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Kelly Link.

Kelly Link is the author of the collections Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, Pretty Monsters, and Get in Trouble. Her short stories have been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, The Best American Short Stories, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. She has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She and Gavin J. Grant have co-edited a number of anthologies, including multiple volumes of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and, for young adults, Steampunk! and Monstrous Affections. She is the co-founder of Small Beer Press and co-edits the occasional zine Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. Link was born in Miami, Florida. She currently lives with her husband and daughter in Northampton, Massachusetts.


Ted Chiang.

Ted Chiang is the author of Stories of Your Life and Others. His debut story "Tower of Babylon" won the Nebula in 1990. Since then, he has won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1992, a Nebula Award and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for "Story of Your Life" (1998), a Sidewise Award for "Seventy-Two Letters" (2000), a Nebula Award, a Locus Award, and a Hugo Award for his novelette "Hell Is the Absence of God" (2002), a Nebula Award and a Hugo Award for his novelette "The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate" (2007), a Hugo Award and a Locus Award for his short story "Exhalation" (2008), and most recently, a Hugo Award and a Locus Award for his novella The Lifecycle of Software Objects (2010). He lives outside of Seattle, Washington.


Andy Duncan.

Andy Duncan has won three World Fantasy Awards, most recently in 2014 for Wakulla Springs, a Tor.com novella co-written with Ellen Klages; Tor since has published a print edition. His F&SF cover story “Close Encounters” won a Nebula Award in 2013. He serves on the permanent jury for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, which he won in 2002 for his Asimov’s novella “The Chief Designer.” His collection An Agent of Utopia: New and Selected Stories is upcoming from Small Beer Press. Previous books include collections Beluthahatchie and The Pottawatomie Giant, novella The Night Cache, non-fiction Alabama Curiosities, and the Crossroads anthology co-edited with F. Brett Cox. A 1994 graduate of Clarion West, he has taught Clarion and Clarion West twice apiece. A native of Batesburg, South Carolina, he has an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Alabama. He is a tenured associate professor of English at Frostburg State University in Maryland.


Victor LaValle.

Victor LaValle is the author of the short story collection Slapboxing with Jesus, three novels, The Ecstatic, Big Machine, and The Devil in Silver, and an ebook only novella, Lucretia and the Kroons. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Whiting Writers' Award, a United States Artists Ford Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the key to Southeast Queens. He was raised in Queens, New York. He now lives in Washington Heights with his wife and son. He teaches at Columbia University. He can be kind of hard to reach, but he still loves you.


Delia Sherman.

Delia Sherman’s most recent short stories have appeared in Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells, edited by Ellen Datlow, and Under My Hat, edited by Jonathan Strahan. Her adult novels are Through a Brazen Mirror and The Porcelain Dove (which won the Mythopoeic Award), and, with fellow-fantasist and partner Ellen Kushner, The Fall of the Kings. She is co-editor of Interfictions 1 & 2 with Theodora Goss and Christopher Barzak, and Executive Editor of the web magazine of interstitial art, Interfictions Online. Novels for younger readers include Changeling and Norton Award winning The Freedom Maze. She is a past member of the James Tiptree Jr. Awards Council and a founding member of the Interstitial Arts Foundation. Delia has taught writing at the Hollins University Graduate Program in Children’s Literature, Clarion, the Odyssey Workshop in New Hampshire, Alpha AF/F/H Workshop for Young Writers. She lives in New York City with her wife Ellen Kushner, and writes wherever she happens to find herself.


Ellen Kushner.

Ellen Kushner weaves together multiple careers as a writer, teacher, performer and public speaker. She's the author of the "Riverside" novels: Swordspoint, The Privilege of the Sword (Locus Award, Nebula nominee), and The Fall of the Kings (written with Delia Sherman), a growing batch of related short stories, and, most recently, the collaborative online prequel Tremontaine for Serial Box (with Malinda Lo, Alaya Dawn Johnson et al). Her mythic fantasy novel Thomas the Rhymer (World Fantasy and Mythopoeic Awards) was just published in the UK in the Gollancz "Fantasy Masterworks" line. With Holly Black, she co-edited Welcome to Bordertown. A co-founder of the Interstitial Arts Foundation, Ellen Kushner was also the longtime host of the national public radio show Sound & Spirit, and narrated the Riverside novels as audiobooks for Neil Gaiman Presents (Audie Award). She has taught creative writing at Clarion, the Odyssey Workshop, and is an instructor at Hollins University’s Children’s Literature M.F.A. program. She lives in New York City with Delia Sherman and no cats whatsoever.