Riona Abhainn

Riona is a Celtic and fantasy singer who performs on the Renaissance/fantasy faire circuit in OR and WA. She sings in the venerable Irish tradition of unaccompanied performance. She is also the proprietress of Riona's Cave of Treasures, a merchant/artisan market and performance event held each year in Feb. In addition she produces the Faires And More Calendar, which is full of scifi, fantasy, pirate, steampunk and other nerdy events within a 3 hour radius of Portland not including Seattle. It comes out every 4 months, so three times a year.
Facebook: Riona Abhainn

Elizabeth Adams

Native Texan, current Seattleite, enamelist, jeweler, spinner and net-maker Elizabeth Adams has been making things her entire life. She currently makes enameled jewelry and accessories under the business name NightshadeRose Studio, and her netting-instruciton website--More Than Fish & Hammocks--is visited by people all over the world.

Durlyn Alexander

I have been in the convention circuit since 1989 and have loved it every since. I went to painting in 1990 and have been showing in many artshows since. I have also ran a fair share of shows in Washington during that time. I now have a picture "Irish Deathcoach" published in "Lands and Legends" just out this year. I have another picture in a book called "Gods and Goddesses." My goal is to attend as many worldcons and new conventions as possible.
Facebook: Durlyn's Studio

Alma Alexander

Alma Alexander's life so far has prepared her well for her chosen career. She was born in a country which no longer exists on the maps, has lived and worked in seven countries on four continents (and in cyberspace!), has climbed mountains, dived in coral reefs, flown small planes, swum with dolphins, touched 2000-year-old tiles in a gate out of Babylon. She is a novelist, anthologist and short story writer who currently shares her life between the Pacific Northwest of the USA (where she lives with her husband and two cats and the wonderful fantasy worlds of her own imagination. Visit Alma's website, her Facebook page or join her Patreon for more.

Colleen Anderson

Colleen Anderson has been twice nominated for the Aurora Award in poetry, and longlisted for the Stoker Award. As a freelance editor she has edited for Masquerade, Chizine, Aberrant Dreams and others, as well as co-editing Tesseracts 17 (EDGE Publishing), and Playground of Lost Toys (EXILE Editions) which was nominated for a 2016 Aurora Award. Much of her fiction is dark but not all. Find some of Colleen's work in Clockwork Canada (steampunk), Futuristica Vol 2 (SF), The Beauty of Death (DF), The Future Fire, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly and others. Currently she is working on an alternate history dark fiction novel and a poetry collection.

Liz Argall

Liz’s short stories can be found in places like Apex Magazine, Strange Horizons, and This is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death. Liz writes love letters, songs and poems to inanimate object and two of her short stories have become plays that are regularly performed. She creates the webcomic Things Without Arms and Without Legs and her website is

Josie Ark


JJ Ark

Father of two comics creatives, Husband of a writer. Support Engineer for open source Drupal CMS with a background in Telecom Project Management. I try to be a good person.

Blythe Ayne

Blythe Ayne’s most recently published book, is the third in THE DARLING UNDESIRABLES series, THE INVENTOR'S CLONE, and she has just finished the 4th book in the series, HEART'S QUEST. The story takes place in a post-steampunk world that runs on Dark Energy. Blythe has published numerous short stories and flash fiction in various venues, and has four novels published under a pseudonym. Her greeting cards include a steampunk line, STEAM DREAMS. A few of her workshops include: Flash Fiction in a Flash, Spontaneous Poetry, Going Indie?, and The Art and Business of Starting a Greeting Card Line.

Karen Azinger

Karen L Azinger is the author of the medieval epic fantasy The Silk & Steel Saga. For fans of Martin's Game of Thrones comes an action-packed fantasy with stunning female leads. Azinger's Silk & Steel Saga is rich with intrigue, swords, love, sorcery and seduction.This 7 books saga starts with The Steel Queen,and then moves to The Flame Priest, The Skeleton King, The Poison Priestess, The Knight Marshal, The Prince Deceiver and reaches its final epic conclusion with The Battle Immortal. Before writing, Karen spent over twenty years as an international business strategist, eventually becoming a vice-president for one of the world's largest natural resource companies.

David Bara

Dave Bara grew up as a fan of the Gemini and Apollo space programs and dreamt of being an astronaut one day. Since that time he has restricted his journeys into space to the written word. IMPULSE and STARBOUND are the first two volumes in The Lightship Chronicles series, available now from DAW Books. DEFIANT launches in January, 2017. Dave lives in the greater Seattle area.
You can find Dave online at
Twitter: @davebaraauthor

Steven Barnes

Steven Barnes has published over three million words of fiction, fantasy, and mystery. He lives in Southern California with his son Jason and wife, American Book Award winner Tananarive Due. His website,, has all kinds of fun stuff.

Emily Bear

Emily has been bringing her sassy attitude and snarky wit to panels such as MemeTown Express and Wigs with ears for several conventions now. Join this talented teenager and her best friend on fun filled panels and check out her sass on twitter with #NoContextGames

Jamie Bear

With over 30+ years of sewing experience, 20+ years of gaming experience, and years as an MIB for SJ games and volunteer at multiple conventions you would think she knew better than to volunteer. A longtime Cosplayer and general fangirl, she is happy to share her excitement with all of you.

Al Beddow

Retired USAF Electronics and Networking technician, Former instructor in CompSci programs for SFCC and Park University. Family oriented gamer since the mid-60's, GMing RPG's in 1981. Have been involved with game company demo teams since 1998 including KenzerCo, AEG, Mongoose Publishing, Wizards of the Coast and Warlord Games. Loves all kinds of games except collectable card games. Facebook: Al Beddow

Matt Bellet

Personal Fitness and Crossfit Trainer, black belt martial artist, and nerd. MY previous work history includes criminal justice, private security, business management, and accounting. Website:

Annie Bellet

Annie Bellet is the USA Today bestselling author of The Twenty-Sided Sorceress, Pyrrh Considerable Crimes Division, and the Gryphonpike Chronicles series. She holds a BA in English and a BA in Medieval Studies and thus can speak a smattering of useful languages such as Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Welsh. Her interests besides writing include rock climbing, reading, horse-back riding, video games, comic books, table-top RPGs and many other nerdy pursuits. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and a very demanding Bengal cat.
Twitter: @anniebellet Website:

Robert Berman

A former community journalist turned political columnist, Robert is a nerd for good writing. He joined the Portland con community as "Captain Jack" in 2010 and has been attending every OryCon since, and has been assisting with Creation Station since 2012. He spends hours a day talking and listening about all things geeky, from space opera novels to the wild adventures of Doctor Who to the surrealist masterpiece Welcome to Night Vale. Having spent the last four years studying political economy, he is especially interested in the way writers build their societies and governments. Facebook: Robert Berman

Karen Black


David Boop

David Boop is a Denver-based speculative fiction author. He’s also an award-winning essayist, and screenwriter. Before turning to fiction, David worked as a DJ, film critic, journalist, and actor. As Editor-in-Chief at, David’s team was on the ground at Columbine making them the first internet only newspaper to cover such an event. That year, they won an award for excellence from the Colorado Press Association for their design and coverage. His novel, the sci-fi/noir She Murdered Me with Science, returns to print from WordFire Press after a six-year hiatus. Additionally, Dave is prolific in short fiction with over fifty short stories and two short films sold to date. While known for weird westerns, he’s published across several genres including horror, fantasy, and media tie-ins for The Green Hornet, The Black Bat and Veronica Mars. His RPG work includes Interface Zero, Rippers Resurrected and Deadlands: Noir for Savage Worlds. David regularly tours the country speaking on writing and publishing at schools, libraries and conventions.

He’s a single dad, Summa Cum Laude graduate, part-time temp worker and believer. His hobbies include film noir, anime, the Blues and Mayan History. You can find out more on his fanpage, or Twitter @david_boop.

Janet Borkowski

Janet Borkowski is a local costumer and professional psychic intuitive. She In other words She wears funny clothes and can tell if you like them or not.

Sarah Bosch

Formerly a factory manager, I have happily turned a new leaf as a kindergarten teacher in rural Oregon. I grew up in my grandparents' fabric store, and worked at the University of Oregon's costume shop throughout my undergraduate years there. Making all sorts of things, traveling, and listening to live music are among my favorite activities.

Josh Boykin

Josh has worked as a critic and journalist in the video game industry since 2009. With a passion for quality storytelling and innovation, Josh dedicates his time to finding new, innovative game experiences that enhance people's understanding of the potential of games as well as themselves. He currently runs Intelligame.Us, a game criticism and culture blog that discusses games and their impact on the world we live in. He also works as the Senior Editor for and Associate Editor for, and appears monthly on The Computer America Show as their gaming correspondent. Though he currently focuses on gaming criticism and commentary, his experiences have taken him around the country and helped him learn about life from many different perspectives. Professionally, he's driven submarines at Disneyland, written documentation for Walt Disney food and beverage services, managed multi-million dollar hospital software installations, and more. As a game journalist, he's attended multiple industry events including the E3 Expo, CES. BlizzCon, Wizard World, and C2E2. He's also appeared at PixelPop Festival in St. Louis, and is excited to panel at his first Orycon.
Twitter: @Wallstormer

Kathryn Brant

Kathryn Brant has been sewing for years. She rolled into costuming while attending science fiction conventions; now she is a Master Class costumer.

A.M. Brosius

A.M. Brosius is a pen name. He writes fiction and nonfiction: “history, real or feigned”; political-economic and cultural theory; and the history and techniques of swordplay.
He is an amateur historian, with varied interests including: Pristine Civilizations, Hellas and Byzantium, Medieval Europe, the Labor Movement, Dada and Surrealism, Lettrists and Situationists.
He has studied and practiced swordplay for over thirty years.
The Commonwealth in his novels reflects all of his many hobbies and interests.

Jennifer Brozak

Jennifer Brozek is a Hugo Award nominated editor and Bram Stoker nominated author. Winner of the Australian Shadows Award for best edited publication, Jennifer has edited fifteen anthologies with more on the way, including the acclaimed Chicks Dig Gaming and Shattered Shields anthologies. Author of Apocalypse Girl Dreaming, Industry Talk, the Karen Wilson Chronicles, and the acclaimed Melissa Allen series, she has more than sixty-five published short stories, and is the Creative Director of Apocalypse Ink Productions.
Jennifer is a freelance author for numerous RPG companies. Winner of the Scribe, Origins, and ENnie awards, her contributions to RPG sourcebooks include Dragonlance, Colonial Gothic, Shadowrun, Serenity, Savage Worlds, and White Wolf SAS. Jennifer is the author of the award winning YA Battletech novel, The Nellus Academy Incident, and Shadowrun novella, Doc Wagon 19. She has also written for the AAA MMO Aion and the award winning videogame, Shadowrun Returns.
When she is not writing her heart out, she is gallivanting around the Pacific Northwest in its wonderfully mercurial weather. Jennifer is a Director-at-Large of SFWA, and an active member of HWA and IAMTW. Read more about her at her blog or follow her on Twitter at @JenniferBrozek.

Sheri Budrow


Chad Budrow

Chad is an engineer by profession, and has a deep love for art and history. The Boudrot Armory is a small part time educational shop devoted to recreating art and armour of the medieval and renaissance eras in European history. Though my skills are still quite novice, and my shop is small, I am very happy to share what I have.

John C. Bunnell

John C. Bunnell—no relation to the police-video host—has been writing and reviewing speculative fiction for over two decades. His most recent work, "Spirit of All the Russias", was released in March 2014 by Oregon-based e-publisher Uncial Press. John’s previous works for Uncial Press include the Expatriate Sidhe stories ("Charmed, I’m Sure" and "Phantom of the Operetta") featuring Juliet McKenna, who left Faerie for a career on the mortal stage; further installments are in development.
John C. Bunnell—no relation to the police-video host—has been writing and reviewing speculative fiction since 1984. His newest ebook, "Spirit of All the Russias", appeared in March 2014 from Uncial Press. John’s other Uncial titles include the Expatriate Sidhe stories featuring faerie-born actress Juliet McKenna. His reviews have appeared in Dragon®, Amazing Stories, Publishers Weekly, and elsewhere. A native Oregonian, John fights a never-ending battle against spending too much time on the Internet.
Twitter: @LonePenman

Orchid Cavett

Orchid Cavett has been costuming for a very long, long time but she started participating in Masquerades at cons about 20 + years ago. She has served on various panels about costuming and other related subjects at Sci-Fi cons around the NW. She currently is having fun being a Jellyfish and a Mermaid.

Tori Centanni

Tori Centanni is the author of The Immortality Cure, and the rest of the Henri Dunn Urban Fantasy series, as well as other paranormal books. She's a nerd girl and recovering Goth who loves the rain. When she’s not writing or reading through her never-ending to-be-read pile, she spends her time watching competition reality shows and wrangling cats. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.
Twitter: @toricentanni

Mark Chapman

Mark Chapman, holds a BSME and has designed & built dozens of unusual bicycles. He built armor and studied personal combat in the SCA from the 1970's through early 1990's and left having achieved that group's highest honors. He then turned to sand sculpture. By 2012 he had competed several times as a soloist at the World Championships of Sand Sculpture in Harrison Hot Springs British Columbia. In 2004 Mark began studying ceramic sculpture. One of his fantasy sculptures won Best 3D Art in Show at Sasquan.
Facebook: Mark Chapman Figure Sculpture

Curtis Chen

Once a software engineer in Silicon Valley, CURTIS C. CHEN now writes fiction and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. His debut novel WAYPOINT KANGAROO, a science fiction spy thriller, was published by Thomas Dunne Books in 2016; a second Kangaroo book is forthcoming.
Curtis' short fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, The Journal of Unlikely Cryptography, the Baen anthology MISSION: TOMORROW, and other fine publications. He is a graduate of the Clarion West and Viable Paradise writers' workshops.
Curtis is not an aardvark.
Facebook: br /> Twitter:

Mike Chinakos

A self-proclaimed Metal Maniac and lover of Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Mike is the author of Hollywood Cowboys, Kiss of the Traitor, Dead Town, Terminal Horizons, Grim Highways, The Silence at the End of Time and numerous short stories. A proud father of two, he lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. He is hard at work on the final Hollywood Cowboys novel, Season of the Dead.
Mike is the past president and cofounder of the Northwest Independent Writers Association.

