So in every organization, there's a flow of staff, coming in and going out. As a volunteer organization, this certainly occurs at readergirlz as every contributor is a YA author herself. It's time to say goodbye to three staff members this month.
First is Holly Cupala, our Design Diva. Holly has been our rgz face, essentially. She has donated hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of hours to make posters, videos, banners, bookmarks, newsletters, and other visuals hot and engaging for our community. We will miss Holly so much! Her sweet, giving spirit is always infectious. We send her off with our best as she works on her third YA novel. Thank you, dearest Holly! Thank you, thank you, thank you! We love you dearly.
Liz Gallagher is also stepping away from readergirlz this month. She has been our head rgz HOST, networking and representing us in the industry. Her joy and belief in the organization have always been inspiring. We will miss her in the day-to-day dealings of rgz. Thank you, Liz! Here's to your next YA release! We love you much!
And then the ever-so-brilliant Martha Brockenbrough is stepping down as well. She has been our PR agent and general advisor for all things future. Between her gifts, talents, and networking abilities, she enabled the YA lit world and beyond to know the amazing things we were doing as a community. Thank you, Martha, for every effort, especially those press releases, TBD blog rolls, and Twitter hashtag posts. You-wow-me. Congrats on the sale of your first YA novel! We heart you!
Both Justina Chen and Dia Calhoun, my fellow co-founders, will be retreating toward their own writing as Holly, Liz, and Martha are doing. However they aren't too far away. :~)
So, your current rgz team will be: Micol Ostow, Melissa Walker, Little Willow, with me, Lorie Ann Grover as the representing co-founder. You'll see a few changes, fantastic new ideas and projects, and amazing blog posts as we continue to feature a different author every week.
No worries. Your rgz community is alive and thriving. Spread the word, and take a minute to give your love to our volunteer YA authors who are departing. Thankfully, they are in our Circle of Stars and will always, always, always be readergirlz. Thank you, ladies. We really do love you each so much!
Now, rgz: READ, REFLECT, and REACH OUT.
readergirlz is a literacy and social media project for teens, awarded the National Book Foundation's Innovations in Reading Prize. The rgz blog serves as a depot for news and YA reviews from industry professionals and teens. As volunteers return full force to their own YA writing, the organization continues to hold one initiative a year to impact teen literacy. All are welcome to "like" us on Facebook!
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Sweet Goodbyes: Holly Cupala, Liz Gallagher, and Martha Brockenbrough
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I'll miss being an official part of rgz, but will remain a huge fan.
We will remain your fan, Martha!
This makes me sad - and then I realize that I'm currently working with Martha on something, Liz on something, and still owe Holly a big something, and I know they'll never be out of touch. At least, I'll keep emailing them and bugging them until they tire of me. ;)
What a sweet post! It has been a very great honor to be a part of readergirlz, to work with all of you, and to count you as friends and fellow lovers of YA lit. I feel tremendous gratitude at having been involved, and my heart and life continue to be devoted to girls who need the solace and courage of story. Love you!
They will never tire of you, LW! Love you, Holly!
I'm so excited to be carrying the torch, but I'm sorry I won't have the chance to have more time working with the amazing, inspiring, original group!
I hear you, Micol! And I'm so thankful to be working with you and your energy. :~)
I, too, will be watching the blog and al I'll always be a friend to (and fan of) rgz. As Little Willow said, our writing lives and lives otherwise are braided together. That's not changing! :)
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