Stacy Whitman is the founder and publisher of Tu Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books that publishes diverse middle grade and young adult fiction. Books she has edited include American Indian Youth Literature YA Award and Top Ten Quick Picks title Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac, Perfect Liars by Kimberly Reid, and Summer of the Mariposas and Shame the Stars by Guadalupe Garcia McCall. In 2013, Stacy founded the New Visions Award, which honors a new unpublished writer of color. The first New Visions Award winner was Ink and Ashes by Valynne Maetani, which garnered a starred review from Kirkus and Shelf Awareness, was on the Lone Star Reading List and Kirkus Reviews’ Best Teen Books of 2015, and won the Asian/Pacific American Award Honor for Literature from APALA. The most recent New Visions Award winners to be published are Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh (Sept 2017) and Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar (October 2017), both of which have received multiple starred reviews. Her first graphic novel, I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina, illustrated by Stacey Robinson and John Jennings, was published Oct. 2017.
Stacy is a founding member of the CBC Diversity Committee and currently serves as a Publisher Liaison to We Need Diverse Books. She holds a master’s degree in children’s literature from Simmons College. You can find her on Twitter at @stacylwhitman.