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.
Michael Merriam is an author, actor, poet, playwright, and professional storyteller. He has published three novels, two short story collections, four novellas, and over 90 pieces of short fiction and poetry. His debut novel, Last Car to Annwn Station, was named a Top Book in 2011 by Readings in Lesbian & Bisexual Women’s Fiction. His scripts have been produced for stage and radio, and he has appeared on stage in the Minnesota Fringe Festival, Tellebration!, StoryFest Minnesota, and over the air on KFAI and Minnesota Public Radio. Michael is a founding member of the Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers and a member of the Artists with Disabilities Alliance, the Steampunk Artists and Writers Guild, and Story Arts Minnesota. Visit his homepage at michaelmerriam.com.
Karlyn Ruth Meyer is a former singer-songwriter with a career in legal education. You can find her writing in Lady Science, Uncanny Magazine, legal publications, and small video games. She spends her dwindling free time as a community organizer, volunteer, and speaker. Other passions include 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 debut novel The Art of Starving (HarperTeen) was one of NPR’s Best Books of 2017. His current novel, Blackfish City (Ecco Press; Orbit) is an Entertainment Weekly “Must Read” and was called “an action-packed science fiction thriller… surprisingly heartwarming” by the Washington Post. He’s a graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Workshop, and a winner of the Shirley Jackson Award. He lives in New York City, and at 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 was 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 was 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 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.