K. Makansi is the pen name for the mother-daughter writing team of:
Kristina Blank Makansi – Born and raised in Southern Illinois, Kristina has a B.A. in Government from University of Texas at Austin and a M.A.T. from the College of New Jersey and an opinion on everything. She has worked as a copywriter, marketing coordinator, web and collateral designer, editor, and publisher. In 2010, she co-founded Blank Slate Press, an award-winning small press focusing on debut authors in the greater St. Louis area, and in 2013, she co-founded Treehouse Publishing Group, an author services and assisted-publishing partnership. She firmly believes that traditional genre boundaries should not apply to great writing. In addition to The Seeds Trilogy, she has written an historical mystery, Oracles of Delphi, set in ancient Greece.
Amira K. Makansi – Amira graduated with honors in three years from the University of Chicago. She earned a BA in History and was a team leader and officer for UChicago Mock Trial. She has served as an assistant editor and has read and evaluated Blank Slate Press submissions since the press was founded. She is an avid reader and blogger who also has a passion for food, wine, and photography. She has worked at various wineries in Oregon and France and is approaching fluency in French. Along with working part-time for BSP, she currently works as a lab tech at a winery in California. In addition to The Seeds Trilogy, she reviews books and blogs about writing, food and wine at The Z-axis.
Elena K. Makansi – Elena graduated from Oberlin College where she studied Environmental Studies especially as it relates to her passion–food justice. She’s also studied studio art and drawing and has had her work featured in several college publications. While in high school, she won numerous writing and poetry awards, was awarded a scholarship to attend the Washington University Summer Writing Institute and attended the Iowa Young Writers Studio. She also won a scholarship to represent her Amideast cohort as the “resident” blogger during her study abroad in Amman, Jordan. She and Amira backpacked through Europe together and share a passion for cooking, baking–and, yes, eating. Elena maintains a Tumblr and a blog, Citizen Fiddlehead, about food and other topics.
About our talented team members:
Elle graduated from the University of Chicago in 2012 with a double major in visual art and psychology. She has worked on collaborative projects before and is well-known for her love of cartooning. She works in many medium forms, from painting to sculpture to stop-motion animation. Currently she works for the Rohner Letterpress in Chicago and is excited to be a part of the visual art team for The SEEDS Trilogy.
Talented above and beyond his age, fifteen-year old Kevin is working with us to create cover concepts for THE SOWING. He lives in Pennsylvania where he reads, writes, and designs avidly. Kevin is a huge fan of young adult dystopian novels, and has written one of his own, which he is currently revising and will soon be shopping for agents. We’re thrilled to have this passionate artist and writer on our team. Please check out Kevin’s DeviantArt Page to see more of his work.
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