Stoney Compton

Stoney Compton has moved his wife, Colette, their two dogs and numerous cats back to the fantastic Pacific Northwest. Stoney is a graphic artist who writes science fiction and historical fiction, Colette teaches ballet and choreography, the dogs chase tennis balls, and the cats just do whatever. Everyone is happy to be back! Website:

Judith Conly

Judith made her first professional sale to THE ENDLESS FRONTIER, VOL. II, and since then has made about a dozen other sales. More recently she has taken up Native American style beadweaving. Some of her work is in the Art Show.

Tina Connolly

Tina Connolly is the author of the Ironskin trilogy from Tor, and the Seriously Wicked series from Tor Teen. Her novels have been finalists for the Nebula and the Norton. Her first collection, On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories, is now out from Fairwood Press. She is one of the co-hosts of Escape Pod, narrates for Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Podcastle, and runs the Parsec-winning flash fiction podcast Toasted Cake. Find her at
Twitter: @tinaconnolly

Crystal Connor

Master Imaginationist and Instagram photographer Crystal Connor is the Chief Imagineer working for the Department of Sleep Prevention’s Nightmare Division. A Washington State native she loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys (as in evil-geniuses & super-villains. Not 'those' kind her mother warned her about), rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high-heeled shoes & unreasonably priced handbags.
She is also the founder of CrystalCon, a symposium that brings both Science Fiction & Fantasy writers and STEM professions together to mix and mingle with fans, educators, and inventors in attempts to answer a new take on an age-old question … which came first, the science or the fiction?
When she’s not terrorizing her fans and racking up frequent flyers miles by gallivanting all over the country attending fan conventions and writer’s conferences she reviews indie horror and science fiction films for both her personal blog and She is also considering changing her professional title to dramatization specialist because it so much more theatrical than being a mere drama queen.
Download your free copy of …And They All Lived Happily Ever After! audiobook from and see why the name Crystal Connor has become “A Trusted Name in Terror!”
Twitter: @fromtheauthor

Jeffrey Cook

Jeffrey Cook lives in Maple Valley, Washington, with his wife and three large dogs. He was born in Boulder, Colorado, but has lived all over the United States. He's the author of the Dawn of Steam trilogy of alternate-history/emergent Steampunk epistolary novels and of the YA Sci-fi thriller Mina Cortez: From Bouquets to Bullets. He’s a founding contributing author of Writerpunk Press and has also contributed to a number of role-playing game books for Deep7 Press out of Seattle. When not reading, researching, or writing, Jeffrey enjoys role-playing games and watching football.
Twitter: @JeffreyCook74

Brenda Cooper

Brenda Cooper writes science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories. Her most recent novel is SPEAR OF LIGHT, from Pyr, and her most recent story collection is CRACKING THE SKY from Fairwood Press. Brenda has been nominated for the Phillip K. Dick and Canopus awards and won an Endeavor Award.
Brenda is a technology professional and a futurist, and publishes non-fiction on the environment and the future. He non-fiction has appeared at Slate and Crosscut and her short fiction has appeared in Nature Magazine, among other venues.
Brenda lives in the Pacific Northwest where she gardens, bikes, writes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, and loves sunrises.
Twitter: @brendacooper

Stephen Couchman

Stephen Couchman operates alt-pop-culture events in & beyond Portland, Oregon, including the Steampunk Film Festival and its touring arm, the Marvelous Meandering Cinema Salon; GEAR Con, Portland's annual steampunk lit/art/music fest; HOWL CON, the horror/fantasy convention for werewolf lovers; and the Festival of Literature for Young Adults aka FLYA. He has co-curated film & media at Clockwork Alchemy, godfathered Furlandia, manages operations for Curious Gallery and MiyakoCon, organized Portland's 50th anniversary Doctor Who mini-convention, and presents on assorted topics throughout the Northwest convention calendar. Follow him on Twitter as @pdxsteampunkff.

Debbie Cross

Debbie has been involved in fandom since the early 70s and in SF convention organizing since she chaired the symposium that was the precursor of OryCons. With Paul Wrigley, she has been the administrator of the Susan C. Petrey Clarion Scholarship Fund since 1982.
After many years as a bookseller, she is a latecomer to the world of art. She works in the medium of kiln formed glass producing a wide variety of pieces ranging from small jewelry and ornaments to larger 3D works.

Kim Damio

Kimberly Damio is the founder of Portland Black Lipstick Company, an independent cosmetic company that specializes in natural makeup and historically based formulas.
Facebook: Kim Damio

Howard Davidson

Howard Davidson was captured by a Heinlein book in second grade, and hasn't been seen much since. Inspired to do science fiction by reading it, he went off and got a Ph.D. in physics, the best training available for becoming a crackpot inventor.
He is currently a senior physicist in the computer industry. He holds more than 50 patents, has published and presented numerous technical papers and one technical book chapter, taught Computer Engineering at Stanford, and goes to cons. He gets to write science fiction for the annual budget cycle.

LaDonna Davis

LaDonna J. Davis is a fashion designer/photographer and writer originally from Detroit Michigan. She is a graduate of University of Michigan - Ann Arbor where she trained as an aerospace engineer and subsequently worked for 17 years in the US Air Force as an officer. Currently she is working in the fashion industry as a fashion designer and photographer for her brand And She Saw Stars. She is also a writer and blogger having self-published her first novella, New Moon Ascendant, through Lulu. Her website,, is where you can find her blog, and photography showcasing her designs.

Jeff Davis

I was born in the Pacific Northwest and though my work took me around the world, I have always returned here. I study and write about archaeology, military history spiritualism, and the paranormal. I have written nearly a dozen books on these subjects. People can find more about me on my website:

Barry Deutsch

Barry Deutsch is best known for Hereville, a series of graphic novels about an 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl who wants to fight monsters. Hereville books have won the Sydney Taylor Award and the Oregon Book Award, and been nominated for Eisner, Harvey, Ignatz and Andre Norton Awards.
Barry also co-creates Superbutch with Becky Hawkins, about a lesbian superhero defending the bar scene in the 1940s, and political cartoons which can be read at
Facebook: barrybarry
Twitter: @barrydeutsch

Nick Dixon

Veteran LARPer, novice foamsmith

Ruth Drake

I started casually cosplaying at cons in 2012 and have been actively cosplaying since 2014 when i met Queenie from Talking Teacups of Doom. We have done many dou cosplays together from Princess Jellyfish that have ranged from in show designs to cover art. Some of my other favorite cosplays are Yin from Darker Than Black, Levy from Fairytail, and an original artwork designed by LoonyBear of Magical girl Leafeon. Due to my work with Queenie I am now a member of Talking Teacups of Doom Cosplay.
Outside of cosplau I am an Apparel Design major, theatre and business minor at Oregon State University hoping to get into costuming after graduation. I enjoy taking a two dimensional character and bringing them to life. To gain experience doing this I have volunteered in the costume shop on school working on the main shows while also co-designing for the student directed shows in the winter and spring term.
I hope to be a part of Orycon as cosplay has been a large part of why I am going into the costuming career and I would love to spread that goal to others.

Dan Dubrick

Daniel D. Dubrick, Aerospace Historian Known to many in northwest US fandom since 1980 as a regular volunteer of his man management and organizing skills, Kahboi (pronounced Cowboy in English) has for many years been the Editor for the H.R. McMillan Planetarium's affiliated space and astronomy educational BBS "SpaceBase(tm)" At the peak of Fidonet's success, the results of Dan's editing effort were reaching out to over 5,000 amateur BBS's world wide weekly and a readership estimated in the tens of thousands.
Dan has also witnessed space launches as an accredited journalist representing SpaceBase (including the US Space Shuttle) and on his annual holidays he can be found prowling the aerospace bone yards of the Arizona desert studying American aerospace history (but they still won't let him into the B-52 that dropped the X-15).
Currently he is working on converting SpaceBase and it's gig's of space science news data from a BBS system to an internet based archive with an internet e-mail distribution system.

Aaron Duran

Twitter: @geekinthecity

David Dvorkin

David Dvorkin was born in England, lived in South Africa, and attended high school and college in the U.S. He now lives in Denver, Colorado. He has worked as an aerospace engineer, software developer, and technical writer. He is the author of a number of novels −- science fiction, horror, mystery, and three Star Trek novels −− as well as book−length non-fiction. His wife, Leonore, is also an author. In recent years, David has switched entirely from traditional publishing to self−publishing, and he and Leonore help other authors self−publish their work.

Elton Elliott

His latest novel is BISHOP OF ROME (second book in the Nanoclone Trilogy written with Doug Odell). His latest anthology is LIKE WATER FOR QUARKS(Baen Books e-book edition, edited with Bruce Taylor). His most recent short fiction is a novelette, written with Jerry Oltion, "Space Aliens Taught My Dog To Knit" published in the June 2010 edition of Analog. Upcoming works include KING OF JERUSALEM (concluding volume in the Nanoclone Trilogy). He currents heads up the computer company, VASE SOFTWARE.
Twitter: @EltonElliott56

Cecilia Eng

Cecilia Eng has been writing and performing science fiction/fantasy music since 1985. Her first album, Of Shoes and Ships, was first published in 1988 by Off Centaur Inc. and was re-mastered for release on CD by Firebird Arts & Music, which also produced her second CD, Harmony in Practice. Cecilia has also contributed to a number of albums based on the writings of fantasy writer Mercedes Lackey as well as doing behind-the-scenes midi arrangements and orchestration for some of Michael Longcor’s CD’s.
For over two decades, she has been helping to bring music performers to OryCon and other conventions in the Pacific Northwest through the non-profit association, Friends of Filk, and can often be found raising money behind their dealers tables at conventions in the area. She has also been a featured music guest at Dreamcon (Everett WA), Congenial(Racine WI), Tropicon (Palm Beach FL), Boskone (Boston MA), OVFF (Columbus OH), Consonance (San Jose CA), Coppercon (Phoenix AZ, Conflikt (SeaTac WA)and FilkOntario.
In April 2013 she was inducted into the Filk Hall of Fame at FilkOntario (Toronto, Canada) and will be a Guest of Honor at Quoi de Neuf in Marks Tey, near Colchester, England in February 2017.

Siobhan Ernst


Rebecca Ernst


Kathy Evans

Have worked in, played with, and studied costuming most of my life, including traditional cultures, historical clothing, steampunk, dressmaking, and wearable art. Still so much to learn.

Ann Ezell

Ann Ezell is a teacher, costumer, gardener, con geek, and mom. She is planning global domination by indoctrinating her students with lessons learned from Star Trek. She has one husband, one daughter, two cats, and many, many books.

Mark Ezell

I am a skilled professional mechanical engineer, designer, and project manager with 20 years of experience. I believe that if you do not consciously move forward, you will always be catching up.

Shannon Flint

Shannon Flint has been costumimg for 30+ years. She was introduced to the SCA in the late eighties, quickly followed by sci-fi cons, if you can imagine that. Her favorite forms of costuming are:
Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Medival, Steampunk, and Pirate. Shannon has a bachelors degree in sculpture, so there are often sculptural elements in her costumes. She has won enough costume competitions to move from novice through journeyman and up to master class. Currently she is developing her own business as a professional custom costumer. In addition to costuming Shannon is passionate about sustainability and is a sustainable building advisor with LEED certification. She lives in the Portland metro area with her devoted and supportive wife Susan and their 2 dogs Bell and Charlie.
Facebook: KaTerra Hazel

Cindy Fangour

Hello, My name is Cindy, I work for the King County Sheriff`s Office in AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System) unit for the last 24 years. I am a Fingerprint Examiner. I`ve had training with the FBI, State, various local classes and international AFIS conferences. I have been apart of a team of examiners that go out into the field to lift fingerprints from crime scenes using various lifting techniques. In the office, I analyze, evaluate and verify fingerprints for criminal and civil purposes, testifying to the results in court if necessary. We help the medical examiner, immigration, and with identity theft also.
I`ve been a fan of science fiction/fantasy for many, many years, seeing, reading, writing and talking about it, to anyone who will listen. I love costuming, bellydancing and being silly when I am not at work. My family is my life. As long as there are cons, my family and I will be there as much as we can.

Elizabeth Fellows

I am a Textile Artist and costumer who likes Dr. Who and Harry Potter. I like to knit, bead knit and cross stitch.

Jim Fiscus

Jim Fiscus works in Portland as a freelance writer and photographer. After time served as a photographer in the Navy, he freelanced as a photojournalist for a decade before going to grad school. After completing his MA in Middle East and Asian History, he worked as a medical and political writer in Oregon, and has written history books for high school students. His fiction has generally made use of his study of history, both as a source of stories and as the basis for alternate history stories.
He is a former board member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) and columnist for the SFWA Bulletin. He is chair of the SFWA Contracts Committee and co-chair of the SFWA Legal Affairs Committee.
Locally, he is chair of the Endeavour Award and the Clayton Memorial Medical Fund.
Photograph by Lenora Good.

