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Speakers and panelists scheduled to appear at ClexaCon London

Erika Abad

Erika Abad

Panels: Academic Lab,Teaching panel

Erika G Abad, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in Residence for the Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies Department at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She has participated at the past two conventions and will be speaking about the volunteer course she developed to bring students to ClexaCon.

Miko Alicea

Panels: Creating Inclusive Books and Podcasts

Miko Alicea is a writer, researcher, educator, and historian. She writes about the history of sexuality on her website Sexual History Tour. She has written articles and spoken on podcasts about sex positivity and sex education.

Valerie Anne

Valerie Anne

Panels: Recapping Queer TV

Valerie Anne is a TV Writer and Social Media Co-Editor at Autostraddle, recapping shows like Wynonna Earp, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl and more. One time Emily Andras rated one of her recaps an A-, saying, “Beautifully written…could use two more boob jokes.”

Kevin Bachelder

Kevin Bachelder

Panels: Tales of the Black Badge Live

Kevin is a Parsec Award winning podcaster who’s been covering science fiction & fantasy TV since 2005. For the past 12 years he’s also been an annual speaker at Dragon Con. Kevin co-hosts the “Tales Of The Black Badge” and “Buffy Earpers” podcasts and the “Whiskey and Doughnuts” fan video hangouts in the Wynonna Earp fandom.

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Kelsey Bailey

Kelsey Bailey

Panel: Comedy Night

Kelsey is a writer/comedian/improv teacher living in Brooklyn. She is a co-producer and cast member of the monthly LGBTQIA+ improv show, Here & Queer, at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York. Her work has appeared on Splitsider, Funny or Die, WhoHaHa, The Daily Dot, and more. She is almost always dehydrated!

Amelia Bane

Amelia Bane

Panel: Comedy Night

Amelia Bane is a Brooklyn-based comedian who performs improv with We Will Slay and Hot Boss. She co-created, produces and hosts (brooklyn) World Tour a traveling variety show that brings comedy, poetry, and music to living rooms all over Brooklyn.

Amelia serves on the board of Community Building Art Works, a charitable organization that provides arts programs and events for veterans to express themselves and connect with their communities.

Georgia Beers

Georgia Beers

Panels: Strong Women in LGBTQ Fiction, Romance Between the (Book) Covers

Georgia Beers is a Lambda, Foreword Book of the Year, and Goldie award-winning author of lesbian romance. She resides in upstate New York where she was born and raised. When not writing, she enjoys too much TV, too little wine, not enough time at the gym. She is currently hard at work on her next book. You can visit her and find out more at www.georgiabeers.com.

Edie Bellini

Edie Bellini

Panel: Queer Representation in Burlesque

Edie Bellini is an intersectional feminist showgirl with roots in the Savannah, GA gender non-conforming drag collective The House of Gunt (performing under the name Kia Sedona). Beginning her glitzy journey in 2013, this multi-talented performer dazzles audiences with her swingin’ dance moves, eccentric act concepts, and high-energy burlesque style–as well as her queer-centric stand up comedianne skills behind the mic. She has performed alongside the likes of Sasha Velour, Yuhua Hamasaki, Suicide Girls Blackhearts Burlesque Tour, and on renowned stages such as the Smoky Mountain Burlesque Festival, Asheville Americana & Sideshow Festival, and Texas Queerlesque Festival.

Ellie Brigida

Ellie Brigida

Panels: Podcasting 101

Ellie Brigida is a music producer in Boston. She also happens to be a lover of all things lesbian which she talks about on Lez Hang Out, a lesbian podcast featuring prominent members of the LGBTQ community and discussing topics that affect all women who love other women.

Kris Bryant

Kris Bryant

Panels: Romance Between the (Book) Covers

Lammy and Goldie Finalist, Kris Bryant writes contemporary romance for Bold Strokes Books. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri and enjoys reading, writing, binge watching TV shows (#WynonnaEarp, #TheWalkingDead, #GOT, #longlist), hiking, photography, and traveling. She is currently working on her tenth full length novel.

