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Anna-Marie McLemore

Anna-Marie McLemore (they/them) grew up hearing la llorona in the Santa Ana winds, and now writes books as queer, Latine, and nonbinary as they are. They are the author of The Weight of Feathers, a 2016 William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist; Stonewall Honor Book When the Moon Was Ours, which was longlisted for […]

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Ann Dávila Cardinal

Ann Dávila Cardinal is a novelist and Director of Recruitment for Vermont College of Fine Arts where she also earned her MFA in Writing. She comes from a long line of Puerto Rican writers, including father and son poets Virgilio and José Antonio Dávila, and her cousin, award-winning fiction writer Tere Dávila. Ann’s first novel, Sister […]

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Akilah White

Akilah is a freelance book reviewer, editor, and sensitivity reader focused on the union of aesthetics and ethics, as well as a brand rep for Decentred Lit and The Seasonal Pages. Her unruly online base is on bookstagram at ifthisisparadise. She lives in Jamaica. Find Akilah on Twitter at @akilamantado and Instagram at @ifthisisparadise.

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Zin E. Rocklyn

Zin E. Rocklyn is a contributor to Bram Stoker-nominated and This is Horror Award-winning Nox Pareidolia, KaijuRising II: Reign of Monsters, Brigands: A Blackguards Anthology, and Forever Vacancy anthologies and Weird Luck TalesNo. 7 zine. Their story “Summer Skin” in the Bram Stoker-nominated anthology Sycorax’s Daughters received an honorable mention for Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year, Volume Ten. Zin contributed the nonfiction essay “My […]

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Zen Cho

Zen Cho is the author of the Sorcerer to the Crown novels, the novella The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water and a short story collection, Spirits Abroad. Her newest novel is Black Water Sister, a contemporary fantasy set in Malaysia. Zen is a Hugo, Crawford and British Fantasy Award winner, and a […]

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WC Dunlap

WC Dunlap draws her inspiration from the complexities of a Black Baptist middle class upbringing by southern parents in northern New Jersey, and all that entails for a brown skin girl growing up in America. Equally enthralled by the divine and the demonic with a professional background in data & tech, she seeks to bend genres with a […]

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Valerie Valdes

Valerie Valdes’s work has been featured in Uncanny Magazine, Time Travel Short Stories and Nightmare Magazine. Her debut novel Chilling Effect was published by Harper Voyager in September 2019 and Orbit UK in February 2020, with starred reviews in Kirkus Reviews and Library Journal. It was shortlisted for the 2021 Arthur C. Clarke Award, and […]

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Sydnee Thompson

Sydnee Thompson is a speculative fiction writer whose bylines include Fiyah Lit Magazine, Fireside Magazine, and io9. Her short fiction often explores the ethical and societal ramifications of technology developed under capitalism and how marginalized people find ways to subvert it. She is currently drafting a fantasy novel about queer POC trying to avoid killing each […]

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Samit Basu

Samit Basu is an Indian SFF novelist. His most recent book, Chosen Spirits, a near-future anti-dystopian Delhi novel, was shortlisted for the JCB Prize, India’s biggest lit award, and is to be published next year by Tordotcom as The City Inside. He’s also known in India for the bestselling Gameworld trilogy of fantasy novels (Penguin) […]

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Osahon Ize-Iyamu

Osahon Ize-Iyamu is a Nigerian writer of speculative fiction. He has been published in Clarkesworld, Fantasy, and Strange Horizons and is a graduate of the Alpha Writers Workshop. You can find him online @osahon4545 Find Osahon on Twitter at @osahon4545.  

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