Oh, this will be fun! In honor of our host Stephens College's enlightened policy on student pets - it's one of the most animal-friendly campuses in the country - we thought it would be a good idea to feature a panel on writing about man's best friend.
Dogs have always featured heavily in literature of all kinds. Bettyville author George Hodgman (proud owner of Raj) will moderate this lively panel that will discuss the challenges and rewards of writing about dogs across a variety of genres. Joining him will be:
Julie Barton is the New York Times bestselling author of DOG MEDICINE, HOW MY DOG SAVED ME FROM MYSELF (Penguin, 2016). She lives in Northern California with her husband Greg, two children, and small menagerie of pets.
Meg Kearney is author of two books of poems for adults and three novels in verse for teens. Her award-winning picture book, Trouper, is illustrated by E.B. Lewis (Scholastic, 2013.)
Cleopatra Mathis has published seven collections of poetry. Most recent is Book of Dog, which won the Sheila Motten Book Prize. Her work has won her two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, two Pushcart Prizes, and the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.