I've spoken on panels and in classrooms on a range of book-related topics. Past speaking engagements include: 

 Panelists for TPT's Great American Read Kickoff. From L-R: Steph Opitz, founding director of the Wordplay conference at the Loft Literary Center; Matt Keliher, manager of Subtext Books; Anitra Budd, editor and copywriter; and Andrew Karre, executive editor at Dutton Books for Young Readers.  

Panelists for TPT's Great American Read Kickoff. From L-R: Steph Opitz, founding director of the Wordplay conference at the Loft Literary Center; Matt Keliher, manager of Subtext Books; Anitra Budd, editor and copywriter; and Andrew Karre, executive editor at Dutton Books for Young Readers.  

 

 

I've also served as a judge for the Loft Literary Center's Winter 2015 Writing Contest, the Minnesota Book Awards (2008 and 2017), and the Minnesota State Finals of Poetry Out Loud, a national poetry recitation contest for high school students.