Dreams for a Broken World
The Authors

The Authors

Cynthia Young

Cynthia Robinson Young
Cynthia Robinson Young is a native of Newark, New Jersey, but after thirty years in the San Francisco Bay Area, she now lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee with her family, which includes eight children and seventeen grandchildren. She is the author of the chapbook, Migration, which was named Finalist in the 2019 Georgia Author of the Year Award for chapbooks. Her work has appeared in anthologies including  Across the Generations, vols. I and V, and in journals and magazines, including The Ekphrastic ReviewThe Amistad, Mantis, The Writer’s Chronicle, and Sixfold. She is currently working on a novel.

Sabrina Vourvoulias

Sabrina Vourvoulias
Sabrina Vourvoulias is an award-winning Latina news editor, writer, and digital storyteller whose work has appeared at The Guardian US, PRI’s The World, Inquirer.com, NBC Philadelphia, and Philadelphia Magazine and other English- and Spanish-language publications. An American citizen by birth, she grew up in Guatemala during the armed internal conflict and moved to the United States when she was fifteen. Her journalism and news editing have garnered an Emmy, and an Edward R. Murrow award, as well as multiple José Martí, Keystone, and New York Press Association awards. In addition to short speculative fiction, Vourvoulias is the author of Ink, a near-future, immigration-centered dystopia which was named to Latinidad’s Best Books of 2012. In 2020, she wrote a middle-school nonfiction anthology, Nuestra América: 30 Inspiring Latinas/Latinos Who Have Shaped the United States. Vourvoulias lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and a dog who believes she is the one ring to rule them all. Follow her on Twitter @followthelede and online at www.sabrinavourvoulias.com.

Marie Vibbert

Marie Vibbert
Marie Vibbert has published over seventy short stories, including eleven appearances in Analog and three in China’s Science Fiction World. Her debut novel, Galactic Hellcats, is about a female biker gang in outer space rescuing a gay prince. Vibbert played women’s professional football for five years with the Cleveland Fusion. By day she is a computer programmer.

Thomas

Sheree Renée Thomas
Sheree Renée Thomas is an award-winning fiction writer, poet, and editor. Her work is inspired by myth and folklore, natural science, and Mississippi Delta conjure. Nine Bar Blues: Stories from an Ancient Future is her first prose collection. She is also the author of two multigenre/hybrid collections, Sleeping Under the Tree of Life, longlisted for the 2016 Otherwise Award and honored with a Publishers Weekly Starred Review, and Shotgun Lullabies. Thomas edited the World Fantasy-winning groundbreaking black speculative fiction anthologies, Dark Matter (2000 and 2004) and is the first to introduce W.E.B. Du Bois’s science fiction short stories.  Her work is widely anthologized and appears in The Big Book of Modern Fantasy. She is the associate editor of the historic Black arts literary journal, Obsidian: Literature & the Arts in the African Diaspora, and is the editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Thomas also writes book reviews for Asimov’s. She was recently honored as a 2020 World Fantasy Award Finalist in the Special Award Professional category for contributions to the genre and is the Co-Host of the 2021 Hugo Awards Ceremony at Discon III in Washington, D.C. with Malka Older. Thomas is the Guest of Honor of Wiscon 45 and a Special Guest of Boskone 58. She is a Marvel writer and contributor to the groundbreaking anthology, Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda. She lives in her hometown, Memphis, Tennessee near a mighty river and a pyramid.

Lisa C. Taylor
Lisa C. Taylor is the author of two poetry chapbooks and two full-length collections including Necessary Silence and The Other Side of Longing with Irish poet and writer, Geraldine Mills. She is also the author of two short story collections, most recently Impossibly Small Spaces. Taylor’s honors include the Elizabeth Shanley Gerson Lecture at University of Connecticut (with Geraldine Mills) in 2011; writing residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Willowtail Springs, and Tyrone Guthrie at Annaghmakerrig in Ireland; a spotlight feature in AWP (Associated Writing Programs); the Hugo House New Works Fiction Award; and Pushcart nominations in fiction and poetry. Her work has been in numerous anthologies and has been taught in college classes in New England. She was a two-time mentor with the AWP writer-to-writer program, and she taught creative writing at the secondary and college level for many years. Taylor holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Stonecoast, University of Southern Maine. She recently moved to a small town in the mountains where she offers workshops and private writing consultations. She is the fiction editor for the online magazine, Wordpeace, and a book reviewer for Mom Egg Review and other publications. She is online at www.lisactaylor.com.

