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Officers:July 1st, 2017, to June 30th, 2018

Cat Rambo, President

PeacockHairedCatCat Rambo’s 150+ fiction publications include stories in Asimov’sClarkesworld Magazine, and Tor.com. Her short story, “Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain,” from story collection Near + Far (Hydra House Books), was a 2012 Nebula nominee. Her editorship of Fantasy Magazine earned her a World Fantasy Award nomination in 2012 and most recently, she guest-edited Lightspeed Magazine‘s special Women Destroy Fantasy issue. She is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and the Clarion West Writers Workshop. You can find links to her fiction at www.kittywumpus.net

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Erin M. Hartshorn, Vice President

Erin M. Hartshorn did her graduate work in fish olfaction (and yes, she’s heard all of the jokes about how fish smell) before turning to words to make her living. Her freelance business makes others’ words look good through copyediting, proofreading, and indexing. Her fiction has appeared both online and in print, placed in the PARSEC short story contest, earned honorable mentions and semifinal status in the Writers of the Future contest, and been shortlisted for the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Award for science-fiction novellas. She also publishes mysteries under the pen name Sara Penhallow. Erin lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and their two kids, who are gradually being inculcated in the joy of all that is science fiction and fantasy. She can be found on her website at www.erinmhartshorn.com/blog, on Twitter @ErinMHartshorn, or in the SFWA chat room most weekday afternoons.

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Curtis C. Chen, Secretary

Curtis C. Chen (陳致宇) is a writer, puzzler, and cat feeding robot maker. His debut novel Waypoint Kangaroo (a 2017 Locus Awards Finalist) is a science fiction thriller about a superpowered spy facing his toughest mission yet: vacation. The sequel, Kangaroo Too, lands our hero on the Moon to confront long-buried secrets. Curtis’ short stories have appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Mission: Tomorrow, and Oregon Reads Aloud. He is a graduate of the Clarion West and Viable Paradise writers’ workshops. Since 2010, he has helped organize monthly Puzzled Pint events around the world. Visit him online at: http://curtiscchen.com

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Bud Sparhawk, Chief Financial Officer


Bud Sparhawk has sold numerous 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 had his short story collections and two novels; Vixen and Distant Seas published. He has been a three-time Nebula Award finalist.

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Sarah PinskerSarah Pinsker is the author of the novelette “In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind,” winner of the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award in 2014 and 2013 Nebula Award finalist. Her fiction has been published in magazines including Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Lightspeed, and in anthologies including Long HiddenFierce Family, and The Future Embodied.

She co-hosts the Baltimore Science Fiction Society’s Dangerous Voices Variety Hour, a reading series/quiz show. She is also a singer/songwriter and toured nationally behind three albums on various independent labels: (Charmed, disappear records; Wingspan, Reinventing Records; This is Your Signal, The Beechfields, with the Stalking Horses). A fourth is forthcoming. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland and can be found online at sarahpinsker.com and twitter.com/sarahpinsker.

Andy Duncan, Director-At-Large

Andy Duncan’s stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Conjunctions, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Tor.comand many year’s-best volumes, and have won a Nebula Award, a Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award and three World Fantasy Awards. His books include the collections Beluthahatchie and Other Stories (Golden Gryphon), The Pottawatomie Giant and Other Stories (PS)and the upcoming An Agent of Utopia: New and Selected Stories (Small Beer). He has graduate degrees in fiction writing from North Carolina State University and the University of Alabama, is a 1994 graduate of Clarion West in Seattle, and has taught at both Clarion and Clarion West. His fiction bibliography is at https://sites.google.com/site/beluthahatchie/.

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Jeffe Kennedy, Director-At-Large


Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels.

Her most recent works include the traditionally published fantasy series The Twelve Kingdoms and The Uncharted Realms, and her self-published fantasy series Sorcerous Moons. Her book, The Talon of the Hawk, won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2015, two others have been nominated for the same award, and another named Best Book of June 2014. The next book in that series, The Pages of the Mind, has also been nominated for the RT Reviewer’s Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2016 and is a finalist for RWA’s RITA Award.

In 2018, Rebel Base publishing will release a high fantasy trilogy in her Twelve Kingdoms world and in 2019 St. Martins Press will debut the first book, Throne of Flowers, in a new series, The Forgotten Empires.

She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the SFF Seven blog, on Facebook, on Goodreads and on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Sarah Younger of Nancy Yost Literary Agency.

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Lawrence M. Schoen, Director At Large (Elected 2016)

LMS-IMG_2790Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, has been nominated for the Campbell, Hugo, Nebula, and Cóyotl awards, is a world authority on the Klingon language, operates the small press Paper Golem, and is a practicing hypnotherapist specializing in authors’ issues. His previous science fiction includes many light and humorous adventures of a space-faring stage hypnotist and his alien animal companion. His most recent book, Barsk, takes a very different tone, exploring issues of intolerance, friendship, conspiracy, and loyalty, and redefines the continua between life and death. He lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with his wife and their dog.

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John P. Murphy, Director At Large (Appointed 2017)

John P. Murphy is a short fiction writer living in New Hampshire. His work has appeared in print and audio in venues including F&SF, Nature, and “Year’s Best” anthologies, and he is the author of the novella “The Liar,” a 2016 Nebula Award finalist. John holds a PhD in engineering, and works in the field of network security. He once helped build a hybrid race car and then refused to drive faster than 45mph in it. He can be found online at http://johnpmurphy.net and at Twitter via the handle @dolohov.

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