Jessica Linn Evans is an author-illustrator and SCBWI member. Her illustrations are rendered with traditional media including watercolor, graphite, and ink. Her debut picture book, Penguin Sets Sail, released in May 2020 from Canonball Books and Rainstorm Publishing. She has also illustrated Waiting Through Winter by Jason Farley (Jovial Press, 2015), Little Mouse Finds A Friend by Jeni Leidenfrost (Jovial Press, 2017), and Solar The Polar by Kim Constantinesco (MacLaren-Cochrane, 2017). Jessica is an elementary school art teacher, a school librarian, and a high school volleyball coach. She lives in the beautiful state of Idaho with her husband, her four delightful children, and a bunny named Bucky.
Rebecca J. Gomez enjoys writing picture books as much as she enjoys reading them. She is an SCBWI member and the co-author of several picture books with Corey Rosen Schwartz, most recently Two Tough Trucks Get Lost, and the author of Federico and the Wolf, a modern, gender-swapped retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. Rebecca has been a mentor for the #PBChat Mentorship for the past two years, and she loves helping newer writers make their stories sparkle! When she’s not writing or reading, her favorite things to do are baking, creating art, and dragging her family into the woods for a hike.
June 2022 Retreat Faculty
Jennifer March Soloway is an associate agent with the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. She enjoys all genres and categories, such as laugh-out-loud picture books and middle-grade adventures. In young adult, she adores action-packed thrillers and mysteries. Throw in a dash of romance, and she’s hooked! But as much as she loves a good thriller, she finds her favorite novels are literary stories about ordinary teens focused on family, relationships, sexuality, mental illness, or addiction. To learn more about Jennifer, follow her on Twitter, @marchsoloway, and find her full wish list at www.andreabrownlit.com.