2016 Presenters

2016 Conference Presenters

May 6 & 7

Conference Presenters

John Joseph Adams
John Joseph Adams

Saturday Keynote Presenter, John Joseph Adams is the editor of John Joseph Adams Books, a new SF/Fantasy imprint from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is also the series editor of Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, as well as the bestselling editor of more than two dozen anthologies, including Dead Man’s Hand, Robot Uprisings, Oz Reimagined, The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, Other Worlds Than These, Armored, Under the Moons of Mars, Brave New Worlds, Wastelands, The Living Dead, The Living Dead 2, By Blood We Live, Federations, The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and The Way of the Wizard.

Recent books include Operation Arcana, Press Start to Play, Loosed Upon the World, and The Apocalypse Triptych (consisting of The End is Nigh, The End is Now, and The End Has Come).

John is a two-time winner of the Hugo Award (for which he has been nominated nine times) and is a seven-time finalist for the World Fantasy Award. He has been called “the reigning king of the anthology world” by Barnes & Noble, and his books have been lauded as some of the best anthologies of all time.

In addition to his anthology work, John is also the editor and publisher of the magazines Lightspeed and Nightmare. Prior to taking on that role, John worked for nine years in the editorial department of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

John has written reviews for Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Locus Magazine, Amazing Stories, Audible.com, Strange Horizons, and Intergalactic Medicine Show. His other nonfiction writing has appeared in venues such as io9, Blastr, Tor.com, and Wired.com. John is also currently a producer for WIRED’s The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. He also served as a judge for the 2015 National Book Award.

For more information, visit his website at johnjosephadams.com, and you can find him on Twitter @johnjosephadams.



Tim Seibles
Tim Seibles

Friday Keynote Presenter, Tim Seibles is an American poet and professor at Old Dominion University. He is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently, Fast Animal (Etruscan Press, 2012). His honors include an Open Voice Award and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. In 2012 he was nominated for a National Book Award, for Fast Animal.





Katharine Sands

Katharine Sands, a literary agent in New York City, published Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent’s Eye. In her experience as an agent, she has worked with a wide range of authors in a wide range of genres. Katharine has been guest speaker on writing and publishing topics for The American Society of Journalists and Authors and The New York State Council on the Arts, and was a faculty member at the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop.

Patricia Adler

Patricia Adler- Language and linguistics have been consistent themes in her life in tandem with art and music. Pat was a teacher for eighteen years. She started working in the publishing field in 1996 with Hampton Roads Publishing as a reader, editor, and typesetter. She took over The Poet’s Domain from Roads Publishing in 1998. With volume sixteen, Live Wire Press was established. She has been working in the publishing field for the past nineteen years.


Madelyn Rosenberg

Madelyn Rosenberg worked for more than a decade at The Roanoke Times, writing stories about colorful characters in Southwest Virginia. Now she makes up characters of her own. She is the author of eight books for children including The Schmutzy Family, Canary in the Coal Mine, the Nanny X series and How to Behave at a Dog Show. She lives with her family in Arlington, VA.


Kim NormanKim Norman is the author of more than a dozen children’s books published by Sterling, Scholastic and two Penguin/RandomHouse imprints, as well as a title forthcoming from Candlewick. TEN ON THE SLED, (Sterling) spent weeks on Barnes and Noble’s Top Ten bestseller list. Her books I KNOW A WEE PIGGY has been distributed to over a third of a million youngsters through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. She is represented by the Andrea Brown Literary Agency in San Diego.


Mary BattenMary Batten is an award-winning writer for television, film and publishing. Her many writing projects have taken her into tropical rainforests, astronomical observatories, scientific laboratories, and medical research centers. She scripted some 50 television documentaries, was nominated for an Emmy, and is the author of more than 16 nature/science books for adults and children, including Sexual Strategies: How Females Choose Their Mates, Please Don’t Wake The Animals: A Book About Sleep; Aliens from Earth, How To Have Sex If You’re Not Human and her newest book Baby Orca.


Heidi HartwigerHeidi Hartwiger lives in Yorktown, Virginia, works for Maximum Guided Tours as a storyteller on the Original Candlelight Ghost Tour of Williamsburg, and teaches fiction and creative non-fiction writing classes for Christopher Newport University’s LifeLong Learning Society. As a freelance non-fiction writer, Heidi has written more than 300 articles. Her monthly series, Natural Parent~Natural Child appears in OVParent Magazine. Her non-fiction books include A Gift of Herbs, All Join Hands, Keeper of the Stories and Tricorn Trivia: Colonial Facts and Fun.

Mike FarmerW. Michael Farmer is a member of the Western Writers of America, and lives in Smithfield, VA. He has published short stories in anthologies, won awards for essays, and published essays in magazines. His first novel, Hombrecito’s War, won a Western Writers of America Spur Award Finalist for Best First Novel in 2006 and was a New Mexico Book Award Finalist for Historical Fiction in 2007. His other novels include: Hombrecito’s Search; Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright: The Betrayals of Pancho Villa; Conspiracy: The Trial of Oliver Lee and James Gililland; and Killer of Witches, The Life and Times of Yellow Boy, Mescalero Apache, 1860-1951, Book 1.

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