Holly Forbis

Holly L. Forbis graduated from Cornish College of the Arts with a BFA in Performance Production, specializing in costumes in spring of 2011. She is a company member of the Eclectic Theatre in Seattle, taking on several new works, which include September Skies (2011), Across a Little Red Marker (2012), Clara (2013), Checkoff in the Sun (2014), Fangs (2014) and Winterbird (2016). She has also costumed traditional Shakespeare productions of Macbeth and Julius Cesar for Last Leaf Productions of Monroe and Midsummer Night's Dream for Curtain Call Theatre NW in Mulkelteo. Ms. Forbis has participated in the Seattle International Film Festival's 48hr Film Project costuming "Protecting the Family" (Team Happy Dance, fall 2015)and Team Rewired Geek in July 2016 48hr Film Project, "The Nature of Things". Also last summer she costumed 173 cast members for Bellevue Youth Theater's production of Charlotte's Web. She is a member of The Beyond Reality Costumers’ Guild, The Clothing and Textile Advisers of Snohomish County. Examples of her works can be found on The Wicked Stage Mother on Facebook and Esty.
Facebook: The Wicked Stagemother

Diana Francis

Diana Pharaoh Francis has published The Horngate Witches series, The Crosspointe Chronicles, The Path trilogy, the Diamond City Magic books, and the MIssion: Magic books. Her novels have been translated into German and French. She is currently plotting mayhem, murder, and magic and may or may not be experimenting in one or all of those--only to make sure her writing is realistic and accurate. She holds a Ph.D. in Victorian literature and literary theory, and an MA in fiction writing. She’s a member of SFWA. For more about her writing, visit She can also be found on twitter as @dianapfrancis.
Twitter: @dianapfrancis

Shanta Frisbee

Shanta has a Masters Degree in Organization Leadership and uses those skills to manage her household of eight. With five children, ages range from 3yr old twins to a 19yr old, she incorporates geek culture as a fundamental aspect of life and attending SCA events. Motherhood allows her the wonderment of daily living, and being taught how to see the world through the eyes of a child. As an artist, she keeps the web of creativity going and teaches art classes to all ages. As a Inter-faith minister, she has officiated many weddings & handfastings and overseen several celebrations of life. She teaches the sacredness of life and walking in love. Meanwhile, she spends her evenings going online or TT RPG to decompress from having to keep tiny humans alive.

Manny Frishberg

Manny Frishberg was born just south of New York City but he has made his home on the West Coast for more than 35 years.
He studied writing and journalism at Portland State University and spent four year stint covering the Puget Sound area for Wired News online, writing on technology as the dot-coms boomed, busted.
Manny has been lucky enough to learn Sf writing from a couple of dozen brilliant writers and teachers, well known and not, for the past 30 years. He has been selling stories since 2010. Several anthologies with his stories are due out later this year.His debut novel is under consideration with a publisher.
For the past several years he and his partner have made their home south of Seattle Airport, where they work, play and wait for the children to call.

Andrew S. Fuller

Andrew S. Fuller writes and edits horror, fantasy, and science fiction. His work appears in magazines On Spec, Crossed Genres, The Pedestal, anthologies FISH, A Darke Phantastique, Swords v Cthulhu, and several short films. Since 1999, he's edited the fiction magazine Three-Lobed Burning Eye. He grew up in the Midwest, dabbling in heavy metal and theater, and now lives in Portland, Oregon between a volcano and two rivers, where he commits archery, design, and cocktail snobbery.
Facebook: andrew.fuller
Twitter: @andrewsfuller

Joan Gaustad

Joan and her husband, Roy Torley, perform Eastern European, American folk, and filk music under the name "North of the Black Sea." She professionally wrote nonfiction in the education field for 9 years and is currently editing a book on the history of the Ukrainian bandura.

Diana Gill

Twitter: @dianagill

ElizaBeth Gilligan

ElizaBeth "Lace" Gilligan lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Doug. She has two adult children, Brianna (married to Charles and has my two grandbabies) and Patrick, as well as a menagerie of other beasts reminiscent of a Dr. Doolittle homestead.
As a self-described literary opportunist, ElizaBeth has been writing ever since she can remember. She has two books in the Silken Magic series released by DAW Books – Magic’s Silken Snare and The Silken Shroud. Tentatively, the third book, Sovereign Silk is set for release June of 2017, also by DAW Books. She has several books in this series ready to go when DAW is ready for them and has started a new series (requested by DAW). The first book in the series is The Wylf Soldier, and is a military Fantasy novel.
Facebook: ElizaBeth Gilligan

Laura Anne Gilman

Laura Anne Gilman is the author of the “Devil’s West” novels, Endeavour nominee SILVER ON THE ROAD, and THE COLD EYE (coming in January 2017 from Saga Press/S&S), and the story collection DARKLY HUMAN from Book View Cafe. She is also known for the long-running Cosa Nostradamus urban fantasy series, and the Nebula-nominated “The Vineart War” trilogy.
Laura Anne has dipped her pen into the mystery field as well, writing as L.A. Kornetsky (the Seattle-set Collared, Fixed, Doghouse, and Clawed).
She currently lives outside of Seattle, WA.
Twitter: LAGilman

Ann Gimpel

Ann Gimpel is a national bestselling author. A lifelong aficionado of the unusual, she began writing speculative fiction a few years ago. Since then her short fiction has appeared in a number of webzines and anthologies. Her longer books run the gamut from urban fantasy to paranormal romance. Once upon a time, she nurtured clients, now she nurtures dark, gritty fantasy stories that push hard against reality. When she’s not writing, she’s in the backcountry getting down and dirty with her camera. She’s published over 35 books to date, with several more planned for 2016 and beyond. A husband, grown children, grandchildren and wolf hybrids round out her family.
Target: @AnnGimpel

Shoshana Glick

Shoshana has worked as an editor for Edge, the largest genre small press in Canada. She also read and coded pulp SF/F for the Genre Evolution Project at the University of Michigan and project managed the Re: Berman project, whose research culminated in an article in the New York Review of Science Fiction. When not reading, Shoshana enjoys acting, costuming, and writing poetry.

Richard Glover

Musician, Friend, Flutterby, Rich can be found wandering the halls chatting with friends and momentarily alighting near whatever has caught his interest this time, in a filk circle, or quietly picking out a tune in the corner with his trusty 6 string guitar. He is also performing lead vocals/guitar with his band Starlight, along with John Gray III on bass/vocals, Nick Hagen on drums, Alicia Peterson on Ukelele/vocals, Briar Rose on a variety of instruments/vocals, and Stephanie Weippert on vocals. Usually ready with a hug or an ear for whoever needs one, he's been in fandom for more years than he really wants to think about, but hey, when you're home you're home. :)
Facebook: Rich Glover

Ari Goldstein

Ari Goldstein is a attorney, fan, convention runners, former professional computer geek, alternative lifestyle activist and advocate, all around meganerd. He lives with his fiance, his girlfriend, her husband and boyfriend with six dogs and two cats.

Thomas Gondolfi

Thomas Gondolfi, father of three, consummate gamer (board or role-playing) and loving husband, claims to be a Renaissance man and certified flirt. Raised as a military brat, he spend the first twenty years of his life moving to a new place every few years giving him a unique perspective on most regions of the United states.
Educated as an electrical engineer and working in high tech for over twenty years, Tom has also worked as a cook, motel manager, most phases of home construction, volunteer firefighter for eight years, and even as the personal caregiver to a quadriplegic.
Tom Gondolfi has been writing fiction for over thirty years and doing it professionally for at least fifteen. Most of his short stories have been commissioned for use in gaming products, such as Babylon 5 Wars and Star Fleet Battles. He has honed his abilities through writing well over a million words.
“Toy Wars,” Tom’s first commercially viable novel, was completed almost 20 years ago with a polish just prior to publication in 2013. “A marriage, a move, a new job, a new home and three teens – life just got in the way of publishing my work,” he said of the delay.
“An Eighty Percent Solution” is the premiere novel of the CorpGov Chronicles. Tom has completed book two, “Thinking Outside the Box,” and book three, “The Bleeding Edge,” with a total of nine books already plotted out for the series.
In 2012, Tom started his transition out of the high tech jungle by founding TANSTAAFL Press to bring his works and those of other prolific science fiction authors to market. As of 2016, TANSTAAFL Press has elevel offerings and growing!

John Gray III

John R. Gray III has been showing his artwork at convention art shows nationally since 1981. He is also currently working as a freelance commercial artist and as a luthier, building custom autoharps.
He recently became interested in Filk and soon joined up with the filk group, “Starlight”.
Facebook: John R. Gray

Hugh S. Gregory

A survivor of a recent battle with cancer, Hugh is an avid Spaceflight Historian based in Vancouver Canada. He has worked as an Engineers' Surveyor, an Industrial Paramedic/E.M.T. (Industrial Ambulance Officer) and managed his own Occupational Health and Safety Program consulting service. He lectures occasionally in local schools on spaceflight history and astronomy.
His latest research includes the conceptual design theory work on the E.L.D.S.R.R. space reactor (which he gifted to JPL back in July of 2002), Project M.O.S.S. (Musk Observatory Supernova Search) for the Musk Mars Desert Observatory in Hanksville, Utah and Project M.A.S.T. (Mars Analogue Simulation Trainer), a VR simulator for the Mars Society to help train and prepare crews for their simulations of Mars surface exploration at the Mars Desert Research Station. He is one of the co-authors of a paper published in Cartographia on mapping on Mars. From 2005 to 2008 he was the Mars Society Engineering Team's Chief Training Documents Editor, Chief Cartographer and Waypoint Database Curator for the both the MDRS and the FMARS research stations.
From September 2006 until they ceased operations in December 2015 he was the Official Spokesperson for the Orbital Commerce Project. O.C.P. was the world's first non-government funded flight school for training sub-orbital pilots and payload specialists.
He's produced and sold videos on "Voyager 2 at Neptune", "The Gas Planets", "SSTO - The DC-X", "Soviet Space Disasters" and "The Flight Of Buran - The Russian Shuttle Story".
Hugh’s slide/video shows have been appearing at Conventions across North America and also overseas for over 28 years now, including 11 world cons and 8 DragonCons.
On weekends he's a private pilot, amateur astronomer (Member RASC), vertical wind tunnel Bodyflyer and Formation Skydiving tutor, national level competition judge for the International Bodyflight Association, U.S.P.A. national level skydiving competition judge, and enjoys hiking the local hills around home with his wife Anne.
This will be Hugh’s 15th appearance at Orycon.

Paul Groendes


Elizabeth Guizzetti

Much to her chagrin, Elizabeth Guizzetti discovered she was not a cyborg and growing up to be an otter would be impractical, so she began writing stories. Guizzetti currently lives in Seattle with her husband and two dogs. When not writing, she loves hiking and birdwatching.
She is the author and illustrator of independent comics: Faminelands and Lure and Out for Souls&Cookies! Her debut novel, Other Systems, was a 2015 Finalist for the Canopus Award for excellence in Interstellar Fiction. She continues to write science fiction, horror, and fantasy. The Grove is her third novel.
Twitter: @e_guizzetti

Sarah Gulde

Sarah Gulde is a Portland-area freelance accountant. She enjoys cosplay, CrossFit, pirating, fundraising, road trips, and too many fandoms to list here.

Theresa Halbert

Theresa Lee Halbert (AKA Teri) is a multi-media textile artist specializing in art bags, art quilts and costumes. She utilizes fabrics, beads, found items, trims and paint, (Or whatever else she can get her hands on.) She is very inspired by patterns, color and texture and draws inspiration from science fiction, history, fantasy, other cultures, fairy tales, nature…. Basically anything that draws her eye and touches her heart. She spent over 20 years as a professional costumer in film and theater and has had her work shown all over the world. She has a discovered the rich and colorful world of costuming at conventions.(What a concept!) She has won Best of Show for workmanship at Norwescon and her group entry at Renovation won Best Journeyman for Steampunk Wizard of Oz. Teri realized she wanted to take her love of fabric and beads to the next level and started creating art. Teri has won awards for her artwork at both Norwescon and Orycon art shows and recently took second place at her first juried show at the Fiber Arts Fiesta in Albuquerque NM. You can read about Teri’s artistic journey at her blog at: Teri currently resides in Seattle. She has her MFA in Costume Design from USC. She would like to thank her husband Thor, her daughter Nyya and her friends and family for all of their love and support. Website: http://"

Vandy Hall

Vandy H. Hall is a multi-media artist. Her current projects involve blowing glass, multi-media painting and drawings, illuminated sculptures, research on historical glass blowing techniques and furnace technology, and acting as Prop Master for Runestone, a viking-themed PNW TV show. Vandy has degrees in Sculpture and Art History, and has enjoyed a varied professional career in many interesting places such as: an internship in rights and reproduction at the Smithsonian, performing in the Hot glass show at the Corning Museum of Glass, selling her work at medieval markets in Europe, and juggling with Circus Artemis, an all-female Portland OR based circus.

Greg Hallock

Autodidactic Polymath, graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks computer engineering program.