Stacy Jill Calvert

Stacy Jill Calvert

Panels: How I Got That Gig: Queer Television Writers

Stacy is a filmmaker/educator who lives in Los Angeles with her wife and two cats ( aka little monsters). Stacy is the Film Festival Coordinator for the ClexaCon Film Festival and is a leader of the Los Angeles chapter of the Cinefemme Directors Collective. Her second short film, The Bra Mitzvah is currently in post production and coming to a festival near you later this year!

Sam Campbell

Sam Campbell

Panel: Decolonizing Queer Spaces

Sam Campbell is a Two Spirit Scholar who works close with I.A.M. (Intertribal Alliance Movement, pronounced “I am”). Most of their American Indian Studies work centers around decolonization and missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. Sam has also given a TEDx talk on the Gender Universe. They try to always use their platform to raise awareness about race, gender, and sexuality. Sam is also here representing Slakgedakru.

Kylee Cline

Kylee Cline

Panel: #SocialMediaBoss: How to Run Social Media Like a Pro

Kylee is a Social Media Consultant who specializes in quality audience growth, personal branding, and digital innovation. In addition to her social media skills, she has experience in photography, graphic design, and video production. Kylee graduated from Colorado Mesa University in December 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications, and has worked closely with members of the LGBTQ community in growing their online presence.

Jenn Colella

Jenn Colella

Panel: Queer Women and Trans People in Theatre

Jenn Colella currently stars in the Tony Award winning smash hit musical COME FROM AWAY on Broadway in a performance that garnered her the 2017 Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and a Tony Award nomination. She has also starred in several other Broadway shows: IF/THEN (with Idina Menzel), CHAPLIN, HIGH FIDELITY and URBAN COWBOY. TV credits include “Feed The Beast,” “Elementary,” “Rescue Me,” “All My Children,” “The Good Wife,” and “The Code.”

Heather Currie-Martinez

Heather Currie-Martinez

Panels: Mother Queerest, Queer Representation in Video Games, Invisible Women

Heather Currie-Martinez is the owner and editor of Maverick Gamers, an entertainment industry website with over 10,000 followers on Twitter. Ms. Currie-Martinez regularly attends and covers video game industry events, such as E3, GDC, and PAX and is also an avid gamer and influencer. She lives and works in Northern California.

Stefani Deoul

Panels: Creator’s Lab / Other Panels TBD

Stefani Deoul is a television executive, producer, and award-winning novelist. As an executive Stefani has built successful co-production companies and production slates, partnering with international broadcasters and producers in over 15 countries. As a producer, Stefani has delivered more than two-hundred hours of television including HAVEN, DEAD ZONE, DRESDEN FILES and MISSING. As a novelist, she writes the Sid Rubin Silicon Alley Adventures (ON A LARP, ZERO SUM GAME), featuring self-described ‘lesbionic brainiac’ Sidonie “Sid” Rubin. Stefani’s current film and television slate includes projects in development with both the BBC and eOne. And one “fun” tidbit, Stefani became a voice-over actress, voicing radio dispatcher, “Laverne,” throughout the series run of HAVEN.

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Brianna Dym

Brianna Dym

Panel: Femslash Fandom as a Community of Support

Brianna Dym is a PhD student at the University of Colorado Boulder, working with Dr. Casey Fiesler in the Internet Rules Lab (IRL) as part of the Information Science Department. Her current research focuses empowering marginalized people with different technologies in addition to investigating ways to make online spaces safer for vulnerable and marginalized users.

Victoria Stagg Elliott

Panel: Creating Diverse Stories Without Tokenism

Victoria Stagg Elliott writes diverse lesbian fiction with her wife under the pen name Elizabeth Andre. This fiction has won several awards including a Goldie from the Golden Crown Literary Society. A former journalist with a degree in international journalism from City University in London, she has written for the Cambodia Daily, the Guardian, the Telegraph, the Daily Star, the National Enquirer, New Moon Magazine, Diva, Gay Times, the Chicago Tribune, and American Medical News.

