Arisia 2022 - DRAFT - Subject to change - DRAFT Program Participant Bios

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Vivian Abraham (any pronouns are fine) is a game designer, professional editor, attorney, and community organizer. They are the convention chair for Arisia 2022.

Tabletop Indie RPG Meetup
Tabletop GM Meetup
Saturday Feedback Sessions
Arisia 101: An Introduction
Mental Illness: Separating Fact from Fiction
Neurodiversity & Neuroscience in SF/F
Making Arisia Happen
Murdock v. Spencer: Lawyers in Comics
Monday Feedback Session

Wendee Abramo is a life long dabbler. In 2008 she discovered belly dance and finally found her favorite thing to geek out about. As half of Ki-Ra Luna, she's performed at Arisia as an ewok, an evil clown, a chicken, and a Ghostbuster. She can also be found dancing at local faires and festivals, teaching FatChanceBellyDance® Style dance, and ranting about cat cafes. She lives, and occasionally podcasts, in Brighton with her husband and their dog. Also, there is a cat. facebook.com/KiRaLunaDance

Arisia 101: An Introduction

Paul Albamonte

Martian Rails

E. C. Ambrose wrote the Dark Apostle historical fantasy novels about medieval surgery, and forthcoming DRAKEMASTER, set in Mongol-era China. As Elaine Isaak, she wrote The Singer's Legacy series, and as E. Chris Ambrose, she writes the Bone Guard archaeological thrillers. In her research, she learned to hunt with a falcon, clear a building of intruders, pull traction, and steer a pirate ship. The author is a graduate of and instructor for the Odyssey Writing workshop. She also makes wearable art clothing.

Materials of the Medium
Shop Talk: Quitting Time
Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading
Dialogue That Sings
Manufacturing Creativity: Breaking Blocks
Mapping the Fantastic

Joseph Andelman—Boston-based social organizer and collaborator of events for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Anime fans. These have ranged from dinners and movie viewings to anime marathons and bar crawls. However, his longest running effort has been managing a local Manga Club since 2013 that is still going strong! Officially Digital since the year 2020!

Graphic Novels as Memoir

Boston Armizare is a HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts) group researching and practicing Medieval and Renaissance fencing and combat according to the teachings of Fiore de'i Liberi and other Italian masters. Our students are dedicated to the rigorous study and effective practice of Armizare, "The Art of Bearing Arms”, an integrated system of longsword, dagger, grappling, spear and polaxe laid down by 14th century Italian sword master, mercenary and knight Fiore dei Liberi, in his manuscript "the Flower of Battle". We emphasize the martial efficacy and historical accuracy of our techniques and test our interpretations with speed and intent.

An Introduction to Italian Rapier Class
Exploring Combat Tropes in Popular Fantasy Media

Athena School of Arms is a Boston-based Modern School of Historical Fencing and Martial Arts. We have two primary programs: the Longsword tradition of Johannes Lichtenauer, and a rotating schedule of Rapier, Broadsword, Sabre, Smallsword, Dagger, Sword & Buckler, and Grappling arts. Training includes free play, drills, test cutting, and physical fitness; together, these elements help students to understand and recreate combat on the battlefield, the list, and in personal defense. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=va1DqbaVetM

Fighting with Swords!
The Cutting Truth of the Sword

Julia Austein—Artist, teacher and Co-director of the Arisia Artshow. Also a long-time Arisia attendee.

Directors' Tour of the Art Show
Art Show- Open House for Fans with Disabilities

Jacqui B.—I run the editing business Literary Sidekick. I'm a member of Editorial Freelancers Association and a graduate of Emerson College’s Writing, Literature, and Publishing program. My superpowers are storytelling and editing. My fandoms are many: Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, Star Trek, Star Wars, Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel, Storm/X-Men, Graceling, The Parasol Protectorate, Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur, Bitch Planet, and the list goes on.

From Blacula to Get Out: The Panel

Michael C. Bailey is a professional writer from Worcester, Massachusetts who kind of hates writing bios. After 15 years in journalism, Michael left to focus on his creative writing career. He is the author of two ongoing series, "Action Figures" and "The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot," and the urban fantasy trilogy "Well-Behaved Women." In his spare time Michael is a regular performer and stage combat director with the Connecticut Renaissance Faire.

Writing Helpline for Action Scenes
Crafting Memorable Villains
Shop Talk: Quitting Time
The Mushy Middle: Conquering the Midpoint Swamp

Jess Barber lives in Cambridge, MA, where she spends her days (and sometimes nights) building open-source electronics. She is a graduate of the 2015 Clarion Writing Workshop, and her work has appeared in Lightspeed, Clarkesworld, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction, among others. You can find her online at www.jess-barber.com.

Billionaires IN SPACE!
Narrative Podcasts
Gal Pal Gathering- Femslashers unite!

Ned Barnett makes comics about heroes, health and history. He’s usually found in Cambridge, MA. His comic work includes the full-length, self-published graphic novel, Dreamers of the Day, which was awarded one of Multiversity Comics Best Graphic Novels of 2019. His comics are in anthologies including COVID Chronicles, Embodied, Dead Beats, and Flash Forward. In the TTRPG space, he's a founding cast member of Going Critical, an RPG channel which centers marginalized creators.

Gaming As a Way of Exploring Identity
Creating Comics: From Idea to Finished Product

Reuben Baron writes articles on pop culture for Comic Book Resources and is the author of the webcomic Con Job: Revenge of the SamurAlchemist (https://tapas.io/series/Con-Job). This is Reuben's eighth year on panels at Arisia; they are also a regular panelist at Anime Boston.

Movies That Made Us
How to Be a Fan of Problematic Things
Neurodivergent Meetup

Bren Bataclan is a Boston-based artist. In 2021, Bren's book, Fe: A Traumatized Son's Graphic Memoir, was published by PAWA.

Saturday Morning Readings
Creating Cover Art
Graphic Novels as Memoir
Creating Comics: From Idea to Finished Product

Christine Bennett

Book Upcycling

Alan Betts

MTG Foil Cube Draft
MTG Conspiracy Multiplayer Cube Draft

Logan Jacob Maxwell Tyler Brodie Biscornet—I have been involved with conventions since 2013 which feels like a lifetime ago. I helped run several brony conventions(Including BronyCon) and started a western animation convention called DrawnCon that ran for three years and inspired others to pick up the torch. My interests include professional wrestling, horror movies, and the paranormal. I am involved this year to give back and present interesting panels to help pass a few hours of this endless quarantine. Let's party in 22!

Saturday Morning Revisited
Revisiting Saturday Morning Revisited
We Must Be Strong: She-Ra

Aimee Bouchard is a bi, poly, kinky, geeky, hippie, crafty, girly sort of gal.

Improv Theater Games For Kids
Let's make slime

David E. Brahm, Ph.D., CFA, is a portfolio manager at Geode Capital Management in Boston. Dr. Brahm holds an S.B. in physics and math from MIT, and a Ph.D. in theoretical particle physics from U.C. Berkeley. Following six years of postdoctoral physics research at Caltech and Carnegie Mellon, he joined Fidelity Investments in 1996, and became one of the founders of Geode in 2001.

The Year in Science - 2021

James Bredt was one of two technical founders of Z Corporation making 3D printers from 1995 through 2012. He is one of the developers of the first full-color commercial 3D printer. He holds over 20 issued patents in 3DP technology. He also occasionally teaches materials science at MIT, figure drawing at Artisan's Asylum, and is writing and drawing a graphic novel. For the past 25 years, he has appeared as a human spotlight at the Ig Nobel Awards Ceremony.

Making Space for Making
Materials of the Medium

Kate Brick: edits books, makes costumes, herds chickens. Plays well with others. Mostly.

Duct Tape Roses
Project Cosplay
Project Cosplay: Props & Accessories

Harlan Bruggemann

The Allure of the Good-Bad Movie
Boston Whovians Doctor Who Meet Up

Marc Brunco

Ribbon Trading Meetup
Fans with Disabilities Meetup
Making Arisia Happen

Rachel A. Brune (she/her) is the founder and editor at Crone Girls Press, a horror micropress dedicated to publishing the dark side of speculative fiction. She is a speculative fiction author and writing coach, and publishes a semi-regular blog on her website, Infamous Scribbler. Her werewolf secret agent series, The Rick Keller Project, is forthcoming from Falstaff Books in 2022.

Identifying Markets For Your Work
Writing Military Sci-Fi and Fantasy
Writing as a Military Veteran
Creeping Sense of Doom

Michael A. Burstein, winner of the Astounding Award for Best New Writer, has earned ten Hugo nominations and four Nebula nominations for his short fiction, collected in I Remember the Future. He lives with his wife Nomi and their twin daughters in the town of Brookline, Massachusetts, where he is an elected Town Meeting Member and Library Trustee. He develops science curriculum when not writing. He has two degrees in Physics and attended the Clarion Workshop. See http://www.mabfan.com.

Daf Yomi Siyum
Superman and Religion
Arisia 101: An Introduction
Writing Series, Sequels, and Spin-Offs
Oh No, JKR! When Your Idols Betray You
Marvel's Streaming Disneyverse
We Must Be Strong: She-Ra
Proper Pronouns Matter

Nomi S. Burstein is a technical writer, freelance editor, and fiction writer. Her debut novel, Flying Without a Net, was published in November 2016 under the name EM Ben Shaul. When she is not involved in professional word-nerditry, Nomi knits, sews, and performs amateur word-nerditry. She lives in Brookline, MA, with her husband, Michael A. Burstein, and their twin daughters.

