Bo Balder, The Wan
Bo lives and works in the ancient Dutch city of Utrecht, close to Amsterdam. When she isn’t writing, you can find her madly designing knitwear, painting, and reading anything and everything from Kate Elliott to Iain M. Banks or Jared Diamond.
Bo has always wanted to be an sff writer. For that reason, she practiced a series of pointless yet writerly professions like dishwasher, rowing coach, model, computer programmer, and management consultant.
She’s a graduate of Viable Paradise Writer’s Workshop. She’s a member of Codex Writers Group and the Villa Diodati Expat Workshop.
She is the first Dutch author to have published a story in F&SF (Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine). Her other short fiction has appeared in print and e-magazine format. A full bibliography is here.
Michelle Markey Butler, Homegoing
Michelle Markey Butler holds a doctorate in English Literature, which is all Thomas Malory's fault. She blogs about parenting here and is pleased to report that despite their best efforts, none of the children have escaped. Recently.
Michelle's story "Little Hands" won an Honorable Mention in the Second Quarter 2010 Writers of the Future contest, while her book in progress, Lord Garland's Daughter, was named an Honorable Mention in Textnovel's 2010 contest.
More about Michelle can be found on her website.
Heather Fowler, People with Holes, Beautiful Ape Girl Baby
Heather Fowler is the author of the story collections Suspended Heart (Aqueous Books, 2010) and This Time, While We’re Awake (Aqueous Books, forthcoming 2013). She received her M.A. in English and Creative Writing from Hollins University. Her work has been published online and in print in the US, England, Australia, and India, and appeared in such venues as PANK, Night Train, storyglossia, Surreal South, JMWW, Prick of the Spindle, Short Story America, and others, as well as having been nominated for both the story South Million Writers Award and Sundress Publications Best of the Net. Her poetry and fiction have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is Poetry Editor at Corium Magazine and a Fiction Editor for the international refereed journal, Journal of Post-Colonial Cultures & Societies.
Please visit her website.
Caren Gussoff, The Birthday Problem
Caren Gussoff’s fiction has been featured in anthologies and magazines such as Serpent’s Tail, Seal Press, Hadley Rille, Fantasy Magazine, Abyss & Apex, has earned her an Octavia E. Butler scholarship, a Village Voice “Writer on the Verge” nomination, an Elizabeth George award, a Seattle Post-Intelligencer “Geek of the Week,” and a Speculative Literature Foundation grant, among other things. She lives in Seattle, WA with her husband, SF artist Chris Sumption, her cats Molly Bloom and Paul Atreides, and some unnamed dust bunnies. She is everywhere online as “spitkitten.”
Gussoff is also the author of Homecoming (2000, High Risk Books) and The Wave and Other Stories (2003, Serpent’s Tail). The Birthday Problem is her second novel.
Nancy Hightower, Elementarí Rising
Nancy Hightower is
--A speculative fiction writer
--The art columnist for Weird Fiction Review
--The co-author, along with Carrie Ann Baade, of Cute and Creepy, an art book
--A sometimes book reviewer for Fantasy Matters and interviewer for DJ Spooky’s Origin Magazine
--A college teacher who lectures on the rhetorics of the grotesque, fantastic, and uncanny in art and literature
For more information, visit her website.
KJ Kabza, The Ramshead Algorithm
KJ Kabza sold his first story in 2002, while earning his B.A. in Creative Writing from Antioch College. Since then, he has sold over 70 stories to some of the top science fiction and fantasy venues of today, including F&SF, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Daily Science Fiction. His work has made both the Locus and Tangent Recommended Reading lists, has been translated into Hebrew and Simplified Chinese, and has been reprinted over 15 times in anthologies such as THE YEAR'S BEST DARK FANTASY AND HORROR 2014 and THE BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR, VOLUME SIX.
KJ lives with his husband in sunny Tucson, where he enjoys swimming, roller skating, and hiking the many empty trails on the outskirts of town. He sings in the shower, keeps little plastic dinosaurs on his desk, and, if he ever becomes a vampire, plans to spend eternity reading all the books he wishes he had more time for. Get to know him better at his website or on Twitter.
Ash Krafton, Bleeding Hearts, Blood Rush, Wolf's Bane
Ash Krafton is a writer of all things spec fic. Her first novel Bleeding Hearts: Book One of the Demimonde earned finalist distinction in several Romance Writers of America 2011 competitions and has earned several other awards.
In addition to novel-length fiction, Ash enjoys writing poetry and short prose, some of which earned big ups by CNW/FFWA in 2008 and 2011 as well as by the Abilene Writers Guild in 2010. Krafton made her publishing debut in Spring 2009 when her poetry appeared in Poe Little Thing; her work has since appeared in several other journals including Niteblade, Ghostlight Magazine, The Absent Willow Review, and Silver Blade. One of her poems was selected as a Pushcart prize nominee. She's a Published Member of Pennwriters and is co-editor of her area's Wordpress blog. She also contributes to Query Tracker.
For more information, visit her blog.
Stuart Sharp, Court of Dreams
A full time writer and editor living in East Yorkshire, England, Stuart Sharp was born in 1980. He studied at the University of Hull, finally earning a PhD in history in 2010, just in time to realise that he had very little interest in historical research. The time he doesn't spend writing these days is usually spent fencing, playing cricket, or trying to keep his cat from walking over his laptop.
