Featured Speakers

Francesca Zappio

Francesca Zappia is the author of Made You Up (2015) and Eliza and Her Monsters (2017). She was the recipient of the 2017 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Emerging Author Award, and her work has received starred reviews from Kirkus, Publisher’s WeeklyBooklist, and School Library JournalMade You Up was selected as Indiana’s book for the 2018 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. She lives in Indiana and spends her time writing, drawing, and hunting ghosts.




Christopher MyersChristopher Myers is an award-winning author and illustrator and fine artist. Myers is the acclaimed illustrator of Love: Selected Poems by E. E. Cummings; Harlem: A Poem, a Caldecott Honor Book; Jazz, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book; Blues Journey, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book. He is also the author-illustrator of Black Cat and H.O.R.S.E.: A Game of Basketball and Imagination, both Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books; We Are America: A Tribute from the HeartA Time to Love: Stories from the Old TestamentLooking Like MeWings; and Fly! While he is widely acclaimed for his work with literature for young people, he is also an accomplished fine artist who has lectured and exhibited internationally. His practice can be divided into two categories, interventions in historical narratives and work crafted with artisans from around the globe from places as disparate as Egypt, Vietnam, Indonesia and Brooklyn.