Julia Ember

Julia Ember

Panel: The Power of Queer Joy In Media

Born in Chicago, but raised in London, Julia Ember now lives in Seattle with her wife-to-be and their city menagerie of pets with literary names. She is the author of The Seafarer’s Kiss duology published by Interlude Press. Her upcoming novel, Ruinsong, will be released by Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan Kids in Winter 2020.

Amanda Embry

Amanda Embry

Panel: Propping Yourself Up

Amanda Embry is excited to be back at Clexacon. She is a lesbian Production Designer, who has designed over 300 shows, for theatre, film, and television all over the country. Embry now teaches the tricks she’s picked up from the professional industry for Cosplay with Maren Maclean Mascarelli. You can follow their adventures on Twitter: Mandy and Maren @cosplaycollege.

Mika Epstein

Mika Epstein

Panel: Queer Fans Deserve Data

Mika has been deep in fandom since she could say ‘Trekkie.’ With decades experience in running fansites, developing software, and organizing communities, she’s taken on the challenge of delving into the recesses of television for queers long forgotten. Making this site with Tracy is nothing short of serendipity. Mika lives with her wife and their cats in Southern California. Of course she has a hybrid, but she’d rather ride her bicycle. Her favorite shows include Veronica Mars, Xena: Warrior Princess, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who, Vida, and One Day at a Time.

Bonnie Ferrar

Bonnie Ferrar

Panel: Live Tales of the Black Badge Podcast

Bonnie Ferrar is the owner & managing editor of Ferrar Copywriters, an online social media & content development company. She runs the Wynonna Fans twitter account, co-hosts the Tales of the Black Badge podcast, and co-hosts the Whiskey & Doughnuts video hangout. In addition, she is an active panel moderator and motivational guest speaker.

Brenna Frandsen

Brenna Frandsen

Panel: Escape to Gain Safety workshop

Brenna Frandsen has been training martial arts for 5 years and is now an instructor in Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Kali under Guro Dan Inosanto, Bruce Lee’s successor. She also trains in Dirty Boxing, STX Kickboxing, Combat Submission Wrestling, among others. As an elementary and middle school special ed teacher, she started off by wanting to learn to protect herself and the students in her classroom from an intruder if needed. She now works toward spreading that knowledge to others, as it is a basic life skill everyone should know for self preservation.

April Funiestas

April Funiestas

Panel: Mother Queerest

April has been a long time participant of fandom and is excited to part of ClexaCon 2019. When she’s not spending time teaching pop culture to her two daughters, you can find her reading fan fic or editing fan videos that make people cry. Other interests are knitting, making the perfect soups in her instant pot, and finding the softest cushiest socks.

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Jenn Grace

Panel: Queer Women’s Writer

Jenn T. Grace is a nationally recognized business strategist, speaker and author. Guided by the mantra, “change happens in business,” Jenn believes social change happens first in the workplace before spilling over into mainstream society.

She is a Best Selling author and has been featured in Forbes, The Huffington Post, The Hartford Courant and CNBC. Passionate about helping people share their stories of adversity, Jenn is the Founder of the Author’s Academy and Publish Your Purpose Press. A marathon runner, animal lover and novice birder. She lives in Connecticut with her family.

Nic H

Panel: Death By Avalance: A Legends of Tomorrow Fan Panel

Nic has loved TV for as long as she can remember and ended up graduating from college with a somewhat useless degree in media studies. To make up for that, she spends a substantial amount of time yelling about TV (specially TV with LGBT content) on Twitter.

Sally Heaven

Sally Heaven

Panel: Queer Lady Business

Sally Heaven is one of the co-founders of Fangirl Shirts. Fangirl Shirts makes fandom gear to lift up and celebrate women and positive queer representation in entertainment. We love our customers as much as we love our characters. We want every fan to be able to celebrate who they are, who they love, and what they love. Wear what you love, love what you wear!

