Candidate for Secretary: Robert J. Howe

Dear Colleagues:

I’m running for the position of secretary in SFWA.

I have been an active member since 1992, and a graduate of Clarion (East), ’85. I’ve published short fiction in, the magazines, Analog, Electric Velocipede, Pandora, Pulphouse, Tales of the Unanticipated, Weird Tales, the Russian science fiction magazine Esli (If), and the anthology Newer York, among other publications. I am co-editor, with John Ordover, of the Wildside anthology Coney Island Wonder Stories. Finally, I served as assistant and associate editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction from 1992 to 1994.

If elected, among my priorities will be fine-tuning member communications, conducting outreach to prospective members, and outreach to the media on SFWA’s behalf—all of which are also priorities for presidential candidate John Scalzi and vice presidential candidate Mary Robinette Kowal.

I would bring to the position 21 years of experience in nonprofit communications. Briefly:

  • Trained as a journalist (BA in Journalism and History, Brooklyn College);
  • Have been a reporter and columnist for two weeklies, The Brooklyn Paper and The Eugene Weekly.
  • Worked in higher education public affairs since 1989;
  • Extensive experience in print and electronic publications for internal and external audiences, including fundraising and marketing publications;
  • Currently the director of communications for a university in New York City, overseeing internal and external communications;
  • My employer has 14,000 students and approximately as many faculty and staff as SFWA has members;
  • Held communications positions in two other colleges in New York, and have done freelance work for several others.
  • Was the communications director for a tech startup;
  • And, am a contributing editor to IEEE marketing and member communications.

I look forward to working with the Board of Directors on consolidating SFWA’s membership gains; ensuring that SFWA print and electronic communications better serve the needs of the membership; and raising SFWA’s profile among peer organizations and the reading public.