Dr. Marie Marquardt

Dr. Marie Marquardt is an author of young adult novels, a college professor, and an immigration advocate.  Her debut novel, DREAM THINGS TRuE (St. Martin’s Press), was a 2015 YA BEA Buzz Panel choice praised in Kirkus as a “worthy examination of undocumented immigration in the American South through the lens of young love.”  Her second novel, THE RADIuS OF uS, will be published by St. Martin’s Press in January 2017. Uplifting and hopeful, THE RADIuS OF uS reflects the experience of Latin American teenagers fleeing gang violence and seeking asylum in the United States and the possibilities for change. It’s an issue that Marie Marquardt cares about profoundly, and she believes that connecting to it emotionally it can be a powerful antidote to the hate, fear, and misunderstanding that plagues our society.    “When I speak to groups about immigration and the need for immigration reform, I can offer clear, rational explanations and data on why our immigration system needs to be repaired,” Marquardt says. “But they only begin to care when they meet and get to know someone who is stuck in between. Writing a fictional (but very real) story brings readers into intimate, personal engagement with a messy, complicated, political situation.”    Dr. Marquardt is a Scholar-in-Residence at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and has been an advocate for social justice for Latin American immigrants in the South for two decades.  She has published many articles and co-authored two non-fiction books on the issues involved and has been interviewed on National Public Radio, Public Radio International, and BBC America, among many other media outlets.  She is also the co-chair of El Refugio, a Georgia non-profit that serves detained immigrants and their families.  Marie Marquardt is a proud member of the We Need Diverse Books team and lives in a busy household in Decatur, Georgia, with her spouse, four children, a dog and a bearded dragon.