Vandana Singh

Vandana Singh
Vandana Singh is a writer of speculative fiction and a professor of physics at a small and lively public university near Boston. Her critically acclaimed short stories have been reprinted in numerous best-of-year anthologies, and her most recent collection, Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick award. A particle physicist by training, she has been working for a decade on a transdisciplinary, justice-based conceptualization of the climate crisis at the nexus of science, pedagogy, and society. She is a Fellow of the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University. Singh was born and raised in India, where she continues to have multiple entanglements—both personal and professional—and divides her time between New Delhi and the Boston area. She can be found online at www.vandana-writes.com.

Nisi Shawl
Nisi Shawl is best known for fiction dealing with gender, race, and colonialism, including the Nebula finalist novel Everfair, an alternate history of the Congo.  Their story collection Filter House was a winner of the Otherwise Award, formerly the James Tiptree, Jr. Award. They’re the coauthor of Writing the Other: A Practical Approach, a standard text on inclusive representation, and a cofounder of the Carl Brandon Society.  Their criticism and essays appear widely, including as introductions to a volume of the Library of America and to a new edition of Octavia E. Butler’s last novel, Fledgling.

Shawl edited New Suns: Speculative Fiction by People of Color.  They co-edited Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler; and Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany.  Awards recently received include the World Fantasy Award, two Locus Awards, and FIYAH’s Ignyte Award.  Two new books are forthcoming in Fall of 2022: another story collection, Fruiting Bodies, and a Middle Grade historical fantasy novel, Speculation.

Veronica Schanoes

Veronica Schanoes
Veronica Schanoes is an American author of fantasy stories and an associate professor in the department of English at Queens College, CUNY. Her novella Burning Girls was nominated for the Nebula Award and the World Fantasy Award and won the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novella in 2013. She lives in New York City.

Robert V.S. Reddick

Robert V.S. Redick
Robert V.S. Redick is a novelist, teacher, editor, and international development consultant with thirty years experience in the Neotropics and Southeast Asia. His debut novel, The Red Wolf Conspiracy, was a finalist for the SFX Novel Award and received a special commendation by the 2010 Crawford Award Committee. He is the author of The Fire Sacraments epic fantasy series, including the recently-published Sidewinders, and The Chathrand Voyage Quartet. He is a winner of the New Millennium Writings Award, and a finalist for the Booknest Award for Best Novel and the Thomas Dunne Novel Award. Redick lives with his partner, Dr. Kiran Asher, in Western Massachusetts.

Charles Payseur

Charles Payseur
Charles Payseur is an avid reader, writer, and reviewer of speculative fiction. His works have appeared in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, Lightspeed Magazine, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, among others, and many are included in his debut collection, The Burning Day and Other Strange Stories (Lethe Press 2021). He is the series editor of We’re Here: The Best Queer Speculative Fiction (Neon Hemlock Press) and a multiple-time Hugo and Ignyte Award finalist for his work at Quick Sip Reviews. He now reviews short fiction at Locus Magazine. When not drunkenly discussing Goosebumps, X-Men comic books, and his cats on his Patreon (/quicksipreviews) and Twitter (@ClowderofTwo), he can probably found raising a beer with his husband, Matt, in their home in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Benjamin Parzybok

Benjamin Parzybok
Benjamin Parzybok is the author of the novels Couch (a two-time Indie-Next pick) and Sherwood Nation (chosen for the Silicon Valley Reads program). Among other projects, he founded Gumball Poetry, a literary journal published in gumball capsule machines; co-ran Project Hamad, an effort to free a Guantanamo inmate [Adel Hamad is now free]; and co-runs Black Magic Insurance Agency, a one-night city-wide alternative reality game. Parzybok also provides guidance to a number of projects such as Street Books, a bicycle-powered library for people living outside, and the Between the Covers podcast, a literary interview series. He lives in Portland, Oregon with the artist/writer Laura Moulton, and can be found at www.levinofearth.com and on Twitter @sparkwatson.

