Christopher Brown writes science fiction and criticism in Austin, Texas, where he also practices technology law. He co-edited, with Eduardo Jiménez Mayo, Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic, which was nominated for the 2013 World Fantasy Award. His stories and essays frequently focus on issues at the nexus of technology, politics, and economics. Notable recent work has appeared in The Baffler, the MIT Technology Review anthology Twelve Tomorrows, 25 Minutos en el Futuro: Nueva Ciencia Ficcion Norteamericana, Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas, Castálida, and The New York Review of Science Fiction.
Chesya Burke is an MA student in African American Studies at Georgia State University. Burke wrote several articles for the African American National Biography in 2008 and she has written and published over a hundred short stories and articles within the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror. Her thesis is on the comic book character, Storm from the X-Men, and she is the Chair of Charis Books and More, one of the oldest feminist book stores in the country. Burke's story collection, Let's Play White, is being taught in universities around the country.
Vincent Czyz is the author of Adrift in a Vanishing City, a collection of short fiction. He is also the recipient of the 1994 W. Faulkner-W. Wisdom Prize for Short Fiction and two fellowships from the NJ Council on the Arts. The 2011 Capote Fellow at Rutgers University, his short stories have appeared numerous publications, including Shenandoah, AGNI, The Massachusetts Review, Georgetown Review, Quiddity, Tampa Review, Tin House (online), Louisiana Literature, Southern Indiana Review, Camera Obscura, Skidrow Penthouse, Wasafiri Journal of International Contemporary Writing, and in Turkish translation.
Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and PEN/O. Henry Award. A graduate of Rutgers College, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Geetanjali was born in a small town in India and eventually found herself in Mumbai, a city of twenty-million people. She has traveled to the UK, USA, Oman, Bhutan, and Mauritius, and thinks the world needs less borders. In 2009 she moved to London with nothing but a suitcase. Four years later she attended the Clarion West Writers Workshop in Seattle as an Octavia Butler Scholar. She now lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and is currently working on her first novel.
She loves astronomy, mythology, and pretty much any science that ends in a “y.”
Thomas M. Disch
Thomas M. Disch (1940-2008) is the author of Camp Concentration, 334, On Wings of Song, and numerous other novels. He published popular works (The MD: A Horror Story was a bestseller, his novelization of the television series The Prisoner remains in print after forty-five years, and his children’s books The Brave Little Toaster and The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars were made into animated Disney films) as well as poetry collections, plays, opera libretti, anthologies, theater criticism, and numerous celebrated short stories, including “Angouleme,” which formed the basis of a critical study, The American Shore by Samuel R. Delany.
Hal Duncan's debut, Vellum, was published in 2005 to much acclaim. Subsequent works include the sequel, Ink, and various collections gathering short fiction, essays, or poetry. His second short story collection, The Boy Who Loved Death, is forthcoming in 2015, along with a new novel, Testament, and Susurrus on Mars, a novella-length collection of Erehwynan idylls. A member of the Glasgow SF Writer's Circle, he also wrote the lyrics for Aereogramme's “If You Love Me, You'd Destroy Me” and the musical, Nowhere Town. Homophobic hatemail once dubbed him "THE... Sodomite Hal Duncan!!" (sic) He's getting a t-shirt made up.
Fábio Fernandes is a writer, editor, and translator based in São Paulo, Brazil. He has stories and poems published and upcoming in Kaleidotrope, StarShipSofa, Scigentasy, Steampunk II, The Apex Book of World SF 2, The Near Now. Two-time recipient of the Argos Award (Brazil). Co-editor of the post-colonialist SF anthology We See a Different Frontier (Futurefire.net Publishing, 2013). He is a member
of the Codex Writers Group, of BSFA, and of the Horror Writers Association. Fábio attended the Clarion West Writers’s Workshop in 2013, and Samuel Delany was one of his instructors. He is currently writing his first novel in English.
Eileen Gunn is a short-story writer and editor. Her most recent collection, Questionable Practices, was published in March 2014 by Small Beer Press. She thinks Samuel R. Delany is the bee’s knees and the most brilliant writer-thinker of the last half-century. Fortunately, she is not alone in that thought.
Nick Harkaway is the author of three novels (The Gone-Away World, Angelmaker, and Tigerman), a small amount of short fiction, and the website copy for a now-defunct boutique selling burlesque lingerie. He was born in Cornwall in the seventies and retains a love of corduroy and oil paint. He was at one time the world's least talented martial artist, likes red wine and hates shellfish—though of course not on a personal level. For many years he longed to appear brooding, Byronic, and saturnine, but has now recognized that it will never happen.
Walidah Imarisha is a writer, educator, public scholar, and poet. Through Oregon Humanities’ Conversation Project, she has toured Oregon for six years facilitating programs on Oregon Black history, alternatives to incarceration, and the history of hip-hop. Walidah is co-editor of two anthologies, Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements (AK Press, Spring 2015) and the 9/11 collection Another World is Possible (Subway Press, 2002). She authored the poetry book Scars/Stars (Drapetomedia, 2013) and the nonfiction Angels with Dirty Faces: Dreaming Beyond Bars (AK Press, Fall 2016). She currently teaches in Portland State University’s Black Studies Department.
