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Tall Poppy Writers: Raising Up Strong Women’s Voices in Fiction

November 1, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Kathryn Craft 
Kathryn Craft is the award-winning author of two novels from Sourcebooks, The Art of Falling and The Far End of Happy, and the author of chapters in Author in Progress and The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing from Writers Digest Books. Her fourteen years as a freelance developmental editor at Writing-Partner.com follows a nineteen-year career as a dance critic for The Morning Call newspaper. Long a leader in the southeastern Pennsylvania writing scene, she is an active member of Pennwriters and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, serving as its 2020 Guiding Scribe. Kathryn leads writing workshops and retreats, mentors novelists through her Your Novel Year program, teaches for Drexel University’s MFA program, and is a regular contributor to top writing blog WriterUnboxed. She lives in Doylestown, PA. Find out more at www.kathryncraft.com.
Sonali Dev 
Sonali Dev is the award-winning author of six novels—A Change of Heart; A Distant Heart; The Bollywood Bride; A Bollywood Affair; Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors; A Recipe for Persuasion, and the forthcoming Incense and Sensibility (July, 2021)—which she describes as Bollywood-style love stories that let her explore issues faced by women around the world while still indulging her faith in a happily ever after. Sonali’s novels have been on Best Books of the Year lists in Library Journal, NPR, Washington Post, and Kirkus. She has won the American Library Association’s award for best romance, the RT Reviewer’s Choice award for best contemporary romance, the RT Seal of Excellence, and has been listed for the Dublin Literary award. Sonali lives in the Chicago suburbs. Find out more at sonalidev.com.
Amy Impellizzeri 
Amy is the award-winning author of the novels Lemongrass Hope, Secrets of Worry Dolls, The Truth About Thea, Why We Lie, and I Know How this Ends, all from Wyatt-MacKenzie. A reformed corporate litigator and start-up executive, Amy is also the author of the non-fiction book, Lawyer Interrupted (ABA Publishing 2015), as well as essays and articles that have appeared in numerous online and print journals. She is a past president of the Women’s Fiction Writer’s Association, a 2018 Writer-In-Residence at Ms-JD.org, recipient of Ms. JD’s Road Less Traveled Award, faculty member in Drexel University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program, and a frequently invited speaker at legal conferences and writing workshops across the country. She lives near Reading, PA. Read more at www.amyimpellizzeri.com.
Sadeqa Johnson 
Sadeqa Johnson is the award-winning author of four novels: And Then There Was Me, Second House from the Corner, Love in a Carry-on Bag, and the forthcoming Yellow Wife (Jan. 2021). Her accolades include being the recipient of the National Book Club Award, the Phillis Wheatley Award and the USA Best Book Award for best fiction. She is a Kimbilo Fellow and a former board member of the James River Writers. Originally from Philadelphia, she currently lives near Richmond, Virginia, with her husband and three children. To learn more, visit www.sadeqajohnson.net.
Kate Moretti 
Kate Moretti is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels and a novella, including her newest, Girls of Brackenhill, releasing Nov. 1. Her first novel, Thought I Knew You, was a New York Times bestseller. The Vanishing Year, a nominee in the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards Mystery/Thriller category, was called “chillingly satisfying” (Publisher’s Weekly) with “superb” closing twists (New York Times Book Review). Her books have been translated into over ten different languages and have been optioned for television. Kate has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for twenty years as a scientist and enjoys traveling and cooking. She lives in Pennsylvania in an old farmhouse with her husband, two children, and no known ghosts. Her lifelong dream is to find a secret passageway. Read more at www.katemoretti.com.
Jessica Strawser 
Jessica Strawser (jessicastrawser.com) is the author of the book club favorites Almost Missed You (a Barnes & Noble Best New Fiction pick), Not That I Could Tell (a Book of the Month bestseller), and Forget You Know Me (now in paperback). Her latest, A Million Reasons Why, is forthcoming in March 2021. She is Editor-at-Large for Writer’s Digest, where she served as editorial director for nearly a decade, a contributing editor at Career Authors, and a popular speaker at writing conferences and book festivals nationwide. Her work has appeared in The New York Times’ Modern Love, Publishers Weekly, and other fine venues. She lives with her husband and two children in Cincinnati, OH, and loves connecting with readers on social media. Read more at https://jessicastrawser.com.
About The Tall Poppy Writers:
The Tall Poppy Writers is a marketing collective of 40 award-winning and best-selling authors, from across the country and representing a variety of genres, whose mission is to lift up women’s voices in the publishing industry and support literacy through our charitable partner, Room to Read. We do this through strategic partnerships—among them Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Book Trib, and Bedside Reading—as well as our Facebook group for readers, Bloom (www.areyouinbloom.comnearing 10K members), and other social media initiatives. Founded by Ann Garvin (anngarvin.net) of Madison, WI, the group won the 2019 Wisconsin Innovation Awards for Collaboration and People’s Choice). Read more at www.tallpoppies.org.




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