Born the son of an unemployed coal miner in a tiny Kentucky Appalachian villa named Big Creek (population 400), Jason fought his way out of the hills to the big city of Lexington. He attended Transylvania University (real school with its own vampire) and received a degree in computer science. Since 2004, he has owned and operated Apex Publications. He is the editor of five anthologies, a three-time Hugo Award loser, an occasional writer, and usually can be found wondering the halls of hotel conventions seeking friends and free food.
By day Cameron Salisbury works with numbers; by night she works with words as the Managing Editor for Apex Magazine and the Symposium Editor for Transformative Works and Cultures, a peer-reviewed, open access fan studies journal. She has degrees in literature and education from Wellesley College, The U. of Victoria and Trent U., but most of the really important stuff she learnt from fandom. She is a writer, occasional lecturer, and a denizen of the Somerville Curatorium, an artistic-academic co-op in Somerville, MA, with seven humans, one cat, two dogs, and fifteen pots of basil.
Affrilachian Poet and Cave Canem Fellow, Bianca Spriggs, is an award winning poet and multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Lexington, Kentucky. Currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Kentucky, she holds degrees from Transylvania University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Bianca is the recipient of a 2013 Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship in Poetry, multiple Artist Enrichment and Arts Meets Activism grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and a Pushcart Prize Nominee. In partnership with the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association, she is the creator of The SwallowTale Project: Creative Writing for Incarcerated Women. Bianca is the author of Kaffir Lily (Wind Publications, 2010), How Swallowtails Become Dragons (Accents Publishing, 2011), and her work may be found in numerous journals and anthologies. She is currently the Managing Editor for pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Art & Culture.
Andrea Johnson lives in Michigan with her husband and too many books. If she’s not walking around her day job with a coffee mug in hand, then she’s at home with a book in one hand and a craft beer in the other. She can be found online at her book review blog, Little Red Reviewer, and on Twitter, where her handle is @redhead5318. You wouldn’t know it from this bio, but Andrea is a very goofy person.
Eileen Maksym, Erin Braxton, Gabrielle Harbowy, Joshua Colwell, Joshua P’ng, Lisa Cox, Sam Einhorn, Anika Dane, Becky Allen, Caroline Pruett, Carolyn Charron, Jen Doyle, Jenny Nilsson, Joshua P’ng, Lindsay Anderson, Lauren Grzegorczyk, Lia Mitchell, Michael Matheson, Tae Thompson, Weslie Turner, and Yoon Ha Lee.
Cameron Salisbury wrangles the submission slush and this group of roustabouts.
Sigrid Ellis is the co-editor of Queers Dig Time Lords and Chicks Dig Comics, both from Mad Norwegian Press. In addition to her work on Apex Magazine she is currently editing the comic Pretty Deadly, published by Image. Her other jobs include air traffic control and homeschooling. She lives in Minnesota, but can be found on Twitter @sigridellis.
Two-time Hugo Award winner Lynne M. Thomas is the Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL, where she is responsible for popular culture special collections that include the literary papers of over 60 SF/F authors.
She is perhaps best known as the co-editor of the Geek Girl Chronicles book series: the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords (2010) with Tara O’Shea, Whedonistas (2011) with Deborah Stanish, and Chicks Dig Comics (2012) with Sigrid Ellis , all published by Mad Norwegian Press. She also moderates the Hugo Award-winning SF Squeecast, a monthly podcast (with Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Seanan McGuire, and Catherynne M. Valente) in which a group of SF/F professionals get excited about stuff they like.
Lynne lives in DeKalb with her husband Michael, their daughter Caitlin, and a cat named Marie.
Born in the Pacific Northwest in 1979, Catherynne M. Valente is the New York Times bestselling author of Palimpsest and the Orphan’s Tales series, as well as The Labyrinth, Yume no Hon: The Book of Dreams, The Grass-Cutting Sword, and five books of poetry. She is the winner of the Tiptree Award, the Mythopoeic Award, the Rhysling Award, and the Million Writers Award. She has been nominated nine times for the Pushcart Prize, shortlisted for the Spectrum Award, and was a World Fantasy Award finalist in 2007. She currently lives on an island off the coast of Maine with her partner and two dogs.