Janusz Korczak, 1879-1942, (Kaytek the Wizard) was the pen name of Dr. Henryk Goldszmit, a pediatrician and child psychologist who famously ran a central Warsaw orphanage on innovative educational principles. Korczak left behind a large written legacy, including books on education, plays, essays, letters, and of course, novels and stories for children, including King Matt the First.
The Polish Parliment has declared 2012 "Janusz Korczak Year" because of two important anniversaries connected with him in 2012: the 70th anniversary of his death - along with the children in his orphanage - in the concentration camp in Treblinka, and the 100th anniversary of the orphanage he founded on Krochmalna Street in Warsaw.
Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Kaytek the Wizard) is a translator of Polish literature. Her published translations from Polish include novels by Pawel Huelle and Olga Tokarczuk, short stories by Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz, and nonfiction by Ryszard Kapuscinski and Wojciech Tochman. Her translations of poetry have appeared in periodicals including the Edinburgh Review.
Avi Katz (Kaytek the Wizard) is an award-winning illustrator and editorial cartoonist. He has illustrated over 150 children's books, of which four were IBBY Andersen honor award winners. Born in Philadelphia in 1949, Avi immigrated to Israel in 1970, and graduated with a degree in fine arts from the Bezalel Academy in 1973. His art has been exhibited at one-man shows in the US and Israel, and in group shows in the US, Israel, Egypt, Portugal, France, and Norway.
His illustrations have appeared in most Israeli newspapers and magazines, and he has been the illustrator of The Jerusalem Report bi-weekly magazine since 1990. He is a founding member of the Israel Society for Science Fiction and a member of the Association of Science Fiction Artists and Fantasy. His work has been shown at several exhibitions of sci-fi art including WorldCon 2003.
Avi represented Israel in the International Red Cross 'People on War' project; and is active in the "Cartooning for Peace" program. He lives in Ramat Gan, Israel and you can see more of his work on his website.
Joshua Rubin (Jonah the Woodchopper) is a relationship coach and the author of Spiritual Awakenings. He holds a graduate degree in Educational Counseling from Northeastern University, received rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, and was a student of Reb Shlomo Carlebach. Joshua lives in Israel with Annette and their five children.
Karen Goldman (Jordan and the Dreadful Golem) is a writer based in Napa, California and Jerusalem, Israel. This is her first book.
Rachel Moseley (Jordan and the Dreadful Golem) is an illustrator and art teacher whose work has been shown in galleries across the United States. She holds a degree in traditional illustration from the Academy of Art University. She lives in San Francisco.
Asher Kravitz (The Jewish Dog) is a wildlife photographer, a pilot, a former detective with the Israeli police force, and a lecturer on mathematics and physics at the Open University and the Jerusalem College of Engineering. He is the author of the novels Boomerang, Magic Square, and Mustafa Rabinowitz.
Michal Kessler (The Jewish Dog) is a translator of Hebrew literature.