Presenters

READERFEST 2018 PRESENTERS

Steven Barnes
Guest of Honor
Steven Barnes is a New York Times bestselling, award-winning novelist and screenwriter who is the creator of the Lifewriting™ writing course, which he has taught nationwide. He recently won an NAACP Image Award as co-author of the Tennyson Hardwick mystery series with actor Blair Underwood and his wife, Tananarive Due.
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Beth Meacham
Special Guest Editor
Editor at Tor Books, Beth has edited many major works including Ender’s Game, Blood Music, and Barlowe’s Guide to Extraterrestrials.
Kathya Alexander
Playwright - Actor - Author
Kathya Alexander is a writer, actor, storyteller, and teaching artist. Her poem, Naa Naa, appears in Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workplace. She won the WRAP Award, Youth Arts Award, and the CityArtist Award from the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture and her play, David and Jonathan, was featured at STG’s Nights At The Neptune. Her play, HomeGoing, was chosen for Freehold’s New Plays Festival, Mahogany Project's Festival, and for residency at Hedgebrook's Women’s Writer's Retreat. She was playwright for Intiman Theater's Rough Eagle's Project, and her play, Black To My Roots, won the Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Eilis Flynn
Author

Eilis Flynn is an American author of four fantasy romance novels for the publisher, Cerridwen Press. She also has written for DC Comics using the name Elizabeth M. Smith.

Ross Murker
MC
Ross Murker will MC the Readerfest bookfair. His skills in public speaking and being heard over the roar of crowds make him the perfect choice for this role. Also, he's a nice guy.
Candice Montgomery
Author
Candice Montgomery is an LA transplant now residing in Seattle. By night, she writes YA lit about Black teens across all their intersections. By day, she teaches dance and works in the land of early childhood Deaf education. Her debut novel, HOME AND AWAY, is forthcoming from Page Street Publishing/Macmillan, Fall 2018. It is the goal of her stories to interrogate the spaces of race, love, the body, gender and sexuality, all while being a witness of life.
Muhammad Aurengzeb Ahmad
Writer & Data Scientist

Principal Data Scientist at KenSci, Affiliate Assistant Professor at University of Washington and Visiting Research Scientistat Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Dr Asao Inoue
Professor & Researcher

Asao B. Inoue is Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Director of University Writing and the Writing Center, and the Program Chair of the 2018 Conference on College Composition and Communication. He also has been a member of the Executive Board of the Council of Writing Program Administrators. Among his many articles and chapters on writing assessment, race, and racism, his article, “Theorizing Failure in U.S. Writing Assessments” in RTE, won the 2014 CWPA Outstanding Scholarship Award. His co-edited collection, Race and Writing Assessment (2012), won the 2014 NCTE/CCCC Outstanding Book Award for an edited collection. His book, Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies: Teaching and Assessing for a Socially Just Future (2015) won the 2017 NCTE/CCCC Outstanding Book Award for a monograph and the 2015 CWPA Outstanding Book Award. In November of 2016, he guested co-edited a special issue of College English on writing assessment as social justice, and has a co-edited collection, Writing Assessment, Social Justice, and The Advancement of Opportunity (2018). Additionally, he is completing a book on labor-based grading contracts as socially just writing assessment.

Sonia Lyris
Author

Sonia Orin Lyris is the author of The Seer — a novel about vision, power, and identity. Read chapter one here.

  • The Rochi DeckA 54-card deck for gambling and divination, from the Seer Saga, book two. Rochi beta deck, rules, and history, hereRochi was designed in collaboration with Cheapass Games, creator of Patrick Rothfuss’s Tak.
  • Touchstone“: a story in The Seer universe, free to fans of my work, courtesy of  publisher, Baen Books.

Where to get The SeerAmazonBarnes & NobleBaen BooksUniversity BookstoreElliot Bay & your local library.

Elizabeth Guizzetti
Author, Illustrator, Comic Books

Elizabeth Guizzetti is a multi-taltented illustrator and author best known for her demon-poodle based comedy, Out for Souls & Cookies. She is also the creator of Faminelands and Lure and collaborated with authors on several projects including A is for Apex and The Prince of Artemis V.

She enjoys exploring different aspects of creativity and writes science fiction and fantasy. Her debut novel, Other Systems, was a 2015 Finalist for the Canopus Award for excellence in Interstellar Fiction. Her short work has appeared in anthologies such as Wee Folk and The Wise and Beyond the Hedge. Between long projects, she works on a ten-part novella series, The Chronicles of the Martlet, following the life of an elfin assassin turned necromancer just for funsies.

