Merc Fenn Wolfmoor is a queer non-binary writer who lives in Minnesota. Favorite things include: robots, dinosaurs, monsters, and tea. Their stories have appeared in Lightspeed, Fireside, Apex, Uncanny, Shimmer, Cicada, and other fine venues, with reprints included in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy (2015 and 2017). Merc likes to play video games, watch movies, read comics, and wear awesome hats. You can find Merc on Twitter @Merc_Wolfmoor or their website: amercrustad.com. Merc also has a debut short story collection, So You Want to Be a Robot, published by Lethe Press (2017).
Sofia Samatar is the author of the novels A Stranger in Olondria and The Winged Histories, the short story collection, Tender, and Monster Portraits, a collaboration with her brother, the artist Del Samatar. Her work has won several awards, including the World Fantasy Award.
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Sofia Samatar is the author of the novels A Stranger in Olondria and The Winged Histories, and the short story collection, Tender. Her work has received the William L. Crawford Award, the John W. Campbell Award, the British Fantasy Award, and the World Fantasy Award.
Del Samatar holds a BA in Fine Arts from Rutgers University. He lives in New Jersey, where he is pursuing a career as a tattoo artist.
Kelly Sandoval’s fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Shimmer, and Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy. She lives in Seattle, where the weather is always happy to make staying in and writing seem like a good idea. Her family includes a patient husband, a demanding cat, and an anarchist tortoise. You can find her online at kellysandovalfiction.com.
Sylvia Santiago was born in the Sunflower State and spent her childhood in Western Canada, where she still lives. Her words have appeared in Star*Line, Liminality, and Immersion: An Asian Anthology of Love, Fantasy, and Speculative Fiction.
A fan since childhood, Isabel is Latina by birth, Jewish by choice, vegetarian by conscience, and uppity as necessary. Isabel has been active in fandom for 20 years, a convention runner for more than 10 years, and is co–chair of the San Juan in 2017 North American Science Fiction Convention bid. Isabel’s essays on fandom, religion, and race and representation in SF/F have been included in WisCon Chronicles and Invisible 2: Essays on Race and Representation in SF/F.
Leigh Schmidt is living her happily ever after with her daring hero in a seaside village in Denmark. She has a daughter and a way with animals and many stories she whispers to herself at night before she goes to sleep. She has been (in no particular order): a painter, a public speaker, a dancer, a cubicle drone, and a storyteller. She gave up on a life of chasing goalposts for a grand adventure and hasn’t looked back since. She lives in a state of perpetual motion, with a song close at hand to keep rhythm. You can find her on Twitter as @skriftleigh, or looking for a little peace and quiet as the monster under the bed.
David J. Schwartz AKA Dax (he/she/him/her) is a novelist, short story writer, and occasional essayist. He is also the creator of “Small Victory Wednesdays.” He lives in Minneapolis with his wonderful partner and two hypothetical-soon-to-be-actual doggos.
Alexandra Seidel spent many a night stargazing when she was a child. These days, she writes stories and poems, something the stargazing helped with. Alexa’s writing has appeared in Strange Horizons, Apex Magazine, Fireside Magazine, and elsewhere. You can follow her on Twitter @Alexa_Seidel, like her Facebook page, and find out what she’s up to at alexandraseidel.com.
Zaynab Shahar is a Ph.d student at Chicago Theological Seminary, specializing in comparative religion and gender/sexuality in Judaism and Islam. She holds an M.A in Religious Studies from CTS and a B.A in Jewish Studies from Hampshire College. Zaynab divides her time between organizing, academic scholarship, and writing. She has written about queer/trans poetics and black women’s poetics for Bitch Magazine and Autostraddle.