Usman Malik

Usman T. Malik
Usman T. Malik’s fiction has been reprinted in several year’s best anthologies, including The Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy series. He has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award and the Nebula Award, and has won the Bram Stoker Award and the British Fantasy Award. Malik’s debut collection Midnight Doorways: Fables from Pakistan has garnered praise from Brian Evenson, Paul Tremblay, Karen Joy Fowler, Kelly Link and others, and is available through his website at www.usmanmalik.org. You can find Usman on Twitter @usmantm.

Jan Maher

Jan Maher
Jan Maher’s novels Heaven, Indiana, Earth As It Is, and her short fiction collection The Persistence of Memory and Other Stories have each won Kirkus “Best Of” designations. Her stories and poems have been published regionally in Meat for Tea: The Valley Review, and Compass Roads: Poems about the Pioneer Valley. She is currently working on a third novel set in the fictional town of Heaven, Indiana. Her documentary stage play Most Dangerous Women  celebrates with word and song a century of the international women’s peace movement. She leads three online programs for The LAVA Center in Greenfield, MA: a poets & writers café, a playwrights circle, and a book club. Maher is a member of the ECHO Greenfield project team, a local history project that encourages people to uncover the hidden histories of their communities and to recognize themselves as history makers. Her website is www.janmaher.com.er.com.

Aimee Liu

Aimee Liu
Aimee Liu is the bestselling author of the novels Glorious Boy, Flash House, Cloud Mountain, and Face, as well as the memoirs Solitaire and Gaining. Her work has been published in more than twelve languages. She lives in Los Angeles.

Céline Keating

Céline Keating
Céline Keating is an award-winning writer of fiction. She is co-editor of On Montauk, A Literary Celebration and the author of two novels, Layla, a Huffington Post featured title, and Play for Me, a finalist in the International Book Awards, Indie Excellence Awards, and USA Book Awards. An excerpt from her novel-in-progress, The Stark Beauty of Last Things, won the first-place fiction award from the Tucson Book Festival in 2021. Her story “Home” received the first-place 2014 Hackney Award for Short Fiction. Other short fiction has been published in Appearances, Echoes, Emry’s Journal, Mount Hope, The North Stone Review, Prairie Schooner, and the Santa Clara Review. Keating lives in New York with her husband, Mark Levy, and is on the board of environmental organization Concerned Citizens of Montauk.

Innocent Chizaram Ilo

Innocent Chizarama Ilo
Innocent Chizarama Ilo is Igbo. They are the winner of the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize [African Region] and an Otherwise Award Honoree. Their works have appeared or are forthcoming in Granta, F&SF, Strange Horizons, Fireside, Escape Pod, Reckoning Press, and elsewhere. Innocent currently lives in Lagos, Nigeria, but dreams of exciting lives in far-flung places.

Ava Homa

Ava Homa
Ava Homa is a writer, journalist, and activist specializing in women’s issues and Middle Eastern affairs. She holds an MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Windsor in Canada. Her collection of short stories, Echoes from the Other Land, was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Prize, and she is the inaugural recipient of the PEN Canada-Humber College Writers-In-Exile Scholarship. Daughters of Smoke and Fire, her debut novel, won the Nautilus Book Award for fiction.

JoeAnn Hart

JoeAnn Hart
JoeAnn Hart is the author of the memoir Stamford ’76: A True Story of Murder, Corruption, Race, and Feminism in the 1970s. Her novels are Float, a dark comedy about plastics in the ocean, and Addled, a social satire. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in a wide range of literary publications, including Orion, The Hopper, Prairie Schooner, The Sonora Review, The Woven Tale,  and Black Lives Have Always Mattered. Her work, which also includes photography and drama, often explores the relationship between humans and their environments.

