Speakers

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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Paul Krueger
Author
Author of Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge. Paul Krueger is formerly from Chicago, currently living in Los Angeles. His short fiction has appeared in SWORD & LASER and NOIR RIOT.
Cherie Priest
Author
Cherie Priest is the author of nearly two dozen books and novellas, including the recent haunted house thriller The Family Plot, acclaimed gothic horror novel Maplecroft from Roc, and the award-winning Clockwork Century series from Tor. Photo by Libby Bulloff.
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Seanan McGuire
Author
Seanan is the author of the October Daye urban fantasies, the InCryptid urban fantasies, and several other works both stand-alone and in trilogies or duologies. In case that wasn't enough, she also writes under the pseudonym "Mira Grant." For details on her work as Mira, check out MiraGrant.com. Seanan was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and her novel Feed (as Mira Grant) was named as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2010. In 2013 she became the first person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo Ballot. Photo by Beckett Gladney
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Eilis Flynn
Author
Eilis Flynn s 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.
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.
Pam Victorio
Agent
Pam is a literary viking. She's also a literary agent at D4EO Literary Agency. One time she almost stopped reading and cleaned her house. It was awful.
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.