Catherynne M. Valente
Born in the Pacific Northwest in 1979, Catherynne M. Valente is the author of a dozen works of fiction and poetry, including Palimpsest, the Orphan’s Tales series, The Labyrinth, plus a crowdfunded phenomenon The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Own Making, which won the Andre Norton Nebula award in 2010.
She is the winner of the Tiptree Award, the Mythopoeic Award, the Rhysling Award, and the Million Writers Award She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, the Spectrum Awards, and was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award in 2007 and 2009.
She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with her partner and two dogs.
You can visit her on the web to learn more about her adult works.
Natalie Zaman is the co-author of three Young Adult novels: Sirenz and Sirenz Back In Fashion (Flux) and Blonde Ops (MacMillan). A regular contributor to various Llewellyn annual publications, she also writes the recurring travel feature “Wandering Witch” for Witches & Pagans Magazine, and her work has also appeared in FATE, Sage Woman and newWitch magazines. When she’s not on the road she’s chasing free range hens in her magical and self-sufficient back garden. Find Natalie online at http://nataliezaman.blogspot.com.
S. J. Tucker
“Without our songs and stories, we are nothing.” This one phrase tells you what you need to know about SJ Tucker. Multi-instrumentalist, road warrior, front woman, songwriter and rallying point; yes, she is all of these things. More than anything, she is a storyteller. Named a vanguard of the Mythpunk movement, Tucker is the voice of lore at the campfire and the sharp laughter of modern myth. With one hand anchored in her art and the other held out to you, she is songs and stories, community and wit.
A fascinating hybrid of geography and experience, S. J., called “Sooj” by friends and associates, is a constant musical journeywoman born to the sticky, mean delta humidity of southeast Arkansas. She was born into a classically trained household, but her true musical curiosity began at the age of 3 when her grandfather brought home an LP of The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour and dropped the needle on her toy record player. These days she spends most of her year on the road, performing at festivals and events with cellist Betsy Tinney, the Toronto-based Heather Dale band, or with her fairy/Celtic trio Tricky Pixie, and has not stopped touring since 2004. During those rare times when S. J. is not traveling, she lives on the site of a former summer camp, which just happens to be in the middle of an enchanted forest, with two cats and a very handsome wizard.
With over ten albums released to date and several more currently in the works, Tucker has received songwriting awards and has traveled the world with her music. For her, it all comes back to the fans, who have lifted her up and shown her their support since the beginning. A dynamic live performer known for her willingness to follow an evocative ballad with a tune about ninjas or pirates, Tucker is never in danger of taking herself too seriously. She is silly on stage, letting it be plain that she loves her job, but she also shows grace and calm, courting and cajoling the audience from song to song. Reviewers compare her voice to that of Joni Mitchell or Tori Amos, her guitar work to that of Emily Saliers. Apart from writing lyrics and music, S. J. loves fire dancing with poi and hula hoop and has given fire performances across the country. She released her very first film score in the spring of 2013, and she professionally narrated her first audiobook in 2012: Catherynne M. Valente’s The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There.
Sooj hopes to complete an album of blues-influenced material in 2014, as well as another spiritually focused album to follow up Blessings (2007) – on which “Rabbit’s Song” first appeared. 2014 will also mark a major milestone for S. J.: ten years as a full-time performer.
Find out more about her music by visiting http://www.skinnywhitechick.com
Trudy Herring was a storyteller and author from Millington, TN. When she wasn’t telling tales, or penning short stories for anthologies, (Mark Fitzgerald’s Tales of Fantasy, Fall 2007 from Kerlack Publishing, “The Spell” and also from Kerlack Publishing, Spring 2009, “Dragon Solstice”) she was a spiritual leader and minister for Summerland Grove Church. Rabbit’s Song was her first children’s book. Trudy passed away in December, 2010.
W. Lyon Martin
Lyon is both author and illustrator. An Eclectic Pagan living in Eastern Missouri, she has written articles for Craft publications both on-line and in print including PanGaia, IF…, Broomstix, The Seeker Journal, NewWitch, Acorns Journal, Elements Magazine, Crescent Magazine, The Witch’s Voice and The Pagan-Wiccan Times.