Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Gayleen Rabakukk steps up as ARA

The Austin SCBWI chapter bids a huge THANK YOU to P.J. Hoover, who’s stepped down as the Assistant Regional Advisor after serving for the last three years.

Stepping into her duties, we’re excited to welcome Gayleen Rabakukk, who has been a longtime member and devoted volunteer.

                            Gayleen Rabakukk

“I am thrilled and honored to be part of the Austin SCBWI Regional Team,” Gayleen said. “While I was a student at Vermont College of Fine Arts, my advisor Cynthia Leitich Smith and classmate Meredith Davis both sang the praises of the Austin kidlit community. After graduation, Meredith invited me to visit (from Oklahoma) for an Austin SCBWI conference and I got my first taste of this amazing chapter. By the time we moved here a couple years later, I already felt like part of the community. I look forward to continuing and expanding the range of programs and activities already in place for our members – both pre-published and published.”

You might recognize Gayleen as a moderator of our MG Book Club. This summer she’s working as a Badgerdog Teaching Artist, sharing the joys of creative writing with elementary school students. Gayleen has also served as a Writing Barn Fellow, assists Cynthia Leitich Smith as an intern for the Cynsations blog and is represented by Andrea Cascardi of the Transatlantic Literary Agency.

“Gayleen really impressed me with her ideas for our chapter,” said Austin SCBWI Regional Advisor Samantha Clark. “I know she’ll do a great job.”

We’re thrilled to have Gayleen as our new Assistant Regional Advisor.