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S. L. Huang
SL Huang is a Hugo-winning and Amazon-bestselling author who justifies an MIT degree by using it to write eccentric mathematical superhero fiction. Huang is the author of the Cas Russell novels from Tor Books, including Zero Sum Game, Null Set, and Critical Point, as well as the new fantasy Burning Roses. In short fiction, Huang’s stories have appeared in Analog, F&SF, Nature, and more, including numerous best-of anthologies. Huang is also a Hollywood stunt performer and firearms expert, with credits including “Battlestar Galactica” and “Top Shot.” Find SL Huang online at www.slhuang.com or on Twitter as @sl_huang.
Hugo Award Winner and Bestselling author Sarah Gailey is an internationally published writer of fiction and nonfiction. Their nonfiction has been published by Mashable and the Boston Globe. Their short fiction credits include Vice and The Atlantic. Their debut novella, River of Teeth, was a 2018 Hugo and Nebula award finalist. Their bestselling adult novel debut, Magic For Liars, was published in 2019. Their most recent novel, The Echo Wife, is available now. You can find links to their work at sarahgailey.com and on social media at @gaileyfrey.
Amara Lynn has always been a quiet daydreamer. Coming up with characters and worlds since childhood, Amara eventually found an outlet in writing. Amara loves anything to do with pirates, villains and superheroes, and angels and demons.
Amara is addicted to music and gets the most inspiration from moving songs and lyrics. When not writing, Amara usually reads, listens to podcasts, watches anime, plays a video game here and there (but mostly collects them), and takes way too many cat pictures.
Amara is non-binary/enby and queer and uses they/them pronouns.
Numinous Spirit Press is run by Cedar Wren McCloud, a queer, disabled artist and author living in southern California. They enjoy archaic crafts, nature walks, and fashion. They believe storytelling is a beautiful tool for healing from trauma. Cedar is a Scorpio sun/Gemini rising/Virgo moon. They were born and raised in Maryland, and graduated from Towson University in 2013 with a BS in Painting, Drawing, and Printmaking. Cedar has been a witch since 2001 and started reading Tarot in 2003. They are agender, asexual, and pan/grey-romantic, and their pronouns are they/them.
C. L. Polk
C. L. Polk (they/them) is the author of the World Fantasy Award winning novel Witchmark, the first novel of the Kingston Cycle. Their newest novel, The Midnight Bargain, is a finalist in the CBC Canada Reads Competition.
After leaving high school early, they have worked as a film extra, sold vegetables on the street, and identified exotic insect species for a vast collection of lepidoptera before settling down to write fantasy novels.
Mx. Polk lives near the Bow River in Calgary, Alberta, in a tiny apartment with too many books and a yarn stash that could last a decade. They ride a green bicycle with a basket on the front.
Shola Von Reinhold
Shola von Reinhold is a Scottish-Nigerian writer and recent graduate of the MLitt in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow which they completed through the Jessica York Writing Scholarship. Shola was Cove Park’s 2018 Scottish Emerging Writer and a Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize 2019 runner-up. Shola writes widely around race, modernism, ornament, gender, labour-evasion and Queer Black extra-aesthetics; and has been published in or on i-D, AnOther Magazine, The Independent and The Cambridge Literary Review. LOTE is Shola’s debut novel.
RoAnna Sylver is passionate about stories that give hope, healing and even fun for LGBT, disabled and other marginalized people, and thinks we need a lot more. Aside from writing oddly optimistic dystopia books, RoAnna is a blogger, artist, singer, voice actor, and Verified Creator on Creators.com.
RoAnna lives with family and a small snorking dog near Portland, OR, and probably spends too much time playing videogames. The next adventure RoAnna would like is a nap in a pile of bunnies.
E. H. Timms
E H Timms won the BBC Wildlife Young Poet of the Year award, hasn’t managed to stop writing since, and now lives in South West England with a computer tethered to one elbow and far too many books.
Neon Yang (they/them) is a queer non-binary author based in Singapore. They have been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Lambda Literary, ignyte and Locus awards, and their work has been an OTHERWISE AWARD honoree.