Panelists

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Elaine Isaak/EC Ambrose

Elaine Isaak writes knowledge inspired adventure fiction including The Singer’s Legacy fantasy series, The Dark Apostle series about medieval surgery as by E. C. Ambrose, and the Bone Guard international thrillers as by E. Chris Ambrose. Her latest releases are Bone Guard Two: The Nazi Skull, and The Singer’s Crown: The Author’s Cut. Her short stories have appeared in Fireside, Warrior Women and Fantasy for the Throne, among many others, and she has edited several volumes of New Hampshire Pulp Fiction. Her April release from Guardbridge Books is The King of Next Week, a historical fantasy novella set in coastal Maine. To find out about all of her work, visit www.RocinanteBooks.com    

Shannon Barnsley

Shannon Barnsley is a writer, poet, and folklore devotee from New Hampshire, currently living in Brooklyn. She holds a degree in Creative Writing/Mythology & Religion from Hampshire College. Since graduating, she has been found giving tours at an 18th century Shaker village museum, translating English English into American English for an independent publishing company, wandering in the woods with her ferocious yorkie beast, and tackling the epic journey that comes with having multiple chronic illnesses. Her first book, Beneath Blair Mountain, was published by 1888 in 2015. .

Dominic Bercier

Creator-Writer-Artist-Designer and Publisher of “SIGNAL Saga” at Mirror Comics Studios [where he is founder, owner and principal creator], Dominic Bercier is a Canadian, Franco-Ontarian and neurodivergent graphic novel and comic book maker, creator of two 24-hour comics, the last one being “The Ballad of Jimmy and Rose” [“La Ballade de Jimmy et Rose” en français] about an empath and a time-travelling jerk, and the PopTerra Collection [includes Ghost King and Treadwell], also at Mirror. Award-winning student at De La Salle HS in Ottawa and in the First Franco-Ontarian Games, he was backgrounds penciler on books at Dark Horse, Top Cow and Image as a student at OCAD, and has since been nominated in the Auroras, the Shusters and even in the Gene Day Award for Best Self-Published Graphic Novel by a Canadian. He is also a new member of the Canadian Comic Book Alliance. Discover the full story at www.MirrorComics.comwww.SIGNALsaga.com and www.Bercier.ca. 🙂

Talhi Briones

Montreal writer, comic artist and illustrator. Author of Hieroglyphs – The Celestial Conspiracies (professionally published in French, first time available in English), Emmanuel Just Wants to Die (Comic, Eng version independent, French version soon to be published by Glénat Qc). 

Laurence R. Brothers

Laurence Raphael Brothers is a writer and a technologist with 5 patents and a background in AI and Internet R&D. More than 30 of his short stories have appeared in magazines such as Nature, PodCastle, the New Haven Review, and Galaxy’s Edge. His WWI-era fantasy novel “Twilight Patrol” and his romantic noir urban fantasy novella “The Demons of Wall Street” were both just recently published. Follow him on twitter: @lbrothers or visit https://laurencebrothers.com/bibliography for more stories that can be read or listened to online. 

‘Nathan Burgoine

‘Nathan Burgoine is a tall queer guy who writes mostly shorter queer fictions. After nearly two decades as a bookseller, he shifted to full-time writing. His most recent releases from Bold Strokes Books include Faux Ho Ho (a holiday queer romance), and Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks (an aurora-nominated queer YA novel). You can find him online at nathanburgoine.com.

S.M. Carriere

S. M. Carrière

When S.M. Carrière isn’t brutally killing your favourite characters, she spends her time teaching martial arts, live streaming video games, and cuddling her cats. In other words, she spends her time teaching others to kill, streaming her digital kills, and cuddling furry murderers.

