THE TRUTH ABOUT TRUCKS, TRAINS, AND TODDLERS: CREATING ENDURING WORKS FOR THE VERY YOUNG – Insights into writing for the youngest members of our audience, focusing on writing techniques like rhythm and rhyme, developmental considerations, industry standouts, and my own personal experience as both editor and writer.
THINGS ART SCHOOL WILL NEVER TEACH YOU: PUBLISHING INSIGHTS FOR ILLUSTRATORS (ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO ENDEAVOR TO WRITE) – Hints based my personal experience as an editor to Loren Long, Tony DiTerlizzi, LeUyen Pham, Kadir Nelson, Cynthia Rylant, Matt Cordell, Brian Pinkney, Antionette Portis, and Dav Pilkey, as an author, and as a picture book fanatic.
LOOKING BACK TO LOOK FORWARD: RETHINKING MY EXPERIENCE OF RACE, RELIGION, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY IN PUBLISHING – A look at the ever evolving role identity and representation play publishing, covering topics like #OwnVoices, cultural appropriation, and othering.
Kevin Lewis is an agent with the Erin Murphy Literary Agency, primarily focusing on writer-illustrators and diverse voices. Kevin has been a publishing professional for more than 25 years and has held positions at Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, and Disney. He has edited such best-selling and award-winning writers and illustrators as Cynthia Rylant, Mark Teague, Dav Pilkey, Angela Johnson, Laurie Halse Anderson, Matt Cordell, Lauren Thompson, Derek Anderson, Jane Dyer, Tony DiTerlizzi, Holly Black, Loren Long, LeUyen Pham, and Kadir Nelson, to name but a few. In addition to editing, he has written close to a dozen picture books, including Chugga Chugga Choo Choo and My Truck Is Stuck.