Daf Yomi Siyum
Comfort Food TV: Arts and Crafts Shows
Shop Talk: Quitting Time
Teaching Our Kids Consent
All Words Are Made Up
Practical Information Security
A New Final Frontier: Modern Star Trek Series

Isaac C.—I am a teen working on building a wildlife pond, I've been to around 10 science fiction cons before, but this is my first Arisia - I'm excited to be here!

Kid-Friendly Maker Projects
Connecting with Your Kids Through Media
Super Awesome Advice Panel!

Writing, cooking. fandom, costuming, history, gaming, music, kink, polyamory, paganism... a little bit of this and that all combining into a quirky package. Mildred Cady's written works have been a part of the Metamor City and Nobilis Erotica podcasts, as well as occasional appearances on other geeky podcasts.

Polyamory Basics
How to Be a Fan of Problematic Things
Comfort Food TV: Arts and Crafts Shows
When the Panel Goes Rogue...

Kevin Cafferty (he/him) is a documentary filmmaker and podcaster. His punk rock documentary "It's a Bash!" was given four stars by The Providence Journal and aired on New England PBS affiliates. His podcast, "Gleaming the Tube", is about skateboarding and movies and he also podcasts about the 80s detective series "Moonlighting" for some reason. He has been nominated for four Emmy awards, can be followed on Twitter at @kevshindig, and was named "Person of the Year" by Time Magazine in 2006.

Saturday Morning Revisited
Revisiting Saturday Morning Revisited
The Allure of the Good-Bad Movie
Marvel's Streaming Disneyverse
Nostalgia Ain’t What it Used to Be
Bowie on the Big Screen

James L. Cambias's first novel, A Darkling Sea, was published in 2014, followed by Corsair in 2015, Arkad's World in 2019, and The Initiate in 2020. His most recent novel, The Godel Operation, came out in May 2021. His short stories have appeared in F&SF, Shimmer, Nature, and several anthologies. Mr. Cambias has also written for Steve Jackson Games, Hero Games, and other game companies, and is a partner in Zygote Games. He blogs at www.jamescambias.com.

Saturday Evening Readings
Dungeons, Dragons, and Writers: A Live Event
Living Cities, Ships, and Other Equipment
Writing that Makes You Want to Write

Rob Cameron is most recently published in Star*Line. He has essays and short fiction in Foreign Policy Magazine, Tor.com, The New Modality, and Clockwork Phoenix Five. His debut middle grade novel is forthcoming from Labyrinth Road. Rob is also lead organizer for the Brooklyn Speculative Fiction Writers, a guest host and curator for the New York Review of Science Fiction Reading Series, and executive producer of Kaleidocast.nyc. You can find him at Rob-cameron.com.

Cancel Culture in Sci-Fi & Fantasy Spaces
Crafting Memorable Villains
All Words Are Made Up

Mel Carubia—(She/They) Actor, singer, composer, gamer in the Boston area. Musical works include award-winning T: An MBTA Musical, Beneath the Skin (about mental illness), and a show based on Monsterhearts characters. Performance credits include Ragtime, Fun Home and Evita with The Company Theatre, podcast jingles, Urban Improv and ImprovBoston. She enjoys rocking out on keytar with her band Minusworld and playing your boyfriend in RPGs. By day, she's Director of Education for The Company Theatre.

Friday Night Readings
Sticking the Landing: Ending Campaigns
Super Awesome Advice Panel!
Making a Safer Game
Upping Your Game: Making a Better RPG Experience

Jeffrey A Carver. Carver is the author of The Chaos Chronicles, including his recently published two-part novel, The Reefs of Time and Crucible of Time. He is also the author of the popular Star Rigger series, and the official Battlestar Galactica miniseries novelization. While his work lands somewhere between hard SF and space opera, his greatest love remains character, story, and a healthy sense of wonder. His Eternity’s End was a finalist for the Nebula Award.

Speculative Laughs: Funny Business in SFF
The Return of Space Opera
Writing Series, Sequels, and Spin-Offs
How Much "Alien" Is Too Much?

Jeanne Cavelos is an award-winning editor, bestselling writer, and director of the Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust. Jeanne was a senior editor at Bantam Doubleday Dell, where she ran the SF/F and horror programs and won the World Fantasy Award. Jeanne has had seven books published by major publishers, two nominated for the Bram Stoker Award. She is director of Odyssey (www.odysseyworkshop.org), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to helping writers of F/SF/H improve their work.

Creating Authentic Characters with Disabilities
Leaders and Heroes: What's the Difference?
Crafting Memorable Villains

Dr. Benjamin Chicka is Lecturer in Philosophy and Religious Studies at Curry College. His current research focuses on the relationship between religion and popular culture. He also produces scholarly work on astronomy, neuroscience, philosophy, and theology. He often speaks at PAX East and other conventions about the importance of diversity. His first book "Playing as Others: Theology and Ethical Responsibility in Video Games" was just published by Baylor University Press.

Toxic Fandom Behavior Online
The Power of Finding Ourselves in Fanfiction

Chad Childers is an internationally recognized cybersecurity evangelist who builds security into automotive modules, connectivity, fleet, autonomous & electric vehicles, cloud & IoT solutions. Survivors of the Big Bang (SOB²) in NOLA, Stilyagi Air Corps in MI, ConFusion and DetCon1 ConCom, founded the Stilyagi book discussion group, con calendar, webgod, AASFA and SFOHA boards, letterhack, printer's devil and accomplice of Big Hearted Howard DeVore. Gafiated with children, FIJAGH.

Speculative Laughs: Funny Business in SFF
Kid-Friendly Maker Projects
Dealing with Crises in Conrunning
Effective Advocacy for Geeks
Practical Information Security
Friendship in Fandom Through the Years

Swords of Chivalry

Swords of Chivalry
Teen Sword Fighting
Swords of Chivalry
Swords of Chivalry

Arthur Chu rose to fame as a viral "villain" of Jeopardy! in 2014, He became a trusted commentator on Asian-American issues and progressive politics within the geek community. He has been published in Salon, the Daily Beast and Slate and is frequently seen on Twitter under @arthur_affect.

Toxic Fandom Behavior Online
Movies That Made Us
Cancel Culture in Sci-Fi & Fantasy Spaces
So Your Fave Comics Pro Is a Creep (or Worse)…
Shop Talk: Quitting Time
Marvel's Streaming Disneyverse
Bitcoin & Doge & NFT, Oh My!
Friendship in Fandom Through the Years

Dr. Amy Chused is a hospitalist and the Medical Director of Clinical Informatics (CMIO) at Sibley Memorial Hospital, with additional interests in palliative care. In her free time, she raises the 5 children she shares with her partner (10, 10, 10, 7 and 6 as of this Arisia). In her other free time, of which there isn't much, she also reads SF & F and fanfic, plays boardgames and computer games, debates medical ethics, and waves vaguely at the Arisia Dealers Room.

Sex-Positive Parenting
The Year in Science - 2021
Plagues in Fantasy and Science Fiction
Aging in SFF

LJ Cohen is a novelist, poet, potter, and relentless optimist. After almost twenty-five years as a physical therapist, LJ now uses her clinical skills to injure characters in her Science Fiction and Fantasy novels. A STAR IN THE VOID (Halcyone Space book 5), her 8th novel, was published in 2018. She splits her time between the Boston area and StarField Farm in Central Massachusetts. http://www.ljcohen.net

Creating Authentic Characters with Disabilities
The Sociology of COVID
Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading

Hannah Prum (Kirkette Cosplay) (aka Kirkette Cosplay) is a cosplayer and part-time human being based out of Boston Massachusetts. She enjoys reading frankly ludicrous amounts of fanfiction and falling asleep every night in a pile of dogs. She thinks Batman Forever is the best Batman movie of all time and she WILL fight you about it.

Cosplay Safety
The Power of Finding Ourselves in Fanfiction
Self-Care at Conventions
BDSM for ALL (18+)
The Arisia Munch (18+)
Techniques for Body-Positive Cosplay
(Re)Design for Variant Cosplay
Introduction to Kink (18+)
The Eleventh Hour: Procrastinators Anonymous

Morgan Crooks grew up in the Finger Lakes Region of NY, a beautiful part of the country carved into being by ancient glaciers. He now lives in Ipswich, MA, and is obsessed with deep time, cosmic horror, and electric vehicles. His works have appeared in Electric Spec, Daily Science Fiction, and Theme of Absence. Find him online @raponikoff on Twitter and on ancientlogic.blogspot.com.

Forged in the Dark and Powered by the Apocalypse

M. Dalto is a bestselling New Adult author of adventurous romantic fantasy stories. Her debut novel, Two Thousand Years, was a 2016 Watty Award winner and has since published three sequel novels and four companion novellas. She has since been invited into the Wattpad Stars program, recruited for the Wattpad Paid Stories program in 2019, and became an Exclusive Author in 2021. When she’s not writing fantasy worlds, she enjoys reading, playing video games, and drinking coffee.

Writing Series, Sequels, and Spin-Offs
Identifying Markets For Your Work
Fanfiction Festival - All Ages

Gillian Daniels lives, writes, and tells stories in Somerville, MA. After attending the 2011 Clarion Writing Workshop, she has published work in Apex Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Fireside Fiction, The Dark, Strange Horizons, Nightmare Magazine, and other venues. She blogs and sometimes posts drawings and cartoons at www.gilliandaniels.com.