Jessica Henderson

Jessica Henderson

Panel: Comedy Night

Jessica Henderson in a stand up comedian, you can see her perform around NYC! She’s also has a web series called Growing Down. Last but not least….. talk to her about plants.

Leigh Holmes Foster

Leigh Holmes Foster

Panel: Lez Hang Out Live, Podcasting 101, Mother Queerest: Queer Parenting in the Media

Leigh is the co-founder and co-host of Lez Hang Out, a podcast about queer representation, culture, experiences, etc. In addition to her co-host duties, she writes and arranges the music on the show, as well as writing and creating content for Lez Hang Out’s new YouTube channel. She lives in the Bay Area with her wife, daughter, and dog, and spends her 9-5 hours working at a biotech software company.

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Holly JamesKill

Holly JamesKill

Panel: Decolonizing Queer Spaces

Currently surviving law school hell- making that JD/MBA dual focus in Federal Indian and Environmental Law finally happen. Queer, Disabled, Indigenous, Southern, FABULOUS. Possible future agent for that thing you’ve been working on- you know, that thing! #MMIW

Maggie Keenan-Bolger

Maggie Keenan-Bolger

Panel: Queer Women and Trans People in Theatre

Maggie Keenan-Bolger is the co-founder of Honest Accomplice Theatre (HAT), a New York-based ensemble theatre company producing theatre for social change from the perspective of cis-women and trans people (honestaccomplice.org). HAT currently tours with shows about gender and sexuality and created free educational webseries, The Trans Literacy Project. Maggie tours the country as a performer, sex educator and teaching artist and was recognized by the White House when she was appointed an LGBT Leader of the Next Generation by former Vice President, Joe Biden. A two-time Point Foundation scholar, Maggie was named a “Person to Watch” in the Advocate and can also been seen on The Good Wife with Julianna Margulies and in the movie Admission with Tina Fey.

Emer Kinsella

Emer Kinsella

Panel: Crafting the Score: The Role of Music in Film and Media

Emer Kinsella is an Irish composer known for her textural and minimal introspective string writing, blended together with ambient electronics and poignant soundscapes. Her credits include working on the Netflix show ‘Sense8’ and the motion picture ‘Jungle’ starring Daniel Radcliffe. She scored the documentary film ‘Faith’ which screened recently at the Vancouver and Atlanta LGBT film festivals. At the heart of her musical voice is the violin, an instrument she has played since the age of two years old. Emer is based in Los Angeles.

Silver Kitsune

Silver Kitsune

Panel: Queer Representation in Burlesque

An internationally published burlesque performer with a wide range of acts, Silver has been performing since 2010 on a variety of stages throughout the Southeastern United States. Taking their name from the Japanese word for ‘fox’, Ms. Kitsune is an innovative performer who depends on their own mixed bag of dynamic artistic experience to bring about imaginative, ecdysiastic acts.

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Karly Kownslar

Karly Kownslar

Panel: Fact and Science Fiction Podcast Live!

Karly is a videographer and instructional designer in Kansas City, Missouri. Previously she worked for Autostraddle.com, recapping The 100 and Carmilla. Now, Karly uses her research and teaching background to explain science topics behind science fiction’s common themes and tropes on her podcast Fact and Science Fiction.

Ashley Krasovec

Panel: Death by Avalance

Creative visual merchandiser who recently joined her first fandom last year and dove head first into speaking up about positive lgbtq representation in media! You can catch her regularly shouting about Emily Andras, Wynonna Earp & the ladies of Legends of Tomorrow. Co-host of Death By Avalance: A fan video hangout.

Evangeline Laveau

Evangeline Laveau

Panel: Queer Representation in Burlesque

Evangeline is a cosplayer, burlesque performer, gamer, and writer. She’s a California native, living in Georgia and pursing many different creative mediums. She’s an advocate for QWOC in geek media, burlesque, and bi-visibility.