Guizzetti lives in Seattle with her husband and two dogs. When not writing or illustrating, she loves hiking and birdwatching.

Find out more about her work at elizabethguizzetti.com or follow her on Twitter @E_Guizzetti

Zig Zag Claybourne
Author

Zig Zag Claybourne wishes he’d grown up with the powers of either Gary Mitchell or Charlie X but without the Kirk confrontations (anybody not getting those Trek references gets their scifi cred docked three points). His work has appeared in Apex Magazine, Vex Mosaic, Alt History 101, FlashShot, The Reverie Journal, Stupefying Stories, The City: A Cyberfunk Anthology, UnCommon Origins, Rococoa: The Sword & Soul/Steamfunk Anthology, and others. His latest novel is The Brothers Jetstream: Leviathan. More at www.WriteonRighton.com.

Abie Ekenezar
Actor, Singer, Cosplayer

bie Ekenezar is an actress, singer and “Cosplayer” living in Seattle, WA with an extensive background resume and has been in the entertainment industry professionally with IMDB credits in just two years. Abie came on board with the agency Big Fish Northwest to work with the next generation of professional TV and Film professionals on Strowlers, a fantasy film project that was recently released by Zombie Orpheus Entertainment.

Prior to this, Abie graduated in Computers Science at Montclair State University but that wasn’t enough. She also decided to get a Minor in Musical Theatre because of her love for the arts. Abie started singing from the crib and while working on her Bachelor’s at Montclair, she also auditioned and was accepted into the Seton Hall University Choir where they toured along the East Coast and Internationally in Quebec, Canada.

Years later, Abie went to her first Convention in Seattle, which was Penny Arcade and fell in love with the costumes and game play. At this moment, she realized that at her next convention she would do it all herself. Emerald City Comicon debuted her first character as, Turanga Leela from Futurama in 2012. She later found her passion for the character of cosplay and got into the film industry, being in such projects as Grimm, Man In The High Castle, Librarians, Portlandia and even Z-Nation, filmed in Spokane, WA.

Abie has recently completed multiple projects with Blue Forge Films and two current projects that are currently in Post Production to be released in 2018.

Irene Radford
Author

Irene Radford has been writing stories ever since she figured out what a pencil was for. Editing grew out of her love of the craft of writing. Mostly Irene writes fantasy and historical fantasy including the best-selling Dragon Nimbus Series and the masterwork Merlin’s Descendants series.

In other lifetimes she writes urban fantasy as P.R. Frost or Phyllis Ames, and space opera as C.F. Bentley. Lately she ventured into Steampunk as Julia Verne St. John.

If you wish information on the latest releases from Ms Radford, under any of her pen names, you can subscribe to her newsletter: www.ireneradford.net. Or you can follow her on Facebook as Phyllis Irene Radford, or on twitter @radford_irene25 You can also read advance copies of new books on Irene’s Patreon Account: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=5806073

Robyn Bennis
Author

Robyn Bennis is a writer and biologist living in Madison, WI, where she has one cat, two careers, and an apartment full of dreams.

She has done research and development involving human gene expression, neural connectomics, cancer diagnostics, rapid flu testing, gene synthesis, genome sequencing, being so preoccupied with whether she could that she never stopped to think if she should, and systems integration.

She is the author of the Signal Airship Series from Tor Books and wrote her debut novel, The Guns Above, within sight of the historic Hangar One at Moffett Airfield.

Jeffrey L. Cheatham II
Author

Jeffrey L. Cheatham II’s passion for storytelling was evident from his days as a student at Seattle’s John Muir Elementary School, where every written assignment he submitted was in the form of a story or comic.

Jeffrey has self-published two children books, "The Family Jones and The Eggs of Rex" and "Why is Jane so Mad?"

He has been a passionate and ardent supporter of all things literary, even going so far as to create the Seattle Urban Book Expo: an organization that provides a platform for authors of color to showcase their Literary work and connect them with readers in their community.

jim pinto
post world games

jim pinto is a nearly 20-year veteran of the entertainment and gaming industry, with numerous credits in about a dozen categories, including writing, design, development, art, and editing. He’s written everything from gaming adventures to board games to comics to screenplays to hot tub catalog copy.