Superman and Religion
Overt or Covert Antagonists: Who's "More Evil"?
Identifying Markets For Your Work
Creeping Sense of Doom

Scott Marchand Davis is the founder and co-creator for Happy Monster Press, a licensed publisher of setting books and supplements for the Savage Worlds role playing game. A lifelong SFF fan and gamer, he was been writing and publishing games since 2017 and running them at Arisia since 2018, working with his partner Joy Marchand.

Online Intermediated Gaming
Sticking the Landing: Ending Campaigns
Legion of Liberty: Bootleggers of 1792
Boomstick!

Randee Dawn is a Brooklyn-based author whose first novel, "Tune in Tomorrow," not only features a rather Arisia-like convention in its pages – but will be out in 2022 via Solaris. She co-edited the spec-fic Beatles anthology "Across the Universe," and her short stories have appeared in multiple anthologies, including "Horror for the Throne" and "Dim Shores." At her day job, she glams it up for Variety, The LA Times and Today.com. More: RandeeDawn.com / @RandeeDawn (Twitter/Instagram)

The (New) Golden Age of Movie Musicals
Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading
Bowie on the Big Screen
Tears in Rain: Blade Runner at 40

By day, Daniel P. Dern (www.dern.com) is still an independent technology & business writer. His science fiction stories have appeared in Analog, F&SF, and elsewhere. He's currently writing more YA Jewish urban fantasy stories, including "...And They Built A Crooked Sukkah" and "For Two Zuzim Plain," along with his Dern Grim Bedtime Tales, and more/other sf. He's also an occasional amateur magician, and still reads comic books.

Dern Grim Bedtime Tales & Other Stories
Magic Show: Daniel Dern
Saturday Afternoon Readings

Ira Domnitz—I am a patent, copyright, and trademark attorney in Houston, Texas. I speak nationally at conventions on the topics of Doctor Who, Convention Conduct Law, Cosplay, and Gaming Law. I also speak for the University of Texas CLE department on topics such as Copyright, Cosplay, Convention Law, and Gaming/Video gaming law. I conduct a biweekly national webinar with Prof. Justin Paul from UCLA on the topics of Creative Law, with a focus on music, comics, and other multimedia.

Cancel Culture in Sci-Fi & Fantasy Spaces
Scientists, Engineers, and Mathematicians in SFF
So Your Fave Comics Pro Is a Creep (or Worse)…
When the Panel Goes Rogue...
Living Cities, Ships, and Other Equipment
Dealing with Crises in Conrunning
Art & Copyright
Murdock v. Spencer: Lawyers in Comics

Tigira (Joan Ruland Donnelly)—Tigira is a Blue Star high priestess from North Andover, MA. She has participated with the Heathen Union of Boston, Boston Pagan Alliance, and various energy working groups through the years. She studied world religions at the University of Miami, with a focus on the social aspects of religions, rites of passage, and religious communities. Tigira has officiated the main ritual for Eastern Mass Pagan Pride in 2016, 2017, and 2018, and officiated a ritual for Arisia in the past.

Teaching Our Kids Consent

Kevin Eldridge hosts The Flopcast, a ridiculous weekly podcast about comics, conventions, Saturday morning cartoons, 70s and 80s pop culture, and rubber chickens. He has performed at clubs, coffeehouses, and conventions throughout America, both as a podcaster and with his comedy band The Sponge Awareness Foundation, as heard on the Doctor Demento Show. Kevin has also hosted skeptic events promoting science and critical thinking, and is a published author of science fiction short stories.

Saturday Morning Revisited
Revisiting Saturday Morning Revisited
When the Panel Goes Rogue...
Graphic Novels as Memoir

Lyndsay Ely is the author of GUNSLINGER GIRL, a YA genre-bent dystopian Western, and DEADLOCK REBELS: An Overwatch novel. She spent her teenage years wanting to be a comic book artist but, as it turned out, she couldn’t draw very well, so she began writing instead. She is a geek, a foodie, and has never met an antique shop or flea market she didn’t like. Boston is the place she currently calls home, though she wouldn’t mind giving Paris a try someday.

Writing Helpline for Action Scenes
Pokemon Go Trainer Meetup
So Your Fave Comics Pro Is a Creep (or Worse)…

Griffin Ess—Illustrator, Writer, & Creativity Coach. Griffin has made it his life's drive to create and facilitate art and entertainment that uplifts, informs, and includes. Check his goings on out at GriffinEss.com

Simple Solutions for Creative Project Pitfalls
Dungeons, Dragons, and Writers: A Live Event
Improv for DMs/GMs and their players
Manufacturing Creativity: Breaking Blocks
60 Panels in 70 Minutes

etana is a counselor, assistive technology specialist, social justice worker and poet. They like glitter, universal design, horror media, baking, and fatshion. First fandom was Buffy (the film), first poetic love was Shel Silverstein, and Ms. Frizzle is still their favorite teacher/inspiration.

How to Be a Fan of Problematic Things
The Vilification and Fear of Fat Bodies
Mental Illness: Separating Fact from Fiction
Proper Pronouns Matter
Introduction to Kink (18+)

Wonder Wendy Farrell is an award winning costume designer with Wonder Wendy & Friends. She is a member of the Northern Lights Costumers Guild (NOEL). She is on the board of the Arizona Costume Institute at the Phoenix Art Museum. She is on the Her fabric hoard is both a source of inspiration and frustration. Her nerd family enjoys travelling to Cons for fun and adventures.

Learn From My Fail: Costume Horror Stories
Playing Well with Others - Costuming for Groups
Stage Presentation: A Minute or Less to Impress
The Eleventh Hour: Procrastinators Anonymous
Masquerade Basics

Adler Fehler is a cosplayer, reenactor, theatrical costumer, costume historian, historical costumer, and holds an MA in historic textile conservation. Their special interests are Spanish traditional costume, 19th century costume, and early female physicians, especially those who served in the military. They have won awards for their costumes at Arisia, Anime Boston, and New York Comic Con. Find them on Instagram @albinoshadowfire or at daughtersofaesclepius.blogspot.com

Judging and Being Judged in Costume Contests
How do I do the thing?
Learn From My Fail: Costume Horror Stories
Masquerade Basics

Mr. Ferguson is a teacher of math and swordsmanship. He has been playing in and running table-top roleplaying games since he was 8 years old. As an aspiring novelist, he is currently editing his first novel before seeking representation for publication.

Swords of Chivalry
Teen Sword Fighting
Swords of Chivalry
Swords of Chivalry

Greg R. Fishbone is the founder of Mythoversal, a project to restore inclusion to and representation to retold mythology. He is the author of BECOMING HERCULES, a weekly mythic fantasy serial set in and around the city of Cadmeian Thebes. Greg's other published works include a contemporary fantasy from Blooming Tree Press and the critically acclaimed Galaxy Games series from Lee & Low Books and Spellbound River Press. For more information, visit his website at https://gfishbone.com.

Saturday Evening Readings
The Mushy Middle: Conquering the Midpoint Swamp

Meg Frank (they/them) is a Hugo-nominated artist based in New York. In the before times they traveled a lot and spent a lot of time putting makeup on people at conventions. Currently they are keeping themselves busy with art school, two cats, and designing and publishing Mermaids Monthly magazine. They’re @peripateticmeg on Twitter.

Non-Binary Mixer & Safe Space
NFTs and the digital art investment marketplace
Polyamory Meetup
Friendship in Fandom Through the Years

Though she isn't local to New England anymore, Lena G. keeps coming back for Arisia as much as she can. She works in the field of Forensics and is an all around science nerd, bookworm, and gamer. She loves anything involving pirates, Harry Potter, Assassin's Creed, and Once Upon a Time, and cats.

Turn and Face the Strange: COVID's Impact on Us
You've Been Framed! Framing Tips for Artists
ADHD skill-share and meetup
Mental Illness: Separating Fact from Fiction
Fanfiction Festival - All Ages

Teel James Glenn has killed hundreds and been killed more times... for forty plus years as a stuntman, swordmaster, storyteller, bodyguard, actor and haunted house barker. He's stories in over a 100 magazines including Weird Tales, Mystery, Pulp Adventures, Spinetingler, Mad, Fantasy Tales, Cirsova, and Sherlock Holmes Mystery. His novel A Cowboy in Carpathia: won best novel for 2021 in the Pulp Factory Awards. He also won the 2012 Pulp Ark Award for Best Author. TheUrbanSwashbuckler.com

Saturday Morning Readings

Michael Grivakis

The Melford Murder

Andrea Hairston is author of Master of Poisons; Will Do Magic For Small Change, a New York Times Editor’s pick and finalist for the Mythopoeic, Lambda, and Otherwise Awards; Mindscape, Carl Brandon Award winner; Redwood and Wildfire, Otherwise and Carl Brandon Award winner and coming from Tor.com, Feb 1, 2022. She has published essays, plays, and short fiction and received grants from the NEA, Rockefeller and Ford Foundation. Andrea is a Professor of Theatre at Smith College.

Plural Perspectives
Andrea Hairston Reading
Andrea Hairston Signing
All Words Are Made Up
From Blacula to Get Out: The Panel
Aging in SFF

Katie Hallahan is a Boston native and an award-winning game designer, co-owner & co-founder of Phoenix Online Studios. A lifelong gamer and writer who never met a tragic backstory she didn't want to expand upon, she's perhaps best known for being an incorrigible snarker and frequently playing "the sensible one." Also a TV junkie and reviewer of The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead for 411mania.com. In her day job, Katie masquerades as a mild-mannered website editor and content strategist.