CB Lee

CB Lee

Panels: The Power of Queer Joy In Media, Celebrating Queer Asian Americans in Media and Fandom

CB Lee is a Lambda Literary Award nominated writer of young adult science fiction and fantasy. Her works include the Sidekick Squad series (Duet Books) and Ben 10 (Boom!). CB loves to write about queer teens, magic, superheroes, and the power of friendship. When not nationally touring as an educator, writer and activist, CB lives in Los Angeles, where she can neither confirm nor deny being a superhero. You can learn more about her and her adventures as a bisexual disaster at http://cb-lee.com.

 

Tracy Levesque

Tracy Levesque

Panel: Queer Fans Deserve Data, Mother Queerest

Tracy is America’s favorite biracial, TV obsessed lesbian who will watch almost any show with queer womxn characters and has a lot to say about it. She joined forces with Mika Epstein, and with their combined professional web development skills, built and run LezWatch.TV, the Greatest Online Database of Queer Female, Transgender and Non-Binary Characters and Shows on the Small Screen. She co-owns a web development company with wife Mia and they live with daughter in Philly.

Angelique Luna

Angelique Luna

Panel: Creating Inclusive Books and Podcasts

Angelique Luna is a Certified Kink Aware Professional from the Kink Aware Therapy Certification Institute. She is the host of Living A Sex Positive Life podcast with her husband, John C Luna, where they discusses all aspects of sexual relationships. She also creates and presents workshops on bisexuality, intimacy and alternative relationships. As the mother of a sex abuse survivor, her passion is working with sexual abuse survivors and their support team.

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Maren Maclean Mascarelli

Maren Maclean Mascarelli

Panel: Propping Yourself Up

Maren is thrilled to be returning to ClexaCon this year after a brief stint as Xena last year. She studied acting, dance, and directing at Southern Utah University. She performed and toured with the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Birmingham Children’s Theatre, directed for Nevada Shakespeare in the Park, dramaturg-ed for Nearly Naked Theatre, designed and directed for Scottsdale Conservatory Theatre, directed for Algonquin Theatre Company and The Shakespeare Theatre and was the Education Outreach Director for Southwest Shakespeare Company for 5 seasons. It was in 2014, while she and fellow Cosplay buddy nerd Mandy Embry cleaned out their college costume shop in prep for the coming academic year that they realized the aspects of theatre that they both loved so greatly: costuming, props construction, wigs, hair, makeup, special effects AND acting, could mash up and prove to be a great opportunity to bring theatre elements to the Cosplay world via a college class of Cosplay. It has been design and dress up ever since! She loves exploring new works and looks forward to honing her directing skills in the future. Maren originally hails from New York, but she has made Phoenix home with her husband and their 2 dramatically darling daughters. AOE www.marenmaclean.net www.cosplaycollege101.com

Rae Magdon

Rae Magdon

Panel: Femslash Fandom as a Community of Support

Rae D. Magdon is an author of queer lesbian fiction. Her stories celebrate lesbian, bisexual, queer, and trans women falling in love, and she cares deeply about including characters of color in her work. In addition to publishing novels about all kinds of women and their adventures, she has an extensive fanfiction collection available for free online.

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Andi Marquette

Andi Marquette

Moderator: Queer Lady Business

Andi Marquette is an award-winning author and an editor, publisher, podcaster, and fangirl. She is a co-founder of Dirt Road Books and of the popular blogsite Women and Words, and a co-host of the Women and Words podcast. She also co-hosts on the Lez Geek Out! podcast. When she’s not doing any of that, she’s probably writing fanfic.

August McLaughlin

August McLaughlin

Moderator: Creating Inclusive Books and Podcasts

August McLaughlin is a nationally recognized health and sexuality writer, media personality and host and creator of Girl Boner® and Girl Boner Radio. Her articles have appeared in Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, DAME Magazine, HuffPost and more. Publishers Weekly called her book, GIRL BONER: THE GOOD GIRL’S GUIDE TO SEXUAL EMPOWERMENT “equally fun, risqué, and informative” and “a welcome addition to sexual health literature.” The companion book, GIRL BONER JOURNAL, is now available for pre-order.

