These are the fabulous 2021 presenters
Stay tuned for more information about who's presenting in 2022.
Julieanne M. Bartlett married her husband, Seth, at the age of 42. Having struggled with prolonged singleness for most of her adult life, she knows firsthand the aloneness and the trials that one can encounter on the path to marriage. Especially when the unmarried person is older. Without a doubt, Julieanne believes that God loves marriage. Her favorite subject to write and speak about is the call to marry and specially to give hope to singles who desire marriage.
Julieanne is a copious book reader, an admirer of beautiful country views, and is prone to long and engaging conversations with friends. After spending many years in the non-denominational churches, Julieanne returned to the Catholic Church in her mid-thirties; she fell in love with the fullness of truth contained therein. Julieanne and her husband, Seth, live in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She can be found at www.passionofhope.com.
Karen Kelly Boyce lives on a farm in New Jersey with her retired husband. She has two grown children and two grandchildren. She has written for Canticle and Soul magazines. She has four published novels. "Down Right Good" received the 2012 Eric Hoffer award for commercial fiction and was a finalist for the Montaigne Medal.
When her grandchildren were born, Karen started a children's series. "The Sisters of the Last Straw" is a series of humorous mysteries that are solved by a group of misfit nuns. There have been seven volumes published by Tan books/ St. Benedict's Press. Her new middle-grade adventure, Jenna’s Journey” will soon be available from Pen It Publications. Karen is a columnist for the CWG Blog and her column "Learning the Craft" appears bi-monthly. Her personal blog and information can be found at www.kkboyce.com.
She is currently working on future books while enjoying farming, camping, and road trips with her husband.
A.J. Cattapan, DM, Ed.D., is an award-winning author, speaker, and middle school English teacher living in the Chicago area. Her young adult novel Angelhood has been an Amazon bestseller in Christian teen fiction and won multiple awards, including the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, a Readers’ Favorite Book Award, and the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval. Her middle grade mystery, Seven Riddles to Nowhere, tells the story of a seventh grade boy trying to save his Catholic school from closing. It has been read in many Catholic schools in the United States and Australia and won a Catholic Press Association Book Award. She is also the host of Cath-Lit Live!, a Facebook live show in which she interviews members of the Catholic Writers Guild with new releases and the host of BOOK.eD, a Catholic book review program on Shalom World TV. A nonfiction book on combatting teacher burnout releases from Ave Maria Press in 2021. You can follow her at www.ajcattapan.com.
John Desjarlais, a former producer for Wisconsin Public Radio, taught literature and creative writing at Kishwaukee College in Illinois for nearly 25 years. His novels include The Throne of Tara: A Novel of Saint Columba (Crossway 1990, a Christianity Today Readers Choice Award nominee), Relics (Thomas Nelson 1993, a Doubleday Book Club Selection), Bleeder, Viper (A Catholic Arts and Letters Award nominee), and Specter (Chesterton Press, 2008, 2011, 2015). Blood of the Martyrs and Other Stories, (Amazon Kindle Select 2012), collects short fiction that previously appeared in literary journals. His most recent book is The Light of Tara: A Novel of Saint Patrick (Amazon 2020). A member of Mystery Writers of America, the Catholic Writers Guild, and the North Carolina Writers Network, he has been listed in Who’s Who in Entertainment and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.
By day, Karina Fabian freelance writes business articles and edits a local Catholic magazine. After hours, she’s a snarky dragon who thinks he saves the world all-too regularly, psychic who’s desperate to save his world; a zombie exterminator who just wants her world clear of undead vermin, and Catholic religious sisters whose callings have taken them off our world. She’s enjoys Florida life with her husband, Rob. They have four adult children, two dogs and a rocket company.
Allison Gingras is the creator and author of Stay Connected Journals for Catholic Women, published by Our Sunday Visitor. Allison shares her Catholic Faith and always evolving relationship with Jesus with laughter and honesty, and how it is lived in the everyday, ordinary of life! Allison works for WINE: Women In the New Evangelization. As their WINE Steward facilitating the online work on WINE aka the Virtual Vineyard including social media and WINE Book Clubs. As a Social Media Consultant, Allison is blessed to work with the Diocese of Fall River and Catholicmom.com.