Writing Helpline for Action Scenes
Friday Night Readings
Writing Geeky Characters
The Mushy Middle: Conquering the Midpoint Swamp
Upping Your Game: Making a Better RPG Experience

A member of the CERN team that developed the World Wide Web, Dr Phillip Hallam-Baker is a leading designer of cryptographic protocols. In his spare time he builds daleks, Tardises and is trying to finish a Han in Carbonite.

NFTs and the digital art investment marketplace

Forest Handford is an author from Fitchburg, MA. While not at work, she's bringing her family on wacky adventures. Her website is EastCoastGames.com where she publishes video and writings about various topics. Forest also founded EmpEmp.org, the site for empowering employees. She recently had her memoir, A Trans Feminist's Past, published by Transgender Publishing. Forest has also written sci-fi novels.

Sex-Positive Parenting
Saturday Morning Readings
Teaching Our Kids Consent
Connecting with Your Kids Through Media
Proper Pronouns Matter
Bitcoin & Doge & NFT, Oh My!
Disinformation Self-Defense

Keegan Hannon

Spirit of the Holiday - Friday
Hunger Fangs - Saturday
Spirit of the Holiday - Saturday
Hunger Fangs - Sunday
D&D 5e: Prop Hunt - Sunday
D&D 5e: Prop Hunt - Monday

Lisa Hertel is an artist who works in clay and watercolors, but also uses alcohol inks, encaustics (painting with wax), and wire. In her spare time, she helps run science fiction conventions, including being the chair of Arisia 2014. Before becoming an artist, Lisa was a pharmacist for over 25 years. Visit her at her studio, The Cogitation Zone, in Haverhill, where she offers art classes for children and adults, or find her online.

You've Been Framed! Framing Tips for Artists
Make it in Clay
Stage Presentation: A Minute or Less to Impress
Figure Drawing: Cosplay edition

Andy Hicks is a public television producer, musician, actor, director, sound designer, fan convention randomizer, and harmless eccentric. He produces Lehigh Valley Rising for PBS 39 in Pennsylvania, makes music as Redkang and The Pluto Tapes, makes silly Doctor Who videos as Sycorax Rock, and makes a mess frequently and with aplomb. Co-wrote 2010: Our Hideous Future, now spends too much time playing Tower Unite turning his condos into weird little museums and stuff. Married, with squidge.

Toxic Fandom Behavior Online
Saturday Morning Revisited
Revisiting Saturday Morning Revisited
ADHD skill-share and meetup
60 Panels in 70 Minutes

Steven Hirsch has a doctorate in Physical Therapy and B.S. in Exercise & Health Sciences. He has been training with swords since 2006 and unarmed martial arts since 1998, first with the Higgins and now teaching at his own school, Athena School of Arms. Steven is also a professional strength coach focusing on performance for combat sports and martial artists; his business is Fight with All Your Strength.

Why Disinformation Works

Anastasia Holt—I have been sewing for 19 years, I have been competing and costuming for about 13 years. I have learned many techniques from the many mentors and friends I possess. I am constantly learning about different things like armor and beading. I am still honing my skills as a costumer and am always eager to teach others what I know. I have recently been getting more and more interested in historical costuming as well as more interested in original designs.

Judging and Being Judged in Costume Contests
How do I do the thing?
Playing Well with Others - Costuming for Groups
Masquerade Basics

Melissa Honig is the lead organizer for the Watch City Steampunk Festival in Waltham, MA, and recently ran the 2021 Browncoat Ball. She enjoys steampunk, costuming, weird crafts, and playing with the stuff she finds while trying to clean up the craft room so she doesn't have to finish cleaning up.

Comfort Food TV: Arts and Crafts Shows
So you want to start a con...
Dealing with Crises in Conrunning
Nostalgia Ain’t What it Used to Be

Walter H. Hunt is a Massachusetts SF and historical fiction writer. He was author GOH in 2009. His novels in the "Dark Wing" Universe are available in the Baen e-book library; a Templar novel (A Song In Stone), two about mesmerism (Elements of Mind and Harmony In Light, both from Wordfire Press), and three novels with Eric Flint. His latest solo novel is City By the Bay. He is librarian for the Masonic Grand Lodge in Boston.

Leaders and Heroes: What's the Difference?
Dialogue That Sings
Sunday Morning Readings

Kristin Janz was born in Vancouver, Canada, and has since moved across the continent three times, most recently to the Boston area in 1998. She is a Clarion West graduate whose fiction has appeared in Escape Pod, Daily Science Fiction, and On Spec; and a co-editor/publisher of online magazine Mysterion, which features stories that engage meaningfully with Christianity from a variety of perspectives. She and her husband live in Quincy with two cats named after famous scientists.

Speculative Laughs: Funny Business in SFF
Scientists, Engineers, and Mathematicians in SFF
Crafting Memorable Villains
Dialogue That Sings
Plagues in Fantasy and Science Fiction
Aging in SFF

Emperor Emperor Joey-1 the First is a writer, cartoonist, beauty contest champion, organizer, A.N.T.I.F.A. super supersoldier, evil communist wizard and the officially ratified and Emperor of Anti-Imperialism

So Your Fave Comics Pro Is a Creep (or Worse)…
NFTs and the digital art investment marketplace
Effective Advocacy for Geeks
Art & Copyright
Bitcoin & Doge & NFT, Oh My!
Disinformation Self-Defense

Marc Vun Kannon puts his degrees in Philosophy and Computer Science to good use writing stories about strange things that happen to ordinary people. His wife and three children think it’s harmless enough, and it keeps him out of trouble. As a philosopher, his main interest is in the characters, and as a Computer geek his technique is to ‘grow’ a story organically. His main rule when writing is to not do again what he’s already seen done before, resulting in books that are hard to describe.

Writing Geeky Characters
Saturday Afternoon Readings
Dialogue That Sings
Creating Cover Art

James Kaplan is a huge fan of comics of many different genres. He is a senior editor for Eisner-nominated site Panel Patter. He also gets a lot of joy from sharing his favorite comics with his wife, kids, and friends. When not reading comics, James is a Boston area-based attorney.

Image Comics at 30

Abigail Keenan is a big ol’ nerd and a connoisseur of all things geeky and or kinky or related to organization when your brain doesn't like that. They are the owner of Untamed Undies, a feminist and geeky company that provides undies, pasties and toys for folks across the gender spectrum. They write a blog about sex ed which can be found at www.untamedundies.com.

Toxic Fandom Behavior Online
Comfort Food TV: Arts and Crafts Shows
Romantic or Repulsive?
BDSM for ALL (18+)
The Arisia Munch (18+)
Consent Beyond the Bedroom
Introduction to Kink (18+)
Friendship in Fandom Through the Years

Rachel Kenley is the author of seven novels as well as several shorts and novellas. She started reading romances at fourteen and credits them with her lifelong fascination with relationships and how they influence our lives. She desperately needs her morning coffee, never misses the chance to watch The Wizard of Oz, and believes in the joy and importance of retail therapy. She is currently the President of writers organization Broad Universe and can be found online at www.rachelkenley.net.

Bullet Journaling for Geeks
Identifying Markets For Your Work
Age and Fandom: What it looks like after 50
Connecting with Your Kids Through Media
Consent Beyond the Bedroom
Writing that Makes You Want to Write

William Kennedy costumes at the master level and has competed on the national and international stage. William also created professional haunted attraction sets and pros for a for charity haunted attraction. In the Professional world William is a Social Worker and provided clinical out reach work for at risk youth.

Decorate a Mini-Hat/Fascinator
Faux Fur Ears for All
Bring the bling!

Jennifer Koerber—After 17 years at the Boston Public Library, I established my own business providing technology training and consulting services to libraries. In 2021, as a result of the global pandemic and seismic changes in the library world, I retired from library work to focus on my creative pursuits. I'm a collector of craft materials that I turn into functional awesome, including paper, beads, multi-media assemblage, embroidery thread, and fabric. View my work at https://www.worksfromthetreehouse.com/

Making Space for Making
Kid-Friendly Maker Projects

Adria Kyne is a voracious reader of SF & F, LARPer (runs a guild at Bicolline, mostly NPCs local NE games, was a professor for the first run of Magischola), cosplayer (steampunk Black Widow won a Hall Award a few years back, she's still proud). Claim to G-list fame: Was on ABC's LARP-adjacent reality show "The Quest."

Gaming As a Way of Exploring Identity

Marnen Laibow-Koser is a composer and multi-instrumentalist, performing actively at concerts, theater productions, and folk dances in the Boston and New York areas. He has set parts of the Mueller Report to music, and can also be found developing software, reading about the dark corners of linguistics, engaging in corpus analysis on the Voynich Manuscript, knitting fun lacy stuff, or doing weird kinky things with consenting partners. For more information, check out http://www.marnen.org!

Polyamory Basics
Knitters Circle
Arisia 101: An Introduction
Hands-on (or Hands-off) Theremin Workshop

Jason LeBlanc is the head organizer for the Boston Horror Society. Located on both Meetup and Facebook, the Boston Horror Society has helped bring together fellow horror devotees in New England with meetups for movie screenings, book festivals, concerts, and other social events. When not planning scary events, Jason writes the occasional scary story. His fiction has been published in anthologies by Hellcat Press and Retro Horror.

From Blacula to Get Out: The Panel
The Nic Cage Panel

Scott Lefton makes and sells artwork in media including metal, wood, glass, and Photoshop, is occasionally serious about photography, and works as a freelance mechanical designer and patent agent. He lives in a big old Victorian house in Melrose, MA with his wife Rachel.

