Writing on the Door:
Young Writers Conference

Presenter Bios


Julialicia Case writes fiction and creative nonfiction in a variety of forms and genres, and is particularly interested in speculative fiction that focuses on technology. She is working on a short story collection with an emphasis on pop culture and technology such as social media, reality television, and video games, as well as on a speculative novel about ghosts and video games and cornfields. She teaches creative writing and digital literature at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. 


John Coy is the author of young adult novels, the 4 for 4 middle-grade series, and nonfiction and fiction picture books including Night Driving, Two Old Potatoes and Me, and Hoop Genius. John visits schools and libraries around the world discussing the process of creating a book, working with students and adults on writing, and answering all kinds of questions.


Myles Dannhausen Jr. has loved the written word since his older sister gave him a copy of S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders when he was 8 years old. An Egg Harbor native and Gibraltar High School graduate, he works as the Content Editor of the Peninsula Pulse and Door County Living magazine, where he has told the stories of Door County for 15 years. His writing has also appeared in Wisconsin People & IdeasEdibleChicago AthleteGapersBlockOnMilwaukeeRunning Times, and several other regional publications. In 2013 he co-founded Peninsula Filmworks with Brett Kosmider and David Eliot to tell stories through video. Like everyone else, someday he’ll write a book.


A professional musician since 1978, Cathy Grier has opened for such acts as Laura Nyro, The Band, Dave Mason, and Joan Armatrading. She won an MTV Basement Tape Award and has lived and written music in Key West, Paris, and New York City, before making her home in Sturgeon Bay. She began song writing as a young guitarist and believes that the Blues is a feeling and a way of expressing life through music. 

Guevara Mauricio and Jennerjohn Janet

Mauricio Kilwein Guevara and Janet Jennerjohn

Mauricio Kilwein Guevara was born in Boyacá, Colombia and raised in Pittsburgh, PA.  He is the author of four books of poetry and prose, a collection of translations and a comic play. He uses both Spanish and English as a creative writer. Janet Jennerjohn is a poet and instructor of Creative Writing at the Milwaukee Area Technical College. She likes to take walks with her dog, Django, to take photographs, and to observe the wonders of nature.

Hammond Sarah

Sarah Hammond has always loved words. She worked as a lawyer in London with dry, serious words for several years, but after a while the lure of sparkling story words tempted her away to do a Masters in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University.  She is the author of the picture book, Mine!, and The Night Sky in my Head, which was shortlisted for the Calderdale Children’s Nook of the Year Award and others.


Dasha Kelly Hamilton is a writer, performance artist, curator and facilitator. Ultimately, she’s a creative change agent, leveraging the creative process toward human and social wellness. Dasha has written for national, regional and local magazines; produced three collections of poetry; recorded four spoken word CDs; published two novels; been included in several anthologies; and performed in the last season of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. 

She is Wisconsin’s Poet Laureate 2020-22.


Mike Orlock is the Door County Poet Laureate, 2021 – 2023. He is a former high school teacher and coach who enjoys reading, writing, film, travel, and spending time with his two children and five grandchildren.


Alex Paniagua is the editorial assistant for the Wisconsin Academy’s quarterly magazine Wisconsin People & Ideas. When he is not writing, he is usually found reading, painting, hiking, or playing guitar.

Scruggs LaurA! Force

LaurA! Force Scruggs is a published, produced, and commissioned Chicago playwright. She especially likes to write about being yourself, family, and fairies. Her plays include “Punk Grandpa,” “Heart of a Fairy,” “The Magic of Ladie M.” and “Bossy.” She is Playwright in Residence at Three Cat Productions in Chicago, where he play about Jane Addams will be produced in 2022. LaurA! is a member of the Dramatists’ Guild, Playwright’s Center, New Play Exchange, and the International Centre for Women Playwrights.


Kim Suhr is the author of a collection of short stories, Nothing to Lose,  and two books of nonfiction. She is Director of Red Oak Writing where she leads critique groups, offers manuscript coaching, and runs the summer Creative Writing Camp for youth.


Angie Trudell Vasquez is a poet, writer, performer, and activist. The author of three collections of poetry, she serves as Madison’s Poet Laureate. She is chair of the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission and co-edited the anthology Through This Door with Margaret Rozga.


Liza Wiemer is an award-winning educator with more than 20 years of teaching experience. She is the author of the young adult novels Hello?, a Goodreads Best Young Adult Novel of the Month, and The Assignment, which has received numerous honors including being named a Sydney Taylor Notable, a YALSA Best YA Fiction nominee, and a Texas Library Association TAYSHAS recommended read.