For 2020, we are honored to be joined by the following highly esteemed presenters . . .
R.S. (Rod) Belcher is an award-winning newspaper and magazine editor and reporter. Rod’s first novel, The Six-Gun Tarot, was published by Tor Books in 2013. The sequel, The Shotgun Arcana, was published in 2014 and the third book in the Golgotha series, The Queen of Swords was published in 2017. He is currently at work on the fourth book in the series.
Brett King is no stranger to the Steampunk Symposium and has presented many panels over the years, and for 2020 we shall be hosting him as our Maker Guest of Honor. Brett is an award-winning steampunk maker and costumer from North Carolina who appears at steampunk and maker events around the country. He works in diverse media, including drawing, painting, sculpting, found-objects, kinetic art, and costuming.
Leanna Renee Hieber – Author
Leanna Renee Hieber is an actress, playwright, ghost tour guide, an award-winning, bestselling author of twelve Gothic, Gaslamp Fantasy and Supernatural Suspense novels for adults and teens for Tor, Sourcebooks and Kensington Books, and the Steampunk Symposium Author in Residence.
Emilie P Bush – Author & Symposium MC
Emilie P Bush is a writer (author of the SteamDuck series, amongst many others), editor, and journalist; the quintessential Do-It-Yourself steampunk. Since the first Symposium in 2012, Emilie has been a special guest and became a lifetime member of the convention, and in April 2017 she also accepted the role of the Symposium’s lead MC.
Phoebe Darqueling – Author & Editor
Phoebe Darqueling is the pen name of a globe trotting vagabond who currently hangs her hat in Freiburg, Germany. In her “real life” she writes curriculum for a creativity competition for kids in MN and edits academic texts for non-native English speakers. Though her first love is Steampunk, she dabbles in a variety of speculative fiction genres. Her novels include Riftmaker: A Steampunk Portal Fantasy and the Mistress of None series (No Rest for the Wicked won the Pencraft 2019 Award for Best Gaslamp Fantasy).