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SFWA Staff and Support

Kate Baker, Executive Director

10686857_10204781998210622_7064728182322495151_nWhen not managing the daily operations of SFWA, Kate Baker is the two-time Hugo Award and World Fantasy Award winning Podcast Director and Non-Fiction Editor  for Clarkesworld Magazine. She has narrated over 350 short stories/audio books/poems. She has also read for various other venues such as StarShipSofa, Escape Pod, The Drabblecast, Cast of Wonders, and Fantasy Magazine.

Why you should contact Kate: General membership issues (including but not limited to — log in problems, renewals, new memberships, questions, etc.), general questions not answered by the sfwa.org website, invoices/payments, organization queries, and general technical questions. Email Kate Baker

Beth Dawkins, Volunteer Coordinator

Beth Dawkins is a long-time volunteer for SFWA herself, working with the organization at Nebula Conferences and Worldcons, as well as helping out behind the scenes. Her fiction has been published in Flame Tree’s Heroic Fantasy Short Stories, Apex Magazine, If This Goes On, and Analog. She lives in Northeast GA with her partner and two dogs.

Why you should contact Beth: Information about volunteering with SFWA. Updating your volunteer status or availability with SFWA. Email Beth Dawkins

Lauren Raye Snow, Art Director

Lauren Raye Snow is a designer, illustrator, and arts activist from South Texas. Over the course of her career, she has served as Creative Director for multiple nonprofits and justice movement campaigns. In her personal work, she is inspired by the Symbolists and the Pre-Raphaelites, by the Catholic and Indigenous religious icons of her native South Texas, as well as speculative works of wonder, horror, romance, and beauty in literature and music

Why you should contact Lauren: Information and/or questions about SFWA design, branding, logos, and other graphics. Email Lauren Raye Snow

Jim Hosek, Nebula Awards Commissioner

Jim Hosek is SFWA’s Nebula Award Commissioner. He manages the Nebula Award reading list and performs other duties related to the awards.

Jim’s day job is as a veterinarian in Chicago. He has a house call practice on the north side and own an animal hospital in Brookfield, IL. He attended the University of Illinois and also spent a year in Philadelphia training at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Hospital. During one of his emergency rotations he actually got to take care of Gardner Dozois’ cat. He also worked for six months at an animal hospital in Georgetown, Grand Cayman, where he learned to drive stick shift driving on the left side of the road.

Jim’s first professional sale was to Stanley Schmidt for Analog in 2006 and he has been a member of SFWA ever since. He had a great time volunteering with the Nebula Staff during the 50th anniversary. He is currently working on a mystery series featuring a veterinarian and am represented my Mary C. Moore of Kimberley Cameron & Associates.

Terra LeMay, Deputy Executive Director

unnamedIn 2018, the SFWA Board of Directors voted to create a second administrative position to assist the Executive Director with the daily operations of the organization. As Deputy Executive Director of SFWA, Terra LeMay works closely with Kate Baker to support SFWA’s programs and services. Terra’s short fiction has appeared in Apex Magazine, Cemetery Dance, Daily Science Fiction, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and in other magazines and anthologies. Her novels are represented by Seth Fishman at The Gernert Company. You can find her online at www.terralemay.com

Why you should contact Terra: General membership issues, questions not answered by the sfwa.org website, as well as questions about SFWA’s annual Nebula Conference and Awards Ceremony, or information about SFWA’s presence at other events. If you’re not sure who to contact about an issue, Terra may be able to help—and if not, she can certainly connect you to someone who can. Email Terra LeMay

Aimee Picchi, Nebula Awards Commissioner

Aimee Picchi is volunteering as the assistant Nebula Awards Commissioner for 2017-2018, helping Nebula Awards Commissioner Jim Hosek with the Nebula reading list and in other duties.

Aimee Picchi is a journalist and SFF writer who lives in Vermont’s biggest city, which is actually very small. Her fiction has appeared in publications including Intergalactic Medicine Show, Flash Fiction Online and Daily Science Fiction, and she’s a graduate of the Viable Paradise workshop. As a journalist, her work focuses on business and finance, and her pieces have been published at CBS MoneyWatch, Consumer Reports, Bloomberg News and other publications.

Aimee is a former classical musician, and is a graduate of Juilliard Pre-College and the Eastman School of Music, where she played the viola. She enjoys a good viola joke, but warns you she’s heard them all.


Steven H Silver, Event Manager


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Steven H Silver has been SFWA’s event manager since 2008, helping to run the Nebula Award Weekend, New York Reception, and SFWA’s Worldcon presence.  In addition, he has been running conventions since the 1990s and was programming chair for Chicon 2000 and Vice Chair for Chicon 7.  His fiction has been published in Helix, BlackGate, StarShipSofa, and various DAW anthologies.  He has edited collections and anthologies for DAW and NESFA and from 2004-2012 ran ISFiC Press.

Why you should contact Steven: Information about the Nebula Awards weekend, BookExpo America, Worldcon, the New York Reception, or other Events that SFWA coordinates throughout the year. Ideas for additional events or improvements to those SFWA already does. Email Steven H Silver

Jeremiah Tolbert, SFWA Webmaster

unnamedJeremiah Tolbert is an assemblage of skunks and badgers uneasily cooperating inside of a stereotypical “nerd” Halloween costume.  He has been the SFWA webmaster for many seasons, now.

To keep the collective’s litters fed with the finest in human foodstuffs, he write science fiction and fantasy short fiction and develops and designs websites for authors, publishers, and small businesses as Clockpunk Studios.

Contact him about: Technical website or forum site matters or issues with SFWA email systems. Email Jeremiah Tolbert

Michi Trota, Editor-in-Chief

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Michi Trota is a four-time Hugo Award winner, British Fantasy Award winner, and the first Filipina to win a Hugo Award. She is co-editor of the WisCon Chronicles Vol. 12 with Isabel Schechter (May 2020) and served as Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy’s Managing Editor (2014-2019) and Nonfiction Editor (2019). Her nonfiction has been published in The Book Smugglers, Invisible: An Anthology of Representation in SF/F, and Chicago Magazine, and she was the exhibit text writer of Worlds Beyond Here: Expanding the Universe of APA Science Fiction (2018-2019) at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle, WA. She’s spoken at C2E2, the Chicago Humanities Festival, and on NPR. Trota is a firespinner with the Raks Geek Fire+Bellydance troupe, past president of the Chicago Nerd Social Club Board of Organizers, and lives in Chicago with her spouse and their two cats.

Why you should contact Michi: Information and questions about SFWA publications and other editorial content. Email Michi Trota

Kevin Wabaunsee, Managing Editor

Kevin Wabaunsee is a speculative fiction writer and editor. He is a Prairie Band Potawatomi, a Chicagoan, and a former newspaper reporter. Wabaunsee is a graduate of the Viable Paradise workshop and an associate editor at Escape Pod. His short fiction has been published by Strange Horizons, Escape Pod, and PseudoPod. In addition to his SF/F work, Wabaunsee has more than 10 years of experience as an editor, publications manager, and communications director, primarily working in higher education and research communications.

Why you should contact Kevin: Information and questions about SFWA publications and editorial processes. Email Kevin Wabaunsee


Django Wexler, Discussion Board Moderator

Django Wexler graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with degrees in creative writing and computer science, and worked for the university in artificial intelligence research.  Eventually he migrated to Microsoft in Seattle, where he now lives with two cats and a teetering mountain of books.  When not writing, he wrangles computers, paints tiny soldiers, and plays games of all sorts.

Why You Should Contact Django: Django keeps our member discussion boards orderly. Email Django