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Pat Mora is an important writer of children’s literature and juvenile poetry. A Hispanic writer who speaks often about multicultural literature and cultural conservation, she is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Poetry Fellowship, a Kellogg National Leadership Fellowship, and The University of Southern Mississippi Medallion for Outstanding Contributions to Children's Literature, 2008

Pat savors writing, presenting, and also promoting creativity, inclusivity and bookjoy. Among Pat’s children’s books are The Beautiful Lady: Our Lady of Guadalupe (Spanish edition: La Hermosa Señora: Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe; Dizzy in Your Eyes: Poems About Love; her haiku collection Yum!  ¡MmMm! ¡Qué rico!, winner of the Américas Award and an ALA Notable Book; and Doña Flor: A Tall Tale about a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart, an ALA Notable that received a Pura Belpré Author Honor Award and a Golden Kite Award from the Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators.  

A literacy advocate excited about sharing what she calls “bookjoy,” Pat founded Children’s Day, Book Day, El día de los niños, El día de los libros often known as Día. This year-long commitment promotes creatively linking all children and families to books, and establishing annual April Children’s Day, Book Day celebrations across the country. April 2014 is Día’s 18th Anniversary. Pat’s Book Fiesta captures the Día spirit.  

Among her awards are Honorary Doctorates from North Carolina State University and SUNY Buffalo, Honorary Membership in the American Library Association, Life-time Membership in USBBY, a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship to write in Umbria, Italy, and a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Texas at El Paso. She was a recipient and judge of a Poetry Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a recipient and advisor of the Kellogg National Leadership Fellowships. 

A former teacher, university administrator, museum director, and consultant, Pat is a popular national speaker at conferences, campuses, libraries and schools. She has three adult children and a sweet granddaughter. Pat is married to anthropology professor Vern Scarborough and lives in Santa Fe, NM. 

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Liza Donnelly is a cartoonist and writer for The New Yorker Magazine, and resident cartoonist for CBS News.  She also contributes to The New York Times, Forbes, Politico and Medium. As a public speaker, she delivered a very popular TED talk that was translated into 38 languages and received almost 2 million online views. She travels globally to speak about freedom of speech and women’s rights, sometimes as a cultural envoy for the US State Department.  She is New York Director of the international project, Cartooning for Peace, founded at the United Nations in 2006. Now known for her digital, live tweet drawings, Donnelly drew on-location at the Oscars and the Tonys for NewYorker.com, and covered the DNC in 2016 for CBS News. Donnelly was interviewed on CBS Sunday Morning, MSNBC, as well as numerous radio and print interviews. Donnelly is the author of sixteen books, among them, a well received history: Funny Ladies: The New Yorker's Women Cartoonists.  She was visiting lecturer at Vassar College for four years and is a recipient of several awards:  an honorary PhD from the University of Connecticut for her work for peace and women’s rights, the National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award, the AAUW Women of Distinction Award, and was finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor.  She lives in New York. 

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