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.
Kenneth Schneyer is a writer (by inclination), a professor (by occupation), a lawyer (by training), a project manager (by default), and an amateur astronomer (by avocation) living in Rhode Island. He’s been a finalist for both the Nebula and Sturgeon Memorial Awards, and has published more than 50 stories that have been translated into Italian, Czech, Russian, and Chinese. His second collection, Anthems Outside Time and Other Strange Voices, was released by Fairwood Press in July of 2020. You can find him on Facebook, on Twitter, and at kenschneyer.com.
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.
Nibedita Sen is a Hugo, Nebula, and Astounding Award-nominated queer Bengali writer, editor and gamer from Calcutta. She acquired several English degrees in India before deciding she wanted an MFA too, and that she was going to move halfway across the world for it. A graduate of Clarion West 2015, her work has appeared in venues like Podcastle, Nightmare, and Fireside. These days, she can be found in NYC, where she helps edit Glittership, an LGBTQ SFF podcast, enjoys the company of puns and potatoes, and is nearly always hungry. Hit her up on Twitter at @her_nibsen.
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.
Vivian Shaw was born in Kenya and spent her early childhood in England before relocating to the United States at the age of seven. She has a BA in art history and an MFA in creative writing, and has worked in academic publishing and development while researching everything from the history of spaceflight to supernatural physiology. In her spare time, she writes fanfiction under the name of Coldhope. Her debut novel Strange Practice, the first in a three-book urban fantasy series starring Dr. Greta Helsing, was published by Orbit Books in July 2017.
Nisi Shawl wrote the AfroRetroFuturist novel Everfair, a Nebula Award finalist set in an imaginary Utopia in the Congo; and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award-winning story collection Filter House. Recent fiction includes “Sunshine of Your Love” in the disability-themed anthology The Right Way to Be Crippled and Naked, and another Steely Dan-inspired story, “The Best Friend We Never Had,” on the Apex Magazine website. She’s the co-author, with Cynthia Ward, of Writing the Other: A Practical Approach. With K. Tempest Bradford she teaches courses on inclusivity expanding from this original foundation.