FIYAHCON is staffed by a diverse team of people passionate about speculative literature and its community. We are writers, readers, editors, reviewers, fans, critics, and more, and who believe in FIYAHCON’s mission of amplifying the contributions of BIPOC in the realms of the fantastic. We look forward every year to celebrating and serving this community.
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.
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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
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[qodef_dropcaps type=”circle” color=”#ffffff” background_color=”#3c3c3c”]M[/qodef_dropcaps]ichi 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
[qodef_dropcaps type=”circle” color=”#ffffff” background_color=”#3c3c3c”]E[/qodef_dropcaps]boni 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.
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[qodef_dropcaps type=”circle” color=”#ffffff” background_color=”#3c3c3c”]C[/qodef_dropcaps]oral 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.
[qodef_dropcaps type=”circle” color=”#ffffff” background_color=”#3c3c3c”]L[/qodef_dropcaps]P 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.
Sarah A. Macklin
[qodef_dropcaps type=”circle” color=”#ffffff” background_color=”#3c3c3c”]S[/qodef_dropcaps]arah 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.
[qodef_dropcaps type=”circle” color=”#ffffff” background_color=”#3c3c3c”]T[/qodef_dropcaps]raci-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.
[qodef_dropcaps type=”circle” color=”#ffffff” background_color=”#3c3c3c”]K[/qodef_dropcaps]aleb 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.
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[qodef_dropcaps type=”circle” color=”#ffffff” background_color=”#3c3c3c”]J[/qodef_dropcaps]en 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.