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.
Jeannette Ng is originally from Hong Kong but now lives in Durham, UK. She has an MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies which fed a love of weird theology and gothic nonsense, coalescing in her award-winning novel, Under the Pendulum Sun. Jeannette runs live roleplay games, performs hair wizardry, and often has opinions on the internet.
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 writer, performance poet, teaching artist and game designer from Trinidad and Tobago. 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: A Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction.
Sandra M. Odell lives in Washington state with their partner, sons, and an Albanian miniature moose disguised as a dog. Their work has appeared in such venues as Jim Baen’s Universe, Crossed Genres, Galaxy’s Edge, and Daily Science Fiction. They are a Clarion West 2010 graduate. Their short story collection Godfall & Other Stories was released by Hydra House Books in 2018.
Sandra is currently hard at work on her novel or plotting world domination. Whichever comes first.
Malka Older is a writer, aid worker, and sociologist. Her science-fiction political thriller Infomocracy was named one of the best books of 2016 by Kirkus, Book Riot, and the Washington Post. With the sequels Null States (2017) and State Tectonics (2018), she completed the Centenal Cycle trilogy, a finalist for the Hugo Best Series Award of 2018. She is also the creator of the serial Ninth Step Station, currently running on Serial Box, and her short story collection And Other Disasters comes out in November 2019. Named Senior Fellow for Technology and Risk at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs for 2015, she is currently an Affiliated Research Fellow at the Center for the Sociology of Organizations at Sciences Po, where her doctoral work explored the dynamics of post-disaster improvisation in governments. She has more than a decade of field experience in humanitarian aid and development, and has written for the The New York Times, The Nation, Foreign Policy, and NBC THINK.
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 the author of the young adult novel Beasts Made of Night and its sequel, Crown of Thunder, the former winning the Ilube Nommo Award for Best Speculative Fiction Novel by an African. He is a graduate of Yale University, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Columbia Law School, and L’institut d’études politiques. His fiction has appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Omenana, and other places. His nonfiction has appeared in Nowhere Magazine, Tor.com, and Uncanny Magazine. His latest novel, War Girls, is forthcoming from Razorbill in Fall 2019. And his adult debut, Riot Baby, is forthcoming from Tor.com in January 2020.