This list of art directors and editors who are acquiring picture books through young adult is intended to help those who are looking for opportunities to meet editors and hear in person what they would like to acquire and what they look for in a manuscript or portfolio. Many of these editors are from closed houses, but will accept manuscripts from conference attendees. Despite the title, these events are not all conferences; many are workshops or other events. Throughout the year, I will update this page as more organizations post their event information.

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Editors at 2017 Writers’ & Illustrators’ Conferences

JANUARY 20-22: SDSU WRITERS CONFERENCE, SAN DIEGO, CA

Diana Gill—Executive Editor, Tor/Forge/Tor Teen
Miriam WeinbergEditor, Tor Books/Tor Teen
Stephanie Pitts—Assistant Editor, Schwartz & Wade Books

JANUARY 21: SCBWI PROFESSIONAL SERIES, WHITE PLAINS, NY

Alison Weiss—Editor, Sky Pony Press

FEBRUARY 10-12: SCBWI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, NEW YORK, NY

Jon Anderson—President/Publisher, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Bonnie Bader—Associate Publisher Frederick Warne/Editor-in-chief, Penguin Young Readers/Early Readers
Alessandra Balzer—VP/Co-Publisher, Balzer + Bray, HarperCollins Children’s Books
Elizabeth Bicknell—Executive Editorial Director, Candlewick Press
Patrick Collins—Creative Director, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Jean Feiwel—Senior VP/Publisher, Feiwel & Friends/Square Fish/Henry Holt BFYR/Swoon Reads, Macmillan
Cheryl Klein—Executive Editor, Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic
Alvina Ling—VP/Editor-in-Chief, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Laurent Linn—Art Ddirector, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Mallory Loehr—VP/Publishing Director, Golden Books/Doubleday, Random House
Andrea Pappenheimer—SVP/Director of Sales/Associate Publisher, HarperCollins Children’s Books
Kristen Pettit—Executive Editor, HarperCollins Children’s Books
Nancy Siscoe—SR Executive Editor, Knopf Books for Young Readers, Random House
Annie Stone—Editor, Alloy Entertainment
Megan Tingley—Executive VP/Publisher of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
David Saylor—VP/Creative Director, Scholastic Trade Publishing Group
Paula Wiseman—Publisher, Paula Wiseman Books/Simon and Schuster BFYR
Cecilia Yung—Art Director/VP, Penguin Books for Young Readers
Arthur Levine—Publisher, Arthur A. Levine Books, Scholastic Inc.

FEBRUARY 16-18: DESERT NIGHTS, RISING STARS, PHOENIX, AZNew!

Cheryl Klein—Executive Editor, Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic

FEBRUARY 18: BOOK COVERS CATCH THE ART DIRECTOR’S EYE, SALT LAKE CITY, UTNew!

Nicki Carmack—Art Director, Peachtree

MARCH 3: GOLDEN GATE CONFERENCE, PACIFIC GROVE, CA

Sylvie Frank—Editor, Paula Wiseman Books, Simon & Schuster
Naomi Kirsten—Editor, Chronicle Books
Daniel Nayeri—Director of Children’s Publishing, Workman Publishing Company

MARCH 10-11: SPRINGMINGLE & ILLUSTRATORS’ DAY, DECATUR, GA

Louise May—Lee and Low Books/BeBop Books, President/Editorial Director

MARCH 10-11: JAMBALAYA KIDLIT CONFERENCE, NEW ORLEANS, LAUPDATE!

