About the Publishers
The Curved House is a European publishing company specializing in projects that bring together the arts, literacy and education. The Curved House publish the online ekphrastic writing anthology, Visual Verse, for artists and writers, and they design engaging STEM-literacy programmes for children in collaboration with museums and organisations.
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The International Visual Literacy Association (IVLA) is a not-for-profit association of researchers, educators, designers, media specialists, and artists dedicated to the principles of visual literacy. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in visual literacy and the annual conference of the IVLA is a unique event exploring visual literacy in all its forms.
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About the Editors
Kristen Harrison is the founder and Publisher at The Curved House, and sits on the board of the International Visual Literacy Association. She worked in both production and editorial for Penguin UK before founding the Curved House in 2011. In 2013, Kristen started a children’s publishing arm, Curved House Kids, which focusses entirely on education using visual tools and methodologies. Her primary interest is looking at ways we can improve literacy education to incorporate visual literacy, and to better align with the experiences of digital-native children.
Geri A. Chesner, PhD. (Co-editor of 2014-15 Selected Readings): Associate Professor, currently serves as the National College of Education Director of Assessment at National Louis University. She is a professor in the Teaching, Learning and Assessment and Teacher Leader graduate programs. She completed her doctorate degree in Urban Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and studied urban children constructing meaning through response to picture book illustration and design. Through her research she identified nine key visual literacy skills that support a framework for integrating visual literacy within the early childhood and elementary literacy curriculum.