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: 


•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

•Eileen Myles, poet, author of more than 20 books

•Kate DiCamillo, 2x Newbery Medal winner and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Emerita

•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 and Hugo Award nominee

•Ruth Ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being and LA Times Book Prize winner
•Lisa Ling, CNN journalist


•Primatologist Jane Goodall

•Oceanographer Sylvia Earle

•Astronaut Peggy Whitson, NASA

•Heliophysicist Nicola Fox, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

•Plant Biologist Terri Long, Ph.D, NCSU

•Entomologist Margarita Lopez-Uribe, Ph.D., Penn State University

•Wildlife biologist Kira Cassidy, Yellowstone Forever

•Ornithologist Amanda Rodewald, Ph.D., Cornell University

•Marine Biologist Severine Martini, Ph.D., MBARI

•Atmospheric Scientist Alison Nugent, Ph.D., University of Hawaii

•Marine Biologist Christie Wilcox, Ph.D., University of Hawaii

•Cosmochemist Meenakshi Wadhwa, Ph.D., University of Arizona

•Biologist Lynn Adler, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts-Amherst

•Biologist Emily Burns, Ph.D.,  Save the Redwoods League

Environmental scholar Elin Kelsey

Physicist Whitney Ingram, University of Georgia

Chemist Mary Jane Shultz, Ph.D., Tufts University

Biomusicologist Patricia Gray, Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Greensboro

•Sound researcher Barbara Shinn-Cunningham, Ph.D., Boston University

•Physicist Shuba Tewhari, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts-Amherst

MacArthur Genius and geologist Susan Kieffer, Ph.D.
•Physicist Ximena Cid, Ph.D., California State University-Dominguez Hills
•Composter Rebecca Louie

•Microbiologist Amy Vollmer, Ph.D., Swarthmore College

•Geologist Raquel Alonso-Perez, Ph.D., Harvard University

•Labyrinth researcher Donna Zucker, Ph.D., University of Mass-Amherst

•Optometrist Jacqueline Davis, O.D., Ohio State University
•Sara Hallager, Curator of Birds, Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute
•Keri Brown Kirschman, positive psychologist, University of Dayton
•Rachel Mak-McCully, sleep neuroscientist, University of Califronia-Berkeley

Engineers and Builders

•Mechanical Engineer Evelyn Wang, Ph.D., MIT

•NASA engineer Laurie Grindle

•Rollercoaster Design Engineer Anya Tyler, Skyline Attractions

•Car Engineer Jackie Birdsall, Toyota

•Aerospace Engineer Ella Atkins, Ph.D., University of Michigan

•Aerospace Engineer Donna Geren, Ph.D., University of Colorado

•Aerospace Engineer Tiffany Davis, Boeing

•Mechanical Engineer Karen Flack, Ph.D., 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, Ph.D., University at Buffalo

•Boatbuilder Gail McGarva

•US Naval Engineer Raye Montague

•Biomechanical Engineer Gilda Barabino, Ph.D., City College of New York

•Historian Jennifer Alexander, Ph.D., University of Minnesota


•Mickalene Thomas

•Catherine Opie

•Beatriz Milhazes
•The Guerrilla Girls
•Ashley Longshore
•Liza Donnelly, New Yorker cartoonist

•Judith Schaechter

•Polly Apfelbaum

•Amy Sillman

•Saya Woolfalk

•Barbara Teller Ornelas



•Cynthia Summers

•Bisa Butler

•Cecilia Schiller



•Misty Copeland, ballerina
•NYC marathon winner Shalane Flanagan

•Ana “Rokafella” Garcia, breakdancer

•Michelle Dorrance, tap dancer

•Diana Nyad, record-breaking swimmer
•Courtney Celeste Spears, Alvin Ailey dancer

•Ivory Latta, WNBA point guard

•Maya Gabeira, big wave surfer

•Alexa Marcigliano, parkour instructor

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

•Faith Dickey, slackliner

•Laura Kasperzak, yogi

•Stacey Kozell, Hiker

• Juliana Buhring, Ultra-endurance cyclist
•April Frazier, laughter yoga instructor and activist


•Ani Difranco

•Lea Delaria

•Kathleen Hanna



•Alice Waters, Chez Panisse

•Dorie Greenspan, five-time James Beard Award winner
•Leah Chase, Dooky Chase’s

•Amanda Cohen, Dirt Candy
•Libby Willis, MeMe’s Diner

•Sarah Sanneh, Pies ‘n Thighs

•Joanne Chang, Flour Bakery

•Melba Wilson, Melba’s

•Fany Gerson, La Newyorkina

•Jessica Koslow, Sqirl

•Suchanan Aksornnan, Baoburg


•Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
•Senator Elizabeth Warren
•Senator Tammy Duckworth
•Labor organizer Dolores Huerta
•Lt Colonel Shawna Kimbrell, USAF
•Katie Rowe, Reteti Elephant Sanctuary

Fiction Contributors

•Joyce Carol Oates, five-time Pulitzer finalist

•Meg Wolitzer, NYT Bestseller
•Angela Flournoy, National Book Award finalist
•Bunmi Laditan, NYT Bestseller

•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


•Ellen DeGeneres
•Sarah Silverman
•Michelle Wolf

•Aparna Nancherla, Corporate

•Bridget Everett, Inside Amy Schumer

•Maria Bamford, Lady Dynamite

•Cameron Esposito


New Yorker cartoonist Emily Flake on Eleanor Roosevelt, first lady and civil rights activist
•Artist Rebecca Mock on Ida Lewis, lighthouse keeper

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

•Artist Lucy Knisley on Olympian Elizabeth Coleman, first Olympic track gold medalist (issue #1), and Julia Child (issue #8)

•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
•Artist Ashley A. Woods on Rosa Parks, mother of the civil rights movement