Ellen Kushner’s cult classic "Fantasy of Manners," Swordspoint, introduced readers to the city to which she has returned in two more novels and a growing handful of short stories. She recently recorded all three novels as audiobooks for Neil Gaiman Presents. She has taught writing at Clarion, Odyssey, and Hollins University, and is a co-founder of the Interstitial Arts Foundation, supporting work that falls between genre categories. She lives in New York City with Delia Sherman, about twenty blocks from Samuel R. Delany, and once had the honor of riding a train through Spain with him.
Claude Lalumière (claudepages.info) is the author of Objects of Worship, The Door to Lost Pages, and Nocturnes and Other Nocturnes. He has edited fourteen anthologies in various genres, most recently The Exile Book of New Canadian Noir (Exile Editions 2015), and Superhero Universe: Tesseracts Nineteen (forthcoming from Edge in 2016). Originally from Montreal, he currently divides his time between Vancouver, BC, and Portland, OR.
Isiah Lavender, III
Isiah Lavender, III, is Assistant Professor of English at Louisiana State University, where he researches and teaches courses in African American literature and science fiction. He is author/editor of Race in American Science Fiction (Indiana UP, 2011) and Black and Brown Planets: the Politics of Race in Science Fiction (UP of Mississippi 2014). His publications on science fiction include essays and reviews in journals such as Extrapolation, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, and Science Fiction Studies. He’s currently working on Classics of Afrofuturism and Yellow Planets: Racial Representations of Asia in Science Fiction.
devorah major, a California-born granddaughter of immigrants, documented and undocumented, served as San Francisco’s Third Poet Laureate (2002-2006). She has two novels published, Brown Glass Windows and An Open Weave. In addition to her four poetry books and four poetry chapbooks, she has two biographies for young adults and a host of short stories, essays, and individual poems published in anthologies and periodicals. She performs her work nationally and internationally with and without musicians. Her passion for writing and performing is almost equaled by her delight in teaching poetry to people of all ages from young readers to seasoned elders.
Carmelo Rafala’s work has been published in various markets, including Jupiter magazine, Neon Literary Journal, as well as the following anthologies: The West Pier Gazette and Other Stories (Three Legged Fox Books, 2008), Rocket Science (Mutation Press, 2012), The Fourth Science Fiction Megapack (Wildside Press, 2012) and the Anthology of European SF (Europa SF, 2013). His work has recently been translated into Romanian. He currently lives on the south coast of England with his wife and daughter.
Born into a Navy family, Kit Reed moved so often as a kid that she never settled down in one place, and she doesn't know whether that's A Good Thing or not. It's a very good thing in its relationship to, WHERE, in which the entire population of a small island vanishes. As a kid she spent two years in the tidelands of South Carolina—in Beaufort and on Parris Island, both landmarks on the Inland Waterway. Her fiction covers territory variously labeled speculative fiction/science fiction/literary fiction, with stops at stations in between that include horror, dystopian SF, psychothrillers and black comedy, making her "transgenred." The pitch line for this new novel came to her overnight: Everybody on Kraven Island is gone. Even they don't know WHERE.) Recent novels are Son of Destruction and, from Tor, Enclave, The Baby Merchant, and the ALA award-winning Thinner Than Thou. Her stories appear in venues ranging from Asimov's SF and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction to The Yale Review, The Kenyon Review, and The Norton Anthology. Her newest collection is The Story Until Now: A Great Big Book of Stories, from the Wesleyan University Press. She was twice nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award and the Tiptree Award. A Guggenheim fellow, Reed is Resident Writer at Wesleyan University, and serves on the board of The Authors League Fund.
Nisi Shawl’s collection, Filter House, was one of two winners of the 2009 James Tiptree, Jr. Award. Her work has been published at Strange Horizons, in Asimov’s SF Magazine, and in anthologies including Dark Matter, The Moment of Change, Dark Faith 2, and The Other Half of the Sky. Nisi was WisCon 35’s Guest of Honor. She edited The WisCon Chronicles 5: Writing and Racial Identity and Bloodchildren: Stories by the Octavia E. Butler Scholars, and she co-edited Strange Matings: Octavia E. Butler, Science Fiction, Feminism, and African American Voices with Dr. Rebecca Holden. With classmate Cynthia Ward, Nisi co-authored Writing the Other: A Practical Approach.. She is a co-founder of the Carl Brandon Society and serves on the Board of Directors of the Clarion West Writers Workshop. Her website is www.nisishawl.com.
Michael Swanwick has received the Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon, World Fantasy and Hugo Awards, and has the pleasant distinction of having been nominated for and lost more of these same awards than any other human being. He has written nine novels, a hundred and fifty short stories, many works of flash fiction, and much nonfiction. His latest novel is Chasing the Phoenix, in which post-Utopian con men Darger and Surplus accidentally conquer China. He is currently at work on a new novel and more short fiction. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Marianne Porter.
Sheree Renée Thomas
Sheree Renée Thomas writes in Tennessee between a river and a pyramid. She is the author of Shotgun Lullabies (Aqueduct) and editor of Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora and Dark Matter: Reading the Bones (2001 & 2005 World Fantasy Awards). A Clarion West ’99 grad, Sheree’s writing received Honorable Mention in Year's Best Fantasy & Horror (vol. 16-17), and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and two Rhysling Awards. Read her in Callaloo, Mythic Delirium, Obsidian, Transition, and in Moment of Change, 80! Ursula Le Guin, Mojo: Conjure Stories, and So Long Been Dreaming.
Thomas M. Disch
L. Timmel Duchamp
Tenea D. Johnson
Isiah Lavender, III
Kim Stanley Robinson
Sheree Renée Thomas
Kai Ashante Wilson