VOYA Responds

Saundra, Thank you for your detailed, thoughtful response to our invitation to have this dialogue.  Your commitment to fair, balanced, and unbiased reviews for LGBTQA+ young adults is evident and much appreciated. We see the damaging flaws in our reviews that you have pointed out. Your comments are absolutely correct, and we are sincerely sorry for […]

The Pattern of Bias in VOYA Magazine reviews of LGBTQIA+ Literature for Teens: An Open Letter

I sent this letter to VOYA publisher Edward Kurdyla, co-owner and reviews editor Lisa Frueh Kurdyla, Editor in Chief RoseMary Ludt, and to VOYA’s editorial board, Ellsworth Carman Rockefeller, Paula Brehm-Heeger, Pam Spencer Holley, Teri S. Lesesne, Diane Tuccillo and Deborah Taylor on the evening of Thursday, October 20, 2016. ________________________________________________________________________ Dear VOYA Magazine and Editorial Board, Because you invited me […]

Upcoming Appearances

Northern Kentucky YA Book Festival October 22, 2016 1PM – 5PM Lloyd Memorial High School 450 Bartlett Ave., Erlanger, KY 41018 Meet & Greet, Q&A Sessions, Book signing NaNoWriMo Halfway Party Greenwood Public Library November 15, 2016 6PM – 9PM 310 S Meridian St, Greenwood, IN 46142 Party, Presentation & Writing Time Indiana Historical Society […]

Boycotting VOYA Magazine: Targeted YA Titles & Links

You are welcome to reproduce these lists in part or in full, on any platform, without attribution. TARGETED TITLES The titles featuring f/f relationships that Phoebe North identified with mature content warnings in VOYA Magazine, while other contemporaneous titles with sex on the page, heterosexual sex, sex between boys, and human/alien sex, did not receive […]

Boycotting VOYA Magazine: VOYA Leadership Contacts

Please remember that boycott correspondence should be polite, professional and precise. You are welcome to reproduce this list in part or in full, on any platform, without attribution. VOYA Magazine Staff Edward Kurdyla Publisher & Co-Owner, VOYA Magazine Lisa Frueh Kurdyla Co-Owner and Reviews Editor, VOYA Magazine RoseMary (Honnold) Ludt Editor in Chief, VOYA […]

VOYA Magazine Boycott Action List

Please remember best practices for written protest: polite, professional and precise. You are welcome to reproduce this list in part or in full, on any platform, without attribution. Macmillan @bookbrag Scholastic Kyle Good, Sr. Vice President, Corporate Communications @Scholastic Penguin-Random House @randomhousekids @penguinkids Baen Books @BaenBooks Rowan & Littlefield […]

Ghostbusters <3 NYC (Spoilers)

You know, something that I really appreciated about this Ghostbusters, and it was a fairly subtle thing. But action movies love to destroy cities. Since 9/11, action movies often model that destruction on… well, 9/11. Because now we know what it looks like when a skyscraper falls. And I find it upsetting. It’s one of […]

Pickerington Teen Book Fest 2016

Are you going to be there? Because I am! Come on out for a full day of amazing panels and workshops by YA authors- including an incredible keynote  by Printz Award winner, National Book Award finalist – and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature- Gene Luen Yang! I will be teaching a free screenwriting workshop after […]

Upcoming Events!

Pickerington Teen Book Festival June 11, 2016 10:00am – 5:00pm 7800 Refugee Road, Pickerington, OH 43147 Blogger interview, teen writing workshop, panel (Book sales by Barnes & Noble) Joseph Beth YA Beach Bash August 16, 2017 7:00 PM 692 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208 YA panel, Q&A, signing Hancock County Public Library Young Adult Festival […]