His latest fiasco involves a immortal peasants in a fantasy world where the sun never leaves. jim pinto is a multicultural savant. He knows ‘hello’ in twenty languages, as well as most of the world’s capitals. His first book in the gaming industry was about Japanese culture, favorite novel is French, favorite movie is Chinese, favorite country is Romania, favorite road is Vietnamese, favorite food is Indian, and favorite wife is Korean.

He might have also won a few ENnies, an origins award, a player’s choice award from Inquest magazine, Cinequest 21, and $50 from a college fiction contest. He’s not sure. He has no children, pets, or lice. jim pinto is allergic to capital letters.

Jeffrey Cook
Author & Publisher

Jeffrey Cook lives in the wilds of Maple Valley, WA now, but has lived all over the U.S. (and a little bit of Canada.) His mother insists he's wanted to be an author since he was six years old, but he didn't get his official start as a novelist until 2014. He now has 13 novels and a non-fiction book out, many with frequent co-author and professional editor Katherine Perkins.

He also heads up charity press Writerpunk Press, which currently has 5 anthologies out, benefitting PAWS Animal Rescue – a charity near and dear to Jeffrey, as the place he met 3 of his rescue dogs.

When not reading, researching, writing, or gaming, he is also a passionate football fan. (Go Hawks!) More information and links to books can be found at: http://www.authorjeffreycook.com/about.html and https://clockworkdragon.net/

Tim Beach
Beach House Games

Tim Beach started creating games around the time he was in second grade, but didn’t get anything published until he was almost done with his Master’s degree in history.

Soon after, he was hired by TSR, where he worked on most of the D&D campaign settings of the 1990s. He wrote “Thri-Kreen of Athas” for Dark Sun, collaborated on “Factol’s Manifesto” for Planescape, adapted material to write the Red Steel/Savage Coast campaign setting, and assembled the Monstrous Manual.

Tim has also worked on several other games, including Deadlands, The Dark Eye, and his self-published simple RPG, Prime20.

Janna Silverstein
Editor & Author

Janna Silverstein is a writer and award-winning editor. Her publishing career started at Spectra, Bantam Books' science fiction and fantasy imprint, where she worked with authors including Raymond Feist, Katharine Kerr, David Gerrold among many others, and properties including Star Trek, Star Wars, Aliens, Superman and Batman.

She has also worked at WizKids Games, Wizards of the Coast and on a freelance basis with Kobold Press on their award-winning line of Kobold Guides. Her writing has appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, SciFi Wire, and several fiction anthologies.

Matt Ruff
Author

Matt Ruff is the author of the novels Fool on The Hill (1988), Sewer, Gas & Electric: The Public Works Trilogy (1997), Set This House in Order: A Romance of Souls (2003), Bad Monkeys (2007), The Mirage (2012), and Lovecraft Country (2016).

Lovecraft Country has been greenlit as an HBO series! You can learn more about the book here, and in posts tagged “Lovecraft Country” on my blog. You can also download a preview by clicking on this link.

A reader’s guide to Lovecraft Country is available here, and links to some related interviews and Q&As can be found at www.bymattruff.com

Sharon H. Chang
Author, Photographer, Activist

S H A R O N H. C H A N G is an award-winning Author Photographer Activist with a lens on racism, social justice and the Asian American diaspora. Her inaugural book Raising Mixed Race: Multiracial Asian Children In a Post-Racial World was released in 2016 to critical acclaim.

Her writing has also appeared in BuzzFeed, ThinkProgress, Racism Review, Hyphen Magazine, ParentMap Magazine, South Seattle Emerald, The Seattle Globalist, AAPI Voices and International Examiner. In 2015 Sharon was named Social Justice Commentator of the Year by The Seattle Globalist. In 2016 she was selected Favorite Local API Author / Writer by Seattle International Examiner readers. That same year she was awarded First Place, Small Print: Editorial & Commentary, by the Society of Professional Journalists Western Washington.

Sharon is currently working on a memoir examining her biracial identity through the prism of “hapa” Hawai’i as well as a third book looking at Asian American women and gendered racism to be co-authored with preeminent sociologist Joe R. Feagin.

Donna Miscolta
Author

Donna Miscolta’s story collection Hola and Goodbye, winner of the Doris Bakwin Award for Writing by a Woman, was published by Carolina Wren Press (2016).  It won an Independent Publishers award for Best Regional Fiction and an International Latino Book Award for Best Latino Focused Fiction.

She’s also the author of the novel When the de la Cruz Family Danced (Signal 8 Press, 2011). Recent work has appeared in The Fourth RiverCascadia MagazineMossBlood Orange Review, andSeattle Review of Books.

