Carmen Maria Machado’s debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press. She is a fiction writer, critic, and essayist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, Best Horror of the Year, and elsewhere. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers’ Workshop, and lives in Philadelphia with her partner.
Erica McGillivray spends a ridiculous amount of time being geeky, both professionally and personally. In the digital marketing world, she’s a senior community manager, wrangling 500,000+ people and co-running an annual conference MozCon. Erica’s also a founder of GeekGirlCon, a nonprofit run by volunteers that celebrates and supports geeky women with events. In her spare time, she is a published author, cosplays, and has a comic book collection that’s an earthquake hazard. Follow her at @emcgillivray.
Seanan McGuire lives, works, and watches way too many horror movies in the Pacific Northwest, where she shares her home with her two enormous blue cats, a ridiculous number of books, and a large collection of creepy dolls.
McGuire does not sleep much, publishing an average of four books a year under both her own name and the pen name “Mira Grant.” Her first book, Rosemary and Rue, was released in September 2009, and she hasn’t stopped running since. When not writing, she enjoys Disney Parks, horror movies, and looking winsomely at Marvel editorial as she tries to convince them to let her write for the X-Men. Keep up with McGuire at www.seananmcguire.com, on Twitter as @seananmcguire, or by walking into a cornfield at night and calling the secret, hidden name of the Great Pumpkin to the moon. When you turn, she will be there. She will always have been there.
Foz Meadows is a blogger, author, essayist, and reviewer whose writing, both fictional and critical, has appeared in venues such as The Mary Sue, Apex Magazine, The Huffington Post and Goblin Fruit. In 2014 she was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer for her blog, Shattersnipe. Her latest novel, An Accident of Stars, is an epic portal fantasy due out from Angry Robot in August 2016.
Yamile (pronounced sha-MEE-lay) Saied Méndez is an immigrant writer and reader, a dreamer and fighter, a Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA graduate, a 2014 New Visions Award Honor Winner, and one of the 2015 Walter Dean Myers Inaugural Grant recipients. Born and raised in Rosario, Argentina (cradle of fútbol), she now lives in Alpine, Utah, with her husband, five children, and three dogs, but her heart is with her family scattered all over the world. Find her on Twitter: @YamileSMendez and online: yamilesmendez.com.
Karlyn Ruth Meyer is a former singer-songwriter with a career in legal education. Her scholarship regarding video games and copyright law has been published in legal journals, including Thomson Reuters’ Entertainment, Publishing, and the Arts Handbook. She spends her dwindling free time as a community organizer, volunteer, and speaker. Other passions include game design, friendship, and learning new things with her endlessly curious kid. She tweets @karlyn_darlin.
Sam J. Miller is a writer and a community organizer. His fiction has appeared in Uncanny, Lightspeed, Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, Apex, Strange Horizons, and The Minnesota Review, among others. His debut novel The Art of Starving (YA/SF) will be published by HarperCollins in July, 2017, followed by Blackfish City from Ecco Press in 2018. His stories have been nominated for the Nebula, World Fantasy, and Theodore Sturgeon Awards, and he’s a winner of the Shirley Jackson Award. He lives in New York City, and at www.samjmiller.com.
Lara Elena Donnelly is the author of glam spy thriller Amberlough, and its two sequels forthcoming from Tor. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in venues including Strange Horizons, Escape Pod, Nightmare, and Mythic Delirium. A veteran of small town Ohio and the Derby City, Lara now lives in Manhattan. You can also find her online at @larazontally or laradonnelly.com. Sam J. Miller’s debut novel The Art of Starving was published by HarperTeen in 2017, and Blackfish City will be published by Ecco Press in 2018. He’s been nominated for the Nebula, World Fantasy, and Theodore Sturgeon Awards, and he has won the Shirley Jackson Award. He lives in New York City, and at samjmiller.com. Lara & Sam attended the Clarion Writer’s Workshop in 2012, which is why they are so awesome.
Sam J. Miller is a writer and a community organizer. His fiction has appeared in Uncanny, Lightspeed, Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, Apex, Strange Horizons, and The Minnesota Review, among others. His debut novel The Art of Starving (YA/SF) was published by HarperCollins in July, 2017, and will be followed by Blackfish City from Ecco Press in 2018. His stories have been nominated for the Nebula, World Fantasy, and Theodore Sturgeon Awards, and he’s a winner of the Shirley Jackson Award. He lives in New York City, and at www.samjmiller.com.
Jean Rice was born on July 1st, 1939 in Anderson, South Carolina and was educated in the New York City Public School System. From 1979 through 1981 Jean attended Norwalk Community College in Norwalk Connecticut, where he studied Criminal Justice administration earning a place on the Deans List. While attending Norwalk Community College he was president of the Black Student Union and also served as the community liaison for then Deputy Mayor Otha Brown, Jr. Jean was homeless for over two decades, and is currently in transitional housing. He supplements his income by picking up cans for recycling and engaging in constitutionally-protected solicitation of the public, referred to by some as panhandling. Jean is also an avid reader and student of history. Jean is a member of the Board of Directors of Picture the Homeless, and is an active member of the Steering Committee and the Civil Rights Committee.
Mary Anne Mohanraj is author of Bodies in Motion (HarperCollins), The Stars Change (Circlet Press), and twelve other titles. Bodies in Motion was a finalist for the Asian American Book Awards, a USA Today Notable Book, and has been translated into six languages. The Stars Change is a science fiction novella, and finalist for the Lambda, Rainbow, and Bisexual Book Awards. Previous titles include Aqua Erotica, Wet, Kathryn in the City, The Classics Professor, The Best of Strange Horizons, Without a Map, The Poet’s Journey, and A Taste of Serendib (a Sri Lankan cookbook). Mohanraj founded the Hugo–nominated magazine, Strange Horizons, and was Guest of Honor at WisCon 2010. She serves as Executive Director of the Speculative Literature Foundation (speclit.org), has taught at the Clarion SF/F workshop, and is Clinical Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. www.maryannemohanraj.com