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Our Mentors

Kristin Bartley Lenz
Kristin Bartley Lenz is not mentoring this year, but has mentored Young Adult
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Kristin Bartley Lenz
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Kristin Bartley Lenz is a writer and social worker from metro-Detroit who fell in love with the mountains when she moved to Georgia and California. Now she’s back in Detroit where she plots wilderness escapes and manages the Michigan Chapter blog for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Her debut young adult novel, The Art of Holding On and Letting Go, was a Junior Library Guild Fall 2016 Selection and was chosen for the Great Lakes Great Books 2017-2018 state-wide literature program. She is represented by Carrie Pestritto at Prospect Agency. Learn more at www.kristinbartleylenz.com. Kristin Bartley Lenz is co-mentoring Pitch Wars 2017 with Heather Smith Meloche.

Favorite Books

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Fangirl and Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Simon and the Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertelli
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

Years Mentored