Materials of the Medium
Manufacturing Creativity: Breaking Blocks

Megan Lewis is probably in the Art Show, where she has worked every job from door dragon to art show director. In the outside world she is a librarian and has way too many hobbies.

Directors' Tour of the Art Show
Art Show- Open House for Fans with Disabilities
Future Libraries, Archives, and Museums

Brian Liberge is a part time game developer, full time queer, depressed IT Person and parent. Notable publications include Ace Adventure, B.E.A.R.D.! the card game and the Midgard Bestiary 4th edition.

Making a Safer Game

Kevin Lin

Friday Tabletop Jamboree
Saturday Tabletop Jamboree

Gordon Linzner is founder of Space and Time Magazine, author of three published novels and dozens of short stories in F&SF, Twilight Zone, Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, and numerous other magazines and anthologies, including recently Humans Are the Problem, New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part XXIX: More Christmas Adventures (1889-1896), Flash in a Flash, and Spawn of War and Deathiness. He is a member of HWA and a lifetime member of SFWA.

Friday Night Readings
Overt or Covert Antagonists: Who's "More Evil"?
Age and Fandom: What it looks like after 50
Aging in SFF

LJ-Baptiste is an art educator and cartoonist from Boston. He has collaborated with media giants such as Google, Hasbro, and PBS to produce essential works of art. He is best known for his ongoing comic book series, COMIXSCAPE, which features the adventures of a bright-eyed, perpetually preteen boy and his raccoon sidekick. Whether it’s work in animation, graphic apparel designs, or COMIXSCAPE, LJ’s art can be described as distinctive, masterful, and captivating.

Creating Comics: From Idea to Finished Product

Kenneth Marin

Speed Circuit
Axis & Allies & Zombies
Shadows Over Camelot
Mission Red Planet 2nd Edition
Fury of Dracula: 4th Edition
New Bedford

In his day job, Aaron Marks works in the energy sector, most recently in data analytics. In his free time, though, Aaron is an avid gamer, publishing advice, reviews, and opinions about tabletop roleplaying games as the writer-at-large for Cannibal Halfling Gaming. Aaron has been roleplaying for over 20 years, and dabbles in video games, board games, and LARP as well. Aaron's other hobbies include writing, bicycling, and auto and bicycle repair.

Tabletop Indie RPG Meetup
Sticking the Landing: Ending Campaigns
Forged in the Dark and Powered by the Apocalypse
Upping Your Game: Making a Better RPG Experience

Milo Martinez is a semi-professional costumer living in Cambridge. His interests include leather working, costuming technology, craftwork (armor, casting, etc), and villainy. An avid maker since childhood, he uses mixed media and unconventional approaches to solve costuming challenges.

Judging and Being Judged in Costume Contests
Masquerade Basics

Rebecca Maxfield is a fantasy fan, theatre director, and coder living in Providence, RI. She's interested in how media/narrative form serves or affects the stories we tell (and especially in liveness in theatre), in the ways real-life history was more diverse than you think, and in stories about women crossdressing to do epic stuff (and possibly become involved with other women).

The Return of Space Opera
Speculative Fiction Writers Cafe
Gal Pal Gathering- Femslashers unite!

Liam McGlohon

Gaming As a Way of Exploring Identity
Neurodiversity & Neuroscience in SF/F

Michael Meissner—Professionally, I am a computer programmer and I work on enhancing the Gnu compiler collection. I do digital photography and video as a hobby. I've been the official photographer/videographer for some of the small renaissance faires in the area in the past. My big hobby project is creating various steampunk shells around my modern cameras. I also tinker with programming micro-controllers (particularly Teensys).

Learn From My Fail: Costume Horror Stories
The Eleventh Hour: Procrastinators Anonymous

Erik Meyer-Curley—Erik (he/him) has been attending cons for going on four decades. The majority of those being volunteer run organizations. He has found a great sense of fulfillment by volunteering to help out the conventions where he finds community. He has also been involved in a number of non genre volunteer organizations (including soccer, fraternal, and religious) over the decades.

Making Arisia Happen

Danny Miller is a local attorney, budding librarian, and all-around SF/F fan since high school who has always seen Arisia as his home convention. He's had several pieces printed in a local Jewish paper (a"h), some even relating to SF/F, and most even paying; he's also a terrific cribbage player. He once turned the tap dance into his crusade, and enjoys (gently) introducing the uninitiated to the many worlds of assorted geekery. (Or, at least enjoys inviting them to a pub trivia event.)

Turn and Face the Strange: COVID's Impact on Us
Speculative Laughs: Funny Business in SFF
The Vilification and Fear of Fat Bodies
Connecting with Your Kids Through Media
Future Libraries, Archives, and Museums
Murdock v. Spencer: Lawyers in Comics
The Nic Cage Panel

Troy Minkowsky is a Boston based filmmaker and avid comicbook reader since 1993. His production company Rhinocrate has produced the short films "SuperLife", "The Garden 1910" "The Leaves" and "Boxed In". He is currently working on "The Forbidden Book of Sharks" and co-writes "Worm-Man" comics with his daughter under the handle "The Minks"

Superman and Religion
Image Comics at 30

Sarah Morrison is a fantasy illustrator who loves oil paints and linoleum printmaking. In her "spare time" she sews ball gowns with hoop skirts. Find her work at SarahMorrisonIllustration.com

You've Been Framed! Framing Tips for Artists
Making Space for Making
Materials of the Medium
Creating Cover Art
Figure Drawing: Cosplay edition

Fat and louder than necessary, MPA is a short, pink haired, elder millennial that hails from a fishing town north of Boston. Sassy, brassy, and rarely classy; sorted into Ravenclaw but drawn to Slytherin, this intersectional feminist can be found in a kitchen or screaming into the void about the reality of being fat in our world (or any number of things that irk her). When not dreaming of world domination and body liberation, she is the Financial Director for the Teseracte Players of Boston.

Trans and Nonbinary Clothing Swap
The Vilification and Fear of Fat Bodies
Arisia January Corporate Meeting

Reiko Murakami is a U.S. based concept artist and illustrator specializing in surreal fantasy and horror art. With her expressive gesture drawings she focuses on capturing moments filled with unspeakable emotions. Her illustrations have appeared on many projects such as Tor.com, Magic: the Gathering, and Basketful of Heads. Her work has been exhibited at Nucleus Portland, Helikon Gallery, WOW x WOW and published in art annuals Spectrum, Infected by Art, Exposé, and many others.

You've Been Framed! Framing Tips for Artists
Paths for a Professional Artist
Creating Cover Art
Reiko Murakami Tour of the Art show
Art & Copyright

Amy J. Murphy is a bestselling author and member of SFWA. Two of her books in the Allies and Enemies Series have been Dragon Award Finalists for Best Military Science Fiction Novel. She's been a featured speaker on several podcasts on writing craft and marketing for indie authors as well as a veteran Arisia and DragonCon panelist. Learn more at www.amyjmurphy.com.

The Sociology of COVID
The Return of Space Opera

By day an engineer and technology analyst at MIT, Chris Murphy has probably too many areas of interest, including science fiction, making (with a bent to electronics), mixology, dogs, photography, cosplay, cooking, among others. He's lost track of the number of Arisias he's attended.

Billionaires IN SPACE!
Meeting of Nerds

Allison Neff is a trivia/game host, and a former civics/history teacher and educational program coordinator. She has worked at several different public schools and museums, and loves sci-fi and fantasy. She unashamedly claims the title "nerd," despite only knowing comic book characters from the Marvel and DC movie universes and not the comics. She is opinionated about absolutely everything and is always willing to share those opinions, usually calmly, but don't get her started on Plymouth Rock.

Overt or Covert Antagonists: Who's "More Evil"?
We Must Be Strong: She-Ra
Super Awesome Advice Panel!

Daniel Neff—I am a museum curator, historian, and genealogist. I specialize in colonial American history, weird history, the history of medicine, and the history of marginalization. When I'm not working I like X-men comics, table-top role playing games, and Pokemon Go.

Image Comics at 30
The Sociology of COVID

Kate Nepveu (pronounced "NEHV-you", the "p" is silent) is a reader, fan, and reviewer. She was born in South Korea, grew up in Massachusetts, and now lives in upstate New York, where she practices law and is raising a family. She's got an overdeveloped sense of responsibility. It's going to get her into trouble someday.

POC Meetup
How to Be a Fan of Problematic Things
Living Cities, Ships, and Other Equipment
60 Panels in 70 Minutes
How Much "Alien" Is Too Much?

David Nurenberg is a K12 and university educator, published author, game master, and a few other things, and has been doing all that stuff for a couple of decades now. His favorite animal is the wombat.

Online Intermediated Gaming
Sticking the Landing: Ending Campaigns

Anne E.G. Nydam is an essentially self-taught artist making mostly relief block prints, a primarily self-published author writing mostly juvenile mostly fantasy, and a former middle school teacher still making classroom guest visits and teaching printmaking classes. She has been creating fantasy worlds since she could hold a crayon, and continues to bring wide-ranging curiosity and imagination to the work of art, writing, and teaching. See more at nydamprints.com.

Plural Perspectives
Materials of the Medium
Saturday Evening Readings
Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading
Rubber Block Printmaking
Manufacturing Creativity: Breaking Blocks
Mapping the Fantastic

Claire O'Dell is a writer of fantasy and science fiction, with the occasional detour into alternate history. Her River of Souls epic fantasy series appeared from Tor Books starting in 2010. Her SF/Mystery series launched by Harper Voyager in 2018 with A Study in Honor, which won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Mystery/Thriller. You can read more about her on her website www.claireodell.com.

