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Carey Parker aspires to Mariah Carey level diva-ness and bringing the house down with song. They can hit every note of all the top pop and Broadway hits, and after meeting Cris, a singer/guitarist, they feel seen for the first time in their life. With the rush of a promising new romantic relationship, Carey finds the confidence to audition for the role of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, in the school musical. Landing the part though sets off a chain reaction of prejudice by Carey’s homophobic classmate and others in the school. Now, it’s up to Carey, Cris, and their friends to defend their rights and they refuse to be silenced.
Steven Salvatore is a gay, genderqueer author, educator, Mariah Carey lamb, and Star Wars fanatic who spends most days daydreaming and making up stories. They have an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. They were formerly a full-time Assistant Professor of Composition and Director of the Writing Center at The College of New Rochelle. After the college permanently closed in 2019, they took a step back from teaching full-time to focus on their writing, though they do still teach at a few colleges while running a writing workshop at The LOFT, an LGBT resource center in White Plains, New York. Steven currently lives in Peekskill, New York, with their amazingly patient husband, whose name is also Steve. stevensalvatore.com @StevenSSWrites
Jessica Verdi is the author of Follow Your Arrow, And She Was, I'm Not a Girl, The Summer I Wasn't Me, and more. She is a graduate of The New School's MFA in Writing for Children program and lives in New York. You can find her online at jessicaverdi.com and @jessverdi.`