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Officers: July 1st, 2013 to June 30th, 2014

steven_gouldSteven Gould is the New York Times bestselling author of the frequently banned book Jumper, and its sequels Reflex and Impulse, as well as Wildside, Helm, Blind Waves, Jumper: Griffin’s Story, and 7th Sigma. His short fiction has been published in Analog, Asimov’s, Amazing, and other magazines and anthologies. He is the recipient of the Hal Clement Young Adult Award for Science Fiction and has been a Prometheus Award finalist and A Compton Crook finalist for his novels, as well as a Hugo finalist twice and a Nebula finalist once for his short fiction. Jumper was made into the 2008 feature film of the same name with Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Bell, Rachel Bilson, and Hayden Christensen. Steve lives in New Mexico with his wife, writer Laura J. Mixon (M. J. Locke) and their two daughters, where he writes, keeps chickens, and studies and teaches Aikido and Japanese sword.

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Rachel Swirsky, Vice-President

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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.

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Susan Forest, Secretary

susan_forestTwo-time Prix Aurora Award finalist and winner of The Galaxy Project, juried by Robert Silverberg, David Drake and Barry Malzberg (Rosetta Books, November, 2011), Susan Forest is a writer of science fiction, fantasy and horror, and fiction editor for Edge Press. You can find her stories in AnalogAsimov’sBeneath Ceaseless SkiesOnSpec, three of the Tesseracts series, and AE Science Fiction Review. Her collection, Immunity to Strange Tales, was launched by Five Rivers Chapmanry Press in August, 2012. Susan’s YA novel, The Dragon Prince, was awarded the Children’s Circle Book Choice Award. In addition to writing and editing, she teaches writing to adults, and works in schools as an artist-in-residence and guest speaker. As secretary for SFWA, Susan looks forward to exploring ways SFWA can provide leadership to its members in addressing the new world of publishing and all its ramifications for authors. You can check out her website at www.speculative-fiction.ca.

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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.

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Regional Directors



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Lee Martindale, South/Central Regional Director

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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.

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Jim Fiscus, Western Regional Director


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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.

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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.

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Tansy Rayner Roberts, Overseas Regional Director

Tansy Rayner RobertsTansy Rayner Roberts is the award-winning author of dark fantasy novels Power and Majesty, The Shattered City and Reign of Beasts, as well as the short story collection Love and Romanpunk. She has received two Hugo nominations for the Galactic Suburbia podcast. Tansy has a PhD in Classics and lives in Tasmania, Australia with her partner and two daughters. You can find her blog athttp://tansyrr.com/ and follow her on Twitter at @tansyrr

As Overseas Regional Director, Tansy currently represents all members outside the US and Canada. She is keen to improve outreach to potential members across the world, and to help SFWA become more relevant and useful to its non-US members.

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