Writing Series, Sequels, and Spin-Offs
Oh No, JKR! When Your Idols Betray You
Sunday Morning Readings

John O'Neil

Practical Information Security
Bitcoin & Doge & NFT, Oh My!

AJ Odasso has been widely published in fandom and non-fandom contexts since 2005. Their début poetry collection, Lost Books, was a finalist for the 2010/2011 People's Book Prize. Their second collection, The Dishonesty of Dreams, followed in 2014. Their third collection, The Sting of It, was shortlisted for the 2017 Sexton Prize and was published in 2019 by Tolsun Books—and won Best LGBT Book at the 2019 New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards. They serve as Senior Poetry Editor at Strange Horizons.

The Power of Finding Ourselves in Fanfiction
Creating Authentic Characters with Disabilities
Fandom and Disability
Fanfiction Festival (18+)
Plagues in Fantasy and Science Fiction
Proper Pronouns Matter
Friendship in Fandom Through the Years
The Nic Cage Panel

Kevin Osborn—Maker, Inventor and lover of the creative!

Make a blinky badge!
NFTs and the digital art investment marketplace
Bitcoin & Doge & NFT, Oh My!

Bethany S. Padron has fostered a love of dressing up with a degree in Costume Technology from UNCSA and is currently the Costume Studio Manager for Dartmouth College

Learn From My Fail: Costume Horror Stories
Playing Well with Others - Costuming for Groups
Stage Presentation: A Minute or Less to Impress

Suzanne Palmer is an SF/F author who is a regular contributor to Asimov's and Clarkesworld. Her story "A Secret Life of Bots" won the 2018 Hugo for Best Novelette, and her novella "Waterlines" won the 2020 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. Her second novel in the Finder Chronicles series, "Driving the Deep", was published by DAW in 2020 and the sequel is forthcoming in May of 2021.

Writing Helpline for Action Scenes
Writing Geeky Characters
Writing Series, Sequels, and Spin-Offs

Carson Pavao is an actor, writer, and artist living in New England. In their free time, they enjoy listening to audio dramas and writing fanfiction. Other interests include mental health, cats, and online puzzle games. They do all their best thinking with a cup of coffee and a pencil in hand.

Romantic or Repulsive?
Fanfiction Festival (18+)
Narrative Podcasts

Jennifer Pelland is a science fiction author turned bellydancer. For more, visit www.jenniferpelland.com or www.tassellations.com

Turn and Face the Strange: COVID's Impact on Us
The Allure of the Good-Bad Movie
Tears in Rain: Blade Runner at 40
Disinformation Self-Defense

Israel Peskowitz (Izzy) is a professional community activist, a proficient photographer, a skilled plumber, and an amateur fan.

Effective Advocacy for Geeks
Disinformation Self-Defense

Monique "Moniquill" Poirier is a councilwoman of the Seaconke Wampanoag Tribe and a lineal descendant of Ousamequin Massasoit. She is an avid costumer, and active member of the steampunk community. She has blogged, essayed, and discussed extensively across many platforms the depictions of NDN and NDN-coded characters in sci-fi and fantasy, and would like to help other authors better understand how to produce respectful and well thought out indigenous characters and what the common pitfalls are in doing so.

POC Meetup
Movies That Made Us

Steve Popkes, his wife, son, dog and cat breed turtles and grow bananas on two acres in Massachusetts. He has been publishing science fiction and fantasy since 1986 and is a Nebula nominee He has multiple novels to his name, the most recent being Danse Mécanique. When he's disguised as a normal person, he is an aerospace software engineer. Updates a blogs can be found at his website, www.stevenpopkes.com.

Plural Perspectives
Scientists, Engineers, and Mathematicians in SFF
Living Cities, Ships, and Other Equipment

Dr. Jim Prego is an adjunct professor of Biology at Long Island University, Molloy College, and Nassau Community College. He is a recipient of NYANP’s Physician of the Year award. He enjoys science fiction, biological topics, and many other topics both science and non-science related. He spent 10 years as the NY Delegate to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and 6 years as a board member of the NYANP. He is involved in acting/shadowcasting, EMS, alt-lifestyles, gaming, and more.

The Sociology of COVID
Neurodiversity & Neuroscience in SF/F

Tori Queeno, 29, is the founder and President of the Boston Whovians, a Boston-based Doctor Who fangroup. Tori is currently pursuing an MFA in creative nonfiction and was awarded the 2018 Kurt Brown Fellowship for Diverse Voices. They can be regularly seen performing with The Post Meridian Radio Players of Somerville as both an actor and foley artist. They spend the rest of their time trying to be a "real adult" and/or a professional nerd, with their cat, Persephone, and hedgehog, Sylvia Plath.

Cosplay Safety
Non-Binary Mixer & Safe Space
Meet Your Eorzian Neighbors!: A FFXIV Meetup
Graphic Novels as Memoir
Narrative Podcasts

Richard Ralston has been a fan of science fiction and anime since the late 60's. Rick has been staffing conventions the past 20 years on the local and regional level. Rick is also the organizer of the local anime group in Albany, NY. Rick brings a unique point of view to the fandom community.

The (New) Golden Age of Movie Musicals
Tears in Rain: Blade Runner at 40

Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert writes horror, scifi, dark fantasy, and the occasional poem. Her short fiction had been published in the anthologies Wicked Women, The Final Summons, and Killing It Softly (Vol. 1). Her poetry has appeared in the HWA Poetry Showcase Vol. VI, the anthologies Beneath Strange Skies and Wicked Witches, The Wayfarer, and Eternal Haunted Summer. Suzanne is a freelance editor and writer, a technical services librarian, cat owner, and has degrees in Communication and Sociology.

Movies That Made Us
Cancel Culture in Sci-Fi & Fantasy Spaces
The Sociology of COVID
Plagues in Fantasy and Science Fiction

Santiago Rivas is celebrating over 40 years as a sci-fi enthusiast. It was his time at MIT that he became an avid film, theater, poly, and gamer geek. He has been involved with Theatre@First for fifteen years and the Heinlein Society Naughty Nurses for over ten years, writing, directing, and starring in skits for the annual Blood Drive. In his copious spare time, he's blogging, updating tropes pages, becoming part of Section 31, spending time with redheads, and raising an advanced prototype.

Polyamory Basics
Polyamory: Expectations vs. Reality
Image Comics at 30
A New Final Frontier: Modern Star Trek Series
Tears in Rain: Blade Runner at 40
The Nic Cage Panel

A Joseph Ross has been in fandom since the 1960's. In 1964, he founded the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) Science Fiction Society, then later became a member of MITSFS and NESFA, serving as Vice President of NESFA from 1970-72. He edited Volume I of the NESFA Hymnal in the late 1970's. He was Clerk of Arisia, Incorporated from 1990-92 and President from 1992-94. He is a practicing attorney and an expert in landlord-tenant law.

Fans over 65 Meetup
Art & Copyright

Karen S.—Part-time amateur voice actor, podcaster, and writer of ridiculous fannish fictions. Full-time geek and fanboy dork with a particular fondness for cartoons, blooper reels, turtles of the ninja variety, and the Technical Director of the Post Meridian Radio Players. She can be seen reprising her role as Captain Jane T. Kirk in the Post Meridian Radio Players' production of Gender Swapped Star Trek.

Saturday Morning Revisited
Revisiting Saturday Morning Revisited
Romantic or Repulsive?
Dungeons, Dragons, and Writers: A Live Event
Marvel's Streaming Disneyverse
Nostalgia Ain’t What it Used to Be
60 Panels in 70 Minutes

Mark Sabalauskas is the publisher of The Stellar Beacon, a semipro 'zine interested in the intersection of SFF and indie gaming. The 'Beacon has featured the contributions of Jeanette Ng, Alex Jennings, Mimi Mondal, Sonya Taaffe among others. Mark is also the Indie-groundbreaker nominated designer of Return to the Stars, an optimistic SciFi tabletop RPG that mashes up sci-fi exploration with fan culture.

What Passions, Winnings, Losses, Ardors?
The (New) Golden Age of Movie Musicals
The Return of Space Opera
I Wish! The Jukebox Musical Story Creation Game

Eyal Sagi is a professor of Psychology at a liberal arts college. His research deals with how language and text color our perspective. Recently, this research has focused on the expression of moral values in political and legal texts. His other interests include how the structure of a story reflects its genre, and how language can be used to promote character development. He also has extensive background in computing and computer science from both the software and hardware perspectives.

Why Disinformation Works

Liz Salazar is a playwright, director, GM, chainmailler, a podcaster between podcasts, and overall opinion-haver. At Arisia, she is usually seen among the Post-Meridian Radio Players or otherwise getting in someone's way.

Romantic or Repulsive?
60 Panels in 70 Minutes
A New Final Frontier: Modern Star Trek Series
Creeping Sense of Doom

Carol Salemi is a master Costumer who has worked over 45 years in many aspects of costuming including designing, fabricating, teaching, judging and masquerade directing. Her more recent work can be seen on TLC's "My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding". She's a medical massage therapist(over 35 years) and works for Sondra Celli Designs, has jobs in the Haunt Industry and likes making Steampunk items...check out her jewelry in the Art Show!