Author Kaitlin Caul

Kaitlin Caul

Kaitlin Caul has three great loves in life; writing, drawing, and dragons. She is also a gigantic geek and grew up on a healthy diet of Star Trek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Dragonlance. As such, she has developed a fascination with awesome stories, quippy characters, and things that go bump in the night. Kaitlin was born in Toronto and proceeded to live in various places across southern Ontario during her youth. She chose to move up to Ottawa after graduating from the University of Guelph with a degree in Psychology. Her degree has helped a great deal in developing her understanding of the human psyche and just what gets under a person’s skin. Kaitlin writes predominantly in sci fi, horror, and speculative fiction. She is a fan of every genre imaginable, and even some that have not been imagined yet.

Benoît Chartier

I’m a science-fiction, paranormal and children’s book author. 

Scott Delahunt

I have been writing reviews of adaptations at http://codex.seventhsanctum.com since July 2011 and mirrored at http://www.psychodrivein.com, analyzing why they work and why they don’t. I have been playing in tabletop RPGs since 1979 and am listed as a playtester for D&D 3rd edition. I also post my fiction on my personal blog, biding my time to make the jump to being a professional writer. My day job is an IT tech contractor, providing support onsite and over the phone, essentially an IT redshirt on mostly government sites.  

Eric Desmarais

Éric Desmarais

Éric has had an eclectic career which ranges from casino dealer to canal boat captain to radio station DJ. Since 2009, he’s worked as a layout artist and desktop publisher for the federal government. During his off time he works as a freelance layout artist for various Canadian-based authors and publishers, roasts gourmet flavoured coffee, runs several pen-and-paper role-playing games, writes, and helps run JenEric-Designs.ca (Home of the TravellingTARDIS.com). He lives in Ottawa, Ontario with his wife, daughter, and son. Visit him at www.EricDesmarais.ca.

Lesley Donaldson

I love creating fantastical worlds with compelling characters who take you on a journey away from the stress of your everyday life. I’ve been published by small and indie press in Canada and Australia, and my debut fantasy, “The Queen’s Viper,” was a Semi-Finalist in the 2016 Kindle Book Awards. Book 2, “The Wrath of Atticus,” released with astounding crowd-funded success. The final chapter in Viper’s trilogy drops in late 2020. I’m also a Canadian ER nurse, hobby medievalist, mother to a son with special needs, and an often companionable wife.  

Joan Donaldson-Yarmey

I am the author of four mystery novels, three Canadian historical novels, two sci/fi novels, one holiday romance, and seven non-fiction travels books. H have put on writing courses in towns and cities in British Columbia and Alberta and was on mystery panels at Crime Writers of Canada’s Bloody Words Conference in Victoria and mystery and historical panels at When Words Collide in Calgary. I live on a small acreage on Vancouver Island. Mystery Novels: Illegally Dead, The Only Shadow In The House, Whistler’s Murder, and Gold Fever. Canadian Historical Novels: West to the Bay, West to Grande Portage, and Romancing the Klondike. Sci/Fi Novels: The Criminal Streak and Betrayed. Non-Fiction Books: Backroads of Southern Alberta, Backroads of Northern Alberta, Backroads of Southwestern British Columbia, Backroads of Vancouver Island, Backroads of Southern Interior British Columbia, and Backroads of Central and Northern British Columbia, Backroads of the Yukon and Alaska.    

Justine Alley-Dowsett

Justine Alley Dowsett is the author of nine novels and counting, and one of the founders of Mirror World Publishing. Her books, which she often co-writes with her sister, Murandy Damodred, range from young adult science fiction to dark fantasy/romance. She earned a BA in Drama from the University of Windsor, honed her skills as an entrepreneur by tackling video game production, and now she dedicates her time to writing, publishing, and occasionally role-playing.  

Catherine Fitzsimmons

After working for a number of evil empires, Catherine decided to forego things like a salary and regular human interaction to start Brain Lag Publishing. Brain Lag now has eleven contracted authors and will have published 21 unique titles by the end of 2020. Catherine is the author of five books, including her upcoming second novel in the Sisters of Chaos trilogy, THE UNSEEN FORCE. 

