As our Keynote Speaker for Inkubator, Cleveland's own Connie Schultz will talk with Karen Sandstrom about her writing and read from her New York Times best selling novel The Daughters of Erietown, which explores rural Northeast Ohio across three generations of women and the stories that collectively formed their lives.
Connie Schultz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and a professional-in-residence in the journalism school at Kent State University, her alma mater. She is the author of two memoirs, Life Happens and …And His Lovely Wife. Her first novel, The Daughters of Erietown was published in June by Penguin Random House and is a New York Times best seller. Schultz lives in Cleveland with her husband, Sherrod Brown, and their rescue dogs Franklin and Walter. They have four children and seven grandchildren.
Karen Sandstrom is a lifelong artist and writer who never wanted to choose between words and pictures. After a career in newspaper journalism, most recently at The Plain Dealer, she earned her BFA in Illustration at the Cleveland Institute of Art. She is now CIA's director of communications and a freelance writer and illustrator. Her illustrations have appeared in two books of poetry for children by Sara Holbrook, "Zombies! Evacuate the School!" and "Weird? Me Too! Let's Be Friends!" (Boyds Mills Press). She is currently at work on a picture book, "Hope Notices."