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Our Mentors

Emily Colin
Emily Colin is not mentoring this year, but has mentored Adult
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Emily Colin
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Emily Colin is the author of The Dream Keeper’s Daughter (Penguin Random House, July 2017) and The Memory Thief (Penguin Random House, 2012), which was a New York Times bestseller and a Target Emerging Authors Pick. She helped to launch two small publishing companies, served as the Editor-in-Chief of Coastal Carolina Press, and was the editor of The Long Way Around and The Secret to Their Success, featuring essays by and interviews with women leaders from across North Carolina. The former associate editor of Ideal Living magazine, Emily also works as a freelance writer and arts consultant. For a decade, she was the associate director of DREAMS of Wilmington, a nationally award-winning nonprofit dedicated to serving youth in need through the arts. She has recently completed a paper for the North Carolina Arts Council exploring the “state of the state” in community arts education for vulnerable youth.

Favorite Books




  • The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

  • The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

  • The Hollows series by Kim Harrison




Years Mentored
2017