Marie Friedmann Marquardt is a Scholar-in-Residence at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, an author of young adult fiction and an immigration activist. Her three young adult novels, “Dream Things True” (2015), “The Radius of Us” (2017), and “Flight Season” (2018) were inspired by decades of research, advocacy and friendship with undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers. She has also published scholarly articles and co-authored two non-fiction books about Latin American immigration to the United States. Friedmann Marquardt is the founding co-chair of El Refugio, a Georgia nonprofit that serves detained immigrants and their families. She lives in a busy household in Decatur, Georgia, with her spouse (Chris Marquardt P92), four children, a dog and a bearded dragon.