People We Love

Here is where we introduce the women of SF whom we adore. Some will be new, some will be veterans, and some will be new to us. We will include interviews, readings and sample work. See if you love them as much as we do!

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Alma Alexander — Author

Alma Alexander was born in a country which no longer exists on a map, has lived and worked in seven countries on four continents (and in cyberspace!), has climbed mountains, dived in coral reefs, flown small planes, swum with dolphins, touched two-thousand-year-old tiles in a gate out of Babylon. She is a novelist, anthologist and short story writer who currently shares her life between the Pacific Northwest of the USA (where she lives with her husband and two cats) and the wonderful fantasy worlds of her own imagination. You can find out more about Alma on her website, her Facebook page or her Patreon page.

Marcy Arlin — Director, Playwright and Author

Photo by Melissa C. Beckman.

Marcy Arlin is Artistic Director of the OBIE-winning Immigrants’ Theatre Project, directing at MESTC, LaMama, NYTW, Public, ArtTheater (Koln), Tenement Museum, National Theatre of Romania (Cluj), Czech Center, Romanian Cultural Institute, Ohio Theatre, HERE, among many others. She is a professor at CUNY and Pace and has given workshops on immigrant theater for social change at Yale, Brown, NYU, University of Chicago (her alma mater), and in Eastern Europe. Marcy studied writing at the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas, with Betsy James and is a Fellow at the Writers’ Institute. She has published in spec fiction: Daily Science Fiction, Diabolical Plots, Broad Universe Sampler, Man.In.Fest Journal of Experimental Theatre, Kaleidocast,

Betsy James – Author and Artist

Betsy James is the author and illustrator of seventeen books for adults and children. Among other honors, her books have been named: Tiptree Award Honor Book; New York Public Library Best Book for Teens; Voices of Youth Advocates Best Book; Junior Library Guild Selection; Canadian Children’s Book Center Best Book; and International Reading Association Children’s Choice. She facilitates writers’ workshops nationally and internationally. Check out her latest review here and buy her latest book here. Road Souls has been short-listed for the World Fantasy Award. (older readers) (younger readers)


Kathy Kitts – Author


Dr. Kathy Kitts, a recently retired geology professor, served as a science team member on the NASA Genesis Discovery Mission. Before that, she directed a planetarium for nine years. She has dozens of non-fiction publications spanning professional papers to textbooks to general interest articles. However, she no longer writes about “what is” but rather “what if.” Her speculative short fiction has appeared in James Gunn’s Ad Astra, Mad Scientist Journal and The Storyteller’s Anthology. Her latest short story collection Getting What You Need is now available on Amazon. Born and raised in the southwest, she is currently living in the high desert of New Mexico.



Carol Lowell – Artist and Author

Carol Lowell is a mixed-media artist, author, life coach, quilter, photographer, book maker, wife, mom and explorer who lives in North Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Through the regular practice of creative endeavors and connecting to spirit, Carol proposes that we can embrace and live our best life through the expression of our unique gifts be they “artistic or writerly.” She refers to these gifts as  our soul voice. It is her desire to help others find that voice and to give it strength, courage and love.

As someone who loves to gather and to share, she lives by the mottos “The More, The Merrier” and “The More We Give, The More We Receive.” Her greatest passions are her family, the discovery of new things, and living with an adventurous spirit. She loves to encourage others to find what makes their heart sing and to live from that soul-centered place.

You can find her here: Website, FaceBook, Goodreads, Instagram, Twitter, or on Pinterest.


Susan Nicolai – Artist and Digital Storyteller


Susan Nicolai is a digital artist and storyteller who helps creative people package their vision, and tell their stories with pictures, words, and feelings. She works in pixels, creating content like short, artsy videos that her clients can share on web sites, social media posts, interactive eBooks, and in print. For her clients, she designs a communication strategy that feels right for them.

Learn more about Susan at where you can find all her social media links.

A. J. Odasso -Poet and Editor

A.J. Odasso’s poetry has appeared in a number of strange and wonderful publications, including Sybil’s Garage, Mythic Delirium, Jabberwocky, Cabinet des Fées, Midnight Echo, Not One of Us, Dreams & Nightmares, Goblin Fruit, Strange Horizons, Stone Telling, Farrago’s Wainscot, Through the Gate, Liminality, Inkscrawl, Battersea Review, and SWAMP Writing. Her début collection, Lost Books (Flipped Eye Publishing, 2010), was nominated for the 2010 London New Poetry Award and for the 2011 Forward Prize, and was also a finalist for the 2011 People’s Book Prize. Her second collection with Flipped Eye, The Dishonesty of Dreams, was released in 2014. She holds degrees from Wellesley College (B.A. in English), University of York (M.A. in Medieval Studies), and Boston University (M.F.A. in Creative Writing). You can find her on livejournal and Twitter.

Chinelo Onwualu -Author and Editor

Chinelo Onwualu lives in Abuja, Nigeria. She is editor and co-founder of Omenana, a magazine of African speculative fiction, and chief spokesperson for the African Science Fiction Society. Her writing has appeared in several places, including Strange Horizons, Brittle Paper, and Ideomancer. She has also been featured in the anthologies Mothership: Tales of Afrofuturism and Beyond, and Terra Incognita: New Short Speculative Stories from Africa. Follow her on twitter @chineloonwualu.

Jalyn Powell -Author

Jalyn Powell (or, J.N. Powell) is an English and Creative Writing teacher in Midland, Texas, who has a serious soft spot for martial arts films, Batman, and anything remotely macabre. She is currently finishing her MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College and will graduate in July 2017 thanks to her previous training with the Speculative Fiction Writing Workshop at the University of Kansas, the online Gateworld workshop, and Lynda Curnyn’s Novel Writing Bootcamp. She has served as Genre Editor, Art Director, and Social Media Coordinator for a handful of publications and is also a founder and oft-times organizer for a local writing group called The Kraken Squatters Club.  The name is both unfortunate and perfect.

Jalyn’s short stories have appeared in The TU Review, The Pitkin Review, and on The Overcast speculative fiction podcast. She blogs here.

Lesley L. Smith – Author

Lesley L. Smith has a Ph.D. in Elementary Particle Physics and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction. Her short SF has appeared in various venues including Analog Science Fiction and Fact. She’s published several novels including Quantum Cop, Kat Cubed, Temporal Dreams and Quantum Murder. She’s a founder and editor of the speculative fiction ezine Electric Spec and is an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

Cat Valente – Author

Catherynne M. Valente is the New York Times bestselling author of over two dozen works of fiction and poetry, including Palimpsest, the Orphan’s Tales series, Deathless, Radiance, and the crowdfunded phenomenon The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Own Making. She is the winner of the Andre Norton, Tiptree, Mythopoeic, Rhysling, Lambda, Locus and Hugo awards. She has been a finalist for the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with a small but growing menagerie of beasts, some of which are human.

Learn more about Cat here.

Dawn Vogel – Author and Editor

Dawn Vogel writes and edits both fiction and non-fiction. Her academic background is in history, so it’s not surprising that much of her fiction is set in earlier times. By day, she edits reports for historians and archaeologists. In her alleged spare time, she runs a craft business, co-edits Mad Scientist Journal, and tries to find time for writing. She is a member of Broad Universe and an associate member of SFWA. Her first novel, Brass and Glass: The Cask of Cranglimmering, is available from Razorgirl Press. She lives in Seattle with her awesome husband (and fellow author), Jeremy Zimmerman, and their herd of cats. Visit her at