Sr. Mary Kathleen Glavich, a Sister of Notre Dame from Chardon, Ohio, is the author of more than eighty books and therefore learned a great deal from many editors. Formerly a high school English teacher, she served as the general editor of Loyola’s Christ Our Life series for thirteen years. Now besides writing her own books—her most recent one is A Love Affair with God: Twelve Traits— she enjoys assisting other authors by editing and at times self-publishing their books. Her hobbies are playing the piano, crocheting, and, of course, reading.
Ryan Levesque is an independent publishing consultant, based in Massachusetts. In 2009, he helped launch self-publishing service eBookIt.com. After nearly a decade of helping hundreds of authors bring their books to market in ebook, print and audiobook format, Ryan sold his ownership stake and began working as an independent publishing consultant. Ryan now assists clients with ghost writing, blogging / article writing, book promotion / marketing / advertising campaigns, and project management services. He also provides services podcast production services, and hosts the Toastmasters Podcast for Toastmasters International. Ryan is the author of 'A Transformative Lent: A Guided Journal to Help You Experience Authentic Spiritual Growth' published by Strategic Discipleship Press.
Carmela Martino is an author, speaker, and writing teacher who holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Her articles, poetry, and short stories have been published in newspapers, magazines, and anthologies. Both of Carmela’s novels have received Catholic Press Association Book Awards and the CWG Seal of Approval. Her historical novel, Playing by Heart, also won the 2018 Catholic Arts and Letters Award (CALA) for Children’s/Young Adult Fiction. Carmela has taught writing classes for over twenty years, and she blogs about teaching and writing at www.TeachingAuthors.com. For more, see www.carmelamartino.com.
Della Redaja CPA, Senior Manager at Henry + Horne in Phoenix, Arizona. My goal is to help my clients understand how taxes impact their business, be proactive with their tax planning and implement strategies that will keep their tax liability down.
Della Redaja specializes in business tax compliance and consulting as well as corporate tax provisions with an emphasis in state and local tax. She works with clients in a wide range of industries including technology and manufacturing. Before joining Henry+Horne in 2017, Della worked as a Senior Tax Manager at a large national accounting firm. She received her Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in Accounting and a minor in Economics from Cal State Los Angeles. Della is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants. If public accounting wasn't enough, Della also is the owner / designer at DellaMadonna.com where you can find heirloom quality, handmade rosaries and Catholic jewelry. When she’s not working, you can find Della in a yoga class or hiking. Her goal is to someday hike across the Grand Canyon. Della also enjoys traveling and hopes to do more of it, including visiting the Azores.
Karen Ullo is the author of two award-winning novels, Jennifer the Damned and Cinder Allia, which is now in development as a motion picture with Believe Entertainment. She holds a MFA in screenwriting from the University of Southern California and serves as an editor for Chrism Press. Prior to that, she served for more than three years as managing editor of the Catholic literary journal Dappled Things. You can find her on the web at www.karenullo.com.
A.R.K. Watson began writing with both arms in braces as a broke college student. Her love of
the written word drove her to start a business aimed at popularizing good Catholic books, while
writing sci-fi and fantasy herself.
She is an American living abroad in South Korea, a world traveler, and cyborg enthusiast.
Christina Weigand is a writer, wife, and mother of four grown children. She is also Nana to five granddaughters. She lives with her husband and youngest daughter in Pennsylvania. She has three published YA Christian Fantasy novels; Palace of the Twelve Pillars: Book One, Palace of the Three Crosses: Book Two and Sanctuary of Nine Dragons: Book Three. She also has a woman’s Bible study Women of the Bible: A Study published. Recently the first two books in a MG Fantasy series were published, Sir E. Robert Smythe and the School Bully and Sir E. Robert Smythe and the Lost Detective. Through her writing she strives to share the Word of God and help people young and old to realize the love and mercy He has for everyone.