Laura Beam McKinney
Laura Beam is an educator, young adult literature scholar, and San Francisco native. She has spent the past decade working with teens and young adults. Her work has centered around literacy, service learning, and college preparedness for high schoolers and first generation college students. Recently she transitioned to working with middle schoolers. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Mills College where she wrote her undergraduate thesis on Stephanie Meyer’s young adult literature runaway hit, Twilight. After graduating from college, she became the associate editor of the 2011 New Press anthology, BE HONEST: And Other Advice From Students Across The Country. Laura Beam has spent the past five years researching, reading, and analyzing diverse young adult literature (inclusive of African American & Black, Asian American & Pacific Islander, Latinx, Native American & Indigenous, Muslim, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Non-binary, and Disability & Mental Health perspectives), the culmination of which was the building of Everybody Books. She is in the process of writing her Masters in Equity & Social Justice Education thesis on the importance of access to diverse young adult books in schools.