Author-speaker and writing-teacher event inquiries and invitations for Cynthia Leitich Smith should be directed to Carmen Oliver at The Booking Biz. Cynthia supports equity and inclusivity in the world of books and beyond. She is not available for any events that discriminate against marginalized or underrepresented people, either on the page or off. For context, please read the WNDB definition of diversity.
Cynthia Leitich Smith is a New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestselling children’s-YA author, the author curator of the Heartdrum imprint at HarperCollins Children’s Books, the 2021 NSK Neustadt Laureate, and the Katherine Paterson Endowed Chair in the MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Cynthia has been featured as a children’s-YA author/speaker at Kweli: The Color of Children’s Literature Conference, the Texas Teen Book Festival, the Texas Book Festival, the National Book Festival, the Virginia Hamilton Conference, and the SCBWI annual conference as well as at bookstores, elementary/middle/high schools, public libraries (including the New York Public Library), universities, and at conferences of such organizations as: the Texas Library Association, Wisconsin State Reading Association, the American Library Association, the International Reading Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, The Association of Writers and Writing Programs, etc.
She also has been featured as a children’s-YA writing teacher at a Highlights Foundation workshop, the Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers conference, the Writers’ League of Texas, various SCBWI regional chapters, etc., and she is a member of the faculty of the MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts.