FEATURED PRESENTERS

 

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Philippa (Pip) Ballantine is a New Zealand born fantasy writer and podcaster. She is the author of the Books of the Order and the Shifted World series. She is also the co-author with her husband Tee Morris of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences novels as well as Social Media for Writers. Her books have won an Airship Award, the Steampunk Chronicle Reader’s Choice, and the RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for steampunk. In 2006 she became New Zealand’s first podcast novelist, and her podcasts have won both a Parsec Award and a Sir Julius Vogel award. (click to learn more)


Thomas Earl “Tee” Morris first appeared on bookshelves with MOREVI: The Chronicles of Rafe & Askana in 2002 and has been writing ever since. His success with the MOREVI podcast, the first novel to be podcast from cover-to-cover, led to his co-authoring of Podcasting for Dummies. This byline was beginning of several social media titles including All a Twitter, Teach Yourself Twitter in 10 Minutes, and Social Media for Writers, the latter title co-authored with his wife, Pip Ballantine. Tee has also contributed articles and stories for numerous anthologies including Tales of a Tesla Ranger Farscape Forever!, The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy (Volume 1-3), and A Cosmic Christmas 2 You(click to learn more)


David Lee is the principal artist at Hatton Cross Steampunk, located in Gloucester Virginia. His art has been featured in numerous exhibits at Steampunk conventions, festivals and art galleries throughout the US, Europe and New Zealand. He has received multiple nominations and awards for his costuming, props and vehicles. In January 2018 he signed with VIP Productions to start a Reality TV Maker show titled HCS Creates. A highlight for David has been to play the Steampunk Darth Vader in “Trial of the Mask” and “Mask of Vengeance”, two Steampunk Star Wars fan films from Unruly Mile Films. He has also played a supporting role in the TV series (in production) Paradox City.


Leanna Renee Hieber is the award-winning, bestselling author of Gothic Victorian Fantasy novels for adults and teens. Her Strangely Beautiful saga, beginning with The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, hit Barnes & Noble and Borders Bestseller lists and garnered numerous regional genre awards, with new revised editions from Tor Books now available. Darker Still was named an American Bookseller’s Association “Indie Next List” pick and a Scholastic Book Club “Highly Recommended” title. Her new Gaslamp Fantasy saga, The Eterna Files and Eterna and Omega, is now available from Tor Books. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies such as Queen Victoria’s Book of SpellsWillful ImproprietyThe Mammoth Book of Gaslamp Romance, featured on Tor.com and she writes for Criminal Element.


Maurice Broaddus has been published in Lightspeed Magazine, Weird Tales, Apex Magazine, Asimov’s, Cemetery Dance, Black Static, and many more with some of his stories collected in The Voices of Martyrs. He is the author of the urban fantasy trilogy, The Knights of Breton Court trilogy. He co-authored the play Finding Home: Indiana at 200. His novellas include Buffalo Soldier, I Can Transform You, Orgy of Souls, Bleed with Me, and Devil’s Marionette. He is the co-editor of Dark Faith, Dark Faith: Invocations, Streets of Shadows, and People of Colo(u)r Destroy Horror. Learn more about him at MauriceBroaddus.com.


Diana Pho is a scholar, activist, performer, and general rabble-rouser. She is best-known for running Beyond Victoriana, an award-winning, US-based blog on multicultural steampunk, and the oldest-existing blog on this topic. For several years, she has traveled the country as a professional convention speaker about social justice issues and fandom.

 

 


Ashley Lauren Rogers performed her one-person show PASS/FAIL at Dixon Place Lounge, MITF, the Trans Theatre Festival at The Brick, and The University of Wisconsin. Her show The Illustrated Xmas Sweater for Step1 Theatre Productions.  She was invited to the two week summer playwriting intensive at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC.  Ashley received the 2014 ACM Award for Comedy Video for the pilot of Marisa and Rocco through Dogtoon Media. Ashley has written for Cosmopolitan, The Mary Sue, SFWA, John Scalzi Blog. Ashley developed a workshop for writing for trans and non­binary narratives available on WritingTheOther.com. Ashley is the Producer/creator of the Is It Transphobic? Podcast and Ashley is currently working on an untitled  non-fiction manuscript for Three L Media


Sarah Hans is an award-winning editor, author and teacher, as well as the Communications Officer aboard the Airship Archon. Sarah’s short stories have appeared in about a dozen publications, but she’s best known for her multicultural steampunk anthology Steampunk World, which appeared on io9, Boing Boing, and Entertainment Weekly Online and won the 2015 Steampunk Chronicle Reader’s Choice Award for Best Fiction. Sarah’s next project is an anthology featuring characters with exceptionalities called Steampunk Universe. You can find Sarah online at http://sarahhans.com/.


Sophia Beaumont is a writer and knitwear designer from central Ohio. After keeping her kindergarten classmates awake at naptime with hilariously weird and creepy stories, she decided she had better become a writer. She continues that trend today, blending humor with spooky and heart-wrenching tales. Her debut novel, The Spider’s Web (2017), is an #ownvoices story of fabulous knitwear, vengeful goddesses, and fighting the good fight–even when it’s against your own mental state, with follow up novels slated for later this year.

 


Ash K. Alexander is an unwilling resident of the Heartland. I spent four years getting a degree in Fine Art and another year cleaning dirt off of artifacts, paintings and on occasion putting bones back together, traipsing through tombs and being offered roasted lizards. When that passion didn’t pan out, I returned to my one true love–writing. I write for all age-ranges, though stick mostly to the fantasy genre. I spend most of days working or painting colorful birds (if I’m not coming up with new ways to torment my characters).

 


 

Cancellations

Unfortunately due to health reasons Joey Marsocci will no longer be able to attend the 2018 Symposium. We wish him good health and hope to see him in 2019.