Sophfronia Scott Festival Speaker

Sophfronia Scott

Sophfronia is a leading contemplative thinker whose nonfiction books include The Seeker and the Monk: Everyday Conversations with Thomas Merton, Love’s Long Line, and This Child of Faith––and whose novels include Wild, Beautiful, and Free, Unforgivable Love, and All I Need to Get By.

Sophfronia is the founding director of Alma College’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing and co-director of the Madeleine L’Engle Writing Retreats.

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Sarah Arthur Festival Speaker

Sarah Arthur

Sarah is a fun-loving speaker and the author of numerous books for teens and adults. Once a Castle, book two in her Once a Queen YA portal fantasy series is slated for release next year from WaterBrook / Penguin Random House.

A recognized expert on authors such as C.S. Lewis and Madeleine L’Engle, Sarah was a founding board member of the Northern Michigan C.S. Lewis Festival and co-directs the Madeleine L’Engle Writing Retreats. She lives in Lansing, Michigan, with her husband and tween/teen sons.

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Lena Roy Festival Speaker

Léna Roy

Léna is the Director of Teen Programs at Writopia Lab, a national nonprofit whose mission is to foster joy, literacy, and critical thinking through creative writing. Mentoring has long been the connective tissue in her life, whether with at-risk adolescents as a creative arts therapist or through her own writing discipline, as fostered by her late grandmother, Madeleine L’Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time.

Léna herself is the author of several published (and unpublished!) essays and novels––including, with her sister Charlotte Jones Voiklis, Becoming Madeleine, a Biography of the Author of A Wrinkle in Time by Her Granddaughters.

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Charlotte Jones Voiklis Featured Speaker

Charlotte Jones Voiklis

Charlotte is Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughter and executor of her estate. She is the co-author with Jennifer Adams of A Book, Too, Can Be a Star (October 2022), a picture book biography illustrated by Adelina Lirius; and, with her sister, Léna Roy, of Becoming Madeleine (2018), a biography for middle-grade readers. She wrote the afterword to the 50th Anniversary edition of A Wrinkle in Time and the introduction to The Moment of Tenderness (2020), a collection of short stories. Charlotte has also written and spoken of her grandmother’s work to a variety of audiences. With a PhD in Comparative Literature,

Charlotte’s work experience includes teaching, fundraising, communications, and grant-making. She has been a volunteer mediator in the New York City court system. Charlotte lives in New York and Connecticut with her husband and has two grown children.