Andrea Hairston is a novelist and playwright. Her novels: Master of Poisons, on the Kirkus Review’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2020; Will Do Magic For Small Change, a New York Times Editor’s pick and finalist for the Mythopoeic, Lambda, and Otherwise Awards; Mindscape, shortlisted for the Phillip K. Dick and Otherwise Awards and winner of the Carl Brandon Parallax Award. Her play, Thunderbird at the Next World Theatre, appears in Geek Theater. A novelette, “Saltwater Railroad,” was published by Lightspeed Magazine. “Dumb House,” a short story appears in New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color edited by Nisi Shawl. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. “Seven Generations Algorithm,” a short story, appears in Trouble the Waters: Tales from the Deep Blue edited by Sheree Renée Thomas, Pan Morigan, and Troy L. Wiggins. Redwood and Wildfire, winner of the Otherwise and Carl Brandon Awards, is out February 1, 2022 from Tordotcom. In her spare time, Andrea is the Louise Wolff Kahn 1931 Professor of Theatre and Africana Studies at Smith College and the Artistic Director of Chrysalis Theatre.
Monique Steele is a Jamaican-born illustrator currently residing in the small pocket of reality in-between time and space. A digital artist, her work normally consists of bright colors, and strong line work and features subjects such as empowered women in history, fun adventures, and magic. When she’s not drawing famous Queens in history or women in elaborate gowns you can find her deeply mired in the comings and goings of pop culture, exploring mystical new worlds in literature, and lamenting no longer living the “island girl” lifestyle while (still) attempting to refine her spicy foods palette.
It wouldn’t be a BGC joint without a Quick Quills writing sprint! This month’s sprint is fanfic-themed. Take inspiration from your favorite magical tales and characters and tell a new story on February 18th at 6pm PST.
DJ is an educator, instructional designer, and storyteller passionate about community building, social justice, and well-being. They enjoy art and design that is compelling and instructive. Learn more »
Celebrate Black Wizard History Month by watching our interview with sci-fi/fantasy author Alechia Dow, premiering February 25th at 5pm PST. Watch us discuss Alechia’s books THE SOUND OF STARS and THE KINDRED, her inspirations and aspirations, and her advice for up-and-coming creators.
Alechia Dow is a former pastry chef and librarian. When not writing, you can find her having epic dance parties with her daughter, baking, or reading.