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Nisi Shawl

Nisi Shawl is a writer, editor, and journalist. They are best known as an author of science fiction and fantasy short stories who writes and teaches about how fantastic fiction might reflect real-world diversity of gender, sexual orientation, race, colonialism, physical ability, age, and other sociocultural factors

Ytasha Womack

Ytasha L. Womack is an award-winning author, filmmaker, independent scholar, and dance therapist. She is a leading expert on Afrofuturism, the imagination and its applications and frequently lectures on the subject across the world. Ytasha was honored among DesignHub’s 40 Under 40 designers for social good and innovation in 2017 and listed as a Filmmaker to Watch in The Chicago Tribune. Her book Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi and Fantasy Culture (Chicago Review Press) is the leading primer on the subject and taught in colleges and universities. Afrofuturism is also a Locus Awards Nonfiction Finalist.

Suyi Okungbowa

Suyi Davies Okungbowa is a Nigerian author of the forthcoming The Nameless Republic fantasy trilogy (Orbit, 2021) and the highly-anticipated godpunk novel, David Mogo, Godhunter (Abaddon, 2019). His shorter works have appeared internationally in periodicals like, Lightspeed, Nightmare, Strange Horizons, Fireside, and anthologies like Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, A World of Horror and People of Colour Destroy Science Fiction. He lives between Lagos, Nigeria and Tucson, Arizona where he teaches writing at the University of Arizona while completing his MFA in fiction. He tweets at @IAmSuyiDavies and is @suyidavies everywhere else. Learn more at

Kathleen Alcalá

Kathleen Alcalá is the author of a short story collection, three novels set in 19th Century Mexico and the Southwest, and a collection of essays based on family history. Her work has received the Western States Book Award, the Governor’s Writers Award, and a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award. She received her second Artist Trust Fellowship in 2008, and was honored by the national Latino writers group, Con Tinta, at the Associated Writing Programs Conference in 2014. She has been designated an Island Treasure in the Arts on Bainbridge Island. Kathleen's latest book is "The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island," by the University of Washington Press. In it, she explores our relationship with food and the land through research and numerous interviews with the people who bring us our food on Bainbridge Island. Kathleen has a B.A. in Linguistics from Stanford University, an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Washington, and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of New Orleans. She has a great affinity for the story-telling techniques of magic realism and science fiction, and has been both a student and instructor in the Clarion West Science Fiction Workshop.

Audrey Williams

Audrey is an Oakland-based Poet/Writer/Healer. In 2018, she earned an MFA in Creative Writing from California College of the Arts. She works full-time as a Copy Supervisor in the healthcare/biotech industry in San Francisco. Her mission is to create literary works as relevant cultural art forms, as an individual artist, and in community collaborations. Audrey’s creative projects share narratives through a lens of multi-cultural ancestry from the African and South Asian diasporas. She is currently working on non-fiction, poetry, and speculative fiction projects that draw from dreamwork, myth, and sacred geometry. Her current book-length projects include: Of Chutney and Chitlins: Stories from a Multi-cultural American Girl and Learning to Spell: Setting Intentions for Intuiting and Invoking the Muse. Audrey’s first poetry chapbook, Where I Dream, is available at Alley Cat Bookstore in the Mission District of San Francisco.

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