Christina Hartley

Jess Hartley is a novelist, editor, game designer, and fiction writer. She has written content for more than 50 roleplaying game products including products in both the New and Classic World of Darkness game lines, including Changeling: the Lost, Hunter: The Vigil, Vampire, Werewolf, Promethean and more.
Jess is an avid LARPer, board and card game player, and active member of the gaming community and industry.
Jess dwells in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and youngest daughter and a menagerie of other interesting creatures.
Facebook: jesshartley
Twitter: @jesshartley

Frank Hayes

Frank Hayes edits Computerworld's Daily Shark feature -- true tales of IT life, fresh every weekday -- and is a filk songwriter ("Never Set the Cat on Fire," "When I Was a Boy") whose voice was used to wake up shuttle astronauts in space -- twice.

Matt Haynes

Since 2004, Matt Haynes has worked in Portland theatre as an actor, director, writer and teacher. His company, The Pulp Stage, provides live storytelling for fans of science fiction, fantasy and suspense.
The Pulp Stage's current format for performing is called "Prime": Dialogue read-alouds without sets, props or even stage movement. The company calls it "campfire storytelling with dialogue" (which is how a lot of drama began in the first place).
This stripped down format makes the producing of a show very easy. The Pulp Stage will start making Prime scripts available as ebooks in 2017, empowering fans of the fantastical to put on their own shows with minimal expense and difficulty.
The Prime project started in 2013. Literary collaborators have included Tina Connolly, Liz Argall, Terry Bisson, David D. Levine, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Shane Halbach and Alex Shvartsman.
Facebook: The Pulp Stage
Twitter: @thepulpstage

Jessica Hebert

Jessica Hebert leads a double life: scientist by day, geek and filk singer/songwriter by...well, always. Jessica is a PhD candidate in biology at Portland State University with more than 14 years of scientific research experience, currently specializing in pregnancy and placental development. She has a passion for teaching and scientific outreach. When she's not in the lab, Jessica is a singer-songwriter with the nerdband The PDX Broadsides and Shantymistress Greta of Portland privateers PDXYAR.

John Hedtke

John Hedtke is the award-winning author of 27 non-fiction books and close to 200 magazine articles. He owns and operates Double Tall Consulting, a company that provides writing, consulting, and training services, and Double Tall Press, which specializes in nonfiction books. John blogs about writing on "Hey, Kids! Become an Author at Home in Your Spare Time and Earn Big Bucks!" at Lists of his books, articles, projects, and awards can be found online at his web site, John is also a Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication.
When not occupied writing books and consulting, John plays the banjo and sleeps late as much as possible. John and his amazing wife Marilyn sing together, travel, and go bowling. They live in Fircrest, WA, with three cats.

William Hertling

William Hertling is the author of Avogadro Corp, A.I. Apocalypse, The Last Firewall, and The Turing Exception. Wired called Avogadro Corp "chilling and compelling," and Hertling has been twice nominated for the Prometheus Award.
His most recent novel is Kill Process, a technothriller about our modern surveillance society.
He currently resides in Portland, Oregon. Follow him on twitter at @hertling or visit his blog

Laurel Anne Hill

Laurel Anne Hill's award-winning novel, "Heroes Arise," was published in 2007. Her many short stories and nonfiction pieces total 40 and have appeared in a variety of publications, most recently in the horror anthology "Once Upon a Scream." Now Laurel's spirits-meet-steampunk novel, "The Engine Woman's Light" has been accepted for publication by Sand Hill Review Press. More at

Callie Hills

Callie Hills is a native of the Pacific Northwest. An acoustic musician, computer geek, and fiber artist, Callie enjoys expanding her knowledge in each of these areas. An accomplished performer who enjoys improvisation and "insta-band" collaborations, Callie's motto is "have flutes, will travel", and she can frequently be found plotting to commit harmonic mayhem on unsuspecting audiences, who usually find the results delightful.

Nina Kiriki Hoffman

Over the past thirty-odd years, Nina Kiriki Hoffman has sold adult and YA novels and more than 250 short stories. Her works have been finalists for the World Fantasy, Mythopoeic, Sturgeon, Philip K. Dick, and Endeavour awards. Her fiction has won a Stoker and a Nebula Award. A collection of Hoffman's short stories, Permeable Borders, was published in 2012 by Fairwood Press.
Nina does production work for the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. She teaches writing through Lane Community College. She lives in Eugene, Oregon.
For a list of Nina's publications, check out:

Marilyn Holt

Marilyn Holt is a science fiction, fantasy, mystery writer, and poet who lives on a farm on a peninsula in Puget Sound.

Matthew Howden


Leslie Hudson

Leslie Hudson is a prolific songwriter, full-time musician, power vocalist and rocker on the keys. Her 7th ("The Wanderlings Volume Two" - folklore), 8th ("The Redhead League" - female comic book characters) and 9th ("Yeoman on the Bridge" - Star Trek) solo albums released this year reveal her eclectic tastes in music styles and subject matter. She sings everything from folk to metal to rock to blues while standing at her keyboard, equally at home with a 9-piece band or on her own.
Leslie has performed at conventions in Canada and the USA, bars, pubs, houses and elsewhere, in the filk, folk, rock, geek and singer-songwriter scenes, but this is her first trip to the American West Coast.
Facebook: LeslieHudsonMusic
Twitter: @invisiblepiano

Brian Hunt

Until recently Brian believed that his mark on the world would be the creation of the Lionel Fanthorpe Badger Book website and his editing of The Outlandish Art of Mahlon Blaine, a book dedicated to the works of a forgotten and under-appreciated Oregon born artist. That is until recently when his flash stories were published by Every Day Fiction and 10Flash Magazine. Links to his stories can be found on

Matt Huntley

Born and raised in New England, spent many years in southern California, now residing in Portland Oregon. Matt is a self taught artist specializing in bodypainting, sculpting, and special effects.

Black Hutchins

Blake is a fantasy and science fiction writer from Eugene with an enormous bucket list and a modest publication history. The latter includes a number of videogame scripts and backstories, a webcomic, novels, and short stories. He can be found messing around with swords, trumpets, and cats. Be assured he can tell these things apart.

Melinda Hutson

I was an early reader (before the age of 4) who graduated from fairy tales to fantasy and science fiction, and then on to science. I got degrees is geophysics, geology, and planetary science. I specialized in meteorites (rocks from space), which makes me a meteoriticist (not a meteorologist). I currently teach a variety of geology/astronomy classes at Portland Community College and Portland State University, and am the curator at the Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory at PSU. I enjoy doing research and mentoring students through research projects. With the exception of a couple of popular science books, all of my writing is for journals and conference abstracts.

Adam James

Adam is a lifelong Star Wars and horror fan and previously played in the horror punk band The Eeridescents. He currently fronts the Star Wars themed band, The MisFetts and is a member of the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club.

Kelsey Jaqua


Peter Jones

Frog and Esther Jones are Authors that Cons Built. After winning the League of Extraordinary Writers competition and meeting their publisher at this very convention, Frog and Esther have gone on to author the Gift of Grace series as well as many short stories in anthologies like How Beer Saved the World!
Frog is also one of the 3 Unwise Men, and appears weekly in a podcast devoted to sci-fi, fantasy, literature, and con culture.
In his mundane life, Frog works as an attorney in Mason County.
Twitter: @frog_jones

Esther Jones

Esther Jones is a speculative fiction author who writes with her husband, Frog Jones. She has published 3 novels, 8 short stories, and numerous articles. When she's not writing, she enjoys gardening and hiking in the Olympic Peninsula.

Sharon Joss

Award-winning author Sharon Joss writes science fiction, fantasy and horror. She is a Writers of the Future Golden Pen award winner. The author of seven novels (including the Hand of Fate urban fantasy series) and dozens of short stories, she has worked as a bartender, software developer and technical program manager in the high-tech industry. She now lives amid a thicket of blackberry vines in Oregon and writes full-time.
Twitter: @josswrites

Elliott Kay

Student debt and space pirates combined to propel Elliott into a full-time writing career with the hit indie/hybrid series "Poor Man's Fight." He also mixes urban fantasy with comedy and steamy storylines in his "Good Intentions" books. Like many Seattleites, Elliott Kay came to the Northwest as an economic refugee from Los Angeles. He is a former Coast Guardsman with a Bachelor’s in History. Elliott has survived a motorcycle crash, serious electric shocks, severe seasickness, summers in Phoenix and winters in Seattle.
Twitter: @elliottkaybooks

Bart Kemper

Bart Kemper is a Professional Engineer and based in Louisiana. When he is not there, he is somewhere else, such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, or Washington State. He's a writer, soldier, engineer, photographer, father, inventor, and problem solver. Using explosives. No boom today. Maybe boom tomorrow. Engineering background includes subsea and diving; aerospace; equipment design and troubleshooting; fabrication and manufacturing; failure analysis and forensics; blast and ballistics.

Sandra King

A former librarian, Sandra has been designing costumes since 1993. She has been a costume panelist for many Orycons and has costumed for a variety of Beaverton Civic Theater's productions.

Katherine Klecker

Katie Klecker joined Creation Station in 2015, She has spent the last year teaching people how to write in the language of the Time Lords at several conventions, including OryCon 37.

Ellen Klowden

Ellen founded, and has been sole coordinator of, Creation Station, a collective of panelists who run a Welcome-Wagon- themed track of audience participation-oriented events at cons, nearly 2 dozen cons since 2004. She was the first recipient of the John Andrews Memorial Worldcon Scholarship (thank you all!). Passions: Freelance editing (from computer science articles through novels and textbooks to fanfics), her cat, her adventures with her partner, gardening, & the CS. She's augmenting her MSW with a degree in health informatics and would love to meet you! Find the CS in the Washington Room!

Joy Knight-Richards

Joy D'Avanzo, Aka The Girl Next Door has been doing FX makeup, Costuming design and build, Cosplay and Character walk-around and puppetry for the last 20 plus years. Dedicated to a life long love of anything creative and geeky, she's the girl you want to get to know.
Facebook: The Girl Next Door Cosplay, Gypsy Realm Productions, Visions by Victory

Dara Korra'ti

Being a supervillain means being able to do a bit of everything, because, gods know, you can't trust anyone _else_ to do it. So after learning propaganda in professional radio and magazine publishing, creating new techniques in genetics manipulation, getting _pretty good_ at DIY electronics engineering, and finishing off her Supervillain post-graduate work as a software developer for the Microsoft corporation, it was only natural for Dara Korra'ti to veer off into music. It's all about rhythm, melody, and mind control.
Dara - a.k.a. Solarbird the Lightbringer - is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who built her own recording studio and a fair chunk of her own gear to create her own music. Crime and the Forces of Evil have released two studio albums (Dick Tracy Must Die and Bone Walker), a live-in-studio release (Cracksman Betty), and an assortment of singles. Bone Walker in particular made it past nominations and jury consideration to the Long List for two 2015 Grammy awards. She also founded and ran the nwcMUSIC Geekmusic Festival at Norwescon for six years.
She blogs extensively on her band's blog about DIY, making music, and shiny things that attract her attention, and adds economics and politics to her Dreamwidth/Livejournal and Tumblr blogs. Her best-known costumes have been Shadowcat, Shego, Earth Kingdom Korra, and her own OC, Solarbird, usually worn on stage during shows. She likes scotch that tastes like a Scotsman has been set aflame in a peat bog - in no small part because it implies someone got set on fire - and birds, particularly small parrots with very large attitudes. She someday hopes to teach corvids how to use flamethrowers. C'mon. It would be hilarious.
Facebook: solarbird
Twitter: @solarbirdy

Travis Kremer


Creede Lambard

By day Creede Lambard wrangles computer code as a devops engineer; in layman's terms, that means he gets to play with computers all day and get paid for it. At night he still plays with computers, and although he doesn't get paid for it, he can play his banjo Tuneslayer while he's doing it. He lives in Shoreline, Washington with his wife and assorted other family members.

Katie Lane

I'm an attorney and negotiation coach helping freelancers and independent artists of all stripes protect their rights and get paid fairly for the work they do. My blog, Work Made For Hire, is full of creative business advice for creative people. I'm a regular presenter at comics, writing, and design conventions such as Emerald City Comicon, GeekGirlCon, the Surrey International Writers' Conference, and HOW Design Live.

David Lathrop

As a returning Orycon vet, I'm honored to get to share with you my experiences and geekdom! Some of you may know me by the song I wrote a couple years back, Hey There Rose Tyler, but that doesn't mean that's all I've done since then! Since then I have continued to grow as a cosplayer, actor, model, and most importantly, as a person. I'm looking forward to having a wonderful con with everyone!!
Facebook: David Lathrop

Herb Leonhard

Herb Leonhard was born in Munich, Germany, but grew up in the United States. One of his earliest memories was of a series of German children’s books beautifully illustrated by Fritz Baumgarten. This, along with a childhood spent within the pages of comics, inevitably led to a career as an artist and a love of many of the classic illustrators, both traditional and contemporary, including the Pre-Raphaelites; Maxfield Parrish, Alphonse Mucha, N.C. Wyeth, Brian Froud and Roger Dean. Because of this he remains able to observe the natural world around us with a sense of wonder, and sees every subsequent painting and drawing as a new learning experience.
In a career spanning over thirty years as a professional illustrator and graphic designer, Herb has illustrated more than thirty books and has earned numerous awards and international acclaim. His clients have included musician Tori Amos, Pelican Publishing, Omnibus Press, Ashgate Publishing, Raven Publishing, Steiner Korea and D Magazine. Through his own company The Prancing Pony he has published a series of popular fantasy coloring books, storybooks and various related products.
He lives in Prosser, Washington, with his wife, son, three horses, four cats and a plethora of chickens.

