Join us for a conversation in partnership with Simon & Schuster with women YA and children's authors about the experience of being a woman in the publishing space, how identity informs writing, and writing to young audiences.

About our panelists:

Alicia D. Williams is the author of Genesis Begins Again, which received the Newbery and Kirkus Prize honors, a William C. Morris finalist, and won the Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award for New Talent. Alicia shares a passion for writing which stems from conducting artist residencies in schools as a Master Teaching Artist of arts-integration.

Priyanka Taslim is the author of The Love Match, a high school English teacher, and lifelong New Jersey resident. Having grown up in a bustling Bangladeshi diaspora community, surrounded by her mother’s entire clan and many aunties of no relation, her writing often features families, communities, and all the drama therein.

Brittney Morris is the bestselling author of SLAY, The Cost of Knowing, Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales—Wings of Fury, and The Jump. She also writes video games and has contributed to projects such as The Lost Legends of Redwall, Subnautica: Below Zero, Spider-Man 2 for PS5, and Wolverine for PS5. Brittney is an NAACP Image Award nominee, an ALA Black Caucus Youth Literary Award winner, and an Ignite Award Finalist.