FEATURED PRESENTERS

 

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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 an actress, playwright and 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 and new revised editions are now available from Tor Books.Darker Still hit the American Bookseller’s Association “Indie Next List” and was a Scholastic Book Club “Highly Recommended” title. The Eterna Files, her latest Gaslamp Fantasy saga, is now complete from Tor Books. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous notable anthologies and her books have been translated into many languages. A proud member of performer unions Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA, she lives in New York City where she is a licensed ghost tour guide and has been featured in film and television on shows like Boardwalk Empire and Mysteries at the Museum, with a one-woman show about designer Clara Driscoll forthcoming. She is represented by Paul Stevens of the Donald Maass agency. http://leannareneehieber.comhttp://twitter.com/leannarenee http://facebook.com/lrhieber


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 a death in the family and subsequent arrangements, Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine will no longer be able to attend the 2018 Symposium. We wish them strength for this hard time and hope to see them at a future Symposium.

 

 


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.