Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators


The following faculty will be presenting at the 2022 SCBWI Kansas/Missouri SCBWI Middle of the Map Online Conference, Nov. 5th.



Eve Adler, Red Fox Literary

Jemiscoe “Jem” Chambers-Black, Andrea Brown Literary Agency

Karly Dizon, Fuse Literary

Lillian Mazeika, Tugeau 2 Agency



Alexandra Aceves, Holiday House

Catherine Laudone, Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster


Art Director:

Maria Middleton, Candlewick


Authors & Illustrators:

Lindsay H. Metcalf (Author)

Violet Lemay (Author/Illustrator)



Faculty Bios



Alexandra Aceves, Editor at Holiday House

Alexandra Aceves is a Latine writer and editor originally from Mexico City and currently based in Brooklyn. She works as an associate editor at Holiday House, where she oversees the expansion of the Holiday House Spanish language publishing program while also acquiring YA and middle grade fiction and elementary STEM nonfiction for Holiday House’s English language list. Alex is looking for fresh-feeling contemporary realism, soft-genre fiction that draws from non-European traditions, and research-grounded historical fiction with an unusual setting. She is passionate about supporting marginalized creators and is actively seeking stories by and about people typically excluded from representation in children’s literature, particularly stories from the LGBTQ+ and Latine communities. Alex was the 2015 Honor winner of Lee & Low’s New Visions Award for previously unpublished YA fiction writers whose work centers characters from marginalized communities; her debut novel is forthcoming from Lee & Low’s Tu Books imprint.




Eve Adler, Agent at Red Fox Literary

Eve Adler worked as an editor for over sixteen years before becoming an agent. She’s building her list with authors and illustrators of board books, picture books, early readers, chapter books, and middle grade projects. She’s drawn to stories that make kids feel comforted, loved, and understood; to diverse voices; to ideas that break the mold; to projects that meet kids where they are developmentally; and to books that expand kids’ worlds while helping them understand their own. She loves developing ideas with authors and illustrators, and finding the right home for each project!

My Wishlist




Jemiscoe Chambers-Black, Associate Agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency

Jemiscoe “Jem” Chambers-Black’s interest in books started with pizza. At seven, her school offered free Pizza Hut and Shakey’s Pizza coupons as a reward for reading books, and Jem was sold. Eventually, the books held more interest than the pizza ever did. Before Jem joined Andrea Brown Literary Agency, she was an assistant director for film and television for more than a decade. Her love for books prevailed, and she went back to school to study English Literature and creative writing in fiction and earned her MFA. She represents adult fiction, YA, MG, picture book authors, and illustrators.

My Wishlist




Karly Dizon, Associate Agent at Fuse Literary

Karly is an associate agent at Fuse Literary building KidLit universes with stories that matter. She first joined the agency in 2016 as a reader for Tricia Skinner and then promoted to Literary Assistant soon after. In 2019, she was promoted to associate agent. Karly has built a career with a strong background as a freelance editor as well as extensive experience with graphic design and marketing. She is looking to develop long-term career authors and nurture their entire writing journey as a strong editorial agent with marketing, social media, and design support. Karly is also the KidLit track coordinator for the San Francisco Writers Conference.
Karly’s clients have won or been nominated for such awards as Kirkus Best Books of the Year,
NCTE Notable Books List, SLJ Best Book of the Year, and Kirkus Prize Finalist.

Karly is aggressively building her client list to boost and give visibility to marginalized voices,
experiences, history, culture, folklore, and mythology. She believes that children should be able
to see themselves reflected and celebrated within the pages of a book, from contemporary to
fantastical adventures. Karly loves stories with grand adventures, imperfect characters, but
most importantly, a strong voice that hooks a reader within the first page. If you can make her
cry or laugh out loud, bonus points!

Karly Represents:
 Picture Books
 Graphic Novels
 Middle Grade
 Young Adult
 Illustrators
Karly Does Not Represent:
 Adult fiction
 Satire
 Memoir
 Faith-based

My Wishlist




Laudone, Editor at Paula Wiseman Books

Catherine Laudone joined Simon & Schuster in 2013. She has the pleasure of working with New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Apryl Stott, Kaz Windness, Cyndi Marko, Annie Silvestro, Ramona Kaulitzki, Abi Cushman, Cherise Harris, Don Tate, Alexandra Diaz, Wesley King, Robyn McGrath, and many others. Catherine acquires picture books and middle grade with a special focus on finding stories featuring underrepresented voices. She is especially passionate about stories featuring neurodivergent and disabled characters. For picture books, she is drawn to classic-feeling, character-driven stories with a strong hook. She loves clever twist endings, fresh spins on timeless themes, and characters that make you laugh or cry. For nonfiction picture books, she is looking for biographies and narrative nonfiction. For middle grade, Catherine is particularly drawn to coming of age stories with lots of heart, strong friendships, and intergenerational relationships. Catherine is also currently pursuing her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her co-authored nonfiction picture book debut, She Kept Dancing: The True Story of a Professional Dancer with a Limb Difference will be published by Macmillan in Fall 2023. When not editing or writing, she enjoys baking, drinking chocolate tea, and watching Gilmore Girls reruns. Learn more at or follow her on Twitter: @CatherineLaud.

My Wishlist




Violet Lemay, Author/Illustrator

Violet Lemay has illustrated forty-four books, six of which she also wrote. Her latest, Let’s Be Friends (HarperFestival/2021), won Book-Fest’s first place award for diversity in children’s books. Violet is also a co-founder of Alithia’s Art Angels, an on-line art gallery offering support for young artists in honor of Alithia Ramirez who was killed in the Uvalde mass shooting.




Lillian Mazeika, Agent at Tugeau 2 Agency

Lillian Mazeika is the T2 Agency’s first associate agent. Coming from an art background herself, Lillian loves engaging with creators and seeing them bring stories to life. Lillian enjoys graphic novels and is always on the hunt for spooky stories and diverse voices. However, she really just adores all things kidlit. When she isn’t working, you can find her at a concert or flea market.




Lindsay Metcalf, Writer

Lindsay H. Metcalf is a journalist and award-winning author of nonfiction picture books: Beatrix Potter, Scientist, a Mighty Girl Best Book of 2020 and Young People’s Literature Award winner from the Friends of American Writers Chicago; Farmers Unite! Planting a Protest for Fair Prices, a Kansas Notable Book, Friends of American Writers honoree, NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book, and Junior Library Guild selection; and No Voice Too Small: Fourteen Young Americans Making History, a Kirkus and Chicago Public Library Best Book, Notable Social Studies Trade Book, and NCTE Notable Poetry Book. Two titles are forthcoming in spring 2023: Outdoor Farm, Indoor Farm, illustrated by Xin Li; and No World Too Big: Young People Fighting Global Climate Change, a poetry anthology from the team behind No Voice Too Small. Lindsay lives in Concordia, Kansas, with her husband, two tween sons, and a variety of pets. Reach her at and @lindsayhmetcalf on Twitter and Instagram.



Maria Middleton, Candlewick Art Director

MARIA T. MIDDLETON designs books for kids. She began her career at HarperCollins, spent a decade creating award-winning books at Abrams, and then led the middle-grade team at Random House Children’s Books. As Senior Art Director at Candlewick Press, Maria currently works across a variety of children’s book genres. She’s a fan of quirky characters, hand-lettered typography, serial commas, strong coffee, and the color red. Maria lives in Richmond, VA, with her husband and their pup, Wyla. You can find her online at and follow her on Instagram @mariatmiddleton.



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