FIYAHCON is a virtual convention hosted by FIYAH Literary Magazine. The inaugural event takes place October 17-18, 2020 and will host a variety of entertaining and educational content surrounding the business, craft, and community of speculative literature.
Where the magazine is focused specifically on the elevation of Black voices in short speculative fiction, FIYAHCON seeks to center the perspectives and experiences of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color). The reasoning is that Black voices are not the least represented in the field, and we don’t want to exclude groups who are already systemically excluded from other spaces.
We recognize allyship as an action, not a sentiment. And in that spirit, we also invite anyone who wishes to be viewed as a resource for racially/ethnically marginalized writers or who understand these are people to be celebrated and learned from, to be a part of the event.
L. D. Lewis is an award-winning SF/F writer and editor, and serves as a founding creator, Art Director, and Project Manager for the World Fantasy Award-winning and Hugo Award-nominated FIYAH Literary Magazine. She also serves as Grant Administrator for the Speculative Literature Foundation and as a researcher for the LeVar Burton Reads podcast.
She is the author of A Ruin of Shadows (Dancing Star Press, 2018) and her published short fiction includes appearances in FIYAH, PodCastle, Strange Horizons, Anathema: Spec from the Margins, and Fireside Magazine, among others. She lives in Georgia with her coffee habit and an impressive Funko Pop! collection. Visit her website, follow her on Twitter @ellethevillain.
SENIOR PROGRAMMING COORDINATOR
Comic books, SFF and good cooking are the essential elements of SFF author Brent Lambert. A full-fledged military brat, he is consistently struck by wanderlust and has a keen sense of things never really being permanent. Currently based out of San Diego, he gets to enjoy sunshine for more than half the year. Always working, he’s determined to allow Black Queer men to be the stars of their own stories. He can be found on Twitter @brentclambert
STEERING COMMITTEE CAP’N
Michi Trota is a four-time Hugo Award-winner and British Fantasy Award winner. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), co-editor of the WisCon Chronicles Vol. 12, and the first Filipina Hugo Award winner. She is also the Senior Editor for the news & media organization Prism. She was the first Managing Editor/Nonfiction Editor of Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and is also an essayist, public speaker, and fire performance artist in Chicago.
N. E. Davenport
Nia “”N.E.”” Davenport is the Science Fiction/Fantasy author of The Praetorian Trials (Harper Voyager, 2022) and its sequel. She attended the University of Southern California and studied Biological Sciences and Theatre. She has an M.A. in Secondary Education, and she teaches English and Biology. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys vacationing with her family, skiing, and being a huge foodie. She’s an advocate for diverse perspectives and protagonists in literature. You can find her online at nedavenport.com, on Twitter @nia_davenport, or on Instagram @nia.davenport, where she talks about binge-worthy TV and great books. She lives in Texas with her husband and kids.
Eboni J. Dunbar
Eboni J Dunbar (She/her) is a queer, black woman who writes queer and black speculative fiction. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner. She received her BA from Macalester College in English and her MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. She is a VONA Alum, a former associate editor for PodCastle, a managing editor for FIYAH Literary Magazine and a freelance reviewer.
Her work can be found in FIYAH Literary Magazine, Drabblecast, Anathema: Spec from the margins and Nightlight Podcast. She also has a forthcoming novella from Neon Hemlock, coming Fall 2020, which can be pre-ordered here.
Veronica (Ronnie) Henry
OFFICE HOURS COORDINATOR
Veronica Henry was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and has been a bit of a rolling stone ever since. Her work has appeared in various online publications. She is a graduate of the Viable Paradise Workshop and member of SFWA. She now writes from North Carolina where she eschews rollerballs for fountain pens and fine paper. Other untreated addictions include chocolate and cupcakes.
ASST. TECH ADMINISTRATOR
Coral Alejandra Moore has always been the kind of girl who makes up stories. Fortunately, she never quite grew out of that. She writes because she loves to invent characters and the desire to find out what happens to her creations drives her tales. She is a 2013 alum of the Viable Paradise writer’s workshop and she has been published by Diabolical Plots, Zombies Need Brains, and Secrets of the Goat People. Currently she lives in the beautiful state of Washington with the love of her life and a dangerously smart dog where she rides motorcycles, raises chickens, and drinks all the coffee.
LP Kindred (he/him) is a Chicagoan-Angeleno Writer of Black and/or Queer SFF. His fiction is featured or forthcoming in FIYAH Literary Magazine and Speculative City. Kindred is an alum of Hurston-Wright, VONA, and #GhostClass.
Darcie Little Badger
Darcie Little Badger is a Lipan Apache writer with a PhD in oceanography. Her debut novel, Elatsoe, will publish with Levine Querido in August 2020 and is both a New England Book Award Finalist and a BookExpo 2020 Young Adult Buzz Finalist. Darcie’s short fiction, nonfiction and comics have appeared in multiple places, including Nightmare Magazine, Strange Horizons, and The Dark. She currently lives on both coasts of the United States and is engaged to a veterinarian who cosplays as Cassandra Pentaghast and Luke Skywalker.
Sarah A. Macklin
Sarah A. Macklin is the author of The Royal Heretic and artist for the webcomic Parenthood Activate. She is a native of Blythewood, SC and lives there with her husband and daughters.
Traci-Anne Canada is a high school literature teacher that moonlights as an MG and YA writer. She has been a part of the literary community for several years, particularly in the kidlit, romance, and Black literature sectors. She also runs a YouTube channel about books and writing. She lives in Atlanta, but can be found on Twitter and Instagram at TraciAnneCan.
Kaleb Russell is an aspiring mech pilot with an insatiable sweet tooth and a disquieting fondness for swords. When he’s not reading manga, binging podcasts, or writing about giant robots, he occasionally tweets @ImpreciseWords.
Audrey T. Williams
Audrey T. Williams (she/her) has been an avid reader of SFF for as long as she can remember. She is currently working on crafting her own speculative/fantasy short stories and a YA/MG novella based on ancestral memories. Her first speculative poetry chapbook, “Where I Dream” was published by Alley Cat Books in 2019. Audrey grew up on the coast of North Carolina and moved to Oakland in 2010. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from California College of the Arts in 2018 and works full-time as a Copy Supervisor at a healthcare ad agency in San Francisco.
Audrey is Co-Founder of AncestralFutures.org, a BIPOC+ speculative literary arts and culture nonprofit, and is Co-Chair of the Speculative Literature Foundation’s San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. When not trapped indoors, Audrey can be found roaming the Northern California wilderness hunting for gold, jade, and chanterelles, or searching North Coast beaches for sea glass. She would travel everywhere by kayak if she could.
COMMUNITY TEAM LEAD
Jen Brown is a queer, Black SFF writer and instruction librarian. When not working on stories or teaching college undergrads critical research methods, she’s either playing visual novels and tactical RPGs, watering an impressive collection of house plants, or desperately tackling her “To Be Read” pile. Find her tweeting @jeninthelib, and more about her work at jencbrown.com.
Naomi Day (she/her) is a queer Black woman writing Afro-centric futurist fiction of varying lengths. She’s part of the Clarion West plague class of 2020/21. Her fiction has appeared in Black Warrior Review and The Seventh Wave. She prefers the nomadic life when global pandemics allow, and otherwise she finds peace near water. She’s mostly inactive on Twitter @thenaomiday.