Bryan Thao Worra is an award–winning Lao–American writer. He holds an NEA Fellowship in Literature and is the author of six books with writing appearing in over 100 international publications including Australia, Canada, England, Scotland, Germany, France, Singapore, China, Korea, Chile, Pakistan, and across the United States. He is the first Lao–American professional member of the Horror Writer Association and is an officer of the international Science Fiction Poetry Association. He is the Creative Works Editor of the Journal on Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement. His work is on display at the Smithsonian’s national traveling exhibit “I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story.” His 2013 book Demonstra: A Poetry Collection was selected as Book of the Year by the Science Fiction Poetry Association. You can visit him online at http://thaoworra.blogspot.com
JY Yang is a queer, non-binary Singaporean author and editor of SF/F. They are the author of the upcoming Tensorate series of novellas from Tor.Com Publishing (The Red Threads of Fortune, The Black Tides of Heaven), and they have over two dozen works of short fiction published in places such as Uncanny Magazine, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, and Lackington’s. http://jyyang.com
Isabel Yap writes fiction and poetry, works in the tech industry, and drinks tea. Born and raised in Manila, she has also lived in California and London, and studied abroad in Tokyo. In 2013 she attended the Clarion Writers Workshop. She is currently completing her MBA at Harvard Business School. Her work has appeared in venues including Tor.com, Nightmare Magazine, Strange Horizons, and Year’s Best Weird Fiction, and her short story series about magical girls was released by Booksmugglers Publishing in 2016. She is @visyap on Twitter and her website is isabelyap.com.
Caroline M. Yoachim is a two-time Hugo and four-time Nebula Award finalist. Her short stories have been translated into several languages and reprinted in multiple best-of anthologies, including three times in Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy. Yoachim’s short story collection Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World & Other Stories and the print chapbook of her novelette The Archronology of Love are available from Fairwood Press. For more, check out her website at carolineyoachim.com.
Jane Yolen’s 389th book was published in 2020. Her eye is on #400 as she has already sold those books. She has won two Nebula Awards for short fiction, 3 Mythopoeic Awards for novels, the 2020 Asimov’s Reader’s Choice Award, for a poem in the magazine, the Boston Science Fiction Starlight Award (it set her good Scottish coat on fire!), two Christopher Medals, a Caldecott Award for her picture book Owl Moon, was president of SFWA for two years, as well as two World Fantasy book awards, named a Grand Master for SFWA, SFPA, and the World Fantasy Association. She has six honorary doctorates for her body of work, was the first woman to give the Andrew Lang lecture at St. Andrews University in Scotland since the inception of the series in 1927. (One of the speakers–in 1939–was J.R.R, Tolkein.) and was on the board of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for 45 years.
E. Lily Yu received the Artist Trust LaSalle Storyteller Award in 2017 and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer in 2012. Her stories appear in venues from McSweeney’s to Tor.com and in twelve best-of-the-year anthologies, and have been finalists for the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Sturgeon, and World Fantasy Awards. She has lived on both coasts and holds degrees from Princeton and Cornell. On Fragile Waves is her first novel.
James Yu is a writer, hacker, and entrepreneur. His work explores how technology alters everyday society and our closest relationships. You can find his stories featured in Uncanny Magazine, Fireside Magazine, Terraform, and various anthologies. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, two kids, and a growing number of AIs (none sentient yet.) Find more on his website at: https://www.jamesyu.org or follow him on Twitter @jamesjyu.
Mallory Yu is a producer, editor, and director for NPR’s All Things Considered. In addition to working on daily news stories, she’s doing her best to bring her love of nerdy pop culture and science fiction/fantasy to the show, through creator interviews on the show or her own reporting. As a queer Chinese-American, she’s especially interested in exploring the intersection of identity, race, and pop culture and can often be found ranting about the lack of nuanced representation of POC in all forms of media. In her spare time, she’s reading comics, working on her next cosplay, and dreaming about upcoming travels. Her Twitter handle is @mallory_yu.
Stephanie Zvan is a Minneapolis–based writer and activist. She is part of a mysterious feminist cabal that openly tells anyone who listens that they’re here to make their communities more open and welcoming to everyone who’s willing to share. She’s been published from CarnalNation to the Ada Initiative’s blog to Nature Futures. When she’s at home, you can find her at Almost Diamonds on The Orbit.