Brandon O’Brien is a performance poet and writer from Trinidad. He has been shortlisted for the 2014 Alice Yard Prize for Art Writing and the 2014 and 2015 Small Axe Literary Competitions. He has also represented his country as a member of Trinidad and Tobago’s first Brave New Voices slam poetry team in 2008. He performs regularly with the 2 Cents Movement, is a performer and facilitator with the.art.IS Performing Arts Company, and is a recording performer on the Free Speech Project radio program on several local radio stations across the island.
What if you could re–live the experience of reading a book (or watching a show) for the first time? Mark Oshiro provides just such a thing on a daily basis on Mark Reads and Mark Watches, where he chronicles his unspoiled journey through various television and book series. Since 2009, Mark has been subjecting himself to the emotional journey that one takes when they enter a fictional world for the first time. He mixes textual analysis, confessional blogging, and humor to analyze fiction that usually makes him cry and yell on camera. All of this earned Mark a Hugo Award nomination in the Fan Writer category in 2013 and 2014, and he has no plans on stopping. He was the nonfiction editor of Queers Destroy Science Fiction! and the co–editor of Speculative Fiction 2015. He is the President of Con or Bust, a non–profit that helps fans of color attend SFF conventions. His first novel, a YA contemporary about police brutality, is in need of an agent and will make you feel lots of things. His life goal: to pet every dog in the world.
Dominik Parisien is an editor, poet, and writer. He is the co–editor, along with Navah Wolfe, of several anthologies for Saga Press, including The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales. He is also the editor of the first anthology of Canadian steampunk, Clockwork Canada (Exile Editions). He was an editorial assistant for various anthologies, including The Time Traveler’s Almanac (Tor), Sisters of the Revolution (PM Press), and The Bestiary (Centipede Press). Dominik’s fiction and poetry have appeared in Strange Horizons, Uncanny Magazine, Shock Totem, and several anthologies, including Imaginarium 2013: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing, The Playground of Lost Toys, Those Who Make Us: Canadian Creature, Myth, and Monsters, and other venues. His fiction has twice been nominated for the Sunburst Award.
Diana M. Pho is an editor at Tor Books and blogs for Tor.com. She is also a published scholar, activist, performer, and general rabble-rouser. She is best-known for running Beyond Victoriana, an award-winning, US-based blog on multicultural steampunk under the moniker Ay-leen the Peacemaker. For several years, she has traveled the country as a professional speaker about social justice issues and fandom. Her most recent publications include participating in Invisible 2, edited by Jim. C. Hines, and a forthcoming article in Like Clockwork, edited by Professors Brian Croxall and Rachel Bowser. You can follow her on Tumblr and Twitter.
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Sarah Pinsker is the author of the 2015 Nebula Award–winning novelette “Our Lady of the Open Road.” Her novelette “In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind” was the 2014 Sturgeon Award winner and a 2013 Nebula finalist. Her fiction has been published in magazines including Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Uncanny, among others, and in anthologies including Accessing the Future: A Disability Themed Anthology of Speculative Fiction and Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History. She is also a singer/songwriter with three albums on various independent labels and a fourth forthcoming. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her wife and dog. She can be found online at sarahpinsker.com and on Twitter as @sarahpinsker.
Tim Pratt is the author of over twenty novels, most recently The Deep
Woods and Heirs of Grace, and many short stories. His work has
appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Year’s Best Fantasy,
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, and other nice places. He’s a
Hugo Award winner, and has been a finalist for World Fantasy,
Sturgeon, Stoker, Mythopoeic, and Nebula Awards, among others. He
lives in Berkeley, California and works as a senior editor at Locus, a trade
magazine devoted to science fiction and fantasy publishing. He tweets
a lot as @timpratt, and his website is www.timpratt.org. He publishes
a new short story every month for his Patreon supporters
Nicasio Andres Reed is a Filipino–American writer and poet whose work has appeared in Queers Destroy Science Fiction!, Strange Horizons, Shimmer, Liminality, Inkscrawl, and Beyond: The Queer Sci–Fi and Fantasy Comics Anthology. A member of the Queer Asian SF/F/H Illuminati, Nico currently lives in Madison, WI. Find him on Twitter @NicasioSilang.
Julia Rios is the reprint fiction/poetry editor and an interviewer for Uncanny Magazine. She is a writer, editor, podcaster, and narrator. Her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in several places, including Daily Science Fiction, Apex Magazine, and Goblin Fruit. She was a fiction editor for Strange Horizons from 2012 to 2015, and is co–editor with Alisa Krasnostein of Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories, and the Year’s Best YA Speculative Fiction series. She is also a co–host of the Hugo–nominated podcast, The Skiffy and Fanty Show, and has narrated stories for Podcastle, Pseudopod, and Cast of Wonders, and poems for the Strange Horizons podcast. To find out more, visit www.juliarios.com.
Tansy Rayner Roberts is the author of the Mocklore Chronicles, the Creature Court trilogy, and Musketeer Space. She podcasts on Galactic Suburbia, Verity! and recently started her own fiction serial podcast, Sheep Might Fly. Her most recent superhero short story, “Kid Dark Against the Machine,” appeared at The Book Smugglers, and she is currently rereading the 1987–96 era of the Justice League on her blog at tansyrr.com.
Caitlín Rosberg is a writing, knitting, tea drinking, baking machine with all the requisite robotic enhancements. She is obsessed with her dog and b-list comic book characters named Jim. An editor and counter-of-beans for the Ladies’ Night Anthology, she’s also a contributor to the A.V. Club’s Comics Panel. She likes talking and writing about the importance of safe spaces in nerd culture, independent publishing, and diversity in comic books. You can find her on Twitter as @crosberg. Ask her about Rhodey.