Judging and Being Judged in Costume Contests
Decorate a Mini-Hat/Fascinator
Faux Fur Ears for All
Bring the bling!
Stage Presentation: A Minute or Less to Impress

Dianna Sanchez

Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading

Sharon Sbarsky was Fan Guest of Honor at Arisia 2000, chaired Smofcon 15, Boskone 40 & 49, ran the Masquerade at Arisias and Sasquan, ran the Hugo Ceremony at Renovation, was Events Division Head at Worldcon 76, Operactions co-DH at CoNZealand and co-chaired Costume-Con 37 in 2019 in Danvers, MA. She will chair Boskone 59 in February 2022. She creates web sites for fun and work.

Movies That Made Us
Age and Fandom: What it looks like after 50

Micah Schneider is a long-time veteran of Arisia, both on programming and staff. Micah completed his Masters in history and public history from UMass Amherst, but somehow became a math teacher. In his free time, Micah enjoys running, highpointing, hiking, all kinds of gaming (especially cards games like Magic and Pokemon), and being polyamorous as often as possible. He lives in Western Massachusetts with his family of choice, their three children, and a small coterie of animal companions.

Polyamory Basics
Polyamory: Expectations vs. Reality
Sex-Positive Parenting
An Introduction to Magic: The Gathering
Dungeons and Dragons for kids
BDSM for ALL (18+)
Collectible Card Games
Dungeons and Dragons Kids
Consent Beyond the Bedroom
Introduction to Kink (18+)
Pokemon TCG

Kenneth ("Ken") Schneyer has been a finalist for both the Nebula Award and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. In 2020, Fairwood press released his second short-fiction collection, Anthems Outside Time and Other Strange Voices, and his story "Laws of Impermanence" appeared in Uncanny Magazine. His fiction also appears in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Analog, Clockwork Phoenix 3 & 4, Podcastle, etc. He lives and teaches college in Rhode Island. www.kenschneyer.com

Writing Helpline for Action Scenes
Plural Perspectives
Saturday Afternoon Readings
Identifying Markets For Your Work
Dialogue That Sings

Daniela Sharma—Life science nerd with expertise in animal sciences, loves learning new information about life on earth or off it. Avid proponent of science fiction and fantasy providing moral guidance and philosophical foundations for living.

Connecting with Your Kids Through Media

David G David G. Shaw is, in no particular order: Aspie, Atheist, Blogger, Cook, Curmudgeon, Foodie, Geek, Musician, Parent, Partner, Reader, Scientist, Skeptic.

Making Space for Making
The Year in Science - 2021
Bowie on the Big Screen
Tears in Rain: Blade Runner at 40

Nicholas "phi" Shectman is President of Arisia, Inc.

You've Been Framed! Framing Tips for Artists
Arisia 101: An Introduction
So you want to start a con...
Arisia January Corporate Meeting

Jamila Sisco is an award-winning costumer with a specialization in anime, video game, and original costumes. She has worked on costumes for over 15 years, usually working on making the big and elaborate come to life. She is the former President of the Northern Lights chapter of the International Costumers' Guild. She is one of the presentation judges in the Arisia Masquerade for this year.

Cosplay Safety
How do I do the thing?
Playing Well with Others - Costuming for Groups
Stage Presentation: A Minute or Less to Impress

Charity Southworth—I am an art student turned astrophysicist! I am the owner/proprietor of The Science Boutique - I make science themed jewelry, accessories, clothing and more! I have degrees in Physics, Mathematics, and Astrophysics as well a Master's in Critical and Creative Thinking. I worked at a planetarium for over 8 years and.I love communicating science in a humorous, entertaining fashion - why should science seem dry and boring!?

Making Space for Making
Billionaires IN SPACE!
Why Disinformation Works
The Year in Science - 2021

Michael Sprague has been a fan since at least his first viewing of Star Wars. He's worked in a variety of roles at Arisia including Programming Division Head, Team Arisia Services Division Head, and even Con Chair. He is currently the Vice-President of Arisia Incorporated. He has a profound love of TV/movies (both good and bad) and the written word (same). He performs live radio theater with The Post-Meridian Radio Players, is a cast member of the Crime and Space podcast.

Arisia January Corporate Meeting

Lisa J Steele—Lisa Steele is an attorney, writer, and game designer. As a lawyer, she has been involved in litigation, teaching, and legislation about issues of science and the criminal law. As a game-designer, she is a co-author of the ENnie award winning Bubblegumshoe, and has written for Steve Jackson Games, White Wolf, and Evil Hat. She has been attending Arisia since its inception.

Why Disinformation Works
Murdock v. Spencer: Lawyers in Comics

Raven Stern—Raven is always up for adventures, whether that's around a game board or in a rural palace in Europe. Whatever the adventure, she'll be dressed for the occasion! You can find her dancing with the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers throughout the Boston area, and see her photos on her blog at plaidpetticoats.blogspot.com. (She is also on TikTok @plaidpetticoats, but makes no promises.)

Family Game Time
Pictionary with Robots
The (New) Golden Age of Movie Musicals
Betrayal at House on the Hill

Ian Randal Strock (www.IanRandalStrock.com) is the editor and publisher of Fantastic Books (www.FantasticBooks.biz) and an author of science fiction and non-fiction. He has published three books on the presidency of the US (with Random House and Carrel Books) and had stories in Analog, Nature, and several anthologies. He was previously an editor with Artemis, Asimov’s, Analog, The Daily Free Press, and Science Fiction Chronicle. He is also the national Secretary of American Mensa.

Billionaires IN SPACE!
Leaders and Heroes: What's the Difference?
Future Libraries, Archives, and Museums

Kathryn Sullivan writes young adult science fiction and fantasy, including fantasy novel THE CRYSTAL THRONE and short story collection AGENTS, ADEPTS & APPRENTICES. She has essays in the Hugo winning CHICKS DIG TIME LORDS and in CHILDREN OF TIME: COMPANIONS OF DOCTOR WHO and OUTSIDE IN. She is owned by a large cockatoo, who graciously allows her to write about other animals, as well as birdlike aliens.

Writing Geeky Characters
The Return of Space Opera
Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading
Future Libraries, Archives, and Museums

Rob "Nixon" Swift—Has been writing and running LARPs and experimental games in New England for 25 years. Having bridged the rare intersection of 'jock' and 'gamer', 'Nixon' is a fairly well-known staple in Boston/New England gaming. Early PC-Gaming Hobbyist, Professional-D&D Dungeon Master, and Public Club-Play Organizer for DDAL. Nixon is a "Go-to" staff 'actor' for Boston regional Gaming Producers.

Online Intermediated Gaming
Making a Safer Game

Massachusetts Historical Swordsmanship began at the Higgins Armory Museum in 2009 and moved to Worcester Fencing Club and Pioneer Valley Fencing Academy (Easthampton) after the Museum’s closing. MHS is a community of men and women exploring the art, science, and spirit of the sword and other weapons as they were used in both serious combat and friendly encounters. We study knightly longsword and dagger, the Renaissance rapier, and the classical stick, staff, and dueling sabre. The class is led by Dr. Ken Mondschein, who has the unique qualifications of holding both a PhD in history and a fencing master’s certification. Dr. Mondschein is an internationally known scholar in this field.

Steampunk Martial Arts
Open Fencing
The Martial Arts of A Game of Thrones

Award winning nonbinary comic artist from Boston, A. Szabla spends most of their time working on their webtoon BANQUET and the accompanying patreon page. Their work includes monsters, smooching, lgbt characters, and (most usually) all of the above!

Paths for a Professional Artist

Sonya Taaffe reads dead languages and tells living stories. Her short fiction and Rhysling Award-winning poetry have been collected most recently in the Lambda-nominated Forget the Sleepless Shores and previously in Singing Innocence and Experience, Postcards from the Province of Hyphens, A Mayse-Bikhl, and Ghost Signs. She lives with one of her husbands and both of her cats in Somerville, Massachusetts, where she writes about film for Patreon and remains proud of naming a Kuiper belt object.

Overt or Covert Antagonists: Who's "More Evil"?
Oh No, JKR! When Your Idols Betray You
Bowie on the Big Screen
How Much "Alien" Is Too Much?
Creeping Sense of Doom

Cecilia Tan is the multi-award winning author of The Prince's Boy, Telepaths Don't Need Safewords, and the Magic University series and the founder of Circlet Press. Her award shelf includes the RT Reviewers Choice Award, the Maggie Award for Excellence, and induction into the Saints & Sinners LGBT Writers Hall of Fame. Her upcoming urban fantasy series from Tor Books will be known as The Vanished Chronicles and should appear Real Soon.

Circlet Press Reading
All Words Are Made Up
Writing that Makes You Want to Write

Ilene Tatroe—(she/they) is -- in no particular order -- a parent to a teenager, a software product manager, and Division Head for Programming at Arisia '22. In her spare time (ha!), she is also Chair of her town's Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). A GISHer, she loves doing wacky but good things, like creating wedding dresses out of plastic shopping bags and rewriting Beowulf in 10 tweets.

Dammit Misha! The GISHer Meetup.
Arisia Programming and Brainstorming
Dealing with Crises in Conrunning
Effective Advocacy for Geeks
In Memoriam

Kayleigh Tatroe—Is a high school student in Westford and a competitive dancer for Spotlight Dance Academy. She loves to dance, draw, read, and write. She wants to go to college for forensic science.

Marvel's Streaming Disneyverse
We Must Be Strong: She-Ra

Gail Terman—(she/her) is a huge nerd who loves sports, coding, singing, and spending all of her vacation time helping to run conventions. For Arisia 22, she is running gaming, and is also on the Con Chair team.

