Gregory Maguire is a writer of several dozen crossover books for adults and children. His best-known work is Wicked.
He also helped found and for 25 years codirected Children’s Literature New England, Inc., a nonprofit that raises awareness of the significance of literature in the lives of children.
Biographical information can be found at Gregory Maguire, Wikipedia.com.
Matt’s a writer, podcaster, and video-maker based in Seattle whose work focuses on queer culture, geeks, and all things strange and wonderful.
He’s the co-creator of the podcast & live show Queens of Adventure, featuring drag queens on an Dungeons & Dragons quest, as well as the interview show The Sewers of Paris, the YouTube pop culture series Culture Cruise, and the LGBTQ news shows Weekly Debrief and Marriage News Watch. His book, Defining Marriage, chronicles the personal stories of people who fought for marriage equality over the last forty years.
Michael Dahl is the author of the bestselling Bedtime for Batman and Be A Star, Wonder Woman picture books. His Library of Doom adventure series has been the number one hi-lo series read in US schools for years. He has written several series for young readers featuring Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, as well as books with Green Lantern and Flash. He was a co-creator with Eisner-Award winning illustrator Art Baltazar in revisioning the DC Super Pets, and was excited to introduce his own creation to the DC pantheon – Flexy Frog, the companion of Plastic Man. His Sweet Dreams, Supergirl was recently reviewed by Booklist as “a perfect introductory graphic novel for picture-book readers.” And his latest picture book Family Is a SuperPower has already been chosen by Barnes & Noble as a best Book for 2019 saying: “ . . pick this story up ASAP!”
Dahl has spoken at schools, libraries, and conferences across the US and Great Britain including ALA, Renaissance Reading, the Bank Street School and at the New York Public Library. He currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota in a haunted house.
Yoon Ha Lee’s debut novel, NINEFOX GAMBIT, won the Locus Award for best first novel and was a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Clarke awards; its sequel, RAVEN STRATAGEM, was a finalist for the Hugo. Lee has also written a Korean mythology space opera for middle grade, DRAGON PEARL. His short fiction has appeared in venues such as Tor.com, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies.
Lee lives in Louisiana with his family and an extremely lazy cat, and has not yet been eaten by gators.
Samantha R. Crossland began her fashion design career with her label “Blasphemina’s Closet”, one of the first Lolita clothing lines in the US, in 2000. After closing “Blaspheminaís Closet” in September of 2013, she started anew with her eponymous label “Samantha Rei”. “Samantha Rei” embodies the sweetness, femininity and attention to detail that has come to be expected from the designer. She’s been featured in Huffington Post, Shojo Beat, the American Gothic and Lolita Bible, Gothic Beauty, Glamour UK and Vogue UK. Samantha was named one of 2014 City Pages “Artists of the Year” and 2016 Best of the Twin Cities “Best Fashion Show” and Reader’s Choice “Best Local Fashion Designer.” In 2015 she authored and illustrated a how-to book on subculture fashion design called Steampunk and Cosplay Fashion Design and Illustration. Samantha Rei appeared as a contestant on Project Runway season 16.
Samantha strives to help women feel confident, strong and comfortable in their own skin. She believes they can all be beautiful warriors.
Eleanor Arnason published her first story in 1973. Since then, she has published six novels and 50 works of shorter fiction. Her novel A Woman of the Iron People won the Tiptree and Mythopoeic Society Awards. Her novel Ring of Swords won a Minnesota Book Award. Her story “Dapple” won the Spectrum Award, and other stories have been finalists for the Nebula, Hugo, Sturgeon and Sidewise Awards.
Her most recent books are Hidden Folk (2014), a collection of short stories based on Icelandic folklore, and Hwarhath Stories (2016), a collection of short fiction set in the universe of Ring of Swords. A new edition of Ring of Swords came out in 2018.
She lives in the Twin Cities Metro Area. Her current goals are to finish the long-past-due sequel to Ring of Swords and to get back to Iceland.
Professional wrestler Tommy “The SpiderBaby” Saturday began his writing career after he lost a specially-stipulated match. (Had he won, a coal miner’s glove would have been surgically grafted onto his opponent’s nose.) To minimize the obvious damage this development would do to his athletic calling, and because the name Neil Gaiman was already taken, Tommy adopted the pen name Terrance Griep which loosely translates to “the smooth, tender, febrile, Roman clan member from the knolls who faintly resembles Thor.” Tommy has worked in multiple literary fields, including comic books, fiction, and nonfiction.
Within the field of funnybooks, Tommy has published stories featuring DC Comics’ Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Lobo, the Question, and the Riddler, but he’s best known as a frequent contributor to Scooby-Doo! and Scooby-Doo, Where Are you? He’s also written for Image’s Big Bang Comics and The Savage Dragon, along with dozens of independent publishers. Tommy combined the wrestling and writing worlds when he wrote Heroic Publishing’s Champions #55, a comic book where he guest stars.
