Writers for Young Readers

The Betsy’s Writers for Young Readers program brings nationally recognized authors for children and young adults to South Beach. In partnership with various public institutions in Miami, including Miami-Dade County Public Library System, The Betsy’s Writers for Young Readers program provides an opportunity for young persons in South Florida a chance to meet and share with authors in this space, believing that they are often (and inappropriately) marginalized in the literary professions.


WYR 2017-18 – The Betsy’s Writers for Young Readers Program

Ibi Zoboi, October 6-10, 2017

Ibi Zoboi was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and immigrated to the U.S. when she was four years old. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she was a recipient of the Norma Fox Mazer Award. Her award-winning and Pushcart-nominated writing has been published in Haiti Noir, the Caribbean Writer, The New York Times Book Review, the Horn Book Magazine, and The Rumpus, among others. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and three children. AMERICAN STREET is her first novel. Visit Ibi at http://www.ibizoboi.net.

Pablo Cartaya, December 15-19, 2017

Pablo Cartaya is the acclaimed author of the multilingual middle grade novels The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora (starred Kirkus review) and the forthcoming Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish, both published by Viking Children’s Books. He has served as a guest lecturer at universities and schools throughout the country, hosted many international literary events and workshops, and directs the Escribe Aquí Iberoamerican Literature & Art program for The Betsy-South Beach. He holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, a BA from Loyola Marymount University, and currently serves as lead faculty at Sierra Nevada College’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults in Lake Tahoe. Visit him at www.pablocartaya.com.

Isabel Quintero, Spring 2018

Isabel Quintero, the daughter of Mexican immigrants, was born and raised in Southern California. Quintero writes fiction and poetry. Her debut novel, Gabi, A Girl in Pieces (Cinco Puntos Press, 2014) was awarded the William C. Morris Award for YA Debut Novel, as well as the 2015 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, among many others. Learn more at www.laisabelquintero.com.