At various points, he has contributed to more than twenty novels, only a few of which have his name on. This has, on occasion, allowed him the joy of winning awards while not being able to say which ones. His urban fantasy novels Searching and Witch Hunt were published by Double Dragon Publishing, before he switched to things with more jokes in. Several of his shrort stories have appeared in print, most notably in Rapunzel's Daughters and Semaphore Magazine's anthologies. There was even a point where he used to write poetry, though a tendency to laugh when thinking about spondees eventually put him off that.
For more information and bloggery, visit him at Stusplace.
Lyle Blake Smythers, Feasting with Panthers
Lyle Blake Smythers is an actor, writer and librarian in the Washington, D.C., area. Since 1976 he has performed in over 100 stage productions, including three appearances at the National Theatre. He has published fiction, poetry, satire and literary criticism in Manscape, FirstHand, Playguy, The William and Mary Review, Insights, School Library Journal and Children's Literature Review. He is a former children’s librarian and is currently providing cataloging support for an ongoing project at the Library of Congress.
Amy E. Yergen, At Times I Almost Dream
Amy E. Yergen is a Science Fiction and Fantasy writer. Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Amy has lived all over North America including Maryland, Hawaii, California, Nebraska, Idaho, and Alberta, Canada.
In 2010, she received her MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California, Riverside. She has worked as an online humor columnist, a feminist blogger, as well as a fiction reviewer and podcast voice.
Amy currently lives in Riverside, CA with her family and two cats Mr. Knightly and Mr. Darcy. Her motto is, “In for a penny, in for a pound."
Visit her website.
Michael D. Takeda, Editor in Chief
Michael Takeda started his editing career editing student papers at the University of Oregon over two decades ago. Since then, he has also worked as a translator and teacher of English and Italian, had a brief stint as a music reviewer for local newspaper "PDXS", completed two degrees in Italian literature, and is the author of various fictions. He currently lives in Worcester, Massachusetts. You can read some of his work on his website.
Dr. William A. Racicot, Editor
Bill Racicot is, among other things, a medievalist, a writer, and a dancing poet. As a writer, he has presented at conferences and published scholarly articles on topics such as Chaucer, Milton, Oscar Wilde, and the movie "Groundhog Day," as well as publishing poems in various places. He teaches college writing and gothic fiction, and in his spare time, he works as a technical writer.
Josie Brown, Editor
Josie Brown is a voracious reader, blogger, and all round sharp lady. Among many other things, she is currently at work on a PhD in political theory, which may explain her work as a political speechwriter and that one time she founded a successful Model United Nations non-profit organization and speakers' bureau before she finished college. She spends much of her free time using her voice, either as an opera singer or a foul-mouthed hockey fan. You can read her rather eclectic blog here.
Dr. Stacy Giufre, Editor
Stacy Giufre began her career as a writer and editor at Cornell University where she co-founded a literary and art magazine known as The Quad. Since then, she has lived in France, Italy, Costa Rica, and Cambridge and has maintained a love affair with language. Having recently earned a PhD from a little-known school called Harvard, Stacy teaches Italian in Amherst, MA, and spends way too much time writing various academic articles and conference presentations about authors that most people have never heard of. She is also currently working on a memoir.
Judith K. Dial & Tom Easton, Editors (Impossible Futures, Deco Punk)
Judith K. Dial was born in Hollywood, CA, a circumstance she's never quite overcome. For many years she was a bookseller and book store owner, specializing in science fiction and accumulating far too many books. She is a former dude ranch waitress, electronic assemblist and technical writer. She lives in New England.
Tom Easton was the book columnist for Analog for 30 years. He holds a doctorate in theoretical biology from the University of Chicago and teaches at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine. His latest nonfiction books are Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Environmental Issues (McGraw-Hill, 14th ed. Rev., 2013), and Classic Editions Sources: Environmental Studies (McGraw-Hill, 4th., 2012). His latest novels are Firefight (Betancourt, 2003) and The Great Flying Saucer Conspiracy (Wildside, 2002) (both available as e-books from Naked Reader Press).
Blood and Souls for My Lord Editor!
Michael's top 5 fantasy picks (just in case you were wondering what we like):
1) "Tigana" by Guy Gavriel Kay
2) The "Elric" series by Michael Moorcock
3) The "Night Angel" Trilogy by Brent Weeks
4) The "Wraeththu" series by Storm Constantine
5) "Elantris" by Branden Sanderson
Bill's top 5 fantasy picks (in no particular order):
1) The "Roads of Heaven" series by Melissa Scott
2) The "Quarters" series by Tanya Huff
3) "The Mirror of Her Dreams" and "A Man Rides Through" by Stephen Donaldson
4) All the "True Game" stuff by Sheri Tepper
5) "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Coleridge
Josie's fave 5 genre novels:
1) "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell" by Susanna Clarke
2) "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley
3) "Empire in Black and Gold" by Adrian Tchaikovsky
4) "Farenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury
5) "Good Omens" by Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett
Stacy's favorite genre novels:
1) "The Secret History" by Donna Tartt
2) "Rebecca" by Daphne Du Marier
3) "The Meaning of Night" by Michael Cox
4) "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood
5) "The Name of the Rose" by Umberto Eco