Shveta Thakrar is a part-time nagini and full-time believer in magic. Her work has appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies including Enchanted Living, Uncanny Magazine, A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, and Toil & Trouble. Her debut young adult fantasy novel, Star Daughter, is a finalist for the 2021 Andre Norton Nebula Award. When not spinning stories about spider silk and shadows, magic and marauders, and courageous girls illuminated by dancing rainbow flames, Shveta crafts, devours books, daydreams, travels, bakes, and occasionally even plays her harp.
Shveta Thakrar is a writer of South Asian-flavored fantasy, social justice activist, and part-time nagini. When not making stories, Shveta crafts, devours books, daydreams, draws, travels, bakes, and occasionally even plays her harp. Sara Cleto is a PhD candidate in English and Folklore, teacher at the Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic, and writer of fairy tales. She procrastinates by reading, cooking, traveling, and singing whenever the opportunity presents itself. Together, Shveta and Sara rip the seams out of old tales and expectations and sew the scraps into beautiful new shimmering tapestries. Shveta’s work can be found in Flash Fiction Online, Interfictions Online, Mythic Delirium, Uncanny, Faerie Magazine, Strange Horizons, Mothership Zeta, Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories, Clockwork Phoenix 5, Beyond the Woods: Fairy Tales Retold, A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, and Toil & Trouble. Sara’s work can be found in Faerie Magazine, Goblin Fruit, Liminality, recompose, Uncanny, Mythic Delirium, Cabinet des Fées: Scheherezade’s Bequest, Eternal Haunted Summer, Mirror Dance, Rhonda Parrish’s Alphabet Anthologies, and more.
Natalia Theodoridou is a queer writer and editor, the winner of the 2018 World Fantasy Award for Short Fiction, and a Clarion West graduate (class of 2018). Natalia’s stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Nightmare, Fireside, and elsewhere. Rent-a-Vice, Natalia’s first interactive novel, was a finalist for the inaugural Nebula Award for Game Writing. His latest game, An Odyssey: Echoes of War, is out by Choice of Games. For details, visit www.natalia-theodoridou.com or follow @natalia_theodor on Twitter.
Three-time Hugo Award winner Lynne M. Thomas is co-Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction & Fantasy with her husband Michael Damian Thomas. The former Editor-in-Chief of Apex Magazine (2011-2013), she co-edited the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords, as well as Whedonistas and Chicks Dig Comics. She moderates the Hugo Award-winning SF Squeecast, and contributes to the Verity! Podcast . In her day job, she is the Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University, where she is responsible for the papers of over 70 SF/F authors. You can learn more about her shenanigans at lynnemthomas.com.
Lynne and Michael are the Publishers/Editors-in-Chief for the four-time Hugo and Parsec Award-winning Uncanny Magazine.
Nine-time Hugo Award winner Lynne M. Thomas was the Editor-in-Chief of Apex Magazine (2011-2013). She co-edited the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords (with Tara O’Shea) as well as Whedonistas (with Deborah Stanish) and Chicks Dig Comics (with Sigrid Ellis).
Along with being a six-time Hugo Award-winner, Michael Damian Thomas was the former Managing Editor of Apex Magazine (2012-2013), co-edited the Hugo-finalist Queers Dig Time Lords (with Sigrid Ellis), and co-edited Glitter & Mayhem (with John Klima and Lynne M. Thomas).
Together, they solve mysteries.
Sheree Renée Thomas is the author of Nine Bar Blues: Stories from an Ancient Future (Third Man Books 2020), Sleeping Under the Tree of Life (Aqueduct Press), longlisted for the 2016 Otherwise Award and honored with a PW Starred Review, and Shotgun Lullabies (2011). Widely anthologized, her work appears most recently in Apex Magazine, Fireside Fiction, The Big Book of Modern Fantasy, The New York Times, and Marvel’s Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda. Sheree is the editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, founded in 1949 and associate editor of Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, founded in 1975. Sheree lives in Memphis, Tennessee, near a mighty river and a pyramid. Visit www.shereereneethomas.com
Karin Tidbeck is originally from Stockholm, Sweden. She lives and works in Malmö as a freelance writer, translator, and creative writing teacher, and writes fiction in Swedish and English. She debuted in 2010 with the Swedish short story collection Vem är Arvid Pekon?. Her English debut, the 2012 collection Jagannath, was awarded the Crawford Award 2013 and shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award. Her novel debut, Amatka, was published in June 2017 by Vintage. She devotes her spare time to forteana, subversive cross-stitching, and Nordic LARP.
Photograph by Andreas Ingefjord
Lavie Tidhar is the author of Osama, The Violent Century, A Man Lies Dreaming, Central Station, and Unholy Land, as well as the Bookman Histories trilogy. His latest novels are By Force Alone, children’s book The Candy Mafia, and comics mini-series Adler. His awards include the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, the John W. Campbell Award, the Neukom Prize and the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize.
Emma Törzs is a writer and teacher based in Minneapolis. Her short fiction has been published in journals such as Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Lightspeed, and honored with a 2020 NEA fellowship, a 2019 World Fantasy Award, and a 2015 O. Henry Prize. She’s grateful to the National Endowment for the Arts, the Loft Literary Center, the Jerome Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the MRAC, the MSAB, and Norwescon for financial support through the years, and she’s an enthusiastic member of the Clarion West class of 2017.
Tracy Townsend holds a Master’s degree in Writing & Rhetoric from DePaul University and a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from DePaul University, a source of regular consternation when proofreading her credentials. She has served as chair of the English Department at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, an elite public boarding school, where she currently teaches creative writing, and science fiction and fantasy literature, still recovering from past careers as a martial arts instructor, a stage combat and accent coach, and a short-order cook for houses full of tired gamers. Now she lives in Bolingbrook, Illinois with two bumptious hounds, two remarkable children, and one very patient husband. Her gaslamp fantasy The Nine (a finalist for the Stabby Award for Best Debut) was published by Pyr in 2017 with the sequel, The Fall,coming in June 2019. Tracy is also a columnist for the feminist sf magazine Luna Station Quarterly, where she writes about story craft and world-building. You can find her on Twitter (@TracyATownsend) or online at tracytownsend.net.