pic of signing table at ALAUpcoming Events & Appearances:

September 13, 2016
Official Publication Date for Radical!

September 16, 2016, 7 p.m.
Launch Party!
A Room of One’s Own
Madison, WI

October 1, 2016, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
“Books Standing on Books” – three-author event
Join young adult novelists E. M. Kokie, Jacqueline West, and Pat Schmatz as they discuss their go-to sources for craft and inspiration – the books behind, under and around their most current novels. Come for reading suggestions, craft help and general book talk!
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Addendum Books
St. Paul, MN

November 10-13, 2016
Children’s Literature New England
Symposium: Passages of Hope (Registration Required)

Vermont College of Fine Arts
Montpelier, VT


Select Past Events and Speaking Engagements:

June 23-28, 2016
ALA Annual Conference (Registration Required)
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, Florida

Panel — Pop Top Stage, Friday, June 24, 2016, 5:45-6:30 p.m.
It’s Not Just a G Thing – With e.E. Charlton-Trujillo, Alex Gino, E.M. Kokie, Robin Stevenson, & Ingrid Abrams.

Signing ARCs of Radical — Candlewick Press Booth – Date/Time TBA

March 30-April 2, 2016
AWP Annual Conference (Registration Required)
Los Angeles Convention Center
Los Angeles, California

Panel — Looking Through the Lens of Conflict: Writing Young Adult Literature about Families in Crisis, with Ann Angel, Terry Farish, and Jessica Powers.
Thursday, March 31, 2016, 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

May 5-7, 2016
The Loft’s Children’s and Young Adult Literature Conference (Registration Required — details to come)
The Loft Literary Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Presenting: The Mechanics of Voice (workshop
Thursday, March 31, 2016, 
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

October 16-18, 2015
SCBWI-Wisconsin Fall Conference
(Registration Required)
Breakout Session: “Keeping It Real: Writing Realistic Fiction That Feels Real”
Olympia Resort
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

October 16, 2015
Wisconsin Catholic Library Association Annual Conference (Registration Required)
Wintergreen Resort and Conference Center
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

June 25-30, 2015
American Library Association Annual Conference
San Fransisco, CA

November 14-16, 2014
YALSA Young Adult Literature Symposium (Registration Required)
Austin, Texas
Panel: Whose Reality Gets Written?

The formula for YA fiction is no secret: Wrap a load of dysfunction in a layer of bleak despair and spice it up with little romantic angst. Problem is, that formula is a fantasy. Writers, editors, and readers are all making personal, particular choices. This panel will tackle these questions: Are certain realities over-represented? Are others under-represented? If so, why are some privileged while others are neglected? Does YA entail a different set of responsibilities than “adult” fiction? Who defines those responsibilities? Does narrow focus on a particular “here and now” doom books to irrelevance or rapid obsolescence?
Presenters/Participating authors
: Svati Avasthi, Steve Brezenoff, Elizabeth Burns, E. M. Kokie, Andrew Karre, Blythe Woolston

November 16, 2014, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Workshop: Narrative Voice: Tips and Tools to Make your Manuscript Sing  (Registration Required)
The Writing Barn
Austin, Texas

October 19, 2013, 11:00am
Discussion & Reading with Nick Podehl (narrator of the Personal Effects audiobook)
Wisconsin Book Festival
Central Library, Madison, Wisconsin
About the event (from the Wisconsin Book Festival website): “The event brings together the author and audiobook narrator of a gripping YA novel about a boy’s attempts to deal with the loss of his older brother in Iraq. The author and narrator will discuss how to present difficult topics to teens, the various aspects of authorship, and will show how different voices make a book more interesting with a side by side reading.

June 28-30, 2013
American Library Association Annual Conference
Chicago, IL
June 30, 2013, 9am-10am, YA Author Coffee Klatch (ticketed event), sponsored by YALSA
For more information, click here

Thursday, February 28, 2013, 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
An Evening with Cynthia Leitich Smith

Join SCBWI-WI as we host an evening with Cynthia Leitich Smith from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Feb. 28 at Alicia Ashman Branch of the Madison Public Library (733 N. Highpoint Road, Madison, WI). Open to the public, the event will begin with a talk by Cynthia, followed by a Q&A discussion (which I am thrilled to lead), and will end with refreshments and giveaways. A Room of One’s Own will be on hand to sell books. For more information, visit the SCBWI-WI page at the national website.

December 1, 2012, 7:00 p.m.

Group Signing with Apocalypsies Lisa Jenn Bigelow, Anne Greenwood Brown, Laura Ellen, J.A. Souders and Elissa Janine Hoole.
Barnes & Noble, East Towne Mall, Madison, Wisconsin

November 30, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Group Signing with Apocalypsies Lisa Jenn Bigelow, Anne Greenwood Brown, Laura Ellen, J.A. Souders, Elissa Janine Hoole and Heather Anastasiu.
Anderson’s Bookshops, Naperville, Illinois

November 18-20, 2012 – Las Vegas, NevadaNovember 19, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Signing with  Jessi Kirby, Corrine Jackson and Trish Doller
Northwest Barnes & Noble, Rainbow Promenade, 2191 N Rainbow Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89108.

November 18-20, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
ALAN Workshop: Reaching Them All—ALAN Has Books for Everyone 
Panel: War in Our Daily Lives, with Jessi Kirby, Corrine Jackson and Trish Doller
Sponsored by the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE-ALAN (Registration Information Here)

November 10, 2012 – The Wisconsin Book Festival
9:45 a.m.
Panel: Writing About Loss for Adolescent Readers
, with Brian Farrey and Pat Schmatz
Wisconsin State Capitol – Senate Room 425 SW

2:45 p.m.
Panel: Collected Stories: The Thin Line Between Fact and Fiction

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Actors from Forward Theater Company will present staged readings of key scenes from “Collected Stories” by David Margulies, to be followed by a panel discussion of issues raised in the play, including issues surrounding mentor relationships and the blurring line between memoir and fiction.

October 19-21, 2012
SCBWI-WI Fall Retreat – Racine, WI
Presenting: The Mechanics of Voice
(Sponsored by the Wisconsin Chapter of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators – Details and registration information here)

September 29, 2012, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Austin Teen Book Festival
The Palmer Events Center, Austin, TX

September 21, 2012, 7:30p.m.
New Jersey Launch Party for Personal Effects!!
Words Maplewood’s Bookstore, Maplewood, New Jersey

September 16, 2012, 2:00p.m.
Wisconsin Launch Party for Personal Effects!!
A Room of One’s Own Bookstore, Madison, Wisconsin

September 11, 2012
Publication Day for Personal Effects

(Available for pre-order now at most retailers. Want to pre-order a signed copy? Read how here).

June 21-25, 2012
American Library Association Annual Conference
Anaheim, CA
Signing ARCs of Personal Effects in the Candlewick Press Booth – Saturday, June 23, 9:30am-10:30am

May 19, 2012
Workshop: Finding the Agent Who Is Right For You
Seymour, WI
(Sponsored by SCBWI-WI – Details here)

March 31, 2012
Workshop: Finding the Agent Who Is Right For You
McFarland, WI
(Sponsored by SCBWI-WI)