S206. Subversive KidLit

Room 218, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Saturday, March 7, 2020
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


Young adult, middle grade, and picture books like Elizabeth Acevedo’s The Poet X and Aisha Saeed's Amal Unbound are pushing boundaries in content and form while literature for adults—for now—lags behind. Why is KidLit so subversive? Why is KidLit’s subversive nature so exciting? And what can writers who write for adults learn from KidLit authors? This panel of five KidLit writers, a few of us also crossover authors in the adult market, will celebrate and share KidLit’s subversive power.



Jenny Ferguson is Métis, an activist, a feminist, an auntie, and an accomplice with a PhD. She believes writing and teaching are political acts. Border Markers is her collection of linked flash fiction narratives. She is a visiting assistant professor at Loyola Marymount University.

Nova Ren Suma is The New York Times bestselling author of The Walls Around Us, and more. She has an MFA from Columbia University and is a MacDowell and Yaddo fellow. She is coeditor of Foreshadow: A Serial YA Anthology and teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania.

Margaret Owen is a YA author whose debut fantasy is The Merciful Crow.

Aida Salazar

C.B. Lee


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center