LitUp Festival for the next generation
LitUp is a festival by teens, for teens. Meet the students who helped brainstorm, organize, and mobilize to bring LitUp 2019 to Knoxville.

Mya, sophomore

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Hi, my name is Mya and I’m a sophomore at Central High School. I’m on the Central Bowling Team and it’s a lot of fun. I’m a huge lover of books ever since first grade, when I fell in love with The Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne. I usually have a book in my hands and if I’m not reading then I’m writing or drawing. If you ever see me around I’m usually listening to rock and roll with my bluetooth hearing aids.

Suzi, sophomore

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Suzi Peter is a fifteen-year-old writer and dreamer. Prone to reading fiction and poetry literally anywhere she can, she simply wants to spread her love of literature throughout the world and hopes that her own words can resonate with fellow teen readers.

Audrey, 7th grade

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Audrey, a 7th grader at Farragut Middle School, is a born reader. When she is not reading, she can be found watching television on her computer or throwing the frisbee with her adorable labradoodle, Princess. She also enjoys writing fiction as well as reading it, and hopes to become an editor. “What’s better than getting paid to read?”

Jackson, sophomore

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My name is Jackson Osborn and I am a Sophomore at the L&N STEM Academy. I have always loved reading. When I was young I enjoyed reading books like A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy and grew to enjoy other series like Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. At one point, I was content with the types of genres I was reading, but after my school book club read A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro, I realized that I liked a lot of different genres. I want to give that experience to other people. I want to help them in a way that isn't a push but an offering.