Faculty Bios

We proudly offer the bios of our accomplished teachers.

Matthew Cody is the author of the middle grade novels The Dead Gentleman (Yearling), Will in Scarlet (Knopf), and the Secrets of the Pied Piper series and Supers of Noble’s Green series (both Knopf), as well as the graphic novel Zatanna and the House of Secrets. He is also the author of the young adult novels Shadows and Dreams and The Slow Fade (both Serial Box Publishing). His work has appeared in McSweeney’s and Opium Magazine. He has taught at LaGuardia Community College. He holds a BFA from Webster University and an MFA in Theater from the University of Alabama.

Julie Dillemuth is the author of the picture books Lucy in the CityMapping My Day, Camilla, Cartographer, and Camilla and the Big Change (all Magination Press). Her short story “Bear and Max” won the Highlights for Children Fiction Contest, and her poetry, short stories, and nonfiction have appeared in Highlights for Children, the Children’s Book Review, Odyssey, and the MindShift blog. She holds a BA from Yale University and an MA and Ph.D in Geography from the University of California Santa Barbara.

Edward Einhorn is the author of the picture books A Very Improbable Story and Fractions In Disguise (both Charlesbridge), and the middle-grade novels The Living House of Oz and Paradox In Oz (both Hungry Tiger). He's the artistic director of Untitled Theater Company #61, and his plays have been produced widely, including: The Marriage of Alice B Toklas By Gertrude Stein (Jermyn Street Theater), The Neurology of the Soul (ART), Doctors Jane & Alexander (HERE Arts), City of Glass (New Ohio), The Velvet Oratorio (Walter Bruno Theater at Lincoln Center), Fairy Tales of the Absurd (Theater 80), and Unauthorized Magic in Oz (St. Ann’s Warehouse). He directed the feature film The Last Cyclist, and wrote the audio drama podcasts: The Resistible Rise of J. R. Brinkley and The Iron Heel. He holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University and an MA in Libretto Writing from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Jennifer Gennari is the author of the middle grade novels Muffled (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers) and My Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers). She has published poetry in the Lascaux Review, the Marin Poetry Center Anthology, Orange Quarterly, and Typishly, and her nonfiction has appeared in Huffington Post SF, the Lubbock Avalanche Journal, the Marin Independent Journal, the Princeton Alumni Journal, and the Trenton Times. She has taught at the Highlights Foundation and the University of Virginia, and is a volunteer tutor with 826 Valencia. She holds a BA from Vassar College, an MA in Communication Studies from the University of Virginia, and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Erin Entrada Kelly is the author of the middle grade novels Hello Universe, winner of the Newbery Medal; We Dream of Spacea Newbery Honor book; Maybe, Maybe, Marisol Rainey; Lalani of the Distant Sea; You Go First; The Land of Forgotten Girls; and Blackbird Fly (all HarperCollins). Her short stories have appeared in the Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Tayo Special Issue, Adroit Journal, Danse Macabre, Every Day Fiction, and Boston Literary Magazine. She is a contributor to Library Journal and has been a writer and editor for Thrive Magazine, where she won awards for excellence in feature writing from the Louisiana Press Association and the Associated Press. She has taught for Rosemont College and Wallingford Swarthmore Community Classes. She holds a BA from McNeese State University and an MFA in Fiction from Rosemont College.

Kody Keplinger is the author of the young adult Hamilton High series (Little Brown/Poppy), which includes the New York Times best-selling The DUFF, also the young adult novels That's Not What HappenedRun (both Scholastic), Secrets and Lies (Poppy)and the graphic novel Poison Ivy: Thorns (DC Comics). She is also the author of the middle grade novels Lila and Hadley and The Swift Boys & Me (both Scholastic). She has published fiction in Young Adult Review Net, and nonfiction in Seventeen, YA Highway, and Poptimal.

Erik Kraft is the author of the chapter book series Lenny and Mel (Simon & Schuster), the picture book Chocolatina (Bridgewater Books), and the middle grade novel Miracle Wimp (Little, Brown). He’s also the webmaster for the Littleton Cultural Council, founder of the former blog/podcast Too Many Chickens!, and illustrator for the former blog Cats in the Alley. He has taught at Columbia University and Grub Street Writers in Boston. He holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts, an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College, and an ALM in Dramatic Arts from the Harvard Extension School.

Carolyn MacCullough is the author of the young adult novels Falling Through Darkness, a New York Public Library Best Book for the Teen Age, Stealing Henry, Drawing the Ocean (all Roaring Brook Press)and the fantasy Witch series (Graphia). She has taught at the New School. She holds a BA from Grinnell College and an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School.

Margaret Meacham has published many books for children, including the middle grade novels Oyster MoonThe Secret of Heron Creek (both Tidewater), A Mid-Semester Night's Dream (Scholastic),Quiet! You're InvisibleA Fairy's Guide to Understanding Humans (both Holiday House), and The Ghosts of Laurelford  (Sunbury). She is also the author of the adult mystery novel The Survival of Sarah Landing  (Sunbury). Her articles and short stories have appeared in Library Journal, Country Magazine, Successful Student Magazine, Maryland Magazine, Highlights for Children, Baltimore Magazine, and the Baltimore Sun. She has taught at Goucher College and Towson University. She holds a BA from Trinity College and an MLIS from the University of Maryland.

Aubrey Poole has acquired, edited, and co-created hundreds of picture books and middle grade and young adult titles as an editor for Hachette Books and Sourcebooks, Inc. As an editor with JIMMY Books, the children’s book imprint founded by author James Patterson, she edited several of Patterson’s best-selling series, including the middle grade Dog Diaries series and the young adult Crazy House series. With the estate of Albert Einstein, she co-created the Max Einstein series of picture books, and she also launched and edited the Santa Is Coming series of regional picture books. She has written for Publishing Perspectives, and has taught for the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators. She holds a BA from the University of Southern California.

Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen is the author of the young adult Compound series, the young adult novels The Tomb, The Raft, The Detour, the middle grade Shipwreck Island series (all Feiwel and Friends), and the Elizabeti series of picture books (Lee & Low). She has taught at the Whidbey Island Writer’s Workshop. She holds a BS from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and an MFA in Writing from Spalding University.

Madeline Valentine wrote and illustrated the picture books I Want That Nut!, George in the Darkand The Bad Birthday Idea (all Knopf Books for Young Readers). She is the illustrator of many picture books including A Lullaby of Summer Things (Schwartz & Wade), Teddy’s Favorite Toy (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster), Little Red Henry (Candlewick Press), Ava and the Real Lucille (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), and Albertine’s Got Talent! (Henry Holt & Co.). Her illustrations have been included in The Picture Book Re-Imagined exhibit at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery and the anthology American Illustration (Amilus Inc.). She has taught at the Pratt Institute, and worked as an instructor and program director for the Ridgewood Kids Art Program. She holds a BFA from the Pratt Institute.