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Android Authors and Anthologists
The following androids are the authors and anthologists we're privileged to work with and have on our roster of titles.
Ivana Akotowaa Ofori is a Ghanaian storyteller known also by the alias of “The Spider Kid.” She is a weaver of words in many forms, including fiction, non-fiction and spokenword poetry. Akotowaa has been nominated for various awards, including the 2021 Miles Morland Writing Fellowship, and the Writivism Prize. Her work is included in the Flash Fiction Ghana anthology, Kenkey for Ewes and Other Very Short Stories, and the Writivism anthology, And Morning Will Come.
More recently, she was shortlisted for a 2020 Nommo Award for a short story published by Jalada Africa in the anthology After+Life. She was also included in the Africa Risen Anthology 2022 (Tor.com) with her short story, “Exiles of Witchery”. Writing aside, Akotowaa spends much of her time looking for excuses to make everything purple. She has been practicing spoken word poetry for several years, predominantly in Accra and as a performer, she has opened for the likes of Sarah Kay, Phil Kaye, and Poetra Asantewa.
Xan van Rooyen (they/them)
Climber, tattoo-enthusiast, peanut-butter addict and loyal shibe-minion, Xan van Rooyen is a genderqueer, non-binary storyteller from South Africa, currently living in Finland where the heavy metal is soothing and the cold, dark forests inspiring. Xan has a Master’s degree in music, and–when not teaching–enjoys conjuring strange worlds and creating quirky characters. You can find Xan’s short stories in the likes of Three-Lobed Burning Eye, Daily Science Fiction, Apparition Lit, and The Colored Lens.
Dare Segun Falowo (they/them) is a writer of the Nigerian Weird, influenced by liminal spaces, local cinema and traditional cosmology. Their varied works have appeared in the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, the Dark Magazine, Baffling Magazine, the Dominion Anthology and more.
Their short story, “Biscuit & Milk” is included in the upcoming Africa Risen Anthology 2022 (Tor.com). “Convergence in Chorus Architecture” appeared on the 2020 Locus Recommended reading list and was nominated for the BFSA short fiction award, the 2021 NOMMO for novellas, and the 2021 SCKA award for short fiction.
J. Dianne Dotson (she/her) is the science fiction, fantasy, and horror author of THE SHADOW GALAXY: A Collection of Short Stories and Poetry (March 3, 2023, from Trepidatio Publishing), THE INN AT THE AMETHYST LANTERN (YA SFF Lunarpunk, Autumn 2023 from Android Press) as well as the four-book space opera series THE QUESTRISON SAGA® (Heliopause; Ephemeris; Accretion; and Luminiferous).
Dianne is represented by Laura Bennett of Liverpool Literary Agency.
Phoebe Wagner (she/her) is editing a cyberpunk-solarpunk anthology for Android Press, and her solarpunk novella, We Survive When We Hold Each Other Up, is forthcoming from Android Press in Spring 2023.
Phoebe holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Environment, and she is currently pursuing a PhD, studying ecocriticism and speculative fiction at the University of Nevada, Reno. Recently, she’s published or has fiction upcoming in PANK, Diabolical Plots, and in AURELIA LEO—among other places. In 2017, Upper Rubber Boot Books published her co-edited anthology Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk & Eco-Speculation, and she’s under contract to co-edit another solarpunk book from West Virginia University Press. She blogs about speculative literature at the Hugo-finalist Nerds of a Feather, Flock Together. Follow her at phoebe-wagner.com or on Twitter: @pheebs_w.
Marisca Pichette (she/her) works in speculative and literary fiction, poetry, and essay. Her writing investigates queerness and marginalized identity, often involving monsters. She is represented by Amy Collins.
She has presented critical work at the 42nd and 43rd International Conferences of the Fantastic in the Arts (2021, 2022), and will be presenting at the Once and Future Fantasies Conference in Glasgow (Summer 2022).
Marisca began writing in high school, studying linguistics and crafting languages for her worlds. She earned her BA from Mount Holyoke College in 2019, and graduated from the Stonecoast MFA program in 2021. She lives in Western Massachusetts, where she works with a Montessori school.
