American painting and Outsider Art. Most noteworthy are articles for the Mind’s Eye and Folk Art Messenger; also publications on American poster art, Maurice Prendergast, and artists on the autism spectrum. He has edited and written two books on the art of Jessica Park (Exploring Nirvana, and A World Transformed). His latest book is Art on the Spectrum: A Guide for Mentoring and Marketing Artists with ASD. Tony has curated individually or produced with his students over 40 exhibitions and he has been the Director of the Jessica Park Project for the past seventeen years, an educational and professional program at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (www.mcla.edu/JessicaPark).
Ann Gengarelly has been a poet-in-the schools throughout Southeastern Vermont and neighboring Massachusetts and New Hampshire since 1980. She is Director of The Poetry Studio at her home in Marlboro, Vermont, where during the past twenty-five years she has offered after-school and summer workshop programs in poetry and art for students from kindergarten to eighth grade. Since 2002, Ann has also taught studio creative writing classes for adults. From 2000-2010, she had the privilege to teach poetry workshops on the Navajo Nation at Little Singer Community School in Bird Springs, Arizona and for seven years Ann was also a Faculty Associate at Hampshire College. Ann holds an MA degree from Goddard College in creativity and education with an emphasis on poetry-in-the schools. She received an honorary degree for Teaching Excellence from Marlboro College in 1988.
Diana Whitney writes across genres with a focus on feminism, motherhood, and sexuality. Her first book, Wanting It, became an indie bestseller in poetry. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Glamour, the Washington Post, and many more. She was the longtime poetry critic for the San Francisco Chronicle. A feminist activist in her Vermont hometown and beyond, Diana works as an editor and a yoga teacher. diana-whitney.com Diana holds a B.A. from Dartmouth and a M.A. from Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and she attended the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.
Katherine Paterson is the author of more than 30 books, including 16 novels for children and young people. She has twice won the Newbery Medal, for Bridge to Terabithia in 1978 and Jacob Have I Loved in 1981. The Master Puppeteer won the National Book Award in 1977 and The Great Gilly Hopkins won the National Book Award in 1979 and was also a Newbery Honor Book. For the body of her work she received the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1998, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2006, and in 2000 was named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress. She is a vice-president of the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance and is a member of the board of trustees for Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is also a honorary lifetime member of the International Board of Books for Young People and an Alida Cutts lifetime member of the US section, USBBY. She is the 2010-2011 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Katherine currently resides in Vermont with her faithful dog, Pixie.