MemberChristopher T. Fan

I am an Assistant Professor of English at UC Irvine, and a senior editor at Hyphen magazine, which I also co-founded. My research and writing focus on 20/21st c. Anglophone and Asian/American cultural production, speculative fiction, and racial formation. I received my PhD in English literature from UC Berkeley in 2016, and was formerly a UC Chancellor’s postdoctoral fellow in the English department at UC Riverside. In addition to Hyphen, my writing has appeared or is forthcoming in American Quarterly, the Journal of Asian American Studies, the Journal of Transnational American Studies, Post45: Peer Reviewed, and The New Inquiry.

MemberHeather McKnight

Critical utopian scholar and activist with research interests in unions, protest, education, feminism, gender, aesthetics and speculative fiction. She is currently a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Sussex Law Department, studying resistance to the marketisation of higher education through the lens of a reimagined academic freedom. She is currently chair of the anti-racist and transinclusive CHASE Feminist Network which aims to create spaces of resistance in what continues to be a patriarchal higher education sector with ongoing and intersectional discrimination happening at all levels. Coming from a working background in equalities, campaigning and education research, she has worked for charities, students’ unions and local government. She is founder of the social enterprise Magnetic Ideals which works on projects that use creative and artistic ways of bringing communities together to create social change. She is also a musician who dabbles in visual arts and creative writing.

MemberKirsten Kasai

Kirsten Imani Kasai writes fiction, nonfiction and poetry while teaching creative writing and English composition to adults. Her fourth novel The House of Erzulie will be published in February 2018 by Shade Mountain Press. Her extensive experience in print and digital publication management inspired her to launch The Magic Word Editing Co., which offers a full range of editorial and e-book design services to emerging and published writers, independent publishers, academics, scientists and small businesses. She’s also the editor and publisher of Body Parts Magazine, an online literary journal.      Her areas of expertise and interest include: women’s and feminist literature, utopias & dystopias in pop culture and literature, the Hero’s Journey, genre fiction (historical, dark fantasy & sci-fi, speculative fiction, horror and Gothic), literary and commercial fiction, fairy tales, mythology, folklore, and hybrid, experimental and multi-genre prose. She has been a discussion panelist and moderator, guest speaker and workshop leader for writing/publishing and pop culture/genre conventions and conferences (Southern California Writer’s Conference, Comic Con, LosCon, BayCon, ConDor). She is available to book as a speaker or writing workshop leader.      Kirsten holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Certification in the Teaching of Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. Visit her online at A full list of publications and appearances is available here.

MemberHannah Spruce

…octoral Training Partnership
MA in English: Contemporary Literatures (2014 – 2015)
Leeds Beckett University
Dissertation: ‘Aging in the Late Short Stories of Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro’.
BA in English Literature (2011 – 2014)
Leeds Metropolitan University
First Class with Honors
Dissertation: ‘Gender and Genre in Margaret Atwood’s Speculative Fiction’….
…aduate Network of Contemporary Women’s Writing, University of Hull, September 9, 2019.
A Creative/Critical Response to Existentialism and Evil in Lionel Shriver’s We Need to Talk About Kevin, Evil Children: Children and Evil, Progressive Connexions Conference, Verona, Italy, July 14-16, 2019.
Disrupting the Conflation of Autism and Psychopathy in Margaret Atwood’s Speculative Fiction, Current Research in Speculative Fiction, University of Liverpool, June 29, 2018.
Portraying Psychopathy in the Clinical Tale, Modern and Contemporary Forum, University of Birmingham, March 21, 2018
Posthuman Urbanism: Mapping Bodies in Contemporary Space by Debra Benita Shaw, LSE: Review of Books. May 15, 2018. 
TransCanadian Feminist F…

MemberEsther Jones

…Medicine and Ethics in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction, Palgrave MacMillan 2015.

“On the Real: Agency, Abuse, and Sexualized Violence in Rihanna’s ‘Russian Roulette.’” African American Review 46;1 (2013): 71-86.

“African Brazilian Science Fiction: Aline França’s A Mulher de Aleduma.” Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora. 13.1 (2012): 15-36.

“Untangling Pathology: Sex, Social Responsibility, and the Black Female Youth in Octavia Butler’s Fledgling.” In Black Female Sexualities. Trimiko Melancon and Joanne Braxton, eds. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2015: 57-69.