Nami Melumad

Nami Melumad

Moderator: Crafting the Score- The Role of Music in Film and Media

Nami Melumad is an Israeli film and television composer, based in Los Angeles. Her credits include over 120 films, tv series and other media works. She won the Hollywood Music in Media Awards for her score for Passage (2018), Best Short Score at Fimucite (2017), and Best Featurette Score at Idyllwild Festival of Cinema (2018). Nami currently scores the second season of Absentia starring Stana Katic for Sony TV International. Among her other works, The Big Nothing, an Israeli TV series for YES Kidz, Trico Tri: Happy Halloween, Senior Love Triangle (Executive producer: Baron Davis) and The Adventures of Thomasina Sawyer (executive producers: James Franco and John Watson). An alumna of the prestigious ASCAP Film Scoring workshop (16′), she graduated of the Scoring for Motion Pictures and TV program (SMPTV) at the University of Southern California and holds a B.A. in multi-style composition from the Jerusalem Academy of Music, where she was admitted directly to sophomore year.

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Silvia Menendez

Silvia Menendez

Panel: Comedy Night

Silvia Menendez is a comedian, writer, and improviser based in New York City. She is also on the Creative Operations team at Fusion Media Group. You can find her performing at comedy venues across New York City and/or in line at Trader Joe’s.

Catherine Meushaw

Catherine Meushaw

Panel: Problematic Faves

Catherine Meushaw is an unapologetic fangirl who uses any opportunity possible to discuss her favorite shows. She’s currently co-hosting two podcasts, a Wynonna Earp podcast titled Make Your Peace, and a Xena podcast titled Subtext and Chakrams. Catherine also writes for 4 Your Excitement (or 4YE), a site where you can get your pop-culture news with a twist.

Laydin Michaels

Laydin Michaels

Panel: Strong Women in LGBTQ Fiction

Laydin is from Houston, where she shares her home and her life with MJ Williamz. The wide blue skies and long empty roads of Texas have influenced her development as a writer. Being the thirteenth of sixteen children has influenced her desire to kill off characters. She is a mild mannered preschool teacher by day, and a writer of psychological thrillers by night. She has four published novels with Bold Strokes Books, Forsaken, Bitter Root, Buried Heart and Captured Soul.

Nancylee Myatt

Nancylee Myatt

Panel: Speed Pitching Pitch to Production Presented by Tello Films, Part 1; Creating an Original Web Series

Nancylee Myatt is an Emmy winning writer/producer for television and the web. TV writing and producing highlights include Night Court, Living Single and Social Studies. She also wrote the Nikki and Nora pilot for UPN and served as showrunner & Co-Executive Producer for seasons 1 & 2 of South of Nowhere. With her wife, Paige Bernhardt, and their production company MyHardt, she created, wrote and produced three hit web-series: 3 Way, Cowgirl Up and Nikki & Nora: The N&N Files for Tello Films. Myatt is currently developing several TV and web pilots and promises that none of the lesbian characters will be randomly killed.

Jordan Myrick

Jordan Myrick

Panel: Comedy Night

Jordan is a Brooklyn based actor, comedian, and writer. You may have seen her improvising in a city near you with the Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company, doing stand up all over NYC, or publishing satirical articles at Reductress.com. She is thrilled to be in Las Vegas because there are Del Tacos here. To contact Jordan or find out more, please visit jordanmyrick.com.

Allyson Newman

Allyson Newman

Panel: Crafting the Score- The Role of Music in Film and Media

Allyson grew up in Sydney Australia before moving to L.A. to study film scoring at USC. She has worked across film&TV including the multi-award winning documentary “Limited Partnership” as well as Emmy winning and nominated shows “Childrens Hospital” and “Her Story”. Recently Allyson scored “Kusama- Infinity” and “Hot to Trot” which are currently in cinemas around the globe.

