Stephen Blackmoore is the author of the novels City of the Lost, Dead Things, Khan of Mars, and the upcoming Broken Souls. His short stories have appeared in the magazines Needle, Plots With Guns, Spinetingler, Thrilling Detective, and Shots as well as the anthologies Deadly Treats, Don’t Read This Book, and Uncage Me. He can be found online at stephenblackmoore.com and on Twitter at @sblackmoore. He is a scintillating conversationalist and brutally handsome.
Kima Jones is a 2013 PEN USA Emerging Voices fellow in poetry, a Voices at VONA alum and 2012 Lambda Literary Fellow in poetry. Kima has been published at The Rumpus and PANK among others. Kima lives in Los Angeles and is writing her first poetry collection, The Anatomy of Forgiveness. You can find her online at thenotoriouskima.com and on Twitter @kima_jones.
Daniel Jose Older is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor, and composer. Salsa Nocturna, Daniel’s ghost noir collection, was hailed as “striking and original” by Publishers Weekly. He’s co-editing the forthcoming anthology, Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History, and his urban fantasy novel The Half Resurrection Blues, the first of a trilogy, will be released by Penguin’s Roc imprint in January 2015. Daniel’s essays and short stories have appeared in The New Haven Review, Salon, Tor, PANK, Strange Horizons, and Apex. His music, ponderings, and ambulance adventures live at ghoststar.net and @djolder.
Andrea Phillips is a writer, game designer, and author of A Creator’s Guide to Transmedia Storytelling. Her current ongoing project is The Daring Adventures of Captain Lucy Smokeheart, a serial pirate romp and treasure hunt. She’s also written for The Walk, an iOS fitness game; America 2049, a human rights Facebook game; and the alternate reality game Perplex City. She wins awards, does talks and stuff, and has beaten all of the levels on Candy Crush. All of them. You can find her online at deusexmachinatio.com and on Twitter @andrhia.
Lili Saintcrow was born in New Mexico (which probably explains everything, given the nuclear testing) and spent her childhood bouncing around the world as a military brat. She fell in love with writing in second grade and has done it obsessively ever since. She currently resides in the rainy Pacific Northwest with her children, dogs, cat, and assorted other strays, including a metric ton of books holding her house together. You can find her at lilithsaintcrow.com, on Twitter at @lilithsaintcrow, and on Facebook.
Sofia Samatar is the author of the novel A Stranger in Olondria, winner of the 2014 Crawford Award. Her short fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in a number of places, including Strange Horizons, Clarkesworld, and Weird Fiction Review. She is nonfiction and poetry editor for Interfictions: A Journal of Interstitial Arts. Visit her in California, or at sofiasamatar.com. She is also on Twitter @SofiaSamatar.
Chuck Wendig is a novelist, screenwriter, and game designer. He is the author of the novels Blackbirds, Mockingbird, The Blue Blazes, The Cormorant, and Under the Empyrean Sky. He is an alumni of the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab and is the co-author of the Emmy-nominated digital narrative Collapsus. He lives in Pennsyltucky with wife, son, and two dopey dogs. You can find him on Twitter @ChuckWendig and at his website, terribleminds.com, where he frequently dispenses dubious and very-NSFW advice on writing, publishing, and life in general.