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 ); her essays and criticism have appeared on io9, NPR, Tor.com, In the Shadow of the Towers , Chicks Dig Time Lords , and Chicks Unravel Time . 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. The Usual Path to Publication
She has taught Writing the Other classes since 2014.
Steven Barnes is a New York Times bestselling, award-winning novelist, screenwriter, and creator of the Lifewriting writing course. He has been nominated for Hugo, Nebula, and Cable Ace awards, won an Emmy for the “A Stitch In Time” episode of The Outer Limits, and an NAACP Image Award as co-author of the Tennyson Hardwick mystery series with actor Blair Underwood and his wife, Tananarive Due.
Steven has written three million words of published fiction published in seven languages, including comic books and
over 20 novels. His television credits include Baywatch, Stargate SG-1, and Andromeda. In addition to Lifewriting, he teaches webinars on Afrofuturism and Black Horror.
Piper J. Drake
Piper J. Drake is a bestselling author of romantic suspense and edgy contemporary romance, a frequent flyer, and day job road warrior. Wherever she goes, she enjoys tasting the world and embarking on foodie adventures. Dogs—and horses—have been known to spontaneously join her for a stroll and she enjoys pausing for a nice chat with cats of all sizes, from domestic to tiger size and beyond.
Piper aspires to give her readers stories with a taste of the hard challenges in life, a breath of laughter, a broad range of strengths and weaknesses, the sweet taste of kisses, and the heat of excitement across multiple genres including
science fiction and fantasy.
Kate Elliott has been writing science fiction and fantasy fiction and non-fiction for thirty years. Her twenty-seven books include her recent YA trilogy Court of Fives, the Afro-Celtic post-Roman alt-history fantasy adventure with lawyer dinosaurs the Spiritwalker trilogy ( Cold Magic), the science fiction Novels of the Jaran, the Crossroads fantasy trilogy ( Spirit Gate), , and the massive Black Wolves and complete seven volume epic fantasy Crown of Stars ( King’s Dragon), as well as a short fiction collection. Her work has been nominated for the Nebula, World Fantasy, RT, Norton, and Locus Awards. Kate was born in Iowa, raised in Oregon, and now lives in Hawaii, where she paddles outrigger canoes and spoils her schnauzer, Fingolfin, High King of the Schnoldor.
Max Gladstone is the author of the Hugo-nominated and critically acclaimed works of interactive fiction. He regularly consults as an interactivity specialist and has given talks at Google and Pixar on generating novel approaches to political, economic, and social problems through defamiliarization and research. He has been thrown from a horse in Mongolia, wrecked a bicycle in Angkor Wat, and sung in Carnegie Hall.
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Jaymee Goh is a writer of fiction, poetry, and academese from Malaysia. Her creative work has been published in Strange Horizons and Lightspeed Magazine, and her non-fiction has appeared in publications such as and Steampunk III: Steampunk Revolution Science Fiction Studies. She co-edited and edited The Sea is Ours: Tales of Steampunk Southeast Asia . She is a graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Workshop and holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Riverside. Her dissertation was on whiteness and multiculturalism in steampunk, a topic she has written and presented on at various conventions across North America, and she blogs about postcoloniality and steampunk at The WisCon Chronicles Vol. 11: Trials by Whiteness Silver Goggles.
Lauren Jankowski, author of and other books in Sere from the Green series, is the founder of The Shape Shifter Chronicles 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.
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 Lightspeed, Apex, and Uncanny. His short story “The Road, and the Valley, and the Beasts” was reprinted in the Lambda Award-winning , edited by Bogi Takács. He edited for Transcendent 2: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction for four years between 2010 and 2014, and started his own magazine, Shimmer Magazine , in 2015.
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.
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 and Ashley Rogers Does Something Awesome . She has written articles for Monthly Tea with Madeline Foxtrot Beyond Victoriana and , and has been a vlogger and a blogger for Steampunk Magazine Online NerdCaliber.
Sara Ryan is the author of (art by Carla Speed McNeil), a graphic novel about love, trust, hoarding, and dead people’s stuff. Her comic writing credits include Bad Houses , Hellboy: Weird Tales , and Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman . She’s published two young adult novels Comic Book Tattoo and The Rules for Hearts , and Empress of the World 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.
Elsa Sjunneson-Henry is a deafblind speculative fiction writer and editor. Her nonfiction work can be found in The Boston Globe, Fireside, Uncanny, and Tor.com. She is the managing editor of Hugo Finalist magazine and was the Guest Co-Editor in Chief of Fireside Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction for the nonfiction section. She holds an MA in Women’s History from Sarah Lawrence College. She’s taught a Clarion West One Day Workshop, participated on multiple panels about writing disability, and helped develop programming about disabled representation. When not working, she can be found volunteering for disability justice at the grassroots level. She lives in New Jersey.
Melody Steiner is a virtual reference library with a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Washington. She’s the author of a small press fantasy novel as well as writings in various speculative poetry and SFF magazines under her penname S.R. Tombran. She’s worked at a variety of bookish places; public libraries, university libraries, and a brief stint at an art museum. She’s also served as a first reader for an SFF magazine and a flash fiction anthology. When she’s not chatting online with library patrons across the country, you can find her in her favorite chair, hunched over her computer with a coffee beside her, feverishly writing.
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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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, , and other anthologies and magazines. She also writes the monthly “ Bending the Landscape: Horror 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.
JY Yang is the author of the Tensorate series of novellas ( , The Red Threads of Fortune , The Black Tides of Heaven ). 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 The Descent of Monsters 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. In previous incarnations, they have been a molecular biologist; a writer for animation, comics and games; a journalist for one of Singapore’s major papers, and a science communicator with Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).
JY is currently based out of Singapore. They identify as queer and non-binary.