Speakers for the Jot Writers’ Conference Announced!

Author and Illustrator, Laurie Keller

Laurie Keller

Laurie Keller is a children’s book author and illustrator of numerous books including The Scrambled States of America, Arnie the Doughnut and Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners which was Amazon.com’s #1 Editors’ Pick on their Best Books of 2007 List. Her book We Are Growingwon the prestigious Theodor Seuss Geisel award in 2017.

We Are Growing-Laurie KellerWhen Laurie isn’t busy making books or traveling, she enjoys spending time outdoors at her Michigan home, hiking in the woods, playing banjo, cross-country skiing or splashing in Lake Michigan. You can find out more about Laurie at her website, www.lauriekeller.com.



Author and Editor, Paul Kent Muckley

Paul (Kent) Muckley

Paul Kent Muckley served as a non-fiction editor with Barbour Publishing, Inc., in Uhrichsville, Ohio, for sixteen years before taking an editorial position with Discovery House Publishers in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 2014. He also writes under the pseudonym Paul Kent, with a goal of making the Bible more interesting and accessible to readers of all ages and backgrounds. He has written eight books and contributed to approximately a dozen more.


Poet, Emily Van Houten

Emily Van Houten, poet, poetry

Emily Van Houten is a poet and freelance copywriter currently living in Grand Rapids, Michigan after completing her Masters in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature at the University of Durham, England. She writes for Sabotage Reviews and has poems in The Makeshift ReviewTransect Magazine, and Off the Page. If she’s not writing, Emily is traveling by plane, train, or automobile (or bike) to whatever new city calls.



The next Jot Writers’ Conference will be held on Friday, September 15th, 2017 at Baker Book House in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The event is free and no RSVP is required. You can learn more about who we are and why we do what we do on this website.

See you at Jot!

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