Raquel Fletcher

Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Raquel Fletcher is a television reporter and the author of Who Belongs in Quebec? Identity Politics in a Changing Society. In the beginning of her career, she worked as a freelance journalist and photographer in Africa. She worked for Global News in Regina until she moved to Quebec City as Global’s Political Correspondent in 2016.    

Sandra Gokop

Sandra Gokop is a writer. Has been writing for the past five (5). Sandra has Bsc. Business Administration, professional web designer. A member, Abuja Writers Forum. Books written by Sandra: DEALING WITH HURTS OF LOVE…lessons from a true life story SURVIVING A BREAKUP I AM PROUD TO BE A WOMAN PATHWAY TO A NEW NIGERIA NIGERIAN WOMEN AND NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT    

Bruce Gordon

Bruce Gordon is the author of Dissatisfied Me: A Love Story (2021, Renaissance), a humorous mock memoir with pop-culture nostalgia woven throughout memory lane. Bruce’s love for writing was sparked by the challenge of NaNoWriMo in 2017, where he completed his first draft of his novel. Since then, he’s participated in NaNoWriMo each year with the goal of publishing a Dissatisfied Me trilogy. He is currently completing the second book, Dissatisfied Me II: West Coast Larry. By day, Bruce is an IT Manager in the federal government. He lives in the suburbs of Ottawa with his wife Cait, who’s also a published author. When he is not working or writing, Bruce enjoys playing guitar, watching superhero movies, and listening to Iron Maiden. Bruce can be followed on Twitter at @bgordonauthor or dissatisfiedbruce.com

Cait Gordon

Cait Gordon is a disability advocate who writes speculative fiction that celebrates the reality of diversity. She is the author of Life in the ’Cosm and The Stealth Lovers. Her short stories have appeared in Alice Unbound Beyond Wonderland (Ed. Colleen Anderson, Exile Editions), We Shall Be Monsters (Ed. Derek Newman-Stille, Renaissance), and Space Opera Libretti (Eds. Brian McNett and Jennifer Lee Rossman). Cait also founded The Spoonie Authors Network and joined Talia C. Johnson to co-edit Nothing Without Us, a collection of 22 stories whose authors and protagonists identify as disabled, Deaf, neurodiverse, and/or they manage mental illness. You can connect with Cait at spoonieauthorsnetwork.blog, caitgordon.com, or on Twitter (@CaitGAuthor)

Stephen Graham King

Stephen Graham King (He/Him) lives in Toronto and writes space opera novels, re-imagining the classic genre and its high tech adventurers through an unabashedly queer lens. He is also a long term survivor of metastatic synovial sarcoma and an avid black and white street photographer.

Dianna Gunn

Dianna Gunn is a freelance writer by day and a fantasy (and occasional science fiction) author by night. Her fantasy novel, Moonshadow’s Guardian, was released in November 2018. She also curates and creates business resources for indie authors, including the Business for Authors Newsletter at https://www.businessforauthors.com/newsletter    

John Haas

John Haas is a Canadian author, born and raised in Montreal before moving to Calgary where he lived for twelve wonderful years. Now he lives in Canada’s capital, Ottawa, but still misses seeing those Rocky Mountains in the distance. John has been writing for most of his life but only became serious about being published in the last decade or so. In that time he has had twenty short stories published in various excellent publications, including taking third place in the 4th quarter of Writers of the Future for 2018. He has also seen his first two novels published, The Reluctant Barbarian (released 2017) and The Wayward Spider (published 2019) both by Renaissance Press. The final book in the trilogy, The Unavoidable Quests, will be published in 2020. His goal is to become a full time writer (rich and famous would be nice too but not the main goal). He lives with his two wonderful sons who give him lots of motivation. For more information, please see his website at: http://johnhaas.weebly.com

Margaret Hanson

Margaret Hanson is a reformed chemist turned writer from Toronto, Ontario. She works a day job we need not talk about while studying publishing and writing fiction at night. Her favourite author is Terry Pratchett. She and her husband are live in staff to two toothless cats.