Polyamory: Expectations vs. Reality
Self-Care at Conventions
Fandom and Disability
The Vilification and Fear of Fat Bodies
Making Arisia Happen

Tikva (aka Tikva (raycho)) is attending her bazillionth Arisia, and her seventh? eighth? what even are numbers anyway? as a panelist. She is kind of like a very sweary golden retriever. She's a public health geek, disability activist, baseball addict, and member of a polyamorous family/household. She is fond of pie. You may recognize her via her trusty guide dog, who is small in size but large in swagger. Please do not pet either her or the dog without a whole lot of permission.

Polyamory Basics
Fandom and Disability
Fans with Disabilities Meetup
Super Awesome Advice Panel!
Introduction to Kink (18+)

Dan Toland is a writer and podcaster responsible for getting his fingerprints all over programming this year as Assistant Division Head. He lives in Boston with a woman of nearly limitless patience (Reader, she married him), a dog who tries REALLY HARD you guys, and also there is a cat. Hear him give voice to strongly-held opinions about inexpensively made British sci-fi, Reagan-era cartoons, and Bronze Age team-up comics at Earth-2.net, and endure his Twitter nonsense @UrbanSpaceman61.

Saturday Morning Revisited
The Allure of the Good-Bad Movie
Arisia Programming and Brainstorming
Nostalgia Ain’t What it Used to Be
A New Final Frontier: Modern Star Trek Series

Thomas Traina is a former lawyer turned computer forensics consultant and legal technology specialist. Academically, he focuses on civil liberties, constitutional law, speculative bioethics, and comparative law and government in science fiction. Tom got into science fiction through Star Wars, then Star Trek TNG, and snowballed from there. He is also an avid roleplayer and theatre-style LARP writer. When he can afford it, he also enjoys wargames.

Making a Safer Game

Shoshana Traum

The Power of Finding Ourselves in Fanfiction
Oh No, JKR! When Your Idols Betray You
All Words Are Made Up
Mapping the Fantastic

Pablo Vazquez considers themselves many things, including performer, poet, fan, sometimes scholar/always student, agitator, bard-magus, and whatever else they come up with. They're a cinephile, DC Comics enthusiast, voracious reader, and avid gamer (tabletop/video). They traverse various subcultural communities, from magical lodges and mystic circles, unsanctioned parties and kink events to Underground Rap and radical bookstores to, of course, Science-Fiction and Fantasy fandom.

Superman and Religion
Upping Your Game: Making a Better RPG Experience

Mark "Justin du Coeur" Waks is a rapidly moving particle. If one pins down his position enough (and doesn't worry about his velocity), one finds him focusing on programming, SCA, fandom, LARP, and Board Games.

Marvel's Streaming Disneyverse
Practical Information Security

Jess Waters is an artist, a queer, a witch, a leftist, and an incurable dungeon master. Her book on occultism and Surrealist painting is forthcoming from Revelore Press.

Online Intermediated Gaming
Dungeons, Dragons, and Writers: A Live Event
Living Cities, Ships, and Other Equipment
Forged in the Dark and Powered by the Apocalypse

A longtime fan of SF/F, Mr. John C. Watson was infected with the anime and manga bug in the early 1990s, and remains a virulent carrier of all three. He has been a beta reader on the 2nd & 3rd editions of The Anime Encyclopedia, published four articles on nursing and nursing history, is an avid editor of Wikipedia, is a freelance proofreader for Baen Books, and enjoys making lists of fannishly-oriented resources (e.g., on con survival, detecting anime bootlegs, and anime/manga character archetypes).

Arisia First Night Social

Kate Wechsler

Turn and Face the Strange: COVID's Impact on Us
Polyamory: Expectations vs. Reality
Fandom and Disability
BDSM for ALL (18+)
The Eleventh Hour: Procrastinators Anonymous

Fae Weichsel is a filmmaker, role-player, union ENBY, proud bisexual and secret robot. They work in film and television in the camera department as a proud Local 600 camera person. Some projects he has worked on are; Pose, Tales of the city, Person of Interest, Jessica Jones, Amazing Spiderman 2,, Madam Secretary, Someone Great, & Irreplaceable You. He is also a writer and director of short films, music videos and commericals. They/them Pronouns

Gaming As a Way of Exploring Identity
Effective Advocacy for Geeks
Forged in the Dark and Powered by the Apocalypse
Proper Pronouns Matter
Making a Safer Game

Jo Weston

Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading

Alan Wexelblat (he/him) is a poly parent of two trans young adults, an amateur photographer, a long-time tabletop RPG and online+mobile gamer, a writer on intellectual property issues, and a rescue-dog owner. He has been at every Arisia since #2 and worked most of them. Ask him about helping with the convention!

Tabletop GM Meetup
When the Panel Goes Rogue...
Mental Illness: Separating Fact from Fiction
Connecting with Your Kids Through Media
Consent Beyond the Bedroom
Polyamory Meetup
Upping Your Game: Making a Better RPG Experience

Besides attending cons, being on panels, moderating panels, and working as staff, Michelle Wexelblat is a mother, wife, friend, extrovert, student if shamanism, self employed clinical social worker, instructor at the BUSSW, and dabbler. Magic powers include holding space, encouraging growth, and explaining complex things in simple ways. Many of these magic powers help in her profession of working with marginalized individuals and helping people heal from trauma.

Polyamory: Expectations vs. Reality
Sex-Positive Parenting
Self-Care at Conventions
Romantic or Repulsive?
Teaching Our Kids Consent
Shaman Meetup
Consent Beyond the Bedroom

Nightwing Whitehead was born in 1958. The Barbie doll was "born" in 1959; so for a year she had nothing to do. Since then, she's been making up for lost time by dressing anyone and anything that comes within her reach. She's worked for several theaters, dressed some stars, done some teaching, and has her own business designing and creating costumes for life.

Cosplay Safety
Trans and Nonbinary Clothing Swap
How do I do the thing?
Learn From My Fail: Costume Horror Stories
Neurodiversity & Neuroscience in SF/F
Asexuality-Umbrella Meetup
Neurodivergent Meetup

Scott Wilhelm is a licensed biology, physics, math, and general science teacher with more than 10 years of experience, mostly with high-school-aged learners with learning disabilities and severe behavioral problems. He combines deeply analytical lessons with fun activities to meet high expectations with no tears for a very wide range of ages and abilities.

Kid-Friendly Maker Projects
Atl Atl Make-and-take with Shooting Gallery
Maker Crafting Social

Stephen R. Wilk was confused for several days when the Hogwarts Sorting Hat announced that his selected House was Lannister, but he eventually overcame his bewilderment in time for Arisia. Although he works during the day as an Optical Scientist and Engineer, he only does it to provide cover for his real identity as a writer of fact and fiction. His most recent books are "Lost Wonderland" from UMass Press and "Sandbows and Blacklights" from Oxford University Press.

Scientists, Engineers, and Mathematicians in SFF
Fans over 65 Meetup
Science Experiments
Speculative Fiction Writers Cafe
How Much "Alien" Is Too Much?

W. B. J. W. B.J. Williams, the author of THE GARDEN AT THE ROOF OF THE WORLD, THE REALITY, MYTHOLOGY, AND FANTASIES OF UNICORNS, and "The InfoCoup" holds advanced degrees in anthropology and archeology. He is an avid historian, mystic, poet, and author who manages an information security program at a prominent New England firm. He is noted for his bad puns, and willingness to argue from any perspective. He is endured by his beloved wife and two daughters, and lives in Sharon Massachusetts.

Creating Authentic Characters with Disabilities
Shop Talk: Quitting Time
Sunday Morning Readings
The Mushy Middle: Conquering the Midpoint Swamp

James Willis is a writer, comic book artist and adventurer, although he mostly focuses on the latter and not so much the former. He currently writes and draws the web comic: "Leo in the Dark World" and sometimes posts silly pictures to his instagram: james_willis42.

Writing Geeky Characters
Paths for a Professional Artist
So you want to start a con...
Creating Comics: From Idea to Finished Product
Writing that Makes You Want to Write
Mapping the Fantastic

Jonathan Woodward is the author or co-author of over a dozen role-playing game books, including the Hellboy RPG, Trinity, and GURPS Banestorm. He has been an Arisia panelist for over 25 years. He lives near Boston with his wonderfully complicated family.

Online Intermediated Gaming
Sticking the Landing: Ending Campaigns
Age and Fandom: What it looks like after 50
Forged in the Dark and Powered by the Apocalypse
Making a Safer Game

A child of the space race, Guillermo Zeballos has always been fascinated by fantastic vehicles and stories of space, real and fictional. He is active in designing and building spaceships out of paper and researching their designs. He is also a great fan of spaceship and futuristic art and illustration, as well as those of the more familiar hero ships of film and television. His professional background is in teaching, computer-human interaction, collaborative systems, and interface design.

Kid-Friendly Maker Projects

Zonathon

Descriptive Tour of the Art Show
Tactile Tour of the Art Show

Eric "in the Elevator" Zuckerman was not a real talk show host, but he did play one on TV. He was Arisia 2008 Fan Performer Guest of Honor and Lunacon 2011 Special Guest. Not only is he still associated with his former fan-participation video comedy project, "Eric in the Elevator", but he also traveled back in time to host the 1943 Hugo Awards ceremony. He lives in Berkeley, California with his wife of over a quarter-century (Beth); and their two cats (Patience and Fortitude).

Turn and Face the Strange: COVID's Impact on Us
Super Awesome Advice Panel!