Andrea Letourneau

Andie Letourneau is a Database Administrator with a costuming habit. Despite making many garments every year, her fabric stash has a life of its own and is threatening to take over yet another room in the house. Occasionally, she will try to tame the fabric by embroidering all over it, however that often results in additional trips to the fabric store to purchase more thread - and more yard of fabric inevitably follow her home. In addition to costuming, she has a great appreciation for dark chocolate, French wine and port.

Guy Letourneau

Guy Letourneau has been attending SF conventions and been active in fandom since 1978. He has worked as a mechanical engineer for over 30 years and wrote licensing exam problems and acted as a score monitor and proctor for the PE exam. Besides engineering, his other technical interests include historical inventions, mechanical measuring instruments, and calculating machines from the 1820s through the 1950s, with an arm-chair interest in firearms and military machinery: steam and diesel, without the punk part. Guy has run Kumoricon's AMV (anime music video) competition for over 10 years, and anime room video tracks and "AMV overnighters" at Kumoricon, Orycon, Radcon, Newcon, and Gamestorm. Guy is also a registered US Patent Agent, an FCC Amatuer Extra Class operator, a hobby prospector, and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Kenneth Lett

Ken is a writer, blacksmith, professional Open Source developer and occasional podcaster whose degree in physics in no way qualifies him for these vocations. Creator of the 52 project, Ken wrote a short story every week for a year and hopes to build tools to help enable this sort of insanity for others.
Twitter: @Kennric

David Levine

David D. Levine is the author of novel Arabella of Mars (Tor 2016) and over fifty science fiction and fantasy stories. His story “Tk’Tk’Tk” won the Hugo Award, and he has been shortlisted for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Campbell, and Sturgeon. Stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Analog, F&SF, five Year’s Best anthologies, and his award-winning collection Space Magic. His web page can be found at
Twitter: @daviddlevine

Flori Lima-Steele

Flori is a life long nerd from a long and distinguished family of nerds. She enjoys costuming both for herself and others. She has done it all from cosplays to theatrical costuming. Most notably Evil Dead the musical in Las Vegas. She is most likely found with her nose in a book and a cat on her lap.

Grá Linnaea

Former editor for Shimmer Magazine and and member of the Science Fiction Writers Association. He won Writers of the Future and attended the 2008 Clarion Workshop. His Stoker Award nominated story "Messages From Valerie Polichar" was featured in Shock Totem magazine and other of his fiction can be found in recent issues of Apex and Daily Science Fiction. Read his serial novel, "The Curious Investigations of Miranda McGee." of his site,

Christian Lipski

Christian is the guitarist and a vocalist for nerd band The PDX Broadsides, whose latest album, "Something's Rotten", has just been released. He has played guitar and drums in venues across the country, served as an Eisner Award judge, and covered comics news in Portland. You could definitely say that music and comics make up most of Christian's life.
When not on the musical road, he enjoys meeting people at conventions. With the PDX Broadsides, he has performed at OryCon (as musical guest of honor), NorWesCon, GeekGirlCon, Rose City Comic Con, and Conflikt, among others.
In his spare time Christian is a pirate with PDX Yar. You can follow his personal exploits on Twitter at @ChristianLipski.

Ken Lizzi

Ken Lizzi is determined to provide literature a shot of two-fisted fabulism. So far his forays have included crime fiction, fantasy, science fiction, and mystery. He is the author of "Reunion" (2014 Twilight Times Books), a post-apocalyptic, science fiction action/adventure fantasy, and "Under Strange Suns" (2015 Twilight Times Books), a planetary romance. Ken lives in Oregon with his wife Isa, daughter V.V., and growing collections of novels and antique weapons.

Rhiannon Louve

Rhiannon Louve is a freelance writer. Professionally, she writes video game dialogue, short stories, table-top role-playing books, privately commissioned fiction, and the occasional Pagan thea/ology. She's in the process of adding novels to the list. In addition, Rhiannon has a Master of Arts in Applied Theology and has taught World Religions at the college level. Outside cons, Rhiannon games (Champions, Star Wars, and a 1/2 Exalted 1/2 homebrew Bleach-inspired shinigami game at the moment), sings and plays keyboard, and cuddles her household dogs and cat. She also studies primate psychology and various languages for fun. Feel free to help her practice her French, Spanish, Japanese, Irish, or Swedish!
Twitter: @rhiannonlouve

Richard A. Lovett

Richard A. Lovett is the only writer ever to win ten of Analog`s annual AnLab reader's choice awards. A 150-time contributor to Analog, he writes a mix of science fact and short fiction. His 50 science fiction stories have also appeared in Cosmos, Nature, Abyss & Apex, Wisconsin Magazine, Running Times, Marathon & Beyond, and been translated into Russian, Polish, Finnish, and Portuguese. Lovett writes a popular series on how to write short stories, as well as Analog`s "Biolog" profile column. He makes his day job as a writer, freelancing for such publications as Nature, New Scientist, National Geographic News, Scientific American, and many others. He is a running coach, sports writer, Ph.D. economist, former law professor, and holder of a B.S. in astrophysics. His book, Phantom Sense and Other Stories, is available from Strange Wolf Press.

John Lovett

A screenwriter and line producer who moved from the LA area and has lived in Seattle for the past five years. He teaches screenwriting at Bellevue College and does visualization on various projects. He has consulted for executive producers and TV showrunners for over 20 years providing script and story notes. Working as a writer’s coach, he has a weekly podcast and monthly video discussing creativity and screenwriting while working directly with many clients. He is also an amateur magician who owns a small rat dog, has a mortgage, and a great view of the valley.


Lupa is a pagan author, hide and bone artist, ecopsychologist and amateur naturalist in Portland, OR. She is the organizer for Curious Gallery, a two-day arts festival every January that celebrates cabinets of curiosity and their contents, and is the creator of the forthcoming Tarot of Bones. All things Lupa may be found at

Vanessa MacLellan

A champion of NaNoWriMo, Vanessa MacLellan is an avid reader of anything with pizzazz. Words have been her companions since she was ten, forcing atrocious adverbs upon her mother. Her debut fantasy novel, Three Great Lies, published by Hadley Rille Books was released in August. She's had five short stories published by magazines and an anthology. When not in the office or writing, she bird watches and hikes. Vanessa can be found at
Twitter: @mccvan

Pat Macewen

Pat MacEwen is a physical anthropologist (translation: bone freak) doing research on genocide. She has worked on war crimes investigations for the International Criminal Tribunal, and has also done CSI work for a police department in California’s Central Valley. Her first degree was in Marine Biology, and she worked for six years at the Institute of Marine & Coastal Studies at the University of Southern California, which undoubtedly has something to do with her strong opinions on global warming, overpopulation, and short-term thinking. She has also worked in aerospace and has equally strong opinions on space exploration. “Rough Magic,” her first novel, is an urban fantasy/forensics fandango, out from Sky Warrior Books, and her second, “The Dragon’s Kiss,” features a crippled boy who can’t talk to people but can talk to dragons, and needs to if either they or his own folk are going to survive. She has published short fiction in the mystery, horror, science fiction, and fantasy genres as well as non-fiction in various venues. Her hobbies include cathedral-crawling, alien-building, bedeviling her nephews, and trawling through history books for the juicy bits.
Facebook: Patricia H MacEwen

Joel Machiela

Rock Star.

Paige Mackmer

I'm a feminist geek from Portland who's always loved hard sci-fi with interesting themes. Many of my panels focus on philosophical analysis of my favorite franchises. My first con was RCCC '13 but the first con at which I was a panelist was OryCon 36 (Creation Station)! I've since given panels at ECCC '15 and '16, Galacticon 4 and RCCC '15 and '16! I love to cosplay; currently, I cosplay Kaylee Frye, Starbuck and River Tam with more in the works! I'm also the Shindig Coordinator for the PDX Browncoats. I'm always looking for cool Portland geeks to team up with for fun and community engagement!

Susan Matthews

I've been working on the Jurisdiction series for thirty years and more -- I'm running out of time to get it right (grin). My Jurisdiction novels are available from (read by the wonderful, wonderful Stefan Rudnicki) or as e-books from Baen at Additional content (including the novella Proving Cruise) is available free at
"Blood Enemies," the novel that completes the story of Andrej Koscuisko, will be published by Baen Books in 2017. Baen Books is also bringing the Jurisdiction backlist back into print with two omnibus editions of the preceding six Jurisdiction novels.
Come to my reading and I'll tell you all about it!

David Mattingly

David B. Mattingly has illustrated over 2000 covers for most major publishers of S.F. and fantasy, including Baen, Bantam, DAW, Del Rey, Dell, Marvel, Playboy, Signet, and Tor. He illustrated the popular "Honor Harrington" and "Animorphs" series.
David has worked in motion pictures over the years, and was head of the Walt Disney Studios matte department in the early 80's. He worked on Warren Beatty's "Dick Tracy", “I Robot", "The Black Hole", "Tron", and the Coen Brothers most recent film, “Hail Caesar!.” David lives in Hoboken, New Jersey with his wife Cathleen Cogswell.
Facebook: David Mattingly

Andrew Mayer

Andrew Mayer has been a storyteller from the moment he discovered that words open portals to other worlds. His Society of Steam trilogy from PYR books, is the seminal superhero steampunk series. "The Fool" is series a fantasy-focused adventures featuring a godlike being and their human companion saving worlds from destruction.
Besides writing fiction, Andrew has also been designing games for 25 years. He's crafted numerous best-selling titles including the astoundingly popular "Dogz" and "Catz" series. His first book on game design was released this year.
Andrew currently lives in the multidimensional city of Portland, Oregon with his partner Anya and his trained cat, Mister Q.
You can discover more about him at

BriarRose McDougal

BriarRose is a member of the Starlight filk band, as well as enjoying a solo career in music. She collaborates with artists and musicians from all over the world. BriarRose has a BS in Education and Music and enjoys sharing her music, crafting and sewing with groups of all ages. She resides in Tacoma, Washington, with her children and her cats.

Julie McGowan

GEAR Con Dread Overlady and Chair of MiyakoCon, Salem's Anime convention, Julie is an artist, musician, student, and shenanigan-maker local to Portland.
Twitter: @jeweleclair

Douglas McGowan

Designer and artisan behind quality Steampunk goggles and leather accoutrements including custom leather for Star Wars cosplay and more. Mac has been crafting in leather and metal as a hobby since the age of eight. After a career in broadcasting and another as a communications specialist, Mac is now a full-time crafter of wearable and functional art making his home in Salem, Oregon with passions for history and science fiction.

Robert McGown

Bob McGown is a physicist astronomer and electrical contractor. He has participated in six NASA projects and is a long time member of the National Space society and the AAS. His latest book is called Sky Phenomonon and he has a master's degree in physics. His newest project is called Rosetta stone about the foundations of astrophysics. Bob likes science expeditions and technical mountain climbing.

Rob McMonigal

Rob McMonigal lives in Portland, Oregon, with their spouse (fellow writer Erica Satifka) and entirely too many cats. Rob has appeared in Fireside Magazine, and runs a comics-themed website,, that focuses on indie and lesser-known titles. They are also a reviewer of speculative fiction and comics for Publisher's Weekly and serve as first reader for Nightmare Magazine and other projects of John Joseph Adams. Find Rob on Twitter @rob_mcmonigal.

Laura McShane

Self proclaimed "expert" on women's lingerie. Professional fashion designer seventeen years, former employee of Oregon Shakespearean Festival. Four decades experience on stage singing, dancing, modeling, etc. Producer of fashion shows and other fancy disasters. Twenty plus years experience as "full contact RN."

Johanna Mead


Kamila Miller

EM Prazeman, aka Kamila Z Miller, is a writer, artist and book designer who lives in the Pacific NW with her husband, international man of mystery Rory Miller. She primarily writes LGBT-friendly fantasy novels, which include The Lord Jester's Legacy trilogy. Her short stories can be found in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet and a handful of anthologies. She also writes non-fiction as Tammy Owen. She's traveled to some neat places, including Belize, the Czech Republic, Greece, several places in Canada and has gone round Ireland clockwise. She has fired some archaic weapons including a flintlock pistol, a primitive revolver, and longbow. She enjoys sailing and has studied celestial navigation. For more info visit, or

Seth Milstein

Seth Milstein is a standup comedian and writer in Oregon. He writes for Savage Henry Magazine and can be seen on stages all over the west coast. He is heavily featured in the comedy documentary "I Am Road Comic" and lightly featured in the documentary "Harmontown". Seth's comedy is a mix of personal stories and irreverent thoughts.
Twitter: @sethmils

Roberta Monaghan-Christensen

I have been attending conventions since the turn of the millennia. My first con was Orycon so when I was presented with the opportunity to participate I decided it's time to give back to the community that has given me so much.
Often I’ve thought I was born in the wrong time period so dressing differently, or costuming as some call it, has always been a part of my imagination, if not my day to day regimen. Several years ago I realized my “costume closet” included several pieces that I really loved so on St. Patrick’s day I wore a green ren-faire skirt that I bustled in the back to give a Victorian feel to, and a button up white blouse.
That began my serious foray into day to day Victoriana (2nd hand Victorian-ish style). For those that have purchased “costume pieces” you understand the expense, but I was on a budget so second hand and thrift stores were my shopping meccas. Finding pieces that had a Victorian feel and then modifying those pieces by hand is the way I put my wardrobe together. In the beginning I wasn't able to sew other than hemming, I'm just under 5' tall so hemming has always been part of my repertoire. I would make a skirt smaller around the waist by putting pleats in, or added lace to make the piece feel more Victorian, just simple modifications to make the outfits fit and feel wonderful to me.
My improved wardrobe worked well for about a year or so but unfortunately, as often happens, there weren’t enough options available at the Goodwill. The second hand stores just didn’t have everything I wanted, or needed and my wardrobe was still missing a few pieces. I decided it was time to teach myself to sew and undergarments were an obvious starting point. I figured if a petticoat or corset cover looked terrible, at least it would be hidden under a skirt or blouse so I made a couple of each. The first attempt turned out questionable at best, but each piece improved slightly. My sewing skills are still a work in progress, although I’ve expanded my “costume closet” to include a newly finished regency dress.
Although I’ve begun to sew, my methods haven't changed drastically, I still use old sheets, curtains or other fabric that I find at second hand stores to make most of my clothing. Reusing and recycling seems like an important thing to do in a throwaway society so I've taken it upon myself to make someone's hideous table cloth a lovely Victorian style skirt.
Other than "costuming" I am the treasurer of the local nonprofit costuming group – The Time Travelers Costume Guild, and I work full time as a licensed tax preparer and payroll specialist; although I’d like nothing more than to quit my day job in pursuit of sewing, knitting, and historical research full time.

