Angie Thomas is the author of the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling novels The Hate U Give, On the Come Up, and Concrete Rose, as well as Find Your Voice: A Guided Journal for Writing Your Truth. A former teen rapper who holds a BFA in creative writing, Angie was born, raised, and still resides in Mississippi. You can find her online at www.angiethomas.com.
Dhonielle Clayton spent most of her childhood under her grandmother's table with a stack of books. She hails from the Washington, D.C. suburbs on the Maryland side. She is the co-author of the Tiny Pretty Things series (recently adapted by Netflix) and The Belles series, and the co-author of Blackout. She taught secondary school for several years and is a former elementary and middle school librarian. She is COO of the non-profit We Need Diverse Books, and owner of CAKE, a creative story kitchen and IP content company. She runs the science fiction and fantasy book club Black Girls with Magic & Books and is co-host of the Deadline City podcast. She's an avid traveler, and always on the hunt for magic and mischief.
Tiffany D. Jackson is the critically acclaimed author of YA novels including the NAACP Image Award-nominated Allegedly and Monday's Not Coming, a Walter Dean Myers Honored Book and Coretta Scott King New Talent Award winner, as well as Let Me Hear a Rhyme. She received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University, her master of arts in media studies from the New School, and has over a decade in TV/Film experience.
NIC STONE was born and raised in a suburb of Atlanta, GA. After graduating from Spelman College, she worked extensively in teen mentoring. Growing up with a wide range of cultures, religions, and backgrounds, Stone brings those diverse voices and stories to her work. Stone lived in Israel for a few years before returning to the US to pen her first novel Dear Martin, which Booklist gave a starred review calling it Vivid and powerful. Nic currently lives in Atlanta with her husband and two sons.