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Keena Roberts
This 2019, Keena Roberts is mentoring Adult
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Keena Roberts
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Keena Roberts is a 2019 Pitch Wars mentor for the Adult category. By day she works in global public health, writing about infectious diseases and analyzing countries’ responses to them. She grew up in a tent in her primatologist parents’ research camp in the Okavango Delta in Botswana, a childhood she wrote about in her upcoming memoir WILD LIFE (Grand Central, November 12, 2019). Her follow-up book is an epic fantasy with baboon protagonists, also based in the Okavango Delta: essentially, Watership Down but with monkeys (she is also working on a very silly and very queer YA full of swords and love triangles). She lives outside New York in the mountains with her wife and daughter, along with two cats and a dog.

Jeff Kleinman
Folio Literary Management

Recent Favorite Books

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
When Women Were Warriors by Catherine M. Wilson
Sands of Aggar by Chris Anne Wolfe
Wolfsbane Winter by Jane Fletcher

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