Susie Wilde, writer and teaching artist, has composed hundreds of stories with children and families and shared thousands of books over 20 years of working in classrooms, libraries and community centers. She expresses her passion for writing and books by writing for the Raleigh News and Observer, NoveList, and Audiofile Magazine. Along with thousands of columns, she’s published a picture book, Extraordinary Chester, and a book for teachers, Write-A-Thon! How to Conduct a Writing Marathon in Your 3-5th Class.
Peg Gignoux has facilitated over 60 successful community based textile art residencies in NC over the past twenty years. her work as a teaching artist has allowed her to work with diverse communities of all ages and abilities in a variety of settings: hospitals, K-12 schools, museums, colleges, libraries and shelter throughout North Carolina. Projects have included pop-up books, story quilts, and mixed media works for public spaces.
Steve Godwin is a book designer with 25 years of experience. During the last 10 years he has designed a number of books for private publishers, including full collaboration on several children’s books. Since 2012 he has worked as a designer for Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. Before that, he directed the design and printing of curricular materials for K12, Inc., an education services company. His freelance clients have included Georgetown University Press and Smith Center for Healing and the Arts. Additionally, Steve is a visual artist and writer, and has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center in 2005 and 2008.
Andrea Tanner is a grant writer with For Kids By Kids, whose mission is to work in collaboration with children and families of diverse populations to create picture books that reflect, support and voice the ideals of non-profit partnering organizations while providing positive quality art programming. She served on the Board of Directors for a local public library in suburban Philadelphia, for which she wrote grant applications and explored other funding opportunities in the community. For the last six years, she has been a member of the Town of Carrboro Human Services Advisory Board, which is responsible for reviewing outside agency funding requests from non-profits who serve its residents.