Our Experts

Every story in Kazoo is either developed or inspired by top female artists, explorers, scientists, chefs, athletes, activists, writers and others. Our goal is to give our young readers a more well-rounded sense of the world and the possibilities within it. Notable experts and contributors to date include: 

Writers

•Margaret Atwood, author of 40 books, including The Handmaid’s Tale

•Alison Bechdel, Fun Home and MacArthur Fellow

•Shonda Rhimes, Scandal, Gray’s Anatomy, and top TV shows

•Jennifer Weiner, mega-bestselling author of In Her Shoes, and more

•Jacqueline Woodson, award-winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming

•Emil Ferris, My Favorite Thing is Monsters

 

Scientists

•Primatologist Jane Goodall

•Oceanographer Sylvia Earle

•Ornithologist Amanda Rodewald, Cornell University

•Marine Biologist Christie Wilcox, University of Hawaii

•Cosmochemist Meenakshi Wadhwa, University of Arizona

•Biologist Lynn Adler, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

•Biologist Emily Burns, Save the Redwoods League

Environmental scholar Elin Kelsey

Physicist Whitney Ingram, University of Georgia

Chemist Mary Jane Shultz, Tufts University

Biomusicologist Patricia Gray, University of North Carolina-Greensboro

•Sound researcher Barbara Shinn-Cunningham, Boston University

•Physicist Shuba Tewhari, of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst

MacArthur Genius and geologist Susan Kieffer, Ph.D.

•Composter Rebecca Louie

 

Engineers and Builders

•Aerospace Engineer Ella Atkins, University of Michigan

•Aerospace Engineer Donna Geren, University of Colorado

•Aerospace Engineer Tiffany Davis, Boeing

•Mechanical Engineer Karen Flack, USNA

•Structural Engineer Clara Medina, NYC DOT

•Structural Engineer Roma Agrawal, The Shard

•Architect Zena Howard, National Museum of African American History and Culture

•Architect Erinn McGurn, ScaleAfrica

•Architect Karen Braitmayer, US Access Board

•Architectural Historian Despina Stratigakos, University at Buffalo

•Boatbuilder Gail McGarva

•US Naval Engineer Raye Montague

•Biomechanical Engineer Gilda Barabino, Ph.D.

•*Historian Jennifer Alexander, Ph.D.

 

Artists

•Mickalene Thomas

•Catherine Opie

•Beatriz Milhazes

•Polly Apfelbaum

•Amy Sillman

•Vexta

•Mosstika

•Cynthia Summers

•Bisa Butler

•Cecilia Schiller

 

Athletes

•Misty Copeland, ballerina

•Ana “Rokafella” Garcia, breakdancer

•Michelle Dorrance, tap dancer

•Diana Nyad, record-breaking swimmer

•Maya Gabeira, big wave surfer

•Alexa Marcigliano, parkour instructor

•Erin Hamlin, three-time Olympic luger and bronze medalist

•Faith Dickey, slackliner

•Laura Kasperzak, yogi

•Hiker Stacey Kozell

•Ultra-endurance cyclist Juliana Buhring

 

Musicians

•Ani Difranco

•Lea Delaria

•Kathleen Hannah

 

Chefs

•Amanda Cohen, Dirty Candy

•Joanne Chang, Flour Bakery

•Melba Wilson, Melba’s

•Fany Gerson, La Newyorkina

•Jessica Koslow, Sqirl

•Suchanan Aksornnan, Baoburg

 

Leaders

•Senator Tammy Duckworth

•Lt Colonel Shawna Kimbrell, USAF

 

Fiction Contributors

•Emma Straub, NYT Bestseller

•Lauren Wolk, Newbery Honor winner

•Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor winner and National Book Award Finalist

•Polly Horvath, National Book Award winner

•Doreen Cronin, Newbery Honor winner

•Jane Yolen, Caldecott Medal and two-time Nebula-award winner

 

Comics

•Artist Shannon Wright on Bessie Coleman, first black woman pilot

•Artist Lucy Knisley on Olympian Elizabeth Coleman, first Olympic track gold medalist

•Artist Rosemary Valero-O’Connell on Hallie Daggett, first USFS fire lookout

•Artist Jen Wang on Emily Warren Roebling, who helped build the Brooklyn Bridge

•Artist Alitha E. Martinez on jazz singer Josephine Baker, who served as a spy during WW2

•Artist Yao Xiao on US Naval Engineer Raye Montague, one of the Navy’s “Hidden Figures,” on how she became not only the first black woman, but the first person ever to design a ship using a computer

 

Comedians

•Bridget Everett, Inside Amy Schumer

•Maria Bamford, Lady Dynamite

•Cameron Esposito