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Nisi Shawl

Nisi Shawl

Author of Everfair and dozens of short stories, many of which can be found in the James Tiptree, Jr. Award winning and World Fantasy Award nominated collection Filter House. Nisi is the co-editor of Stories for Chip and Strange Matings: Octavia E. Butler, Feminism, Science Fiction, and African American Voices. She edits reviews for The Cascadia Subduction Zone, a literary quarterly from Aqueduct Press. She is a founding member of the Carl Brandon Society and has served on the board for the Clarion West writing workshop.

Nisi developed the Writing the Other workshop with Cynthia Ward, and has taught it for over a decade in person and online.

K Tempest Bradford

K. Tempest Bradford

Speculative fiction writer, media critic, reviewer, and podcaster. Tempest’s fiction has appeared in award-winning magazines (Strange Horizons and Electric Velocipede) and best-selling anthologies (Diverse Energies, Federations, In the Shadow of the Towers); her essays and criticism have appeared on io9, NPR, Tor.com, Chicks Dig Time Lords, Chicks Unravel Time, and The Usual Path to Publication. She volunteers for a number of non-profit organizations, served as a juror for the 2008 James Tiptree Jr. Award, organized fundraising auctions and salons for the Interstitial Arts Foundation, and raised funds for Clarion West, her writing workshop alma mater. Currently, she serves on the board of the Carl Brandon Society, an organization dedicated to increasing racial and ethnic diversity in the production of and audience for speculative fiction.

She has taught Writing the Other classes since 2014.

Want a Writing the Other class for your conference or organization? Teachers are available to give virtual or in-person classes, talks, and workshops.

 

Lauren Jankowski

Lauren Jankowski

Lauren Jankowski, author of Sere from the Green and other books in The Shape Shifter Chronicles series, is the founder of Asexual Artists and co-founder of Pack of Aces. She holds a B.A. in Women and Gender Studies from Beloit College. Her presentation on asexuals in media, “Where are the Asexual Voices,” debuted at C2E2 in 2016.

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Keffy R.M. Kehrli

Keffy R.M. Kehrli is a transgender writer, editor, and scientist who is currently working on a PhD in Genetics. He is a 2008 graduate of Clarion UCSD and his work has been published in a number of magazines including LightspeedApex, and Uncanny. His short story “The Road, and the Valley, and the Beasts” was reprinted in the Lambda Award-winning Transcendent 2: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction, edited by Bogi Takács. He edited for Shimmer Magazine for four years between 2010 and 2014, and started his own magazine, GlitterShip, in 2015.

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Debbie Reese

Debbie Reese

Debbie Reese is an enrolled member of the Nambé Pueblo Tribe. In 2006 she established the American Indians in Children’s Literature (AICL) website as a resource for people interested in critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children’s and young adult books. Debbie is a founding member of the Native American House and American Indian Studies program at the University of Illinois. She is on the Literature Advisory Board for Reading is Fundamental and the Advisory Board for Reach Out and Read American Indian/Alaska Native. She holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Illinois.

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Ashley Lauren Rogers

Ashley Lauren Rogers

Ashley Lauren Rogers holds a Bachelors of English Literature and Theatre from Fitchburg State College. An actress and playwright, she has had shows produced in New York City as part of Stage Left Studio and the New York Nineteenth Century Society, Theatre To Go in Melrose MA, and as part of the Fresh Fruit Festival in NYC. Recently her work has been displayed as part of Stage Left Studio’s Gender: A Performance Project, and her show Bite Curious was a part of White Rabbit Production’s Scream Queens and Crazed Fiends short play event. Ashley is the creator of Ashley Rogers Does Something Awesome and Monthly Tea with Madeline Foxtrot. She has written articles for Beyond Victoriana and Steampunk Magazine Online, and has been a vlogger and a blogger for NerdCaliber.

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Sara Ryan

Sara Ryan

Sara Ryan is the author of Bad Houses (art by Carla Speed McNeil), a graphic novel about love, trust, hoarding, and dead people’s stuff. Her comic writing credits include Hellboy: Weird Tales, Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman, and Comic Book Tattoo. She’s published two young adult novels The Rules for Hearts and Empress of the World, and various other comics, short stories, and essays. She grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and now lives in Portland, Oregon where she works as a librarian.

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Elsa Sjunneson-Henry

Elsa Sjunneson-Henry

Elsa Sjunneson-Henry is a half-blind, half-deaf, half-Scandinavian horror & SFF writer, editor, historian and theatre professional with a BA in Theater & History and an MA in Women’s History from Sarah Lawrence College. She’s the founder of Feminist Sonar, a blog on the intersection of disability issues, gender, sexuality, and politics. Her fiction appears in many tabletop roleplaying games, including Dead Scare and Green Ronin’s Blue Rose. She’s the author of A Place Out of Time and also included in the Ghost in the Cogs anthology. She was an Industry Insider Guest of Honor at GenCon 2015.

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Monica Valentinelli

Monica Valentinelli

Monica Valentinelli is a writer, editor, and game developer best known for her work in the gaming industry. Her decade-plus career includes work in creative, trade, and consulting aspects of games with over three dozen companies ranging from Steve Jackson Games to Crafty Games to White Wolf/Onyx Path Publishing. Not including next year’s planned releases, she has published almost four dozen games and game supplements in multiple game systems in various genres. A frequent guest at conventions, Monica was also the developer/lead writer on the multi award-winning Firefly RPG line, and is the current developer for the Hunter: The Vigil Second Edition line as well.

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  • Writing Inclusive Games: Creating RPGs Sans Fail

Cynthia Ward

Cynthia Ward

Cynthia Ward was born in Oklahoma and lived in Maine, Spain, Germany, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, and Tucson before moving to the Los Angeles area. A 1992 graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop, she has sold stories to Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Bending the Landscape: Horror, and other anthologies and magazines. She also writes the monthly “Market Maven” market-news newsletter and is the Market Reporter for the SFWA Bulletin.

With author Nisi Shawl, Cynthia developed and has taught the classic Writing the Other: Bridging Cultural Differences for Successful Fiction seminar for over fifteen years.

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JY Yang

JY Yang is the author of the Tensorate series of novellas (The Red Threads of FortuneThe Black Tides of HeavenThe Descent of Monsters). Their work has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Locus and Kitschy awards, as well as being on the Honor List for the Tiptree award. Their short fiction has been published in over a dozen venues, including Tor.com, Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, and Lightspeed.

JY attended the 2013 class of Clarion West, and read their MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, Britain. JY is currently based out of Singapore. They identify as queer and non-binary.

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