Featured Speakers

OCTELA 20/20

Envisioning Our Future(s)

February 21 – 22, 2020

DoubleTree Worthington

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2020 Featured Speakers

Friday, February 21

Lunch Keynote 12:10 – 1:50

Daniel José Older

Daniel José Older’s most recent books are Dactyl HIll Squad Book Two: Freedom Fire (Scholastic, 2019), Dactyl Hill Squad ( Scholastic 2018) his first middle grade series, and  Star Wars Last Shot (Del Ray, 2018)  His New York Times bestselling Young Adult novel, Shadowshaper (Scholastic), was a New York Times Best Book of the Year. His other books include the Bone Street Rumba novels, including Midnight Taxi Tango and Half-Resurrection Blues (Penguin). Winner of the International Latino Book Award, he has been nominated for the Kirkus Prize, the Locus and World Fantasy Awards, and the Andre Norton Award. His journalism on social justice, diversity, and gentrification appears regularly in The Guardian. A former EMT, Older writes, and composes music, in New Orleans. http://ghoststar.net/

Afternoon Keynote 4:10 – 5:00

Tony M. Vinci

Tony M. Vinci is co-contributor to Posthumanism in Young Adult Fiction (UP of MIssissippi, 2018) and co-editor of Culture, Identities, and Technology in the Star Wars Films (McFarland, 2007). Associate Professor of English at Ohio University – Chillicothe, he teaches literature, film, and creative writing. In both the classroom and his publications, Vinci interrogates how the literatures of Fantasy and Science Fiction help us recognize the complex relationship between ethics, trauma, and everyday American life.

Saturday, February 22

Lunch Keynote 12:10 – 1:50

Elizabeth Acevedo

Poet, novelist, and National Poetry Slam Champion, Elizabeth Acevedo is the author The Poet X (HarperCollins, 2018), winner of the 2018 National Book Award for Young Adult Fiction, and the poetry chapbook Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths (YesYes Books, 2016), a collection of folkloric poems centered on the historical, mythological, gendered and geographic experiences of a first generation American woman. Acevedo’s poems have been published or are forthcoming in Poetry, Puerto Del Sol, Callaloo, Poet Lore, The Notre Dame Review. Acevedo holds a BA in Performing Arts from The George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. She resides in Washington, DC with her husband. http://www.acevedowrites.com/

Afternoon Keynote 3:10 – 4:00

Tanny McGregor

Internationally-known teacher and conference speaker Tanny McGregor brings over 30 years of professional experience an elementary school teacher, literacy coach, gifted intervention specialist, and preK-12 staff developer. She is the author of three Heinemann books, Comprehension Connections: Bridges to Strategic Reading (2007), Genre Connections: Lessons to Launch Literary and Nonfiction Texts (2013), and Ink & Ideas: Sketchnotes for Engagement, Comprehension, and Thinking (2019). In addition to writing and consulting, Tanny serves as a teacher on special assignment for West Clermont Schools in Cincinnati, Ohio. She and her husband Miles have four daughters and four grandsons. Follow her on Twitter @TannyMcG!