Kate Heartfield

Kate Heartfield writes science fiction and fantasy, including the Aurora-winning novel Armed in Her Fashion and the Nebula-shortlisted novella Alice Payne Arrives, along with dozens of stories. She is the author of The Road to Canterbury and The Magician’s Workshop, both of which were shortlisted for the Nebula in game writing. Her next novel is The Embroidered Book, a historical fantasy coming in 2021. A former journalist, Kate lives in Ottawa, Canada.    

Elizabeth Hirst

Elizabeth Hirst

Elizabeth Hirst is an author, animator and all-around arts junkie from Hamilton, Ontario. She began writing books as a child, because she couldn’t find enough books that made rural Niagara magical. Her previous credits include They Called Her Canada: The War Diaries of Nursing Sister Bessie Beyer and contributions to the Mousehunt and Levynlight apps. On a typical weekend, you can find her at the museum, enjoying live theatre, or reading books at the gym.

SL Huang

SL Huang is a Hugo-nominated and Amazon-bestselling author who justifies her MIT degree by using it to write eccentric mathematical superhero fiction. She is the author of the Cas Russell series from Tor Books, starting with Zero Sum Game, and the upcoming fantasy Burning Roses. Her short fiction has sold to Analog, Nature, and more, including numerous best-of anthologies. She is also a Hollywood stuntwoman and firearms expert, where she’s appeared on shows such as “Battlestar Galactica” and “Raising Hope” and worked with actors such as Sean Patrick Flanery, Jason Momoa, and Danny Glover. Follow her online at www.slhuang.com or @sl_huang.

Paula Johanson

After writing a fantasy novel and 42 books for educational publishers, Paula Johanson is launching Doublejoy Books. Among the first eclectic titles from this small press is her story collection -Small Rain and other nightmares-. 

Kohenet Talia C. Johnson

Kohenet Talia Johnson is a Jewish ritual and service leader, writer, poet, sensitivity editor, public speaker, workshop facilitator, educator, mentor, coach, and activist. She is a woman who is, in no particular order, an out queer autistic lesbian trans woman. Talia is Chair of the Board of Directors for Heartspark Press, a press run by and for trans women and assigned male at birth non-binary folk. She is part of the leadership team of Autistics for Autistics Ontario. She is co-editor of the Nothing Without Us anthology of own voices Disability fiction released in September 2019. Talia is the first transgender woman to be ordained a Kohenet (Hebrew priestess) through the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute receiving smicha in August 2019. Her full priestess title is Kohenet Talia C. Johnson, Shomeret ha Tzitzit (Guardian of the Fringes). Talia’s work as a Kohenet is directly related to her experience as a transgender woman and her academic studies. Her focus is on Judaism, queer/trans/LGBTQIA, and mental health. Her work in these areas bridge mental health, spirituality, and LGBTQIA+/queer/trans spaces, areas which are usually independent silos. She has been an activist in various ways for most of her life. Her first words were, apparently, “That’s not fair!”

Kristen Kiomall-Evans

A comic artist working out of Barrie Ontario finishing her first comic trilogy in 2021.

C. J. Lavigne

C. J. Lavigne is a Canadian speculative fiction writer and the author of In Veritas (NeWest Press, 2020). She is also a professional communications scholar who has, additionally, been a freelance editor, English teacher, marketing manager, tech support supervisor, barista, and even — briefly — radio DJ. She grew up in multiple hometowns, but she most often claims Ottawa, Ontario, or Red Deer, Alberta, with a little Nova Scotia thrown in. Wherever she is, she probably has a cat with her, and she’s never terribly far from her next coffee. 

