Derek Newman-Stille is a queer, disabled, Canadian PhD student who teaches at Trent University. Derek is the 7 time Aurora Award-winning creator of the digital humanities project Speculating Canada and the creator of the website Dis(Abled) Embodiments. He has published in academic fora like Mosaic, The Canadian Fantastic in Focus, and Misfit Children: An Inquiry into Childhood Belongings, and in public fora such as The Playground of Lost Toys and Accessing the Future. Derek combines art, academia, and activism in his work with disability.
Marieke Nijkamp is the #1 The New York Times-bestselling author of This Is Where It Ends and Before I Let Go, the editor of Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens, and writer of the upcoming Oracle: Rising.
Gemma Noon lives with her family and pets in Alberta, Canada. A former librarian and education manager, she is currently busy learning to thrive with chronic illness while maintaining a writing career and taking care of her kids. When not buried in reading or writing books, she can be found arguing with strangers on the internet or binge-watching Supernatural.
Naomi Novik is the acclaimed author of the Temeraire series and the Nebula-winning novel Uprooted, a fantasy influenced by the Polish fairy tales of her childhood. She is a founder of the Organization for Transformative Works and the Archive of Our Own. Her latest novel, Spinning Silver, will be published in July 2018.
Brandon O’Brien is a performance poet and writer from Trinidad. His work has been shortlisted for the 2014 Alice Yard Prize for Art Writing and the 2014 and 2015 Small Axe Literary Competitions, and is published in Strange Horizons, Reckoning, and New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean, among others. He is also a performing artist with The 2 Cents Movement, and the poetry editor of FIYAH Literary Magazine.
Sandra lives in Washington state with her family and an Albanian miniature moose disguised as a pitbull. Her work has appeared in such venues as Jim Baen’s UNIVERSE, Daily Science Fiction, Crossed Genres, and three of the four EA Podcasts. She is a Clarion West 2010 graduate and an active member of the SFWA.
She is currently hard at work on her novel or plotting world domination, whichever comes first.
Chinelo Onwualu is an editorial consultant living in Abuja, Nigeria. She is editor and co-founder of Omenana, a magazine of African speculative fiction, and chief spokesperson for the African Science Fiction Society. Her writing has appeared in several places, including Strange Horizons, The Kalahari Review, Brittle Paper, and Ideomancer. She has been longlisted for the British Science Fiction Awards, the Nommo Awards, and the Short Story Day Africa Award. Find her on her website at: www.chineloonwualu.me or follow her on Twitter @chineloonwualu.
Tochi Onyebuchi is a graduate of Columbia Law School and L’institut d’études politiques in Paris. Prior to law school, he attended Yale University and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His fiction has appeared in Ideomancer, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Seven Scribes, Obsidian, and Omenana, and is forthcoming from Tor.com. His debut young adult novel, Beasts Made of Night, was published October 2017 by Penguin Random House’s Razorbill imprint. Its sequel, Crown of Thunder, hits shelves October 2018. He tweets, on occasion, at @TochiTrueStory.
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.
Anya was born in Singapore and has Hainanese, Peranakan, and Hakka ancestry. She moved to Melbourne to practice law for a few years. Anya now works in an ad agency as a designer and as the chief briber of studio dogs. Her first novel, The Firebird’s Tale, was published in 2016. Anya’s short stories have appeared in venues such as Strange Horizons, Daily SF, and Aurealis. She can be found on Twitter @anyasy.