Children's Literature Association Conference, 2010
Eastern Michigan University
Department of English Language and Literature
Ypsilanti, MI 48197


Invited Speakers:

Banquet Keynote Address:

From Pages to Pixels:

Children's Programming at PBS

Linda Simensky

Vice President,

Children’s Programming, PBS

As Vice President of Children's Programming for PBS, Linda Simensky collaborates with producers, co-production partners and distributors throughout development, production, post-production and broadcast for existing and new series including The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, Curious George, Dinosaur Train, Super Why, Martha Speaks and Sid the Science Kid for PBS KIDS, and FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman, WordGirl and The Electric Company for PBS KIDS GO!.

Prior to joining PBS, Simensky was Senior Vice President of Original Animation for Cartoon Network, where she oversaw the development and series production of The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Courage the Cowardly Dog and other major projects. Simensky began her career with a nine-year tenure at Nickelodeon, where she helped build the animation department and launch such popular series as Rugrats, Doug and The Ren & Stimpy Show.

Simensky is a past-president of ASIFA-East, and the founder of New York chapter of Women in Animation. She has lectured at numerous colleges and animation festivals, and has taught courses in animation at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She has written for numerous animation publications and has had several essays published in books including Nickelodeon Nation and The Children’s Television Community.

Simensky holds a BA in Communications & History from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in Media Ecology from New York University.

2010 Francelia Butler Lecture:

Margaret Mackey, Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta in Canada, will deliver the 2010 Francelia Butler Lecture. She has published widely on the subject of young people and their literature and media; much of her research invites the participation of young people themselves. Her most recent book is Mapping Recreational Literacies, published by Peter Lang in 2007.

Poetry Slam

featuring the Ann Arbor Volume Youth Poetry Project

Jeff Kass, Ann Arbor Schools Poet in Residence, will introduce performances by poets working with the nationally recognized Volume Youth Poetry Project. Kass and members of the Project are featured in the 2009 HBO Documentary “Brave New Voices,” a seven-part series about young poets and their mentors preparing for the Youth Speaks' 2008 Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Finals.