AnaMaria Curtis is from the part of Illinois that is very much not Chicago. She’s the winner of the LeVar Burton Reads Origins & Encounters Writing Contest and the 2019 Dell Magazines Award. In her free time, AnaMaria enjoys starting fights about 19th century British literature and getting distracted by dogs. You can get in touch or find more of her work at anamariacurtis.com or on Twitter at @AnaMCurtis.
Leah Cypess is the author of the middle grade series Sisters Ever After, which retells fairy tales from the points of view of the forgotten little sisters. She has also written four young adult novels and numerous works of short fiction. She is a two-time Nebula finalist and a World Fantasy Award finalist. You can learn more about her and her books at www.leahcypess.com.
Nitoo Das is a birder, caricaturist, and poet. Her first collection of poetry, Boki, was published in 2008, and her second, Cyborg Proverbs, was brought out by Poetrywala in 2017. Das’s PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University dealt with constructions of the Assamese Identity under the British. Her poetry has been published in journals like Poetry International Web, Pratilipi, Muse India, Eclectica, Seven Sisters Post, North East Review, Four Quarters Magazine, Poetry with Prakriti, Vayavya, etc. Her interests include birding and bird photography, fractals, comic books, horror films, poetry as hypertext, and translation from Assamese to English. Das teaches literature at Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi.
Delilah S. Dawson is the NYT-bestselling author of Star Wars: Phasma as well as the Blud series, the Hit series, Servants of the Storm, Wake of Vultures and the Shadow series (written as Lila Bowen), and Kill the Farm Boy and the Tales of Pell series written with Kevin Hearne. Her comics credits include the creator-owned Ladycastle as well as Star Wars Adventures and Forces of Destiny, The X-Files Case Files, Adventure Time, Labyrinth, and Rick and Morty. Find her online at whimsydark.com.
Genevieve DeGuzman was born in the Philippines, raised in Southern California, and graduated from Columbia University. Her most recent speculative work also appears in Abyss & Apex, Flyway, Liminality, LONTAR, Reed Magazine, and Strange Horizons. She is a finalist for the 2018 Sonia Sanchez-Langston Hughes Poetry Prize, a finalist for the 2017 Lauren K. Alleyne Difficult Fruit Poetry Prize, and a winner of the 2017 Oregon Poetry Association’s New Poets Contest. She lives in Portland, Oregon where she works on perfecting her hygge. You can find her on Twitter @gen_deg.
Tanya DePass is a lifelong Chicagoan who loves everything about gaming, an #INeedDiverseGames spawn point, and wants to make it better and more inclusive for everyone. She’s the Founder and EIC of @OutofTokensCast, the Diversity Liaison for GaymerX, and often speaks on issues of diversity, feminism, race, intersectionality and other topics at conventions.
I’ve been published in the U.S., the U.K., Italy, and Israel, under 3 pen names (including Emily Devenport). My novels are Shade, Larissa, Scorpianne, Eggheads, The Kronos Condition, Godheads, Broken Time (which was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award), Belarus, and Enemies. Look for my new novels, The Night Shifters, Spirits of Glory, and Pale Lady on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. I’m married to artist/writer Ernest Hogan, and we live in Arizona. I am a geology fiend, and some day I hope to volunteer at a national or state park out west.
Dilman Dila is a writer, filmmaker, and all-round storyteller. He is the author of A Killing in the Sun, a collection of short speculative stories, and two novellas. Among many accolades, he was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize (2013), longlisted for the BBC Radio International Playwriting Competition (2014), nominated for Best Novella at the Nommo Awards (2017), and he received an Iowa Writer’s Fellowship in 2017. His films include the masterpiece, What Happened in Room 13 (2007), which has attracted over seven million online views, The Felistas Fable (2013), nominated for Best First Feature by a Director at the Africa Movie Academy Awards (2014) and winner of four major awards at the Uganda Film Festival (2014), and Her Broken Shadow (2017), a sci-fi set in futuristic Africa, which has screened in places like Durban International Film Festival and AFI Silver Theater.
S.B. Divya (she/any) is a lover of science, math, fiction, and the Oxford comma. She is the Hugo and Nebula nominated author of Meru (2023), Machinehood, Runtime, and Contingency Plans For the Apocalypse. Her stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, and she was the co-editor of Escape Pod from 2017-2022. Divya holds degrees in Computational Neuroscience and Signal Processing. Find her on Twitter as @divyastweets or at www.sbdivya.com.
K.A. Doore is an author and shouter of queer sci-fi and fantasy. The Chronicles of Ghadid is her debut fantasy trilogy, starting with The Perfect Assassin, and she’s also written about murder and parenting at Tor.com and Tor/Forge, as well as in the upcoming anthology about parenting in SF/F, Don’t Touch That! She haunts the Florida swamps with her cats, children, and wife.