Faculty Bios

We proudly offer the bios of our accomplished teachers.

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), the middle-grade novels The Living House of Oz and Paradox In Oz (both Hungry Tiger), and the graphic novel Iphigenia in Aulis (Image Comics). 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; Those Kids From Fawn Creek; Maybe, Maybe, Marisol RaineyLalani of the Distant Sea;You Go FirstThe 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.

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.

James Preller is the author of more than 80 books for children of all ages, ranging from picture books through young adult novels. His titles include the picture books All Welcome Here, A Pirate’s Guide to First Grade, and A Pirate’s Guide to Recess (all Feiwel and Friends); the middle-grade novels The Courage Test, Bystander, and the forthcoming Upstander (all Feiwel and Friends), Six Innings, and the forthcoming Blood Mountain (both Macmillan/Square Fish); and the young adult novels The Fall (Macmillan/Square Fish) and Before You Go (Feiwel and Friends). He's also the author of three early chapter book series: the Jigsaw Jones mysteries (Scholastic), Scary Tales (Macmillan), and the Big Idea Gang (HMH Books for Young Readers). He holds a BA from Oneonta College. 

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.