Kelsey O'Regan

Panel: BIFL Panel

Kelsey is a passionate storyteller who has been writing fanfiction for the better part of a decade and spent the last few years developing and writing her original queer series “BIFL”. She always has time to talk about bisexual erasure, Killjoys, and Rosita Bustillos.

Jenn Polish

Jenn Polish

Panel: Queer Girls, Superheroes, and Sidekicks

Dr. Jenn Polish is the author of two young adult books, LUNAV and LOST BOY, FOUND BOY (March 2018, NineStar Press). Their debut novel, LUNAV, a lesbian enemies-to-lovers faerie tale, features dragons that grow on trees and friendship amongst rebellion. Their debut novella, LOST BOY, FOUND BOY, is a scifi re-telling of Peter Pan in which Neverland is a holomatrix, Hook is a bisexual cyborg, and Tink is an asexual lesbian computer interface. They’ve taught Theater and English in the CUNY system, where they received their PhD in English. They live in California with their wife and growing puppy family. Their website is jpolish.com.

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Kelley Quinn

Kelley Quinn

Panel: Comedy Night

Kelley Quinn is a writer, performer, and Missy Elliott superfan in New York. She does improv weekly on with her Harold team Party City and monthly with Here & Queer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Her credits include appearances on Viceland, Lifetime, and MTV, and her written work and web series Straight Marriage have been featured on Reductress, FastCompany, Stareable, Bustle, and elsewhere. You can find her at heykq.com and on Twitter at @heykq, especially if you are Missy Elliott’s social media manager looking for opportunities to connect Missy with fans.

Amber Rivera

Panel: BIFL Panel

Amber, a California native, is a video editor with more than 10 years of editing experience and 5+ years of experience in entertainment marketing. She has worked on multiple behind-the-scenes projects for A Walk In The Woods, Midnight Special, and San Andreas. In the most recent years, Amber has been creative producing promotional material for music sensation East of Eli and hopes to keep growing as a creator within her company TenNineThirty Creative as well as producing more passion projects in the upcoming years.

Alexis Sanchez

Panel: Decolonizing Queer Spaces

Alexis is the creator and co-founder of Latinx Geeks, an online community for Latinx who love all things geeky and pop culture. She is a student by day and geek fangirl by night. There is nothing she loves more than snuggling up with her cat, Nox, and getting lost in the world of comics. You can catch her online advocating for Latinx in space and anywhere else she sees the need for more representation.

Karen Shoffner

Panel: Creating Diverse Stories Without Tokenism

Karen Shoffner writes diverse lesbian fiction with her wife under the pen name Elizabeth Andre. This fiction has won several awards including a Goldie from the Golden Crown Literary Society. A former journalist, she has written for Pioneer Press Newspapers in suburban Chicago, The Recorder in Greenfield, Mass., and several gay newspapers including the Windy City Times.

Isake Smith

Isake Smith

Panel: Decolonizing Queer Spaces

Alexis is the creator and co-founder of Latinx Geeks, an online community for Latinx who love all things geeky and pop culture. She is a student by day and geek fangirl by night. There is nothing she loves more than snuggling up with her cat, Nox, and getting lost in the world of comics. You can catch her online advocating for Latinx in space and anywhere else she sees the need for more representation.

Elle Spencer

Elle Spencer

Panel: Romance Between the (Book) Covers

Elle Spencer is the author of several best-selling lesbian romances. She is a hopeless romantic and firm believer in true love, although she knows the path to happily ever after is rarely an easy one—not for Elle and not for her characters.

Before jumping off a cliff to write full time, Elle ran an online store and worked as a massage therapist. When she’s not writing, Elle loves to travel, a good home improvement project and reading lots (and lots) of lesfic.

Elle and her wife split their time between Utah and California, ensuring that at any given time they are either too hot or too cold.

