Lauren Semmer (Artist); Rio Cortez (Author)
Lauren Semmer is an artist, children’s book illustrator, and designer. She studied drawing at St. Paul College of Visual Arts and art history at New York University. Lauren’s bright and charming work is featured on everything from kid’s wall art to children’s apparel. She lives in Manhattan with her family.<br><br>Rio Cortez is a writer and Pushcart-nominat-ed poet who has received fellowships from Poet’s House, Cave Canem, and CantoMun-do foundations. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Miami Rail, and Mother Maga-zine, among others. Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Rio writes and lives in Harlem, USA.