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February 7, 2020--Presented "Transform Literacy Experiences by Partnering with Authors" at CCIRA with Beth Anderson and Laura Roettiger.
2019--Lots of news in 2019! I received a contract from Clear Fork/Spork for my picture book Mac and Cheese and the Personal Space Invader (to be published in 2020) and a contract from Millbrook Press for my middle-grade nonfiction book Bionic Beasts: Saving Lives with Artificial Flippers, Legs, and Beaks. I also received a scholarship to attend Highlights' Nuts and Bolts of Science Writing workshop with my Millbrook Press editor, Carol Hinz. What an amazing year!

July 14, 2018--Submitting my Original Judo Brothers 1964 manuscript, I received the Cynthia Levinson scholarship to The Writing Barn's Complete Picture Book Biography Intensive! Here's what Cynthia had to say: "Based on the potential for your manuscript and your seriousness of purpose, I am delighted to award you a scholarship to attend the class on nonfiction picture books at The Writing Barn. I hope this intensive experience will give you the boost you need to take your work to the next level and, ultimately, share your story with readers."

March 27, 2018--I received the Yuyi Morales scholarship to the Children's Book Academy Craft & Business of Writing Children's Picture Books, and wow, the Children's Book Academy class was such a wonderful learning and growth opportunity!

January 31, 2018--I was selected as Stacy McAnulty's mentee in the BeckyTara Books Writing with the Stars contest! UPDATE FROM JUNE 7, 2018--Stacy has been such an amazing mentor. Read my update here.
December 14, 2017--One of my nonfiction picture book manuscripts was chosen as a finalist in the We Need Diverse Books Mentorship program.

July 17-23, 2016--I attended the Highlights Summer Writing Camp in beautiful Honesdale, Pennsylvania and was able to work with amazing teachers like Kathy Erskine, Jan Cheripko, Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Lamar Giles, Jillian Sullivan, Alison Green Myers, Clara Gillow Clark, Peter Jacobi, and my mentor Mitali Perkins. I learned so much and made wonderful connections with the other attendees, too. I'm sure we'll see many of their books in print soon!
Mitali Perkins and Jolene

February 17, 2016--Winding Oak interviewed me for their online BOOKOLOGY magazine--here's their blurb about it: We love these middle school librarians who approach their work with gusto and creativity and dedication. Meet Jolene GutiƩrrez from Denver Academy:

February 27, 2014--The Stuart Middle School Library's Raptor Writing program invited me back this year. I'm excited to see the kids again!

April 25, 2013--Presented at the Stuart Middle School Library's Raptor Writing Workshop--met some amazing young writers!
June 16, 2012--Videos posted from my author visit to Caliche Junior/Senior High School--check them out!

April 3, 2012--Visit the Vamps, Weres and Cassay blog to read my post about writing for reluctant readers, for a chance to win a signed copy of my book, AND Cassay will donate $1 to the Alberta Special Olympics for every comment left!

March 23, 2012--Journal Advocate ran an article about my author visit to Caliche Junior/Senior High School.

February 1, 2012--My book and I are being featured on Denver Academy's newly redesigned website!

January 14, 2012--Author Interview on the Books & Writing blog

October 2, 2011--Author Interview and Book Giveaway on Live to Read
September 20, 2011--Book review on Live to Read 

September 9, 2011--Book review on Books Complete Me

August 24, 2011--Book review on Vamps, Weres, and Cassay OH My!

July, 2011--Created a Facebook author page. I'd love it if you'd "Like" my page! ;)
Author Jolene Gutierrez

July 4, 2011--Author interview on iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books 

June, 2011--Finished designing my bookmarks!

May 28, 2011--Author Interview @ Annette's Book Spot

Annette's Book Spot