Officers: July 1st, 2012 to June 30th, 2013
John Scalzi, President
John Scalzi is a New York Times bestseller and the author of the popular “Old Man’s War” series of novels and several nonfiction works, including the Hugo-winning essay collection Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded. He is also the Creative Consultant for the Stargate: Universe television series, shown in the United States on the Syfy Channel, and a columnist on film and science fiction for AMC’s FilmCritic.com site. Scalzi’s long-running personal blog, Whatever, receives up to 40,000 visitors daily and is home to the “Big Idea” feature series, in which writers discuss the big ideas behind their latest works. Scalzi lives in Ohio with his wife and child.
Rachel Swirsky, Vice-President
Rachel Swirsky’s short stories have appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies including Tor.com, Subterranean Magazine, Clarkesworld and Eclipse, and been reprinted in year’s bests from Dozois, Horton, Strahan, and the VanderMeers. Her work has also been nominated for the Hugo Award, the Sturgeon Award, the World Fantasy Award and the Locus Award, among others. In 2011, she won best novella for “The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers Beneath the Queen’s Window.” She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop. She is currently raising three kittens which makes her house into a living youtube video.
Ann Leckie, Secretary
Ann Leckie is a graduate of Clarion West and has published short stories in Subterranean Magazine, Strange Horizons, and Realms of Fantasy. Her story “Hesperia and Glory” was reprinted in Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, 2007, edited by Rich Horton. She edits the webzine GigaNotoSaurus and is an associate editor for Podcastle. Ann has worked as a waitress, a receptionist, a rodman on a land-surveying crew, and a recording engineer. She lives in Missouri.
Bud Sparhawk, Treasurer
Bud Sparhawk has sold about seventy stories to Analog, Asimov’s, several “Best of” anthologies, and other print, audio, and on-line media both in the United States and overseas. He has published two short story collections and the novel Vixen. He has been a three-time Nebula Award finalist (1998, 2001, and 2006), and is currently the Treasurer of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), a member of SIGMA, and Senior Vice President of Macfadden.
Catherynne Valente, Eastern Regional Director
Catherynne M. Valente is the author of over a dozen works of fiction and poetry, including Palimpsest, The Orphan’s Tales series, Deathless, and New York Times bestselling The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Own Making. She is the winner of the Andre Norton Award, the Tiptree Award, the Mythopoeic Award, the Rhysling Award, and the Million Writers Award. She has been nominated for the Hugo, Locus, and Spectrum Awards, the Pushcart Prize, and was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award in 2007 and 2009. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with her partner, two dogs, and enormous cat.
Lee Martindale, South/Central Regional Director
Lee Martindale is a writer of short fiction and editor of anthologies. Since joining SFWA in 1999, she has served in numerous volunteer capacities, most recently as Mediation Specialist of the Grievance Committee and as SFWA Ombudsman. She and her husband live in Plano, TX, where she keeps friends and fans up to date at http://www.HarpHaven.net.
Jim Fiscus, Western Regional Director
Jim Fiscus is a Portland, Oregon writer and photographer. He has been a professional writer for over two decades, reporting on medicine, politics, business, and law. His first science fiction sale, in 1983, was a story that made practical use of his MA in Middle East history.
Matthew Johnson, Canadian Regional Director
Matthew Johnson is a writer and educator who lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada with his wife Megan and sons Leo and Miles. His short fiction has been published in a wide variety of markets including Asimov’s Science Fiction, Fantasy & Science Fiction and Strange Horizons and translated into Russian, Czech and Danish; his first novel, Fall From Earth, was published by Bundoran Press in 2009 and Irregular Verbs, a collection of his short stories, will be published by Chizine Press in 2014. Since 2008 he has worked at MediaSmarts, an internationally recognized media education organization, where he creates resources such as lesson plans, training workshops and educational computer games and participates in advocacy and awareness efforts as part of his work as Director of Education. His website is www.irregularverbs.ca.
Sean Williams, Overseas Regional Director
Sean Williams writes prolifically across the field of speculative fiction, for adults, young adults and children, and enjoys the odd franchise, too. His work has won awards, debuted at #1 on the New York Times hardback bestseller list, and been translated into numerous languages. He lives with his family in Adelaide, South Australia. For more information, please visit www.seanwilliams.com.