Tina Connolly lives with her family in Portland, Oregon, in a house that came with a dragon in the basement and blackberry vines in the attic. Her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and more. Her Nebula-nominated novel IRONSKIN released from Tor Books in Fall 2012, with the sequel COPPERHEAD to follow in Fall 2013, and the third and final book in Fall 2014. She is a frequent reader for Podcastle, BCS, and others, and narrates the Parsec-winning flash fiction podcast Toasted Cake. In the summer she works as a face painter, which means a glitter-filled house is an occupational hazard. Her website is tinaconnolly.com.
Alma Alexander’s life so far has prepared her very well for her chosen career. She was born in a country which no longer exists on the maps, has lived and worked in seven countries on four continents (and in cyberspace!), has climbed mountains, dived in coral reefs, flown small planes, swum with dolphins, touched two-thousand-year-old tiles in a gate out of Babylon. She is a novelist, anthologist and short story writer who currently shares her life between the Pacific Northwest of the USA (where she lives with her husband and two cats) and the wonderful fantasy worlds of her own imagination. You can find out more about Alma on her websites (www.AlmaAlexander.org and www.AlmaAlexander.com), her Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alma-Alexander/67938071280) or her blog (http://anghara.livejournal.com).
Beth Meacham has been a science fiction and fantasy editor for 25 years. She has worked for Ace Books, Berkeley, and Tor, where she was editor in chief from 1985 through 1989. She now works as an Executive Editor for Tor, from her home in Arizona.
Her bibliography includes: Nightshade: Weird Heroes 4 (novel) with Tappan King; A Reader’s Guide to Science Fiction (non-fiction) with Baird Searles, Martin Last and Michael Franklin; A Reader’s Guide to Fantasy (non-fiction) with Baird Searles and Michael Franklin; Barlow’s Guide to Extraterrestrials with Wayne D. Barlowe; Di Fate’s Catalog of Science Fiction Hardware with Vincent Di Fate; and she editted Terry’s Universe.
And her short fiction includes: “A Dream Can Make A Difference” in By Any Other Fame; Mondo Marilyn; “A Spark In The Darkness” in Alternate Outlaws; “Ashes To Ashes” in More Whatdunits; “Coyote” in Sisters In Fantasy; “Glamour Profession” in Witch Fantastic; “On Tiptoe” in Dinosaur Fantastic; “One By One” in Alternate Warriors; “The Coney Island Freak Show Babe”in Pulphouse; and “The Tale of Ali The Camel Driver” in Aladdin: Master of the Lamp.
John Barth described Cat Rambo’s writings as “works of urban mythopoeia” — her stories take place in a universe where chickens aid the lovelorn, Death is just another face on the train, and Bigfoot gives interviews to the media on a daily basis. She has worked as a programmer-writer for Microsoft and a Tarot card reader, professions which, she claims, both involve a certain combination of technical knowledge and willingness to go with the flow. In 2005 she attended the Clarion West Writers’ Workshop. Among the places in which her stories have appeared are ASIMOV’S, WEIRD TALES, CLARKESWORLD, and STRANGE HORIZONS, and her work has consistently garnered mentions and appearances in year’s best of anthologies. Her collection, EYES LIKE SKY AND COAL AND MOONLIGHT was an Endeavour Award finalist in 2010 and followed her collaboration with Jeff VanderMeer, THE SURGEON’S TALE AND OTHER STORIES. Her most recent collection is NEAR + FAR, from Hydra House Books.
She has edited anthologies as well as critically-acclaimed Fantasy Magazine, is a member of the Codex Writers’ Group, and volunteers with Clarion West. Her work with Fantasy Magazine earned her a nomination for a World Fantasy Award in 2012. She teaches at Bellevue College as well as running a highly successful series of online classes.
David D. Levine is the author of over fifty published science fiction and fantasy stories. His work has appeared in markets including
Asimov’s, Analog, F&SF, and Realms of Fantasy and has won or been nominated for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and Campbell. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Kate Yule, with whom he co-edits the fanzine Bento. His award-winning short story
collection Space Magic is now available as an ebook from all the major ebook stores, and his web page can be found at
PAM VAN HYLCKAMA VLIEG
Pam van Hylckama Vlieg started her literary career as assistant to Laurie McLean in early 2012. By April Pam was promoted to Associate Agent at Larsen Pomada. In January of 2013 after selling twenty-one books in her first year of agenting Pam was promoted to agent. When Laurie McLean mentioned creating Foreword, Pam jumped at the chance to follow her mentor and create a new agency together.
Pam grew up on a sleepy little Podunk town in Virginia. She’s lived in the UK, several US states, and now resides in the Bay Area of California. She has two kids, two dogs, two guinea pigs, but only one husband. You can find her mostly on Twitter where she wastes copious amounts of time.
Mark Henry gleefully twists urban fantasy into extremes of comedy, filth and horror (Happy Hour of the Damned). He also writes young adult horror and fantasy under the pseudonym Daniel Marks (Velveteen) and erotica as Amanda Feral. He spends way too much time glued to the internet and collects books obsessively. He’s been a psychotherapist for children and adolescents, a group home counselor, and a Halloween store manager, and has survived earthquakes, volcanoes and typhoons to get where he is today, which is to say, in his messy office surrounded by half empty coffee cups. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, Caroline, and three furry monsters with no regard for quality carpeting. None.
K.C. Ball has had more than fifty speculative fiction short stories published, in various print and online magazines such as Analog, Lightspeed, Waylines, and Murky Depths. She has a published collection of short stories, Snapshots From A Black Hole & Other Oddities, from Hydra House Books, and a novel, Lifting Up Veronica, from Every Day Publishers. A 2010 graduate of the Clarion West writers workshop, K.C. won the 2009 Writers of the Future award for her short story, Coward’s Steel, and won the Speculation Literature Foundation’s Older Writer grant in 2012. From July 2009 through April 2012, she edited and published 10Flash, an online quarterly genre fiction magazine devoted to flash fiction, presenting stories from established writers, such as Cat Rambo, Jay Lake, Ken Scholes, John Pitts and Ken Liu, as well as newcomers, including local writers such as Keffy Kehrli, Folly Blaine, Dale Ivan Smith and Shawna Reppert.