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Meet the 2021 Guests of Honor!

Guests of Honor Vita Ayala, Njeri, and Malka Older

Speculative fiction exists as an ecosystem that extends to far more than just prose writers. We rely on poets, illustrators, visual storytellers, reviewers, and academics to deepen our understanding of our favorite fictional worlds and the relationships we develop with our favorite (and not-so-favorite) characters.

We are thrilled to have representatives from prose, criticism, and comics as Guests of Honor at this year’s FIYAHCON.

 

Vita Ayala

Vita (they.them.theirs) is a queer Afro-Puerto Rican writer born and bred in New York City, where they grew up dreaming dreams of dancing on far away worlds, fighting monsters on the block, and racing the fish along the bottom of the ocean. Their work includes THE WILDS (Black Mask Studios), SUBMERGED (Vault), QUARTER KILLER (Comixology), SUPERGIRL (DC), XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS (Dynamite), NEW MUTANTS (Marvel), and LIVEWIRE (Valiant), among others.

Njeri @ ONYXPAGES

Njeri (she.her) is an innovative collaborator who collects, reads, and reviews works of Black Science Fiction and Fantasy with a particular interest in Afrofuturism, Africanfuturism and Africanjujuism by queer writers. She explores these passions on her YouTube channel, ONYX Pages, and is an active member of several Booktube communities.

In 2015, she founded SOULar Powered Afrofuturism Slow-Reading Group, which she co-leads with fellow Booktuber Chloe (@Thistle and Verse) and comrade Isis, founder of the online bookstore Sistah Sci Fi. In 2020, Njeri founded the Octavia E. Butler Slow Read-Along, in which she and two co-hosts (Tatiana from @Musical Tati and Isis from @Sistah Sci Fi) have begun to #ReadOctaviaSlowly with over 1000 readers worldwide.

Njeri identifies as a Black, African-descended, queer/omnisexual woman of Trinidadian heritage. She has recently learned of her ancestral roots in Liberia and Gabon and is excited to explore this history. She lives in Toronto with her wife Tomee, who supports her bookish habits and makes regular cameos in her YouTube videos.

Malka Older

Malka Older is a writer, aid worker, and sociologist. Her science-fiction political thriller Infomocracy was named one of the best books of 2016 by Kirkus, Book Riot, and the Washington Post. She is the creator of the serial Ninth Step Station, currently running on Serial Box, and her short story collection And Other Disasters came out in November 2019. She is a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society, teaching on humanitarian work and predictive fictions, and her opinions can be found in The New York Times, The Nation, and Foreign Policy, among other places.

 

Join us to celebrate their contributions to our speculative community September 16-19, 2021.

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