Within the realm of fiction, Tommy has contributed short stories to anthologies Dark Spectrum, Savorosity, Speculative Valentine Drabbles, and Spooky Halloween Drabbles. Subjects include Necro Americans, black-eyed children, one-eyed martyrs, green-eyed vampires, two-headed turtle boys, and a super-villain who knows just where the ottoman goes.
Within the arena of nonfiction, Tommy has sold hundreds of articles to publications as varied as The Advocate, Instinct Magazine, and Star Trek Monthly. Some of these entailed interviews with Clive Barker, John Waters, and Esera Tuaolo, along with lots of people whose names he has since forgotten.
Despite the above setbacks, Tommy has continued to wrestle professionally. Recognized by Out Magazine as America’s first openly gay grappler, The SpiderBaby has earned fifteen championships and was twice featured in the documentary film Dropkick Minnesota. He has also been a guest on Coast To Coast AM, a radio program heard in over 600 markets. The International Gay Outdoors Organization recognizes him as one of the Nine Toughest Gays in America. He also served as Crunch, the Minnesota Timberwolves mascot, for exactly one game. And he has no idea where the ottoman goes. You can follow Tommy’s Twitter at www.twitter.com/thespiderbaby.
Ginn Hale lives with her lovely wife in the Pacific Northwest. She spends the many cloudy days observing fungi and she whiles away the rainy evenings tinkering with words. Her first novel, Wicked Gentlemen, won the Spectrum Award for best novel and was a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Her most recent publications include the Lord of the White Hell, Champion of the Scarlet Wolf, The Rifter trilogy: The Shattered Gates, The Holy Roadand His Sacred Bones as wells the collection, The Long Past& Other Stories.
Peg Kerr was born in a Chicago suburb, moved to Minnesota to attend St. Olaf College, and has stayed in Minnesota ever since.
With $50.00 from her first paycheck from her first job out of college, she registered for a science fiction and fantasy writing class. There, she met her husband and wrote the first story she ever sold. In hindsight, this is all quite pleasant consolation for the fact that she was fired from her job the day the class started.
She attended the Clarion Writers Workshop in 1988 and has an M.A. in English Literature, specializing in speculative fiction. Her fiction has appeared in various science fiction and fantasy magazines and anthologies. Emerald House Rising is her first novel. The Wild Swans, a stand-alone fantasy based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, is her second. Both novels were published by Warner Books.
Three facts about Peg Kerr:
- She earned her black belt in karate at age 51.
- She spent 7 years writing 12 characters in a real-time journal-based group AU Harry Potter fan fiction project.
- She once baked a chocolate cake in the exact shape of a cabbage and swore never to do such a thing again.
Peg Kerr presently lives in Minneapolis.
Naomi Kritzer has been writing science fiction and fantasy for twenty years. Her short story “Cat Pictures Please” won the 2016 Hugo and Locus Awards and was nominated for the Nebula Award. CAT PICTURES PLEASE AND OTHER STORIES was released in 2017, and her YA novel CATFISHING ON CATNET (based on “Cat Pictures Please”) will be coming out from Tor in November 2019. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with her spouse, two kids, and four cats. The number of cats is subject to change without notice.
Bio: Lyda Morehouse leads a double life. By day, she’s the mild-mannered science fiction author of the Shamus and Philip K. Dick award-winning AngeLINK series. By night, she’s the bestselling paranormal romance and urban fantasy writer, Tate Hallaway. She’s written and published over a dozen novels (five as Lyda and nine as Tate), and together her two identities have over a decade of professional publishing experience. She lives in St. Paul with her wife of 33 years and their teenage son.
Warren Rochelle lives and works in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where he teaches English at the University of Mary Washington. His short fiction and poetry have been published in such journals and anthologies as Icarus, North Carolina Literary Review, Forbidden Lines, Aboriginal Science Fiction, Collective Fallout, Queer Fish 2, Empty Oaks, Quantum Fairy Tales, The Silver Gryphon, Jaelle Her Book, Colonnades, and Graffiti, as well as the Asheville Poetry Review, GW Magazine, Crucible, The Charlotte Poetry Review, and Romance and Beyond. He has published several critical essays on rhetoric, science fiction and fantasy, and a critical work on Le Guin.
His short story, “The Golden Boy,” was a finalist for the 2004 Spectrum Award for Short Fiction. His short story, “Luck,” was published in Fae Wings and Hidden Things, in July 2017, and his short story, “Mirrors,” was just accepted by Cuil Press to be included in their forthcoming queering romance anthology, So You Think You Know Love?
Rochelle also is the author of four novels: The Wild Boy (2001), Harvest of Changelings (2007), and The Called (2010), all published by Golden Gryphon Press. His fourth novel, The Werewolf and His Boy was published by Samhain Publishing in September 2016.
He is presently at work on a collection of gay-themed retellings of traditional fairy tales.
Not everyone is destined for greatness…
Very Random Encounters, is a podcast where they play pen and
paper RPGs in which they’ve randomly determined as many things as
possible including characters, villains, names, places, and other
weirder stuff. It all comes together to be a very random encounter.
Wondering where to start?
Check out the Listening Guide!
VRE will be recording live at Gaylaxicon 2019!