Lisa Papademetriou and Gayle Brandeis were guest hosts for a special evening edition of #LitChat on June 13, 2016 at 9 p.m. E.T. Read the chatscript of their visit here.
After graduating from Vassar College, Lisa Papademetriou was hired to teach English at Colegio Evelyn Rogers, a private bilingual k-12 school in Guatemala City. After Lisa finished her second year of teaching, she returned to the states and moved to New York City where she was hired at Scholastic as an editorial assistant in the books division.
After Scholastic, Lisa worked for Daniel Weiss Associates (now Alloy), HarperCollins, and Disney Press. At Disney, Lisa helped launch the Lizzie McGuire book series, and did both development and writing for the Disney Fairies books, among others.
Lisa’s first hardcover novel, Sixth-Grade Glimmers, Norks, and Me (Hyperion, 2005), was a Bank Street Best Book of the Year, a Family Fun Best Books of the Year, and was nominated to several state award lists. She has written many books for middle-grade readers, including the Accidentally Fabulous series and the Confectionately Yours series, and has co-authored two books with James Patterson, Homeroom Diaries and Middle School: Big, Fat Liar (A New York Times bestseller). She has also written several books for young adults, including M or F?, The Wizard, The Witch, and Two Girls From Jersey, and the Siren’s Storm.
Her next book Apartment 1986, is slated for publication in 2016. Lisa lives in Florence, Massachusetts with her husband and daughter.
Follow Lisa Papademetriou on Twitter: @axyfabulous.
Gayle Brandeis grew up in the Chicago area and has been writing poems and stories since she was four years old. She is the author of Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write (HarperOne), Dictionary Poems (Pudding House Publications), the novels The Book of Dead Birds (HarperCollins), which won Barbara Kingsolver’s Bellwether Prize for Fiction in Support of a Literature of Social Change, Self Storage (Ballantine) and Delta Girls (Ballantine), and her first novel for young readers, My Life with the Lincolns (Holt). She released The Book of Live Wires, the sequel to The Book of Dead Birds, as an e-book in 2011.
Gayle’s poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies (such as Salon.com, The Nation, and The Mississippi Review) and have received awards including the QPB/Story Magazine Short Story Award, a Barbara Mandigo Kelley Peace Poetry Award, and a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. Her essay on the meaning of liberty was one of three included in the Statue of Liberty’s Centennial time capsule in 1986, when she was 18. In 2004, the Writer Magazine honored Gayle with a Writer Who Makes a Difference Award.
Gayle has taught at universities, libraries, community centers and writing conferences around the country. She is a founding member of the Women Creating Peace Collective and served as Inlandia Literary Laureate from 2012-2014. Currently living in Incline Village, NV, she is mom to two adult children and one preschooler.
Follow Gayle Brandeis on Twitter: @gaylebrandeis.