“‘What’s My Name?:’ Reading Rihanna’s Autobiographical Acts.” In Rihanna: Barbados World-Gurl in Global Popular Cultur…

MemberTorsten Christian Kathke

My current research project analyzes popular non-fiction books diagnosing the state of society in the United States and Germany from 1968 through 1989. I contextualize them as cultural and economic products of their era. My project is located at the juncture of the history of ideas and an analysis of the cultural and economic contexts that translated these ideas to a mass audience.   The two decades following the societal upheavals of the 1960s led to feelings of rootlessness and uncertainty about the future for many in the middle classes, both in Germany and the United States. Newly emergent as well as newly perceived threats to home, hearth, and country filled the headlines and the abundant newscasts. A generation that had grown up believing in constant progress was taken aback by the change of direction. Elites who had so far been personally unaffected by the abundance of problems in their respective societies began to take notice.   In this climate, a streamlined and consolidated publishing industry sold this multitude of crises to concerned consumers in the form of popular books that translated academic debates about the ills of the world into sensationalist, reductive – and sometimes wildly speculative – but convincing jeremiads that left little room for hope if people, societies, or even the world did not change its ways.    Both in Germany and the United States, concerns over environmental issues found fertile ground. American publishers especially also sold tracts on the psychological problems and erosion of family values that postindustrial society seemingly brought with it. Books like Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock (1970), Christopher Lasch’s Haven in a Heartless World (1977), or the Club of Rome’s study on The Limits to Growth (1972) were both contributions to debates in the public sphere, as well as their originators; they were located at the intersection of academic debate and public outrage, and thus helped set the tone for an era that has been appropriately termed “The Age of Fracture”.

MemberBeatrice Marovich

I am currently an Assistant Professor of Theology at Hanover College, in southern Indiana. My research is concerned with the intellectual history of Christianity, and the secular afterlives of theological concepts. I am interested in both the erasures and the endurances of the theological within secular frames of thought. And I am especially interested in how these traces of the theological have influenced the way we think about the natural world, other creatures, our mortal bodies (and their eventual destinies). My current book project, Creature Feeling: Power and Affect in Creaturely Life examines the figure of the creature in theological, and extra-theological, texts.

MemberMatthew Cheney

… Books, IndieWire,  Electric Literature, Literary Hub, Rain Taxi, Locus, The Quarterly Conversation, Z Magazine, Strange Horizons, SF Site. See for full information.

Short stories published by Conjunctions, One Story, Weird Tales, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Best Gay Stories 2016, Wilde Stories: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction 2014, and elsewhere. See for full information.

Co-founder and Contributing Editor, The Revelator (, 2011-present

Series editor, Best American Fantasy.  Guest editors: Jeff & Ann VanderMeer.  Prime Books, 2007 & 2008; Guest editor: Kevin Brockmeier, Underland Press, 2010.


Currently Interim Director of Interdisciplinary Studies at Plymouth State University, I earned a Ph.D. in Literature at the University of New Hampshire in 2018 with a dissertation titled Lessoning Fiction: Modernist Crisis and the Pedagogy of Form. I’ve published fiction, essays, and reviews in a wide variety of venues, including Woolf Studies Annual, Science Fiction Film & Television, and English Journal. I wrote the introductions for Wesleyan University Press’s editions of Samuel R. Delany’s The Jewel-Hinged Jaw, Starboard Wine, and The American Shore. I have work forthcoming in the MLA volume Approaches to Teaching Modernist Women Writers and LGBTQ Comics Reader: Critical Challenges, Future Directions (U Mississippi Press). My collection Blood: Stories won the Hudson Prize and was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2016, and I am under contract with Bloomsbury for Modernist Crisis and the Pedagogy of Form: Woolf, Delany, and Coetzee at the Limits of Fiction.

MemberCamilla Hoel

I have a PhD in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh, and have  worked as an associate professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. I am currently working at the Royal Norwegian Air Force Academy as an associate professor of English. The main body of my research (including my PhD) has been on the reception of unfinished serial narrative and its implications for the figure of the author. I am exploring the function of endings in the reading of narrative texts, and more specifically who has the authority to posit an ending and how the attitude to the perceived authority of the author determines how we react to the unfinished text. The main focus for this research is Charles Dickens’ unfinished The Mystery of Edwin Drood, but it draws on other Victorian and Edwardian literature as well as the theories of Roland Barthes, Michel Foucault, Walter Benjamin and others. As an extension of this, I have recently been working on the early fan reception of the Sherlock Holmes stories, seeing ideas of authorship in light of the development of the Holmesian Great Game. In addition, I have recently done some research on contemporary (post-)apocalyptic fiction and ethical choice, and more widely on science fiction literature, ethics and power. Alongside my academic work I am a general bibliophile, a geek, a knitter (& spinner) and a feminist.