Cheryl Klein—Executive Editor, Scholastic
Nina Kooij—Editor-in-Chief, Pelican Publishing
Kevin Johnson—Art Director, Pelican Publishing

MARCH 18: SCBWI NV & UNLV CONFERENCE, LAS VEGAS, NV

Kristine Brogno—Design Director, Children’s Publishing, Chronicle Books

MARCH 18-19: FROM DREAMING TO DOING, BUCKEYSTOWN, MD

Liz Kossnar—Editorial Assistant, Simon and Schuster
Alyssa Nassner—Senior Art Designer, Abrams
Leila Sales—Editor, Viking Penguin Random House
Chad Beckerman—Art Director, Abrams

MARCH 24-26: CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’: CONFERENCE FOR WRITERS, BREA, CA

Cassi Carver—Editor, All Romance (ARe)
Michelle Klayman—President/CEO, Boroughs Publishing Group

MARCH 25: SCBWI OKLAHOMA SPRING CONFERENCE, TULSA, OK

Jill Santopolo—Editorial Director, Philomel Books

MARCH 25: UNICORN WRITERS’ CONFERENCE, REID CASTLE, PURCHASE, NY

Caitlin Dareff—Editor, Macmillan
Nicole Frail—Editor, Skyhorse Publishing
Elizabeth Poteet—Editor, St. Martin’s
Annie Stone—Editor, Alloy Entertainment

APRIL 1: SCBWI SPRING SPIRIT CONFERENCE, CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA

Patrice Caldwell—Editorial Assistant, Scholastic
Anna Cavallo—Senior Editor, Lerner Publishing Group
Pamela Notarantonio—Art Director, ABRAMS Kids/ComicArts
Kate Sullivan—Senior Editor, Delacorte Press, Random House

APRIL 21-22: IDAHO CONFERENCE ON YOUTH AND CHILDREN’S LITERATURE AND WRITING, BOISE, ID

Wendy McClure—Editor, Albert Whitman

MAY 5-7: THE MUSE AND THE MARKETPLACE, BOSTON, MA

Daniel Nayeri—Editor, Workman Publishing Company

MAY 11-13: LDS STORYMAKERS, PROVO, UT

Michelle Frey—Executive Editor, Knopf BFYR
Liz Alley—Product Manager, Deseret Book
Heidi Taylor—Publishing Manager, Deseret Book/Shadow Mountain
Heather Rubert—Editor, Future House Publishing
Helena Steinacker—Editor, Future House Publishing

MAY 20-21: WRITERS & ILLUSTRATORS WORKING CONFERENCE, AUSTIN, TXNew!

Kendra Levin—Executive Editor, Penguin Random House
Melissa Manlove—Senior Editor, Chronicle Books
Guiseppe Castellano—Executive Art Director, Penguin Random House

JUNE 9-13: KACHEMAK BAY WRITERS’ CONFERENCE, HOMER, AK

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JUNE 12-16: WRITING & ILLUSTRATING FOR YOUNG READERS, SANDY, UTNew!

Emily Feinberg—Editor, Roaring Brook Press
Emma D. Dryden—Consulting Editor, drydenbks

AUGUST 24-27: KILLER NASHVILLE, FRANKLIN, TN

Misty Williams—Publisher,Fiery Seas Publishing

SEPTEMBER 22-24: BIG SUR ON THE CAPE, CAPE COD, MA

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SHUFFLE, REPEAT by Jen Klein, Editors: Michelle Nagler, Chelsea Eberly, Publisher: Random House Children's

Michelle Nagler, Chelsea Eberly; Random House Children’s

SOME KIND OF COURAGE by Dan Gemeinhart

Nick Eliopulos, Scholastic

GILLY"S TREASURES by Julie Murphy, Illustrated by Jay Fontano

Cedar Fort Publishing

BJORN'S GIFT

Crispin Books, Crickhollow Books

THE DANGEROUS LEGACY by Darren Simon, Published by Tell-Tale Publishing

Cindy Vallar; Tell-Tale Publishing

MISSION TO PLUTO: The First Visit to an Ice Dwarf and the Kuiper Belt

Erica Zappy, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s

OCTOPUSES ONE TO TEN

Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster

Scholastic

Abigail McAden, Amanda Maciel, Scholastic

TREASURE AT LURE LAKE by Sahri Schwartz

Cedar Fort Publishing