Spotlighting young writers with heartfelt stories that enlighten and inspire.


David Wilk

David Wilk has worked in almost every aspect of publishing and book distribution, print and digital, in almost every subject and format, from poetry and literary fiction, photography, art, graphic novels, children’s books, to bestselling nonfiction.  He provides services to publishers and authors, and has taught publishing and writing, and appeared at book industry conferences and events. Wilk writes about books and publishing at and talks with writers and publishers at

Roberta Melzl

Roberta Melzl is an artist alternating between the worlds of design and studio art. She has worked extensively as a designer in publishing and media, with various companies including Viacom, Scholastic, McGraw-Hill and Random House. Roberta holds a Masters Degree in Fine Arts and has exhibited her artwork at various galleries and public art sites. She is a recipient of many awards and commissions including a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship Award.

Jeremy Townsend

Production Manager
Jeremy has been involved in book publishing for over thirty years, serving as publisher, editor, copyeditor, writer, and consultant to authors, and more recently as an e-tailer of animal books via an online store ( She lives in New Hampshire.

Shannon Lively

Educational Specialist
Shannon, voted teacher of the year in 2013, is a National Board Certified educator currently teaching fifth grade at John C. Vanderburg Elementary School in Henderson, Nevada.


The National Writing Project focuses the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our nation’s educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning for all learners. NWP, the nation’s foremost network for teacher professional development, is proud to support the Zuiker Press initiative.

Our plan to help children with our graphic novels is simple. We raise private funding from people, companies, and foundations who care about children. Those donations allow us to make them available to teachers, counselors, and school libraries and to spread the word about these compelling true stories to school districts that need these books.

We also provide downloadable guides to each book for teachers as added resources, often at no charge to the teachers.

Do you want to save a child’s life? Our graphic novels do just that by healing and providing hope to those who need it most. Reading is power. Your gift will be designated to support the Zuiker Press School Book Fund, and with your generous gift, more schools will be able to take advantage of the important work that Zuiker Press is doing to help young people tell the stories of their resilience in meeting the challenges that young people face today.

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