Chih-Ying Lay

Born in Taiwan, Chih-Ying Lay came to Canada in 2008 and obtained his doctorate degree in Microbiology in 2014. He recently published his first English translation of the short story collection “Home Sickness” by Linda Leith Publishing. The collection includes stories that received major literature prizes in Taiwan, such as Formosa Literature Prize in 2005 and Liberty Times Literature Prize in 2006. In Taiwan, he also published a novel, The Ideal Family (ISBN: 9789865933418) in 2012, and a second short story collection, The Comic Lives of Losers (ISBN: 9789863871347) in 2016. His works have been selected for annual short story anthologies in Taiwan (2005 and 2006) and anthologies focusing on the writers of his generation (born in the 1980s) (2011 and 2016). He often publishes essays on traveling, arts and book reviews in newspapers and literary magazines. Besides creative writing, he was invited to be the guest broadcaster in radio programs to introduce literature works in Taiwan (National Education Radio, 2007) and Canada (Radio Canada International, 2016). He has been a choir singer since 1999 and now singing in two choirs in Montreal (Musica Orbium and Ensemble Ste-Anne Singers) since 2009. 

Sussu Leclerc

Writer. Illustrator. MA in literature. Montessori teacher. 

Ashley Lanni

Ashley Lanni is an aspiring historian with a passion for creative writing. She holds an MA in history from Concordia University and is currently working on writing that reimagines fantasy tropes and highlights slice of life. 

L. B. Lewis

L.B. Lewis is a hot, indie author nominee who reached #12 on Amazon’s
New Adult list.
Her wit and unique sense of humor have sold thousands of books and she
has been featured by ChickLit Central, Readers’ Favorite and the
Manhattan Book Review. “That Time I” is her recently launched podcast
where she talks about lifestyle hacks and stories. Join the fun:
www.LBLewis.com.

Kim McCarthy

While living her public-servant-by-day, writer-by-night life, Kim McCarthy is responsible not only for her various novels, but also for serving as a National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) municipal liaison. As one of the NaNoWriMo community’s fearless leaders, she works diligently every November to help Ottawa denizens release the creative writer within. When not at her day job or frantically writing, you can find her drinking tea, playing D&D, or being overrun by her two dogs.

Marie Powell

Marie Powell’s adventures in castle-hopping across North Wales to explore her family roots resulted in the YA Fantasy series Last of the Gifted (wooddragonbooks.com/marie-powell). The series, containing the books Spirit Sight and Water Sight, will be released this summer and fall respectively, thanks to funding from Creative Saskatchewan. Marie is the author of 40 traditionally published children’s books, and her award-winning short stories and poetry appear in such literary magazines as subTerrain and Room. Among other degrees, she holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing from the University of BC. The author lives on Treaty 4 land in Regina, Saskatchewan, and gives popular writing workshops across the region. Find her at mariepowell.ca

Patrick Logan

Author of 50+ thriller novels, more than 1M copies sold. 

MJ Lyons

M.J. Lyons

MJ Lyons is a writer, journalist and game maker. Covering arts and culture, he has written for dozens of publications, and penned a five-year-long column with a colleague on lesser known LGBT history, History Boys, for Xtra, Canada’s national queer news source. Recently he has contributed writing to game projects including LongStory, a LGBT-positive dating sim for young people, and The Last Taxi, a dystopian resource management VR game. He has contributed stories to Shousetsu Bang*Bang, a webzine for original gay fiction and boys’ love stories, and published his short story “To kill a god” in Twopenny Books’ Clockwork Cairo anthology. He lives in Toronto with his goblin of a cat.

Vicki Martin

Vicki Martin is a writer from Ottawa, Ontario. She writes manuals no one wants to read by day and works on stories and novels that people hopefully do want to read by night. Her favourite authors are Jacqueline Carey and Courtney Milan. When not writing or reading, she is usually found hanging out with her Great Dane who, despite his size, thinks he is a lap dog.

