Award-winning author and educator Steven L. Layne is the director of the Master of Education in Literacy program at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois, where he is also a professor of literacy education. He is a respected literacy consultant, motivational keynote speaker, and featured author at conferences and literary events worldwide. He lives with his wife and children in Saint Charles, Illinois.
By trade, Judy is a journalist, writer, editor, television news producer, and has been editor-in -chief of a peppy online magazine called rabble.ca. She has worked in TVland for The National on CBC, as well as for counterSpin and Face-Off on CBC Newsworld. Her work has been published in The Writing Space Journal, Kiss Machine, Geist, Canadian Forum, The Toronto Star, and Compass magazine.She spends as much of her summers as she can in a cold-water shack at Camp Naivelt ("New World"). The camp was founded by the United Jewish People's Order (UJPO), and is located just outside the ever-widening GTA belt. It is perhaps the last of its kind in Canada: it was built as a revolutionary kinderland for children of immigrants sweating away for Toronto's shmata trade.