Joyce Carol Thomas was honored with the National Book Award for her first novel, Marked by Fire, she also received the Coretta Scott King Award Honor for her collection of poems Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea. She is also the author of Gingerbread Days, and I Have Heard of a Land. She lives in Berkeley, CA.
Nneka Bennett is a talented illustrator whose work includes Cherish Me by Joyce Carol Thomas. She lives in Boston, MA.