Malinda Lo is the author of several young adult novels including most recently the science fiction duo logy Adaptation and Inheritance (Little, Brown). Her first novel, Ash, a retelling of Cinderella with a lesbian twist, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, and the Lambda Literary Award. Her novel Huntress was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Her website is MalindaLo.com.
Anna-Marie McLemore was born in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and taught by their family to hear la llorona in the Santa Ana winds. They are the author of The Weight of Feathers, a 2016 William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist; 2017 Stonewall Honor Book When the Moon Was Ours, which was longlisted for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature; Wild Beauty, a Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Booklist best book of 2017; Blanca & Roja, a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice; Dark and Deepest Red, a Winter 2020 Indie Next List title; and The Mirror Season.
Kate Scelsa studied writing and theater at Sarah Lawrence College. For the past twelve years she has performed in New York and on tour around the world with experimental theater company Elevator Repair Service in their trilogy of works based on great American literature, including an eight-hour-long performance that uses the entire text of The Great Gatsby. Kate grew up in New Jersey and now lives in Brooklyn with her wife and two black cats.
Tessa Gratton is the author The Queens of Innis Lear and Lady Hotspur, as well as several YA series and short stories which have been translated into twenty-two languages. Her most recent YA novels are Strange Grace and Night Shine. Though she has lived all over the world, she currently lives alongside the Kansas prairie with her wife. She is the associate director of Madcap Retreats and worked as the lead writer for Serial Box Publishing's project Tremontaine. Visit her at TessaGratton.com.
Robin Talley is a queer author who grew up in southwest Virginia and now lives in Washington, DC, with her wife and their kids. She is the New York Times bestselling author of seven novels for teen readers: Music from Another World, Pulp, Our Own Private Universe, As I Descended, The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre, What We Left Behind, and Lies We Tell Ourselves. You can find her on the web at www.robintalley.com.
Elliot Wake (formerly known as Leah Raeder) is a transgender author of four novels: Unteachable, Black Iris, Cam Girl, and Bad Boy. Aside from reading his brains out, Elliot enjoys video games, weightlifting, and perfecting his dapper style. He lives with his partner in Chicago.
Tess Sharpe is the author of Barbed Wire Heart and the critically acclaimed young-adult novel Far from You. She is also the co-editor, along with Jessica Spotswood, of Toil & Trouble, a feminist young-adult anthology about witches.
Nilah Magruder is the author of M.F.K., a middle-grade graphic novel and winner of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity, and HOW TO FIND A FOX, a picture book. She has also written comics for Marvel and illustrated for Disney, Scholastic, and Penguin. When she is not working in her home studio in Western Maryland, Nilah is watching movies, growing herbs, and fighting her cat for control of her desk chair.
Scott Tracey is the author of seven young adult novels. Currently living in Ohio, he makes his living working as an analyst for a financial firm. He loves villains, witches, and sarcasm. His first novel, WITCH EYES, was listed as a YALSA Popular Paperback for 2011, and an Amazon Best of 2011 book in the LGBT category.
Saundra Mitchell is the author of over twenty books for tweens and teens. Her work includes two anthologies for teens, Defy the Dark and All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages. For twenty years, she was the head screenwriter and an executive producer with Dreaming Tree Films on their various teen filmmaking programs and earned Academy Award eligibility ten times during her tenure. In her free time, she enjoys fandom, studying history, crochet, and spending time with her wife and her daughters. Her pronouns are Any/Any.
Matthew Sklar is a Tony(R) and Emmy(R) Award nominated composer. His works include the Broadway musicals: Elf, The Wedding Singer and The Prom.
Chad Beguelin is a four-time Tony(R) Nominee whose works include the Broadway musicals: Aladdin, Elf, The Wedding Singer and, of course, The Prom.
Bob Martin is a writer, performer, and producer of many celebrated musicals and television shows. The Prom is his third work on Broadway following the hit shows Elf and The Drowsy Chaperone, for which he earned a Tony Award.