Brian McNett

Clearly, at some point, Brian McNett was born. He learned to read at an early age, and proceeded to voraciously consume nearly every text placed before him (which sadly, included far too many cereal boxes, and not enough great novels). Eventually, he settled down and began developing more refined tastes. This has largely prevented him from adding the words “BHA and BHT added to preserve freshness” at the end of paragraphs. Brian lives in Bremerton, Washington where he writes short stories. He has co-edited an anthology of humorous SF with Jennifer Lee Rossman. This bio was manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts.    

Nina Munteanu

Nina is a Canadian scientist and novelist. She worked for 25 years as an environmental consultant in the field of aquatic ecology and limnology, publishing papers and technical reports on water quality and impacts to aquatic systems.  She has written over a dozen eco-fiction, science fiction and fantasy novels. An award-winning short story writer, and essayist, Nina currently lives in Toronto where she teaches writing at the University of Toronto and George Brown College.  Her book “Water Is…”—a scientific study and personal journey as limnologist, mother, teacher and environmentalist—was picked by Margaret Atwood in the New York Times as 2016 ‘The Year in Reading’. Nina’s most recent novel “A Diary in the Age of Water”—about four generations of women and their relationship to water in a rapidly changing world—will be released in May 2020 by Inanna Publications.  Nina also co-hosts an environmental/writing podcast, AgeOfWater.   

Ira Nayman

I am a humour writer who stumbled into science fiction over a decade ago and decided to hang around for a while. Six books in my Transdimensional Authority/Multiverse series have been published by Elsewhen Press (the latest is: GOOD INTENTIONS: THE MULTIVERSE REFUGEES TRILOGY: FIRST PIE IN THE FACE). I have self-published 11 books in my Alternate Reality News Service series (the latest is: IDIOTOCRACY FOR DUMMIES). I am also the editor of Amazing Stories magazine.    

Derek Newman-Stille

Derek Newman-Stille

Derek Newman-Stille is a PhD ABD at Trent University and teaches in Trent’s Department of English Literature. Derek researches representations of disability in Canadian speculative fiction. Derek is a 7 time Prix Aurora Award winner for his digital humanities project Speculating Canada ( speculatingcanada.ca ) and the Speculating Canada radio show on Trent Radio. Derek also runs two other digital humanities projects: Dis(Abled) Embodiment (www.disabledembodiment@wordpress.com ) and Through the Twisted Woods ( www.throughthetwistedwoods@wordpress.com ), which he runs with Brittany Warman and Sara Cleto.

Stephen B. Pearl

Stephen B. Pearl is a multiple published author whose works range across the speculative fiction field. His writings often incorporate real places and focus heavily on the logical consequences of the worlds he crafts. He follows advancements in science because good science fiction is based in good science. His life long association with cats has given him insights into the species. Stephen’s Inspirations encompass H.G. Wells, J.R. Tolken, Frank Herbert, Jim Butcher, Anne McCaffrey, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Homer among others. He strongly believes that good fiction is based on good fact, so he can often be found researching elements of his next book. He also holds that to write one must read and that there is greatness in all forms of literature. One could say he pursues the great– then to the best of his abilities tries to distill it down and express it as his own original work. Stephen Currently resides in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and can be reached through his website: www.stephenpearl.com

Ellie Presner

Montrealer Ellie Presner is an author and former social worker. Her blog, https://elliepresner.com, has drawn thousands of readers from 127 countries. Ellie has written, edited, and proofread for a wide variety of publications, but one of the highlights of her writing career is the nomination she received for a National Magazine Award for “Taking Back the Night,” which was reprinted in Essays: Patterns and Perspectives by Oxford University Press. She still gets a charge out of the fact that her name is just above Bertrand Russell’s in the Table of Contents. Ellie is the author of three books: “Surviving Hollywood North: Crew Confessions from an Insider,” a memoir of her decade in the film business as a script coordinator; “First Kiss and other True Fiction,” stories of angst and discovery; and “How to be an (Almost) Perfect Parent: Dos and Don’ts from a former Family Support Worker,” a helpful illustrated guide to being a better mom or dad. When not feverishly working at her Mac, Ellie may be found ensconced in her recliner with her fluffy long-haired cat, Annie, glued to her lap.    .

