Jason Sizemore, Editor-in-Chief of Apex Magazine has anticipated the official relaunch on January 5th with a promotional mini-issue that was part of their Kickstarter stretch goals. It contains original fiction by Maurice Broaddus and Beth Dawkins.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has
added three staff members: Kevin Wabaunsee has been named as the
new SFWA Managing Editor, Lauren Raye Snow has been named as the
new SFWA Art Director, and Beth Dawkins has been named the
new SFWA Volunteer Coordinator.
Managing Editor will support the Editor-in-Chief in overseeing the
reorganization and production of SFWA’s publications and communications
channels. The Art Director will oversee all visual aspects of SFWA, including
graphics, branding, and design. The Volunteer Coordinator will work across the
organization to ensure that members who want to offer their time and services
are placed where they are needed most.
Wabaunsee is a speculative fiction writer and editor. He is a
Prairie Band Potawatomi, a Chicagoan, and a former newspaper reporter.
Wabaunsee is a graduate of the Viable Paradise workshop and an associate editor
at Escape Pod.
His short fiction has been published by Strange Horizons, Escape Pod, and PseudoPod. In addition to his SF/F work, Wabaunsee has more
than 10 years of experience as an editor, publications manager, and
communications director, primarily working in higher education and research
SFWA President, Mary Robinette Kowal said, “I’m not sure that
I’ve ever met a more organized, soothing person as Kevin. Watching processes
come into place that make SFWA’s communication more efficient has been
Managing Editor, Wabaunsee will assist Editor-in-Chief Michi Trota in providing
oversight and executing production of the SFWA publications and communications
that help shape and maintain the organization’s reputation. This critical
position is responsible to help facilitate SFWA’s goals and mission statement
of informing, supporting, promoting, defending and advocating for its members.
“I’ve long admired SFWA and the work it does on behalf
of the science-fiction and fantasy community. I’m thrilled at the opportunity
to join Michi Trota, Mary Robinette Kowal, and SFWA’s board and staff in
helping to produce SFWA’s publications and sharing them with the world,”
Snow is a designer, illustrator, and arts activist from South
Texas. Over the course of her career, she has served as Creative Director for
multiple nonprofits and justice movement campaigns. In her personal work, she
is inspired by the Symbolists and the Pre-Raphaelites, by the Catholic and
Indigenous religious icons of her native South Texas, as well as speculative
works of wonder, horror, romance, and beauty in literature and music.
“I have long wanted to have an art director for SFWA to
create a cohesive look to the organization’s publications and web presences.
Earlier this year, I had asked John Picacio, for a recommendation for a
volunteer to do some graphic work for the Nebulas conference. In the first
meeting with Lauren, I knew that we had found someone exceptional. When I
proposed expanding her role to art director, everyone on the team gave an
enthusiastic ‘yes’.” Kowal says.
As Art Director, Snow will provide direction and coordination
regarding graphics, art, and other visual elements among SFWA’s multiple
channels and content streams. This new position will help strengthen SFWA’s
“I am delighted to serve as SFWA’s new Art Director,” Snow
says. “My love for genre fiction runs deep. My father, himself an astronomer by
trade and lifelong genre fan, read me Tolkien at bedtime; I spent many an
afternoon wandering the halls of the offices of the Planetarium where he
worked, marveling at the glowing murals of constellations and playing with his
large plastic replica of Ridley Scott’s Alien. To take on the role of Art Director for the Science
Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America is a dream come true. I can’t wait to
work with the SFWA team to bring some fantastical beauty into being.”
is a long-time volunteer for SFWA herself, working with the organization at
Nebula Conferences and Worldcons, as well as helping out behind the scenes. Her
fiction has been published in Flame Tree’s Heroic Fantasy Short
Stories, Apex Magazine, If This Goes On, and Analog. She lives
in Northeast GA with her partner and two dogs.
strength of any service organization comes from its volunteers. SFWA has no
shortage of people in the community who want to help. To link them to the work,
we needed someone who was organized and responsive to a constantly changing
landscape. Beth Dawkins has been doing tireless work matching volunteers to
opportunities and we are very fortunate to have her.” said Kowal.
Volunteer Coordinator, Dawkins will work with members throughout the
organization to catalog the need for volunteers and to match up potential
volunteers with the jobs and tasks that need to be done. SFWA runs on its
volunteers and Dawkins will ensure that it can continue to function and grow.
have always believed in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. It
is a pleasure to connect people with one another and continue to help grow our
community,” Dawkins said.