Madi Haab

Madi Haab is a queer, neurodivergent, and half-Moroccan writer from Montreal who explores identity and relationships through speculative fiction. In 2023, her story “Blabbermouth” received an honourable mention from the Penguin Random House Student Award for Fiction, and her short fiction has since appeared in Hexagon Magazine and is forthcoming in Augur Magazine. When not writing, she dabbles in singing and art, and likes naps and videogames a little too much. Find her at or on Instagram, Bluesky, and Twitter @lamotdite.

J.D. Harlock

J.D. Harlock is a Syrian Lebanese Palestinian writer and editor based in Beirut. In addition to his posts at Wasifiri, as an editor-at-large, and at Solarpunk Magazine, as a poetry editor, his writing has been featured in Strange Horizons, Star*Line, and the SFWA Blog. You can always find him on Twitter and Instagram posting updates on his latest projects.

Michael Haynes

Michael Haynes lives in Central Ohio. An ardent short story reader and writer, Michael has had stories appear in periodicals such as Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Nature, and also in anthologies such as Deep Cuts, Not Our Kind: Tales of Not Belonging, and Kwik Krimes. He serves on the board of Rainbow Dublin and enjoys photography, cooking, watching ice hockey, and travel. His website is, and he can be found on Twitter as @mohio73.

Sylvia Heike

Sylvia Heike is a fantasy and science fiction writer from Finland. Her stories have appeared in Flash Fiction Online, PodCastle, Nature Futures, and more. When not writing, she likes to go hiking and looking for birds. To find out more, visit or say hello on Twitter @sylviaheike.

Crystal Lynn Hilbert

I live in the backwoods of western PA with my partner and a small pack of (in their opinion) wild animals. I accidentally collect a very specific model of vintage blender and make a hobby of finding new hobbies. One day my slowly amassed hoard of crochet blankets may consume my home. My short stories have appeared in Apex Magazine, Cossmass Infinities and in the Women in Practical Armor Anthology. You can find the rest of my writing credits at

Liam Hogan

Liam Hogan is an award-winning short story writer, with stories in Best of British Science Fiction and in Best of British Fantasy (NewCon Press). He's been published by Analog, Daily Science Fiction, and Flame Tree Press, among others. He helps host Liars' League London, volunteers at the creative writing charity Ministry of Stories, and lives and avoids work in London. More details at

Brian Hugenbruch

Brian Hugenbruch is a speculative fiction author and poet living in Upstate NY with his wife and their daughter (and some unruly pets). By day, he writes information security programs to protect your data on (and from) the internet. His poetry has also appeared in Eye to the Telescope, Penumbric Spec, Liquid Imagination, and Apparition Lit. You can find him on Twitter @Bwhugen, on Instagram @the_lettersea, and at No, he’s not sure how to say his last name, either.

Vanessa Jae

Vanessa Jae writes horrifically beautiful anarchies, reads stories for Apex Magazine and translates for Progressive International. She also collects black hoodies and bruises in mosh pits on Tuesday nights. To read tweets by interesting people follow her at @thevanessajae.

Ai Jiang

Ai Jiang is a Chinese-Canadian writer, Ignyte Award winner, Nebula-, Locus-, Bram Stoker-, and BFSA Award finalist, and an immigrant from Fujian currently residing in Toronto, Ontario. She is a member of HWA and SFWA. Her work can be found in F&SF, The Dark, Uncanny, among others. She is the recipient of Odyssey Workshop's 2022 Fresh Voices Scholarship and the author of Linghun and I AM AI. Find her on X (@AiJiang_), Insta (@ai.jian.g), and online (

Gabrielle Johansen

Gabrielle Johansen creates pieces of speculative fiction and fantasy from her Charlotte, NC home. While she was born in Boston, she has lived in the South most of her life. She has never developed an affinity for grits, but she does love biscuits. Gabrielle is an avid reader, boardgamer and sometime-crafter. Her main partners in all of the above are her wonderful husband and terrific kid. Sometimes her two cats try to join the games, but their strategies mostly consist of knocking pieces off the board.