Dorian Cirrone has been the Co-Regional Advisor for several years, was Assistant Regional Advisor before that, and Workshop/Intensive Coordinator before that. She has been a dance teacher, a journalist at a daily newspaper, and a university writing instructor. She is the author of novels, chapter books, short stories, and poems. Her most recent middle-grade novel The First Last Day (Aladdin/S&S) won the Gold Medal in the Florida Book Awards and has been translated into four languages. Her work has been on the American Library Association’s Popular Paperback List, Bank Street’s Best Books List, the Amelia Bloomer List for Feminist Fiction, and others. She is a frequent writing workshop presenter around the state. Learn more about Dorian at: www.doriancirrone.com
Rob Sanders is a writer who teaches and a teacher who writes. He has been writing professionally since college; worked for fifteen years as an editor, editorial group manager, and product designer in educational publishing; and has a life-time of experience teaching children. Rob hosted the SCBWI Florida Tampa Bay area meetings for years, has served as Assistant Regional Advisor for SCBWI Florida, and created the Rising Kite Writing Contest for the region. He is a sought-after speaker, critiques hundreds of manuscripts a year, and finds time to write award-winning picture books that have been described as “fierce and funny.” Learn more about Rob at www.robsanderswrites.com.
Assistant Regional Advisor
Fred Koehler, who has been our tech person for a few years, steps into the role of Assistant Regional Advisor. He is an artist and writer whose real-life misadventures include sunken boats, shark encounters, and getting caught in a hurricane. Whether freediving in the Gulf of Mexico or backpacking across Africa, Fred’s sense of adventure and awe of nature overflow into his characters’ stories. He won a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award for his illustrations for One Day, The End. Fred is passionate about encouraging young artists, promoting social justice, and conserving our environment. He lives in Florida with his wife, kids, and a rescue dog named Cheerio Mutt-Face McChubbybutt. Learn more about Fred at: https://www.ilikefred.com/
Gladys Jose, who moves from her position as Assistant Regional Advisor to Illustrator Coordinator, is an illustrator, storyteller, and graphic designer. She is the illustrator of Fresh Princess, inspired by Will Smith and written by Denene Millner (HarperCollins, 4/2019), The Elephants’ Hide-and-Seek Handbook (Sourcebooks, 3/2020) and several other forthcoming books. She graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2012, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, specializing in graphic design. She has worked with clients such as Scholastic Book Fairs, Tangerine Press (a Scholastic imprint), SunDance Graphics, and many others. She is married to Reno Fabii and has a tiny person, two-year-old Miranda, who has now taken on the role of creative director at Gladys’s home studio. Learn more about Gladys here: https://www.gladysjose.com/