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Kelly Link
Kelly Link is the author of two short story collections, Magic For Beginners (a Time Magazine Book of the Year) and Stranger Things Happen. With her husband, Gavin J. Grant, she runs Small Beer Press, produces the twice-yearly magazine Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and edits the fantasy half of The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror. Her work has appeared in A Public Space, One Story, Fence, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Best American Short Stories. She has won the World Fantasy, Hugo, Locus, and James Tiptree, Jr. Awards as well as three Nebulas. She attended Clarion in 1995, and currently teaches at Stonecoast as well as reading for the Online Writing Workshop. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. Further information can be found on her website at www.kellylink.net.

James Patrick Kelly
James Patrick Kelly has written novels, short stories, essays, reviews, poetry, plays and planetarium shows. His short novel Burn won the Science Fiction Writers of America's Nebula Award in 2007. He has won the World Science Fiction Society's Hugo Award twice: in 1996, for his novelette "Think Like A Dinosaur" and in 2000, for his novelette "Ten to the Sixteenth to One." His fiction has been translated into eighteen languages. With John Kessel he is co-editor of Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology and Rewired: The Post Cyberpunk Anthology. He writes a column on the Internet for Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine and is on the faculty of the Stonecoast Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine. In February he launched James Patrick Kelly's StoryPod on Audible, a podcast which will feature him reading fifty-two of his own stories. His website is at www.jimkelly.net.

Mary Anne Mohanraj
Mary Anne Mohanraj holds a Ph.D. in post-colonial literature and creative writing. Her most recent book is Bodies in Motion (HarperCollins, July 2005), an exploration of sexuality, marriage, and Sri Lankan/ American immigrant concerns. Her other books include Silence and the Word, Kathryn in the City, and A Taste of Serendib (a Sri Lankan cookbook), among others. She edited the anthologies Aqua Erotica and The Best of Strange Horizons. She founded the Hugo-nominated speculative fiction magazine Strange Horizons and served as its editor-in-chief from 2000-2003. She currently serves as Director of the Speculative Literature Foundation (www.speclit.org). She has served on the Tiptree and Fountain Award juries and is a founding member of the Carl Brandon Society, promoting ethnic/racial minority representation in SF/F. She recently received an Illinois Arts Council fellowship in prose, a Neff fellowship in English, a Steffenson-Canon fellowship in the Humanities, and the Scowcroft Prize for Fiction. She lives in Chicago and is currently working on a mainstream novel, a YA fantasy novel, and a nonfiction memoir/travelogue. In Winter/Spring 2008, Mohanraj will be teaching fiction writing and Asian-American literature at Northwestern. Further details are available at www.maryannemohanraj.com

Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman writes books for readers of all ages and has long been considered one of the top writers in modern comics. He was the creator/writer of monthly cult DC Comics horror-weird series, Sandman, the first comic ever to be given a literary award. His New York Times bestselling 2001 novel for adults, American Gods, was awarded the Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, SFX, and Locus awards and was nominated for many other awards, including the World Fantasy Award and the Minnesota Book Award. It appeared on many best-of-year lists. His novel for adults, Anansi Boys, debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list in September, 2005. His children's novel Coraline, published in 2002, was also a New York Times and international bestseller and an enormous critical success; it won the Elizabeth Burr/ Worzalla, the BSFA, the Hugo, the Nebula, and the Bram Stoker awards. Director Henry Selick is making the film "Coraline," with music provided by the band They Might Be Giants. His work has appeared in translation in dozens of countries around the world. His journalism has appeared in Wired, Time Out London, The London Sunday Times, Punch, and The Observer Colour Supplement, and he has reviewed books for the New York Times Book Review and the Washington Post Bookworld. Details about his many other publications, projects, and awards are available on his web site at www.neilgaiman.com.

Nalo Hopkinson
Nalo Hopkinson has been variously called "a young writer," and "really old." She writes stories about imaginary places and impossible events, and though nothing in them is real, she hopes that aspects of them are true. Her writing has received the John W. Campbell Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Gaylactic Spectrum Award, and the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her new novel, The New Moon's Arms, is about menopause being magical. For additional information, visit her web site at nalohopkinson.com.

Geoff Ryman
Geoff Ryman has won 14 awards for his stories and ten books, many of which are science fiction. Notable works include novels The Warrior Who Carried Life, The Unconquered Country, and The Child Garden. Most recently, his novel Air (2005) won the James Tiptree Award, the British Science Fiction Award, the Sunburst Award, and the Arthur C. Clarke Award. With Nalo Hopkinson, he edited the anthology Tesseracts Nine. He is currently at work on a new historical novel set in the United States before the Civil War. He is a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Manchester. Though born in Canada, he has for most of his life lived and worked in England. Further information about Geoff can be found at Wikipedia.


   

2008
INSTRUCTORS

 

Kelly Link
Kelly Link

James Patrick Kelly
James Patrick Kelly

Mary Anne Mohanraj
Mary Anne Mohanraj

Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman

Nalo Hopkinson
Nalo Hopkinson

Geoff Ryman
Geoff Ryman