Her work has been supported by grants from 4Culture, Artist Trust, Bread Loaf/Rona Jaffe Foundation, Jack Straw, and Seattle Office of Arts and Culture as well as residencies at Artsmith, Anderson Center, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Hedgebrook, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She writes a monthly blog at donnamiscolta.com.

Bob Brown
Publisher

B Cubed Press was founded in the throes of desperation, as, like so many Americans in 2016, I searched for an outlet for the anger and frustration that came from seeing the America I grew up with torn from my heart.

As an unapologetic liberal, I asked myself what could I do. The last time such a fervor of need came over me was when Newt Gingrich became the speaker of the House of Representatives. When that happened, I signed up and spent seven good years as an award-winning commentator for Northwest Public Radio.

I look forward to seven good years with B Cubed Press, a press dedicated to raising the words of truth, unbound by ideology, so they can be heard. I hope you enjoy the offerings. -- Bob Brown

Michael Kabongo
Agent - OnyxHawke Agency

This is a bio. This bio is for Mike Kabongo literary agent. It contains useful things like his hatred of decaf, baseball, and cats. It also contains useless information like please don't mass email 200+ agents and editors the same list of story ideas. You should understand he has no filter before shower and food, and not much of one later. He considers good cognac the pinnacle of European civilization and a medium rare steak the esculent to enjoy after a sortee into finding the next sword & sorcery, space opera, urban fantasy, or milsf slush.

Jasmine Silvera
Author

Author of the romantic urban fantasy series, Grace Bloods, Jasmine Silvera spent her impressionable years sneaking "kissing books" between comics and fantasy movies and has been mixing them up in her writing ever since.

Silvera is the pseudonym of Seattle based writer and editor Rashida J. Smith. She attended the Clarion West Writers Workshop in 2005 and currently edits the webzine GigaNotoSaurus. She procrastinates on Twitter and Instagram as @JasSilvera

website: www.jasminesilvera.com

Celeste Adame
Poet & Professor

Celeste Adame, Muckleshoot, holds a Master of Fine Arts in poetry from Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. Her thesis, Lovers Landscape, explores gender identity, sexuality, love, basketball, landscapes of both Washington and New Mexico.

She has been published in Yellow Medicine Review, Cloudthroat, As/Us: A Journal for Women of the World, hinchas de poesia, Connotations Press, and Santa Fe Literary Review. She has been nominated for a Pushcart. Photo credit: Gabriel Padilha

David Morrison
Author

David Alan Morrison. David's new book, "Guild Of Immortal Women" is a finalist in the IndieFAB Book Awards.His latest work, ANGAKOK is set to be released through PULSE PUBLICATIONS in the Fall, 2017. Look for his other titles: RESCUING AWEN and TRAVELS WITH PENNY which are both available in Kindle as well as Amazon and through his website, www.davidalanmorrison.com.

David received his B.A. in Deafness, Theatre, and Cultural Diversity from Fairhaven College and his M.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Kentucky. His plays have been produced in Louisville, Seattle, Lexington and Houston.

Brenda Clough
Author

Brenda W. Clough (also credited as B.W. Clough) is an American science fiction and fantasy writer. She has been nominated for the Hugo and Nebula Award in 2002 for her novella "May Be Some Time". She teaches writing workshops at the Writers Center in Bethesda, MD, and is a painter, knitter, and volunteers for SFWA.

Billy Mockingbird
Music

Through an incredible drive to channel the old greats and with a view towards authentic self-expression, Billy has chiseled a truly unique sound. He seamlessly blends Blues, Country, and Psychadelia with nods to RL Burnside, John Lee Hooker, Mississippi John Hurt, and Towns Van Zandt.

Billy says that the guitar saved his life, and you can tell by the passion he puts into his live shows. More than anything, he wants people to be happy when you hear his music. Please enjoy responsibly.

Sumiko Saulson
Author
Sumiko Saulson is a cartoonist and horror writer, editor of Black Magic Women and 100 Black Women in Horror Fiction, author of Solitude, Warmth, The Moon Cried Blood, Happiness and Other Diseases. She wrote and illustrated comics Mauskaveli, Dooky and graphic novels Dreamworlds and Agrippa. She writes for SEARCH Magazine.

 

 

 

OTHER FEATURED PRESENTERS
Julianna Hinckley, Jeffrey Cook,  Candice Montgomery, Eilis Flynn

And Many More to Come!

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