Chelsea Steiner

Chelsea Steiner

Panel: Let’s Get Cliterate!

Chelsea Steiner lives in sunny Los Angeles, where she works as a director/screenwriter/blogger/sex educator. She is the Weekend Editor of The Mary Sue and the writer/director of the web series THANK YOU COME AGAIN, which won Best Web Series at the ClexaCon Film Festival in 2018. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.

Carsen Taite

Panel: Strong Women in LGBTQ Fiction

Carsen Taite’s mission is to spin tales with plot lines as interesting as the cases she encountered in her career as a criminal defense lawyer. She is the award-winning author of over twenty novels featuring thrills and romance, including the Luca Bennett Bounty Hunter series, the Lone Star Law series, and soon to be released Legal Affairs romances.

Candida Valentina

Candida Valentina

Panel: Queer Representation in Burlesque

Candida Valentina is the founder and producer of Queerly Beloved Revue and the VP of Secret City Burlesque. She’s also an Atlanta based model, performer, actress and lesbian looking to be outspoken about the resistance. Candida produces a wide variety of LGBTQ+ shows and events. She uses her platform help push unity, diversity and acceptance within the community and beyond. Partnering with venues such as My Sister’s Room -MSR (the longest running Lesbian bar in the Southeast) and Red Light Café – ATL, she’s showing that there is more to our community than meets the eye.

Elaine Venter

Elaine Venter

Panels: Femslash Fandom as a Community of Support; #SocialMediaBoss: How to Run Social Media Like a Pro

Elaine Venter is a mass media professor and social media addict.
She has no shame admitting she mains Junkrat in Overwatch because she’s good at chaotic aim. When she’s not teaching or doing research (i.e. on social media), she can be found binge watching TV, playing video games, and when she does get out, hiking or scuba diving.

Elizabeth Vlasoff

Elizabeth Vlasoff

Panel: Queer Representation in Video Games 2019

Elizabeth is the managing editor of video games at The Fandomentals and a lifelong gamer. When not at her accounting day job, Elizabeth likes to spend her time defending Bethesda titles and talking smack about Dark Souls on Twitter. This is her third year attending ClexaCon as a panelist, and she is thrilled to be returning to discuss all the exciting new queer content in video games in 2018.

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B. Danielle Watkins

Panel: Queer Women Writers Workshop

B. Danielle Watkins, author, screen-writer, and film maker, was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. In 2000, at the age of 15, Ms. Watkins had her first poem published in the “Poetry Gems” Collection presented by The Famous Poets Society. In 2015, Ms. Watkins stepped into the web series limelight, after 4 successful novels, with her screen adaptation of the novel by Natalie Simone entitled “Girls Just Don’t Do That”, and finally closed the year out with her second religious LGBT theme short film entitled “I’ve Seen Love Die”. Ms. Watkins also became the only African American woman to write, produce, and star in a REVRY Original Series with the premiere of the dry humor hit sitcom “3030” in June of 2017. For more visit www.bdaniellewatkins.com

Barbara Ann Wright

Barbara Ann Wright

Panel: Strong Women in LGBTQ Fiction

Barbara Ann Wright writes fantasy and science fiction novels when not ranting on her blog. She has been a finalist in the Foreword Review Book of the Year Awards, the Goldie Awards, and the Lambda Literary Awards. She’s won five Rainbow Awards and made BookRiot’s 100 Must-Read Sci-Fi Fantasy Novels By Female Authors.

Monica Yeater

Panel: Recapping Queer TV

Monica lives with her wife and her cat in Pittsburgh, PA, and loves to shout about TV, representation, theories, and everything in between. She writes recaps and anything else that enters her mind for The TV Junkies and for her blog, and she’s been inspired in the last year by Everything Sucks!, One Day at a Time, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and Wynonna Earp. A proud Lenasexual, she feels that Lena Luthor is a good person, Legends of Tomorrow is the best show in the Arrowverse, and Wynonna Earp’s loudest message is the one of found family.