Patrice Caldwell is a graduate of Wellesley College and the founder of People of Color in Publishing—a grassroots organization dedicated to supporting, empowering, and uplifting racially and ethnically marginalized members of the book publishing industry. Born and raised in Texas, Patrice was a children’s book editor before becoming a literary agent.

She’s been named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” media list, a Publishers Weekly Star Watch honoree, and featured on Bustle’s inaugural “Lit List” as one of ten women changing the book world.

Patrice’s debut novel, Where Shadows Reign—the first in a YA fantasy duology—is out September 2022 from Wednesday Books/Macmillan. She is also the editor of A Phoenix First Must Burn: 16 stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope (out now) and Eternally Yours, a YA Paranormal Romance anthology out in fall 2022. Visit Patrice online at patricecaldwell.comTwitter @whimsicallyours, and Instagram @whimsicalaquarian.

Leslie Zampetti

Guest Agent, WCYA Alumnx Mini-Residency

Celia C. Pérez

Guest Author, WCYA Alumnx Mini-Residency

Rajani LaRocca

Guest Author, WCYA Alumnx Mini-Residency

Anna Drury

Guest Presenter, Writing Novels for Young People Retreat

Elizabeth Law

Guest Editor, WCYA Alumnx Mini-Residency

Andrew Karre

Guest Editor, WCYA Alumnx Mini-Residency