Greg Moore

Long time convention attendee and science/computer geek. My interest in 3D printing has finally resulted in my ownership of a machine and a desire to introduce people to the world of home manufacturing.

Sara Mueller

Sara is a Pacific Northwest writer, and a real live escaped Yooper. She has been through every state in the lower 48, and has lived in six of them. She has ridden horses in multiple disciplines, including dressage, reining, jumping, vaulting, and side saddle. She is informed by reliable parties that her attachment to 'project horses' is a form of mental instability. Among other things, Sara has worked as a paid Elizabethan recreator, a knitting instructor, and a stage hand. She graduated from Sweet Briar College (English, Anthropology, and History) and had post-graduate training in education at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Alexandre Muniz


Mark Niemann-Ross

Mark writes Science Fiction and has appeared in Analog Magazine and Stupefying Stories. During the day he works for and, plays bass and raises chickens. His current project is a murder mystery solved by a refrigerator.

Andrew Nisbet

Andrew Nisbet is a research consultant who has frightened at least one U.S. government agency into assigning a person to keep track of his research activities. Andrew has been known to steal the odd secret from neighboring countries. He has taught college-level courses in history, political science, english, & film, fired the odd artillery shot at countries where we were not – no, really – at war, run for public office, and sided with the Grand Council of the Cree against the bureaucracy of Hydro-Quebec. Ask him about passing secret electronic notes to the attorneys at Enron depositions sometime. Oh, and he sometimes programs science fiction conventions, too.

Gerald Nordley

G. David Nordley is the pen name of Gerald David Nordley, an author and consulting astronautical engineer. A retired Air Force officer, worked in spacecraft orbital operations, engineering, and testing as advanced spacecraft propulsion research. He is also an investor in a couple of relatively new Aerospace companies. As a writer of fiction and nonfiction, his main interest is the future of human exploration and settlement of space, and his stories typically focus on the dramatic aspects of individual lives within the broad sweep of a plausible human future. Gerald is a past Hugo and nebula award nominee as well as a four-time winner of the Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact annual "AnLab" reader's poll. His latest novel is To Climb a Flat Mountain, and the latest book is a collection, Prelude to Stars, available from Brief Candle Press or through The latest new publication at this writing is "Last Call," due out in How Beer Saved the World 2, due from Skywarrior Press in 2016. He lives in Sunnyvale, CA. His website is

Doug Odell

Former Managing Editor for Science Fiction Review and current publisher for MVP Publishing. Doug Odell has co-authored two books in the Nanoclone Trilogy (PRINCE OF EUROPE and BISHOP OF ROME) as well as the short story A Quantum Field of Ghosts and Shadows (all with Elton Elliott).

Mark Osier

Mark Osier is a man of many talents: singer, parodist, musician, scientist, songwriter, and longtime SF fan. Sadly, "brilliant program book biographer" is not one of them. Thankfully, he has a song for this type of thing.

Invite Me To Your Con
by Mark Osier
By now you've listened to me play a bit on my guitar
And sing for you a few songs that I wrote
I can write them overnight or even on demand
And will if given the chance to do so
I have been known to teach a workshop on swing dancing
Even beginners twirling round and round
So as you organize your con consider who you'd like to have around
I'm not saying that your con will suck without me
You'll have big-name guests and panels - you might even have a dance
But every program grid has a few unexpected holes
SO I'm asking you - can you afford to take that chance?
You'll only have a couple days and then it is all gone
So hedge your bets and invite me to your con
I've learned how to do art shows also con security
I proudly bear the title of Dorsai
Inside your anime room I can tell you which is which
When you're talking about ecchi or hentai
I started D&D when it all came in one box
And I play Carcassone on my phone
My XBox gamer score would suggest that I don't often leave my home
I'm not saying that your con will suck without me
You'll have big-name guests and panels - you might even have a dance
But every program grid has a few unexpected holes
SO I'm asking you - can you afford to take that chance?
You'll only have a couple days and then it is all gone
So hedge your bets and invite me to your con
Because I've been a toastmaster as well as auctioneer
I can step in if your MC should fall ill
My PhD in Toxicology means Science Guest
Is yet another role that I can fill
By now I hope you've realized that I'm the guy you need
I'm value added just by being there
So if you need someone to bring the awesome
You just tell me when and where
I'm not saying that your con will suck without me
You'll have big-name guests and panels - you might even have a dance
But every program grid has a few unexpected holes
SO I'm asking you - can you afford to take that chance?
You'll only have a couple days and then it is all gone
So hedge your bets and invite me to your con
Hey, don't suck - just invite me to your con!

Thank you to the ConCom for listening. :)
Facebook: markosier
Twitter: @markosier

Ripley Patton

Ripley Patton is an award winning short story writer and the author of The PSS Chronicles, a young adult paranormal thriller series. She lives in Portland, Oregon with one cat, two teenagers, and a man who wants to live on a boat.

SD Perry

SD Perry has written media tie-ins and novelizations for most of her career, working in the universes of Star Trek, Aliens, and Resident Evil. Plus, you know, other stuff. In her spare time she reads and writes horror.
Facebook: SD Perry
Twitter: @sdp668

Steve Perry

Lots of books, animated TV scripts, short stories, spec movie scripts, yadda, yadda, yadda ...

Rachel Phillips


John Pitts

John A Pitts learned to love science fiction at the knee of his grandmother, listening to her read authors like Edgar Rice Burroughs and Robert E. Howard during his childhood in rural Kentucky.
He lives his life surrounded by books and story. Selling his own tales still comes as a surprise to him.
The first three books in the Sarah Beauhall urban fantasy series are out from Tor Publishing (
Black Blade Blues, 2010
Honeyed Words, 2011
Forged in Fire, 2012
His first short story collection, Bravado's House of Blues, came out fall of 2013 from Fairwood Press. He is currently wrapping the fifth book in the Sarah Beauhall series and is plotting his next project.
John has a BA in English and a Masters of Library Science from University of Kentucky.
John is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Dark Forces Defense League.

Robert Plamondon

Robert Plamondon is a writer, publisher, free-range egg farmer, and engineer living in Blodgett, Oregon. His first book was "Through Dungeons Deep: A Fantasy Gamers' Handbook," during the glory days of D&D. He has recently reissued "Plotto: The Classic Plot Suggestion Tool for the Writers of Creative Fiction" (and its instruction manual), which is the ultimate non-random plot-creation tool. Robert has written one SF novel ("One Survivor") and one book-length fanfiction series (a third season for the anime "Big-O"). Robert's publishing company, Norton Creek Press, carries his own three books, plus reprints of classic works in poultry science, back-to-the-land adventures, and other topics.

Anastasia Poirier

Anastasia Poirier is an author and freelance editor in Portland, Oregon. She is writing her second novel and working toward a Bachelor of Science in Arts and Letters at Portland State University. When she is not writing or editing, she can be found searching for the end of the internet, talking to plants, and snuggling many, many cats.
Twitter: @TasiaPoirier

Jonnalyhn Prill

Wolfcat has been sewing in one form or another since the early 70’s. Her love of science fiction and fantasy actually predates the fascination with sewing because she snuck her father's Asimov and Heinlein books instead of "Dick and Jane"; even doing more gaming than homework in college. She owns more sf books than her local library; does medieval, science fiction, and full-bore fantasy competition costumes, and delights in learning or sharing new concepts.

Anthony Pryor

Anthony Pryor has been writing for the rpg industry for... Well for a sufficiently long time that he's been described as "older than dirt." He has produced roleplaying material for FASA's Battletech, Bard Games' Talislanta series, TSR and WotC's Dungeons and Dragons, Green Ronin's A Song of Ice and Fire, among many others. Anthony also served as writer, editor and developer for Sword and Sorcery Studios' award-winning Scarred Lands rpg series. His new trilogy of supernatural thriller novels, "The Shepherd" is available from Permuted Press and through all major online retailers.

Phyllis Irene Radford

Irene Radford has been writing stories ever since she figured out what a pencil was for. A member of an endangered species—a native Oregonian who lives in Oregon—she and her husband make their home in Welches, Oregon where deer, bears, coyotes, hawks, owls, and woodpeckers feed regularly on their back deck.
Facebook: Phyllis Irene Radford
Twitter: @radford_irene25

Cat Rambo

Cat Rambo lives, writes, and teaches atop a hill in West Seattle. Her 200+ fiction publications include stories in Asimov's, Clarkesworld Magazine, and She has been an Endeavour, Compton Crook, Nebula and World Fantasy Award nominee. Her most recent books are fantasy novel HEARTS OF TABAT and double-sided collection NEITHER HERE NOR THERE. A longtime volunteer with the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), she is its current President. For more about her, as well as links to her fiction and information about her online classes, see
Facebook: catrambo
Twitter: @catrambo

Roget Ratchford

"Mechanical engineer by day, body painter by night" sounds like the tag line to a very bad bit of late night cable fare, yet also pretty accurately describes me and my passion for both technology and photography/body as canvas. I approach both disciplines with the same style, infusing my engineering solutions with as much creativity as the market (and upper management) will allow, as well as using sophisticated technical tools to solve practical problems in body painting. From painting with laser light and long exposure, to using an airbrush to apply lubricants and adhesives to mechanisms, I enjoy combining worlds that might not otherwise meet.

Wolf Read

Wolf is a scientist, writer and illustrator living in Vancouver—the northern one located in British Columbia—with his wife and two children. He holds a BSc in Natural Resources from Oregon State University's College of Forests, and a PhD in Forest Science from the University of British Columbia. He has had his science fiction stories appear in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, along with illustrations including cover art. His art has appeared in other magazines, too, including Asimov's Science Fiction, Talebones and TransVersions.
Wolf's research interests include Pacific Northwest windstorms, forest ecology, wind and tree interactions, weather instrument operation and climatology. He has presented at over two-dozen scientific conferences, and has had his research published in peer-reviewed periodicals, including the Journal of Coastal Research. Wolf has a broad range of interests outside of his scientific pursuits including gardening, historical geology, geography, hiking, astronomy, exoplanets, gaming, planetary atmospheres, interstellar travel, game design and computer programming among other topics. And he enjoys the occasional science fiction con, of course.

Theresa Reed

Facebook: Theresa Reed
Twitter: @TheDarklady

Jeremiah Reinmiller

Jeremiah Reinmiller is a lifelong computer geek, martial artist, and native of the pacific northwest. When he’s not building clouds (the computing kind, not the rainy ones) he’s probably hunched over a keyboard hammering out his next story. He resides in Vancouver (the one in Washington, not Canada) with his wife and their two cats. His debut novel Gearspire: Advent is being released in the Fall of 2016. More of his stories can be found at
Twitter: @jreinmiller

Shawna Reppert

Shawna is an award-winning author of fantasy and steampunk who keeps her readers up all night and makes them miss work deadlines. Her fiction asks questions for which there are no easy answers while taking readers on a fine adventure that grips them heart and soul. Shawna is fond of Irish music and dance, and she can sometimes be found in medieval garb on a caparisoned horse, throwing javelins into innocent hay bales that never did anything to her.
Twitter: @ShawnaReppert

Joyce Reynolds-Ward

Joyce Reynolds-Ward divides her time between Portland, Oregon, and Enterprise, Oregon. Recent short story publications are in First Contact Café, Trust and Treachery, How Beer Saved the World, and Tales from an Alien Campfire. Book-length works are available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other sources. Alien Savvy is available as an audiobook on Audible, iTunes, and Amazon. Follow Joyce’s adventures through her blog at

Elyssa Rhodaback

Founding member of MACEcosplay, though as of late I've been doing more on my own. I am known for hosting the Cosplay Improv show that's showcased at Kumoricon with this group. I have not been cosplaying for very long but my skills are quick in the making and steadily improving. I'm most commonly seen going to either Kumoricon or now Sakuracon.
Facebook: Elyssa Rhodaback

Gibbitt Rhys-Jones

Gibbitt has been going to cons since 1991. She has been on the staff of a LOT of them (little parts and big parts) since 1995, been a pro and panelist others since 1998, even got married at Norwescon 20 (1997). Currently, she is on Rustycon, Cascade Writers, Rainfurrest, and Furlandia.
She was in Clan Burnout and ran a fanzine for it. She was a part of House Madubi in the SCA. She is also part of a fan group called Manzala Rangers, which is Neverwhen's Fan Group.
She currently is the layout artist and head line editor for Dragondyne Publishing which puts out RPGs (Neverwhen) with her husband and roommate. As well as doing some freelance editing and in her spare time... writing.
She is a writer, a poet, and editor, an art collector (the walls of her house and her skin), a beginning blogger, a geek, a Whovian, a Browncoat, and a fan of fandom.
She is 5'9" (Though her doctor disagrees), green hazel eyes, loves short walks on the beach and chocolate pie; Anything else can change in the blink of the eye (and by "blink of the eye", I mean a nap)

Sharon Rice-Weber


Jeff Richardson


Sean Robinson

Dr. Sean Robinson is a research scientist working in the areas of radiation detection, social media analysis, nuclear materials characterization and data science for national security. Sean has led a variety of simulation, modeling and analysis tasks pertinent to detection algorithm development, search for items of interest, the protection of U.S. borders and the development of signatures of anomalies and rare events. He earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Washington, developing source characterization algorithms for a NASA/DOE Gamma Ray Telescope.

