Bill Konigsberg is an award-winning young adult author and journalist. His debut novel, Out of the Pocket (Dutton), won the Lambda Literary Award in 2009. The novel was an Indie Next pick for 2008, and made the ALA’s Rainbow List and the New York Public Library’s Stuff of the Teen Age list for 2009. His second novel, Openly Straight, will be published by Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic) in the summer of 2013. Bill's sports writing has appeared in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Denver Post, Arizona Republic and for The Associated Press as well as ESPN.com. He won a GLAAD Media Award in 2002 for his coming out article, entitled “Sports World Still a Struggle for Gays.” His coming out essay earned him Outsports.com's No. 64 moment in gay sports history.