quaranTEEN voices



quaranTEEN voices gives young writers the space to connect with each other, as well as with professional authors from around the country! Students receive writing prompts written by the author to work on independently, and on Friday, they meet our guest author, make new friends, and talk about writing. Teens have the option to share their work at the quaranTEEN voices virtual gathering as well.

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All gatherings take place on Zoom, 3:30–4:30PM EST.

Mariama Lockington • October 2

Mariama J. Lockington is an author, nonprofit educator, and transracial adoptee who calls many places home. Her debut middle grade novel FOR BLACK GIRLS LIKE ME is out now from Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Books for Young Readers. Mariama is also the author of the poetry chapbook The Lucky Daughter (Damaged Goods Press, 2017), and her second middle grade novel, In the Key of Us, is forthcoming in 2022.

Karen Russell • October 16

KAREN RUSSELL won the 2012 and the 2018 National Magazine Award for fiction, and her first novel, Swamplandia! (2011), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and one of The New York Times’ Ten Best Books of 2011. She has received a MacArthur Fellowship and a Guggenheim award. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, she now lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and son.

Daniel Ehrenhaft • October 30

Daniel Ehrenhaft is the author of far too many books for children and young adults. He has often written under the pseudonym Daniel Parker (his middle name, which is easier to spell and pronounce than his last), and occasionally Erin Haft. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Jessica; their son, Nate; their scruffy dog, Gibby; and their psychotic cat, Bootsy. When he isn’t writing, Mr. Ehrenhaft is the Editorial Director of Soho Teen, at Soho Press. He is a member of Tiger Beat, the only YA author band on the planet.

Rachel Eliza Griffiths • November 13

Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a multi-media artist, poet, and writer. She received the MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and is the recipient of numerous fellowships. Her literary and visual work has been widely published in journals, magazines, anthologies, and periodicals including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The New York Times, and others. Griffiths is widely known for her literary portraits, fine art photography, and lyric videos. Her extensive video project, P.O.P (Poets on Poetry), an intimate series of micro-interviews, gathers nearly 100 contemporary poets in conversation, and is featured online by the Academy of American Poets. Griffiths is the author of four collections, and her forthcoming collection of poetry and photography, Seeing the Body, was published by W. W. Norton in June 2020.

GD Falksen • November 30

G. D. Falksen is the author of Warmaiden (Audible Originals, forthcoming 2020), The Secret Life of Kitty Granger (Carolrhoda Lab, forthcoming 2020), Doctor Cthulittle (Insight Studios, 2018), The Transatlantic Conspiracy (Soho Teen, 2016), The Ouroboros Cycle series (Wildside Press, 2013-2017), and Blood In The Skies (Wildside Press, 2011), and he has been a contributor to the award-winning anthologies Mine!, Cthulhu Fhtagn!, and Eternal Frankenstein. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Writers and Artists Across the Country, a non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating author visits to underserved schools. Falksen’s Ouroboros Cycle series was recently optioned for television, and is currently in development.

To Be Determined • December 11

Check out talks from our previous guest authors here, and read works written in previous sessions here!


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Spring 2020

Week 1: Quarantine Silver Linings
Week 2: Accessing Your Memories with J. Courtney Sullivan
Week 3: Small Details with Jacqueline Woodson
Week 4: Objects & Habits with Isaac Fitzgerald
Week 5: Last Times with Amanda Gorman
Week 6: Screenwriting with Spike Jonze
Week 7: Taboo Emotions with Tiphanie Yanique
Week 8: Getting Into Character with Lilliam Rivera
Week 9: Playing With Words with Aracelis Girmay
Week 10: Release with Claudia Rankine
Week 11: Making Conversation with P. Carl
Week 12: Social Movements with Lisa Ko


Summer 2020
Week 1: Reimagining Stories with Lev Grossman
Week 2: Playing with Timelines with Phil Stamper
Week 3: Where I’m From with John Murillo
Week 4: Where It’s At with Pitchaya Sudbanthad
Week 5: Using Your Senses with Shruti Swamy
Week 6: Something True with Kelly Jensen
Week 7: Writing With Feeling with Megha Majumdar
Week 8: The Beast with Ada Limón

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