Cai Emmons

Cai Emmons
Cai Emmons is the author of seven books of fiction: the novels His Mother’s Son (winner of the Oregon Book Award), The Stylist, Weather Woman, and Sinking Islands, as well as two fall 2022 novels Unleashed and Livid. Her collection of short stories, Vanishing, won the 2020 Leapfrog Press fiction contest. Emmons’s short work has appeared in The LA Times, Ms. Magazine, TriQuarterly, Narrative, Arts and Culture, The Santa Monica Review, LitHub, and Electric Literature, among others. Before turning to fiction Emmons wrote plays and screenplays. She has taught film and fiction at various universities, (most recently the University of Oregon), and is now a full-time writer.

Tina Egnoski

Tina Egnoski
Tina Egnoski is the author most recently of the novel Burn Down This World and the story collection You Can Tell Me Anything. Her work, both fiction and poetry, has appeared in a number of literary journals, including Flying South, Green Briar Review, Gris-Gris, and The Masters Review. She leads community-based writing workshops and has been an instructor with Grubstreet Providence. Along with writing, she’s a papermaker and bookbinder.

Zig Zap Claybourne

Zig Zag Claybourne
Zig Zag Claybourne is the author of The Brothers Jetstream: Leviathan and its sequel Afro Puffs Are the Antennae of the Universe. Other works include By All Our Violent Guides, Neon Lights, and Conversations with Idras. His stories and essays on science fiction, fandom, and howlingly existential life have appeared in Apex, Galaxy’s Edge, GigaNotosaurus, Strange Horizons, and other genre venues, as well as his blog 42 on his website www.writeonrighton.com. He is the 2021 Kresge Foundation Literary Fellow. He grew up watching The Twilight Zone and considers himself a better person for it.

Breena Clarke

Breena Clarke
Breena Clarke is the author of three novels. Her recent novel, Angels Make Their Hope Here, is set in an imagined mixed-race community in 19th century New Jersey. Clarke’s debut novel, River, Cross My Heart, was an October 1999 Oprah Book Club selection. Her critically reviewed second novel, Stand The Storm, is set in mid-19th century Washington, D.C. Clarke’s short fiction has appeared in Kweli Journal, Stonecoast Review, Nervous Breakdown, Mom Egg Review, and Catapult, as well as, Like Light: 25 Years of Poetry & Prose by Bright Hill Poets & Writers. She contributed an essay to IDOL TALK: Women Writers on the Teenage Infatuations That Changed Their Lives and was co-editor of Chicken Soup for the Soul: I’m Speaking Now: Black Women Share Their Truth in 101 Stories of Love, Courage and Hope, to which she contributed two personal narratives. Clarke has been a member of the fiction faculty of Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing since 2013. She is co-founder and co-organizer (with Cheryl Clarke and Barbara Balliet) of The Hobart Book Village Festival of Women Writers, now entering its ninth consecutive year of celebrating the work of women writers in Hobart, New York, despite the challenges of the global pandemic.

Joy Baglio
Joy Baglio is a speculative-literary fiction writer and proud Leo living in Northampton, MA. Her short stories have appeared in Tin House, American Short Fiction, Conjunctions, The Missouri Review, The Iowa Review, The Fairy Tale Review, Gulf Coast, TriQuarterly, New Ohio Review, and elsewhere. She has received scholarships, fellowships, and grants from Yaddo, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Vermont Studio Center, The Elizabeth George Foundation, and The Speculative Literature Foundation, among others. Baglio holds an MFA from The New School and is the founder of the literary arts organization, Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop. She is at work on a collection of short stories and a centuries-spanning novel about ghosts. Find her online at www.JoyBaglio.com and Twitter @JoyBaglio.

Andrew Altschul

Andrew Altschul
Andrew Altschul is the author of the novels The Gringa, Deus Ex Machina, and Lady Lazarus, and of short stories that have appeared in O. Henry Prize Stories, Best New American Voices, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and many journals and magazines. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford, he has received fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, the Fundación Valparaíso, and the Ucross Foundation. Altschul is the Director of Creative Writing at Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, and a contributing editor of ZYZZYVA.