Keynotes

Cory Doctorow Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist and journalist. He is the author of many books, most recently RADICALIZED and WALKAWAY, science fiction for adults; HOW TO DESTROY SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM, nonfiction about monopoly and conspiracy; IN REAL LIFE, a graphic novel; and the picture book POESY THE MONSTER SLAYER. His latest book is ATTACK SURFACE, a standalone adult sequel to LITTLE BROTHER.
https://craphound.com/
Paisley Rekdal Utah Poet Laureate, Paisley Rekdal, is the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee; the hybrid photo-text memoir, Intimate; and five books of poetry: A Crash of Rhinos; Six Girls Without Pants; The Invention of the Kaleidoscope; Animal Eye, a finalist for the 2013 Kingsley Tufts Prize and winner of the UNT Rilke Prize; and Imaginary Vessels, finalist for the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Prize and the Washington State Book Award.
https://www.paisleyrekdal.com/
Aminah Mae Safi Aminah Mae Safi is a Muslim-American writer who explores art, fiction, feminism, and film. She's the winner of the We Need Diverse Books short story contest. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her partner and two cats. She is the author of Not the Girls You’re Looking For (Feiwel and Friends, 2018), Tell Me How You Really Feel (Feiwel and Friends, 2019), This is All Your Fault (Feiwel and Friends, 2020) and the forthcoming Reclaimed Classics Travelers Along the Way (March 1, 2022).
https://www.aminahmae.com

 

Agents and Editors

For more information on what each agent or editor is acquiring, see our Pitches.

Alan Bahr Alan Bahr is the award-winning lead designer and founder of Gallant Knight Games. Gallant Knight Games produces the award-winning and bestselling TinyD6 line of games, with titles such as Tiny Dungeon 2e, Tiny Supers, Tiny Frontiers: Revised and many more, as well as other games and game lines.
https://www.gallantknightgames.com
Meredith Bernstein Meredith Bernstein is an agent at Meredith Bernstein Literary Agency.
http://meredithbernsteinofliteraryagency.com
Ronald Gerber Ronald Gerber is an agent at Lowenstein Associates.
https://lowensteinassociates.com/ronald-gerber/
Kate Jonez Kate Jonez is a screenwriter, author and chief editor at the Bram Stoker Award winning small press Omnium Gatherum.
http://omniumgatherumedia.com
C.R. Langille ​Timber Ghost Press is a small press located in Utah, founded by C.R. Langille in 2021. He is a retired, disabled veteran with a deep love for weird and creepy tales.
https://www.timberghostpress.com/
LisaMangum Lisa Mangum is an acquiring editor at Shadow Mountain.
https://shadowmountain.com/
Christopher Morgan Christopher Morgan is an acquiring editor at TOR Books.
https://www.tor.com
Chantelle Aimee Osman Chantelle Aimeé Osman is an acquiring editor at Agora Books, an award-winning imprint of Polis Books.
http://www.polisbooks.com
Rita Rosenkranz Rita Rosenkranz is an agent at Rita Rosenkranz Literary Agency.
https://www.ritarosenkranzliteraryagency.com/
Regina Ryan Regina Ryan is an agent at Regina Ryan Publishing Enterprises.
https://www.reginaryanbooks.com/
Jared Taylor Jared Taylor is the editorial director at Gibbs Smith.
https://digital.gibbssmitheducation.com/aboutus/
Anne Terashima Anne Terashima is an acquiring editor at Torrey House Press.
https://www.torreyhouse.org/

 

Guests

Rafael Alvarez Rafael Alvarez is a veteran writer working in the fields of fiction, journalism, memoir and screenwriting. A former City Desk reporter for the Baltimore Sun, he is the author of a dozen books -- both fiction and non-fiction -- and wrote for the HBO drama "The Wire." He lives in his hometown of Baltimore.
maconstreetbooks.com
Cory Anderson Cory Anderson is a winner of the League of Utah Writers Young Adult Novel Award and Grand Prize in the Storymakers Conference First Chapter Contest. What Beauty There Is (Macmillan/April 2021) is her debut YA novel.
https://coryanderson.us
Adam Berg Adam Berg is a real human boy and not a figment of his dog's imagination. He started his career in sketch comedy, spent six years writing and acting for Studio C, and now works for JK Studios. Feed him cookies, please.
https://www.carpevitampress.com/
Richard Markosian Richard is an independent reporter and documentary filmmaker. He has been publishing his work primarily in Utah Stories Magazine for the past twelve years. Richard along with several other freelance writers and journalists launched Utah Stories in 2007 to cover "the voice of local Utah." to offer a way for more citizen journalists and freelancers to have a platform to cover many of the neglected big issues facing Utah: loss of farms to suburban sprawl; homeless issues; urban population growth; cronyism and covering news from the perspective of small business owners. Richard has won a SPJ award for best feature story in a magazine in 2019.
https://utahstories.com
Michael Stackpole Michael Stackpole, last year’s keynote returning to teach. A New York Times Bestselling author of more than 50 novels including the X-Wing series and I, Jedi. He's also done work in the BattleTech, World of Warcraft, and Shadowrun universes, in addition to his own, creator-owned work. He's also a renowned teacher and the author of the acclaimed book 21 Days to a Novel.
http://stormwolf.com
Dan Wells Dan Wells writes horror/thrillers and science fiction. He is the author of the bestselling Partials Sequence as well as the I Am Not A Serial Killer series and the Mirador series. His most recent work is Stargazer, the third book in a middle grade audio series called The Zero Chronicles. Dan lives in Utah with his wife, 6 children, and more than 450 board games. He loves games, books, and food.
https://www.thedanwells.com/
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