Jennifer Rosenberg

I write fan fiction, filk, and am working on an original novel. Helping LGBTQA kids and young adults and working to tear down destructive social constructs is a major driving force in my life. I do constant work towards improving my own understanding and the understanding of people around me on issues of intersectionality. I'm also a massive geek for science and speculative fiction.
Facebook: jenroses
Twitter: @jenrose

Mary Rosenblum

A Clarion West graduate, and 2008 and 2012 instructor, Mary Rosenblum has published 8 novels and more than 60 short stories with major magazines since 1990. She has been a Nebula and Hugo finalist and a winner of the Compton Crook and Sideways awards. A teacher of writing for 15 years she is now a literary midwife, guiding new writers through today's world of publishing the critical and sometimes confusing wilderness of effective promotion.

Deborah Ross

Deborah J. Ross is an award-nominated writer and editor of fantasy and science fiction. Her most recent books include Thunderlord and The Children of Kings (with Marion Zimmer Bradley); Collaborators (as Deborah Wheeler), and The Seven-Petaled Shield trilogy. Her short fiction has appeared in F & SF, Asimov's, Star Wars: Tales From Jabba's Palace, Realms of Fantasy, and Sword & Sorceress. Her work has earned Honorable Mention in Year's Best SF, and nominations for Gaylactic Spectrum Award, Lambda Literary Award, National Fantasy Federation Speculative Fiction Award for Best Author, Nebula Award, and inclusion in the Locus Recommended Reading, Tiptree Award recommended reading, and Kirkus notable new release lists. She has served as Secretary to the Science Fiction Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) and is currently on the Board of Directors of Book View Cafe. When she's not writing, she knits for charity, plays classical piano, studies yoga, and provides a happy retirement for a former seeing eye dog.
Facebook: Deborah J. Ross
Twitter: @DeborahJRoss

Andrew Ross

Andrew Ross disguises himself as a stodgy, high-priced Alpha Male attorney and suburban father of two in the mundane world, in an effort to hide his (poorly kept)secret existence as a musician, parody lyricist, book blogger and space mercenary. He has been an OryCon regular since 1997 and helped to run the music programming since 2005. He has been a guest at GaFilk, ConFlikt and Conterpoint, and appeared on the Pegasus ballot for best songwriter and best badass song.

Erica Satifka

Erica L. Satifka is a writer and/or friendly artificial construct, forged in a heady mix of iced coffee and sarcasm. She enjoys rainy days, questioning reality, ignoring her to-do list, and adding to her collection of tattoos. Her debut novel STAY CRAZY was released in August 2016 by Apex Publications, and her short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Shimmer, Lightspeed, and Intergalactic Medicine Show. Originally from Pittsburgh, she now lives in Portland, Oregon with her spouse Rob and an indeterminate number of cats.

Stephen Savitzky

Steve Savitzky is a hacker/songwriter who learned both hacking and folksinging back in the 1960's; he discovered organized fandom and filkdom (i.e. was dragged to his first con) in 1978, and wrote his first ``real'' filksong shortly thereafter. About half of his recorded songs are about computers; some, like "The World Inside the Crystal", are even serious. His first CD, Coffee, Computers, and Song!, was released in August, 2007; his lyrics and writings are on the web at He and his wife Colleen were inducted into the Filk Hall of Fame in 2008. He is currently performing with Naomi Rivkis in the folk duo "Lookingglass Folk" (, singing folk and filk with a distinctly weird twist. His previous groups were "Tres Gique" (, which he helped found in 2007, and "Tempered Glass" (, active from 2009-2011. Call him an old folkie, if you will; you can't call him an "aging hippy" because he actually remembers the '60s.
In his day job as an aging hacker (his business cards say "software architect", but we all know what that really means), he is still having fun with Linux, git, emacs, and perl, and has been known to do perverted things with macro processors, shell scripts, and makefiles. He is also a card-carrying member of the EFF, the FSF, and the ACLU.
Facebook: stephen_savitzky

Lizzy Shannon

Lizzy Shannon is a multi-faceted bestselling author. Her published works span many genres, including Celtic non-fiction, science fiction, stage/screenplays, and a children’s picture book. Born in Northern Ireland, her career is as varied as the genres she writes. Starting out as a library assistant in a rural town, she moved on to study Theater Arts and Literature in London and toured the United Kingdom as a professional actress. Her new period thriller novel, Blood of Orange, is based on her own life growing up in Belfast during the worst of the Troubles.
Twitter: @lizzyshannon

Mike Shepherd

Mike Shepherd Moscoe
Mike’s latest book in the National Best Selling Kris Longknife science fiction saga, Kris Longknife – Bold, came from Ace last October. It caps not only Kris’s second round of stories but also the story of Vicky Peterwalds troubles with her stepmother. (Isn’t it always the stepmother?) It was a real, honest to God trilogy. Vicky Peterwald - Target, Survivor and finally Rebel. All these novels are also available at
Mike is also an independent publisher, bringing out e-books of several collections of his award nominated short stories as well as the out-of-print Lost Millennium Trilogy. He regularly publishes novellas in Kris’s world. Visit his web site to learn about his latest.
Facebook: Mike Moscoe

Ethan Siegel

Ethan is a theoretical astrophysicist who loves writing long, glorious, illustrated articles that tell what we know about the Universe and how we know it. He's been writing the blog Starts With A Bang since 2008, currently at Forbes. If you're into astronomy, he writes a monthly column for NASA's The Space Place that appears in over 200 astronomy club newsletters worldwide. His very first book, "Beyond the Galaxy," is available from World Scientific. If you ever wanted to know the entire story of what the Universe is made of, how big it is, where it came from and what it's fate is, told in plain english with no equations, you'll definitely want to get yourself a copy. When he's not writing, Ethan can be found appearing on TV and radio spots, teaching at Lewis & Clark college, broadcasting the Starts With A Bang podcast on SoundCloud, working with various science museums and in general sharing what we know about the Universe with anyone willing to listen. Look for him -- and his award-winning beard and mustache -- in costume at Orycon 38!
Twitter: @startswithabang

Lynn Siprelle

MeiLin Miranda writes novels and short stories from a 130-year-old house in Portland, OR.
Facebook: MeiLinMiranda
Twitter: @meilinmiranda

Erica Smith

Hello all; I'm Queenie! I'm a member of Talking Teacups of Doom Cosplay, and I've been cosplaying since 2007. My favorite cosplays I've done include Jotun Loki from Marvel Comics, Kilgharrah the Great Dragon from BBC's Merlin, Greg from Over the Garden Wall, and many iterations of Canada from Hetalia. I've got an Associates Degree in English Literature, and I'm currently working toward a Bachelor of Science in Apparel Design and Product Development. I'm excited to be attending Orycon with you all; feel free to come say "Hello!" if you see me.

Dale Ivan Smith

Dale Ivan Smith got into trouble in grade school for sneaking off to the library during class, so naturally after earning a history degree he became a librarian, and has worked for Multnomah County Library system since 1987.
His stories have appeared in various online magazines. His collaboration with K.C. Ball, “Running Tangent,” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2015. Currently he is working on his urban fantasy series, “The Empowered,” due out in late 2016.
He is a life-long gamer and science fiction/fantasy fan.
Twitter: @daleivan

Jeff Soesbe

Jeff Soesbe's story sales include Flash Fiction Online, Weird Tales, Apex Publishing, and DayBreak Magazine. By day he is a software engineer at a subsea robotics company in Northern California.
Facebook: jeffsoesbe
Twitter: @jeffsoesbe

DongWon Song

DongWon Song is an agent with Howard Morhaim Literary Agency. He represents a wide range of science fiction and fantasy authors for adults and teens in addition to a number of non-fiction authors. He lives in Portland, OR.

Katrina Spillman

Katrina is an avid Fan of many fantasy and sci-fi verses and the proud mother of 3 children, each named for characters in epic literary series. She is particularly skilled at the Oregon Trail, frequently making it to Oregon in July. Last time she played Ned Stark died of dysentery, but perhaps that's to be expected... She is Editor of the Pocket Pro and has named each of her three children after characters in epic fantasy series. Find her and try to name the symbols on her bicep tattoo.

Tristian Spillman

In addition to being a celebrated stand-up comedian, Master Spillman is an efficacious writer of comic books, a published playwright, and is in fact the very anthropomorphic personification of humility. (We have video proof.) Tristian lives in Gresham, OR with his beautiful wife, three better than average looking kids and a cat to which most observers seem to express ambivalence in regards to its attractiveness. For example they might say, “I don't know, it's an OK looking cat I guess.” During a six month period of his senior year in high school, Tristian could do a backflip.

Ayla Spillman

I'm an avid fan of anime, particularly Attack on Titan, Deathnote, OHSHC, Parasyte, Erase, and Say I Love You (just to name a few). I enjoy cosplaying, video games, especially Undertale, and table top RPGs. I am extremely gifted in the art of Silly Face Making (It's a serious subject).

Cait Spivey

Cait Spivey is a speculative fiction writer, author of high fantasy FROM UNDER THE MOUNTAIN and the horror novella series, “The Web“. Her enduring love of fantasy started young, thanks to authors like Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, Diane Duane, Tamora Pierce, and many more. Now, she explores the rules and ramifications of magic in her own works—and as a panromantic asexual, she’s committed to queering her favorite genres.

Debra Stansbury

Debra is an advocate of well-written fan fiction, loves to create things with her hands, organizes people and their stuff, and wanders around the internet looking for shiny things. She’s a long time volunteer for Orycon (has chaired once), GameStorm (has chaired once), Kumoricon (anyone want cat ears?), and serves on the Board for OSFCI (because she hasn’t learned her lesson). When not raising her hand to help, she holds down a desk job and rides around on her shiny red scooter.

Richard Stephens

Richard Stephens has been actively playing in fandom for 29 years (and should know better by now!). He is an actor, director and stage designer and love theatrical costuming as well as cosplay. Richard keeps up a busy schedule designing for local theaters and the regional college on the North Olympic Peninsula - claiming no preference or specialty, Richard moves easily between historical costume, science fiction and fantasy. A busy schedule has always thwarted him from attending Orycon and so he is thrilled to finally join his costume brethren in Portland.
Facebook: Richard Stephens

Patrick Swenson

Patrick Swenson edited Talebones magazine for 14 years, and he still runs Fairwood Press, a book line, which began in 2000. A graduate of Clarion West, his first novel The Ultra Thin Man appeared from Tor in 2014. The sequel, The Ultra Big Sleep, appeared this summer. He has sold stories to the anthology Like Water for Quarks, and magazines such as Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine, Figment, and others. He runs the Rainforest Writers Village retreat every spring at Lake Quinault, Washington. He is a high school teacher and lives in Bonney Lake, Washington with his son Orion.
Twitter: @patrick_swenson

Kim Switzer


Bruce Tayor

Bruce Taylor (aka. "Mr. Magic Realism") writes--magic realism and magic realism blended with science fiction. The latter can be seen in an anthology, LIKE WATER FOR QUARKS ( edited with Elton Elliott, former editor of The Science Fiction Review. The book has work by Ray Bradbury (print edition), Ursula K. LeGuin, Greg Bear, Brian Herbert, William F. Nolan, Kevin J. Anderson, Robert Sawyer among many other fine writers exploring the blending of magic realism and science fiction. This "blending" can also be seen in a novella, "13 Miles to Paradise" in a collection (with works by Jay Lake, James VanPelt and Ray Vuckcevich) titled ALEMBICAL (starred review in "Publisher's Weekly"). Bruce also has a new, second edition of KAFKA'S UNCLE and Other Strange Tales which was released in 2016. The sequel, KAFKA'S UNCLE: THE UNFORTUNATE SEQUEL and Other Insults to the Morally Perfect has just been released. The prequel, KAFKA'S UNCLE: THE GHASTLY PREQUEL and Other Tales of Love and Pathos From the World's Most Powerful, Third-World Banana Republic is set to be released soon. Another nine titles will be released over the next year from ReAnimus Press. Bruce has been writer-in-residence at Shakespeare & Company, Paris and president of The Seattle Writers Association as well as The Seattle Freelances, oldest writing group on the west coast (est. 1921) He has written over 1,000 short stories, some 250 published.
He lives in Seattle in a vast condo (smashing views of Mt. Rainier) with his partner, award-winning graphic-novelist writer and artist, Roberta Gregory, creator of "Bitchy Bitch" and their sooper bright Tuxedo cat and resident "mews," Roo-Prrt.
Facebook: Bruce Taylor

Elaine Teadtke

I have been a part of the costuming community for the past 20+ years. My interests are eclectic and diverse, depending on - Ooh, Shiny!

