Speakers

Kathleen Kryza
Friday Super Session

Kathleen Kryza is an outstanding international presenter/coach/consultant. She is passionate, informed and committed to bringing the best educational practices to schools and teachers. Workshops with Kathleen are highly practical, brain-based  and inspirational.

Daniel B. Summerhill
Friday Lunch

Daniel B. Summerhill is Assistant Professor of Poetry/Social Action and Composition Studies at California State University – Monterey Bay. He has performed in over thirty states, the UK, and was invited by the United States Embassy to guest lecture and perform in South Africa. Daniel has earned a Sharon Olds fellowship as well as a fellowship from the Watering Hole. His academic work has been published in The Writing Program Association as well as The Massachusetts Reading Association’s Primer Journal. His poetry has appeared in Columbia Journal, Rust & Moth, Button Poetry, Anti-Heroin Chic, The Hellebore, and others. His work has earned him two Pushcart nominations as well as a Best of the Net nomination. His debut collection Divine, Divine, Divine is available now from Oakland-based Nomadic Press. His sophomore collection, Mausoleum of Flowers will be published by CavanKerry Press in April 2022. Summerhill holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Solstice Low-Residency MFA program of Lasell college (Boston). Daniel is the inaugural poet Laureate of Monterey County.

Daniel B. Summerhill

David Moton
Friday Dinner

David Moton is a professor of English at Bakersfield College and writes science fiction. His trips to Chama, New Mexico, Los Alamos, the Library of Congress, Los Angeles, Reykjavik, and Copenhagen led to inspiration for his Sixth Paradigm Novels. He lives with his wife and his pack of dogs.

Dr. Joshua Aronson
Saturday Super Session

Joshua Aronson, from NYU, is best known for research on “stereotype threat,” minority student achievement, and growth mindset. He is the co-author The Social Animal. His current work involves designing the world’s best school for the world’s neediest children.

Wendy Mills
Saturday CYRM Lunch Honoree

Wendy Mills writes for both teens and adults. Her young adult novel, All We Have Left, won the CYRM Young Adult Award for 2020. Wendy lives with her family on a tropical island off the west coast of Florida, where she spends her time writing and dodging hurricanes.

Mike Sonksen
Saturday Dinner

Long Beachborn Mike Sonksen aka Mike the PoeT, is a professor, journalist, historian, tour guide, and, of course, poet. His latest book is Letters to My City. He teaches at Woodbury University. Follow him on Twitter & Instagram @mikethepoetLA

Michelle Brittan Rosado
Sunday Super Session

Michelle Brittan Rosado is the author of Why Can’t It Be Tenderness and Theory on Falling into a Reef. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from CSU Fresno, and a PhD from USC. She teaches first-year writing at USC. See more at www. michelle brittanrosado.com.

Azure Moyna
Sunday Brunch

Azure Moyna is a writer about issues relating to food, body, mental illness, familial dysfunction, societal treatment of overweight people and the healing journey, and the author of her memoir, Fullness, which chronicles her journey of overcoming Compulsive Over Eating Disorder. She is married and has a daughter.