Melanie Proulx

Melanie Proulx is a PhD candidate at Queen’s University in cultural studies. Her research examines how to communicate sexual violence while minimizing the risk of triggering survivors. In addition to academic articles, Melanie also has creative publications including a picture book about consent and a forthcoming graphic novel about her experiences as a rape survivor. 

Jennifer Lee Rossman

Jennifer Lee Rossman is a gay tornado made of sharks. She lives in a group home for disabled people in Binghamton, New York, and she thinks dinosaurs are neat.

Michele Sabad

Michele is retired from careers as a Database Administrator, computer programmer, and lifeguard, and with 2 books published, she now calls herself an author. She was born in Calgary, Alberta, but grew up on military bases in both Canada and Germany, and now lives with her retired Air Force husband of over 40 years, Don, in Aylmer, Québec. Besides writing, she loves hiking, sports, music, and travelling. And family. A reader since her mother first tossed magazines in her crib, she still loves all kinds of books, and will continue writing as either herself, Michele Sabad, or as her author social media persona of Stevie Szabad. Follow Michele’s writing on stevieszabad.com.

Avi Silver

Avi Silver is a queer, nonbinary author of the Sãoni Cycle (Two Dark Moons, Three Seeking Stars forthcoming 2020) and novella Pluralities, or. They are also co-creator of The Shale Project, an award-winning indie arts collective roughly in the shape of a planet. Their short fiction can be found in the Common Bonds anthology and the web serial Tales from a Library. When Avi isn’t writing, you can find them playing their baby harp, destroying the gender binary with all due flair, and perfecting their chocolate chip cookie recipe. Find them complaining about rent prices in Toronto, or on twitter @thescreambean. 

Madona Skaff

Madona Skaff-Koren was a research technologist and now writes full time. She’s published several science-fiction and mystery short stories. One of her two recent stories, which appear in “The Whole She-Bang 2”, a Toronto Sisters in Crime anthology, was a Finalist in the Arthur Ellis award for excellence in Canadian crime writing. She lives in Ottawa, Canada. Her dog’s contribution to writing involves warming her feet. A Journey of a Thousand Steps is her debut novel.

Su J Sokol

Su J Sokol

Su J. Sokol is an activist and a writer of speculative, liminal, and interstitial fiction. A former legal services lawyer from New York City, she immigrated to Canada with her family in 2004 and now makes Montréal her home. Su works as a social rights advocate for a community organization where she speaks French (and English) with a New York accent. Cycling to Asylum, Su’s debut novel,waslong-listed for the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her short fiction and reviews have appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies. Su also curates and participates in readings and literary events in Canada and abroad.

Sue Taylor-Davidson

Sue Taylor-Davidson lives in Ottawa.  Her life has been full and happy, with a wonderful husband and 3 great step-children, a large extended family, commitment to Aboriginal issues, research jobs, library work, babies, animals (specifically cats), editing, NGOs dedicated to education and library development, lots of gardening, knitting, Shakespeare research, reading, art and writing.  She loves people and sings in a community choir.  Her education is diverse, ranging from health studies, theology, Native studies, library science and early childhood education.

Brianna Tosswill

Brianna is an artist who expresses herself and others in print and book format. She explores the limits and unique opportunities of letterpress printmaking in her work and is preoccupied with geometry and mathematics. She obtained her BFA in Printmaking with distinction from OCAD University in 2017. She is currently working out of SNAP Printshop in Edmonton, Alberta.    