Mark Teppo

Mark Teppo is the author of Rudolph!, The Potemkin Mosaic, Earth Thirst, Lightbreaker, and Heartland (the latter two being the initial pair of the urban fantasy series, The Codex of Souls). He was also a contributor to the Foreworld Saga, notably the three volumes of The Mongoliad, Katabasis, and several of the SideQuests.
During the day, he is the founder and publisher of RESURRECTION HOUSE, a fiercely independent genre publisher devoted to adoring the printed book from author to audience. At night, he is a synthesist, a trouble-shooter (and –maker), a cat herder, and an idea man. His favorite Tarot card is the Moon.

Linnea Thompson

Linnea Thompson is Head of Programming for OryCon 38. She works as a school teacher in the greater Portland area.

Contessa Timmerman

Contessa Paxton Timmerman is a transplant from California. Her costuming talents began in 1986 at Gavilan College in Gilroy, CA. She has been quilting for many years. Her love of Conventions began in the 1980’s. She belongs to NIWA (Northwest Independent Writers Association). She enjoys teaching people how to use yarn. Contessa has been a part of Orycon since 2011 with Katrina Spillman. They taught and wrote the book, “Making Simple Tunics for Beginners”.

Nora Timmerman

Nora has been cosplaying for several years, going by the cosplay name MeraHunt. Her main fandom include Fable, The Elder Scrolls, and Harry Potter.

Roy Torley

Roy Torley started playing the upright string bass in fourth grade. He is recognized as a virtuoso on the Ukrainian bandura and Russian balalaika. He regularly performs with his wife, Joan Gaustad, at the Northwest Folklife Festival and in the Portland-metro area, Oregon. He helped create and develop the first wind energy technology program at Columbia Gorge Community College in 2006. He currently tutors, does web site development, and gives lecture-demos at local retirement communities.

Tammy Tripp

Tammy is a PNW artist who is known for her colorful esoteric themes and whimsical fantasy art. Inspired by imaginative visions she works to translate her musings into art pieces that engage the viewer. Raised in a small Michigan “tourist” town she followed a family tradition joined the army to see the world. After 10 years she left the service and enrolled in the Art Institute of Seattle while her husband continued his military service. It wasn’t long after graduation that she was introduced to the world of Science Fiction Conventions where her brand of art was well received and she found acceptance. After her husband retired from the Army they moved to Eastern Oregon. She works full time and hopes to see retirement someday. Her “off” hours are devoted to creating art, gardening, and helping her husband manage a small hobby farm.

Emily Upton

Cosplaying since 2012 and popular panelist at conventions since 2014. Known best for her cosplays from the series Soul Eater, Tokyo Ghoul, and Miraculous Ladybug, Uptown Otaku is the co-leader of SoulSisters cosplay and is known for hosting in-character panels around the Pacific Northwest. She is also the Master of Ceremonies for Anime PDX! Facebook: Uptown Otaku

Maura Van Der Linden

I work in the software industry by day but turn to being a technical author, fiction author, freelance editor, beginning podcaster, and publisher by night. I am proof that growing up with endless access to books, listening to filking, and helping in masquerade green rooms does leave a mark!

Vincent Vaughn

Vincent makes his home in Portland, OR where he lives with aloveable pit bull and the a cats who has the dog "well trained". He is married to an exceptionally talented and gifted woman who has a wide range of interests and abilities. When he is not working for a company that does database and web services support for the automotive industry, he is working on several pieces of artwork, doing living history re-enactment, playing RPG's and MMO computer games is the current head of the local chapter of the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club.

Edd Vick

Edd Vick is a graduate of the Clarion SF Writing Workshop. His stories have appeared in magazines including Asimovs, Baen's Universe, and Analog, and anthologies including First Contact Cafe, Fundamentally Challenged, and Northwest Passages. By day a bookseller, he lives in Seattle with SF novelist Amy Thomson and their adopted daughter Katie (also five chickens, a cat, and a dog).
Facebook: edd.vick

Josh Vogt

Author and editor Josh Vogt’s work covers fantasy, science fiction, horror, humor, pulp, and more. His tie-in fantasy novel, Pathfinder Tales: Forge of Ashes, was published alongside the launch of his urban fantasy series, The Cleaners, with Enter the Janitor and The Maids of Wrath. He’s an editor at Paizo, a Scribe Award and Compton Crook Award finalist, and a member of SFWA and the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers. Find him at or on Twitter @JRVogt.

Peter Wacks

Peter J. Wacks was born in California sometime during 1976. He has always been amazed and fascinated by both writing and the world in general. Throughout the course of his life, he has hitchhiked across the States and backpacked across Europe on the Eurail. Peter writes a lot, and will continue to do so till the day he dies. Possibly beyond. He is a bestselling cross-genre writer who has worked in various capacities across the creative fields in gaming, television, film, comics, and most recently, when not busy editing, he spends his time writing novels.
He has been a panelist, guest speaker, and Guest of Honor at a combined total of over 250 conventions, Trade Shows, organizations, and Colleges – including GAMA, Mensa, & UCLA.
When he isn’t working on the next book he can be found practicing martial arts, playing chess, drinking Scotch or IPA, or fighting with swords.
Twitter: @peterjwacks

Chris Waffle

Chris Waffle (lead vocals and bass for Going Viral) moved to Portland from a state to the south which shall not be named. He started writing and releasing nerd rock albums in 2005 as part of his former band Hot Waffles. The origin of his clever, goofy, nerd rock songwriting super power is said to have begun when, after endless hours of playing Castlevania, he finally beat the final boss. In a raw, visceral, joy, he threw his controller down and danced like Carlton only to watch on in horror as a gargoyle dropped down to begin a second final fight. With virtually no life left, and the controller half way across the room, he watched helplessly as he died on the brink of greatness. In rage and grief, he vowed to find greatness one day in the only way he knew how - writing songs, singing about nerd pop culture, and perhaps one day facing the gargoyle again - face to face, man to man.

Wendy Wagner

Wendy N. Wagner is a full-time SF/F nerd. She is part of the editorial teams at LIGHTSPEED and NIGHTMARE magazines, and served as the Guest Editor of NIGHTMARE's Queers Destroy Horror! special issue. She has published more than thirty short stories and writes tie-in fiction for the Pathfinder RPG, including the novels STARSPAWN and SKINWALKERS. Her third novel, AN OATH OF DOGS, is due out summer 2017 from Angry Robot Books. She lives in Milwaukie, Oregon, with her very understanding family. Keep up with her at

Yl'luria Watersong

As far back as I can remember, Water has always been my Home. As a little one I could swim before I could walk (to some, because of my visual impairment, but to me- because Water has always been a place of Peace, Solace, Joy, Freedom and Adventure)! :D And when it comes to inspiration, Water ALWAYS transports me to another world; one FULL of mystery, magic, discovery and wonder!
But like many, I faced lots of challenges growing up, and even into my adult years, didn't have the confidence to pursue my innermost goals. More than 2 decades passed, with me doing not much of anything because I feared I wasn't good enough to do.. much of anything. And that's.. pretty sad. So now, I encourage others to do what they love- NOW. Because over the years I've learned that we only have one life (in theory), and it's often FAR too soon, so I don't want aaanyone else to let time pass without doing what they love. Life's just too short, and I wish I'd listened when people counselled me with lessons like this when I was a kid. I might have had a LOT more fun through the years, and made LOTS more people happy!
Thankfully now, I've found a famerly of kindred spirits who are so supportive, caring and incredible, they always inspire me with their art, their joy, and their tenacity! No matter what, they always encourage me to "just keep swimming." :D It took me nearly 3,000 miles & more than a decade or two to find a pod of merfolk (with other fluffy mers too!), right smack dab in a city that has so much of what I love, so I've cherished my time here. Portland is a land of AMAZING bellydancers and performing opportunities, where I can express ALL of myself without fear, and with people who love me- for ME! The communities I've found here mean the WORLD to me, and that's truly magickal! So here I am, working to pursue my dreams of being a singer, mermaid, all 'round performer, and artist! It's not always easy, but it's literally a dream (or two ;D) come true! ♥
Nowadays, I perform regularly around the Portland, OR area & beyond (often with merfolk in our local, interconnected pods), making children of all ages happy at faires, festivals, nursing homes, conventions, and other events! Much of what I do consists of volunteer projects, but I adore performing on land & in the water, flipping my flukes at places like Pride NW, the Oregon Renaissance Festival of Hillsboro, Faerieworlds, doing photoshoots, helping little ones' wishes come true, being in parades, and even appearing at local fountains and pools for impromptu meet-n-greets! Plus, I love joining forces with other incredible mers, like Orchid the Jellyfish/GrandMer Orchid! It's a joy to appear at events like the Washington Kite Festival, Pagan Pride Day, WesterCon, and most recently, in a music video! (And regardless of where I go, I always love to sing & make things, draw, swim n’ shimmy! ;D)
After 3 years, I've found that being a mer is a blessed duty; encouraging people to care for themselves & each other, to be protectors of the environment and all the creatures with whom we share this extraordinary planet, and to never stop believing in kindness, love, & joy. -But that's all part of being a mermaid, and I wouldn't have it any other way! I mean, what better life can there be, to go wherever there's need for a little magic, traveling about meeting new people & uplifting others! XD
Regardless of the media, manifestation or event, everything I do is to inspire people of ALL ages, sizes, backgrounds, genders and abilities to pursue their own, magical and empowering goals. -Which is why it's such an honor for me to be a part of events like this! I adore helping to foster imagination & self esteem in big AND little people, helping others manifest their own mer selves, and showing people that you CAN do what you dream, no matter your perceived limiations. I firmly believe that EVERYbody deserves to live their dreams, feel loved, respected and free. (And with luck, that message is spread with every word, every shimmy, tail flip, and note. ♥)
After all, beauty in nature comes in ALL shapes, sizes, sorts n’ colors, and EVERY creature has its own gifts.. its own magic! So why not celebrate all that beauty n' diversity?? There's surely room for ALL of us in the ocean, and we only have one life to enjoy the swim!! ♥♥♥

David Weber

Davidweber [at]

Stephanie Weippert

What started me writing? It all began with a slug. Before you give me a funny look, let me explain.
Many years ago, a local sci-fi convention sent out a call for short stories for an anthology, and since their mascot was a slug, every story had to have a slug, either as an important character, or an important plot element. The idea tickled my funny bone, so I wrote my first story to send out for approval. It wasn't accepted of course, but the writing bug bit and with the help of my tolerant, wonderful husband, I've been writing ever since. After a lot of hard work and years of practicing, my first book, Sweet Secrets, came out March, 2016.
Twitter: @slweippert

Dean Wells

Dean Wells is author of the ongoing "Clockwork Millennials" series published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. His other works have appeared in Ideomancer, 10Flash Quarterly, Demensions, ShadowKeep, The Nocturnal Lyric, Eldritch Tales, and the anthologies Ceaseless Steam and The Best of BCS Year 4. He has also written for the performimg arts in various capacities. Dean is an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

Laura Whitcomb

Laura Whitcomb’s books include YA supernatural novels A Certain Slant of Light, Under the Light, and The Fetch as well as the writing books Novel Shortcuts and Your First Novel (co-authored by literary agent Ann Rittenberg.) Her fiction has been published in 11 languages. She sings in a madrigal choir at Renaissance faires throughout Oregon and Washington, hosts monthly supernatural tea parties, and is currently writing about fairies.

Jennifer Willis

Jennifer Willis is the author of the Valhalla urban fantasy series and the writer behind The Oregonian’s Northwest Love Stories series. Her work has also appeared in The Christian Science Monitor,, The Portland Tribune, The Writer, Religion and Politics, and the Hugo Award-winning Women Destroy Science Fiction (Lightspeed). She was the editor of both the 2014 and 2015 NIWA Anthology volumes. Find her at

Scott Woodard

Scott Woodard is a writer, game designer, podcast producer, and voice actor. His latest book is Cinema and Sorcery: The Comprehensive Guide to Fantasy Film co-authored with Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg. He has also written feature-length audio drama scripts for Big Finish Productions (including three Doctor Who adventures), and War of the Elementals for Colonial Radio Theatre. He is also the writer of The Sixth Gun Role-Playing Game from Pinnacle Entertainment and the upcoming Flash Gordon Roleplaying Game. In his spare time (?), Scott is the producer and co-host of four pop culture podcasts available at
Twitter: @sawoodard

Clint "C.D." Woodbury

CD Woodbury is a music geek and professional electric blues musician. In what he jokingly calls his "music for mundanes project" in fan circles, he is a multiple award winner from the Washington Blues Society for Blues Performer, Songwriter, NW recording and a three time winner for Electric Guitar. The CD “Monday Night” charted internationally in its genre. CD has performed filk and fan music concerts at Conflikt, Norwescon, VCON, GaFilk, and Orycon.

Rob Wyne

Rob Wynne is a musician, podcaster, gamer, con runner, and occasional blogger who currently lives in the Seattle area. In 1997, he helped Dan Hollifield create Aphelion Webzine, an amateur original fiction website which is still publishing today. He has been on the committee of Gafilk, the Georgia filk convention, since 1999.. in 2011, he helped launch the podcast Tadpoolery, a weekly, general interest geek-oriented show.
Twitter: @autographedcat

Caroline M. Yoachim

Caroline M. Yoachim lives in Seattle and loves cold cloudy weather. She is the author of dozens of short stories, appearing in Fantasy & Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, Asimov's, and Lightspeed, among other places. Her debut short story collection, Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World & Other Stories, came out with Fairwood Press in August 2016.

Heidi Young


Arashi Young

Arashi Young is a multimedia visual artist, writer and journalist. She enjoys artistic challenge, travel, exploration, collaboration, cooking for a small army and playing the guitar badly. Her work can be found at
Twitter: @ArashiSYoung