Melissa Ferguson (she/her) is a cancer-fighting scientist who writes fiction about Neandertals, cyborgs, cults, future science, evil scientists and infectious diseases. She lives in Geelong with her husband and two children. Her debut novel, The Shining Wall, is available now. And her latest novel, Star-Scorched Fingertips, is forthcoming from Android Press in summer 2023.
You can connect with her on twitter @melissajferg or on Instagram at melissa__ferguson or on Facebook: Melissa Ferguson
Sim Kern (they/them) is a Jewish, trans, nonbinary author from Houston, Texas. Their debut novella, Depart, Depart! received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and was an honor list book for the 2020 Otherwise Award. The first installment in their YA climate-dystopian trilogy, Seeds for the Swarm, is releasing in March 2023 with Stelliform Press.
Sim has published many short stories in SFF outlets and is also a journalist, exposing the petrochemical industry and roasting space billionaires for outlets including Salon, The Independent, and Out Magazine. They tweet @sim_kern and you can find links to all their published works at https://www.simkern.com/.
Shingai Njeri Kagunda is an Afrofuturist freedom dreamer, Swahili sea lover, Femme Q. Storyteller that hails from Nairobi, Kenya. She is currently pursuing a Literary Arts MFA at Brown University. She has written work that includes both poetry and prose, published or forthcoming in The Elephant, Omenana, and FANTASY magazine.
Shingai's short story Holding Onto Water was longlisted for the Nommo Awards 2020 & her flash fiction was shortlisted for the Fractured Lit. Prize 2020. She has been selected as a candidate for the Clarion UCSD Class of 2020/2021. #clarionghostclass.
She is also the co-founder of Voodoonauts: an afrofuturist workshop for black writers. Shingai despises exceptionalism as a politic, is a strong believer that magic exists in the shared space between memory and imagination, & has a personal vendetta against linear conceptualizations of time.
Yvette Lisa Ndlovu is a Zimbabwean sarungano. Her debut short story collection Drinking from Graveyard Wells (University Press of Kentucky, Spring 2023) was selected for the 2021 UPK New Poetry & Prose Series. She is pursuing her MFA at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst where she teaches in the Writing Program.
She has taught at Clarion West Writers Workshop online and earned her BA at Cornell University. Her work has been supported by fellowships from the Tin House Workshop, Bread Loaf Writers Workshop, and the New York State Summer Writers Institute. She received the 2017 Cornell University George Harmon Coxe Award for Poetry selected by Sally Wen Mao and was the 2020 fiction winner of Columbia Journal’s Womxn History Month Special Issue. She is the co-founder of the Voodoonauts Summer Workshop for Black SFF writers.
Her work has been anthologized in African Risen (Tordotcom Publishing, 2022) and has appeared or is forthcoming in F&SF, Tor.com, Columbia Journal, Fiyah Literary Magazine, Mermaids Monthly, and Kweli Journal. She is currently at work on a novel. (twitter @lisa_teabag.)
Hugh “H.D.” Hunter is a storyteller, teaching artist, and community organizer from Atlanta, Georgia. He’s the author of two self-published books as well as two forthcoming books, Futureland (Random House, 2022) and Something Like Right (FSG, 2023). He's also the winner of several indie book awards for multicultural fiction. Hugh is committed to stories about Black kids and their many expansive worlds. He loves vegan snacks, basketball, and stories that make you cry—but make you smile after. Check out Hugh’s work at thesoutherndistrict.com and follow him @hd_tsd.
LP Kindred is a Chicagoan-Angeleno writer, editor, musician, and teaching artist of speculative and experimental fiction from the axes of Black and Gay Identities. An alum of Hurston-Wright (2019), Voices of Our Nation Arts (2020), and Clarion (2022) Foundations, LP's fiction can be found in Fiyah Literary Magazine, LeVar Burton Reads, Speculative City, Escape Pod, and Queer Blades anthology. Kindred is a secondary co-founder to Voodoonauts, a grassroots collective addressing the isolation and under-representation of Black Creators in Speculative Fiction. When not lifting heavy things, eating good food, pretending to be fancy, or adultery-ing on his novel with other writing, LP can be found on That Damned Bird App and InfluencerGram @LPKindred.