Sienna Tristen

Sienna Tristen is a Canadian artist and author of speculative fiction and poetry who explores queer platonic partnership, radical compassion, and mythmaking in her work. The first installment of their fantasy duology The Heretic’s Guide to Homecoming came out from indie arts collective The Shale Project in 2018; they also have a verse novel, The Insomniac’s Assistant, published with Penrose Press. A purveyor of many skills and talents, Sienna can lead a yoga class, speak to you in three and a half languages, sing harmonies to your melodies, and climb forty feet in the air on a pair of silks. She is currently working on her second novel. You can find her on Twitter @siennatristen. 

Christine J. Whitlock

Christine J. Whitlock, a Hamilton ON writer, has a Magazine Journalism Cert. from Ryerson U, and Creative Writing and Novel Writing Certs from George Brown College, Toronto. The beginning novel excerpt, VAMPIRE DENTIST, based on her indie horror feature film, was in the GROUP HEX, VOL. 1 Anthology by the Horror Writers Association, Ontario. Her crime flash stories, WINTER COVER, was published in THE STAND and ANOTHEREALM and POLICE CALLS in Humans in the Wild: Reactions to a Gun Loving Country by Swallow Publishing and Mythic Picnic. www.cjcpinc.com

Jamieson Wolf

Jamieson Wolf

Jamieson has been writing since a young age when he realized he could be writing instead of paying attention in school. Since then, he has created many worlds in which to live his fantasies and live out his dreams. He is a Number One Best Selling Author (he likes to tell people that a lot) and writes in many different genres. Jamieson is also an accomplished artist. He works in mixed media, charcoal and pastels. He is also something of an amateur photographer, a poet and graphic designer. He currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario with his husband, Michael.

Serdar Yegulalp

Author of “Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned” and other fine SF&F. 

Melissa Yuan-Innes

Melissa Yuan-Innes immediately fell in love with fairy tales, and one day, she started writing them. She was a Writers of the Future winner in her final year of medical school and went on to publish in Nature, the Aurora-winning anthology The Dragon and the Stars, and The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2017. She writes the Hope Sze medical crime novels under the pseudonym Melissa Yi, for which she has been recognized by CBC’s The Current, The Next Chapter’s Mystery Panel, and The Globe and Mail. Melissa Yi is an emergency physician and award-winning writer. Her Hope Sze series has been recommended by The Globe and Mail, by CBC’s The Current, and The Next Chapter, and have been optioned for audio by Kobo Originals. Yi was a finalist for the Arthur Ellis Award for best crime story in Canada and shortlisted for the Derringer Award for the best short mystery fiction in the English language. She has one husband, two small children, and one large Rottweiler. Connect with her on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MelissaYiYuanInnes/), Twitter (@dr_sassy), or best of all, www.melissayuaninnes.com.

Nicole Zelniker

Nicole Zelniker (she/her) is an editor at The Conversation US and a podcast producer at The Nasiona. Nicole is also the author of “Mixed,” a non-fiction book about race and mixed-race families, and “Last Dance,” a collection of short stories. Check out the rest of her work at nicolezelniker.com.

seeley quest

seeley quest is a trans disabled writer, performer, dramaturg, organizer, and environmentalist, in Montreal since 2017.  Working primarily in literary and body-based composition, curation and occasionally multimedia installation, sie presented actively in the San Francisco Bay Area 2001-14, with the Sins Invalid project 2007-15, and has toured to Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, and many U.S. cities.  Hir playscript “Crooked” is forthcoming in a disability theatre anthology, and poems are in the book Disability Culture and Community Performance: Find a Strange and Twisted Shape, in Them: a Trans Lit Journal, and Fiction International.   Sie has facilitated workshops with articule on “crafting resilient city futures,” and with QPIRG McGill, the Access in Praxis conference, and at arts festivals outside Montreal on disability.  Hir first digital game narrative has debuted for National AccessAbility week.  A bookstore clerk of twelve years, not on social media, find hir via email at https://questletters.substack.com.


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