FIYAH’s team is comprised entirely of black speculative fiction writers rooted in a collective known as The Niggerati Space Station. NSS was founded by P. Djeli Clark and Troy L. Wiggins and the start of the FIYAH project was helmed by Justina Ireland. The staff represents myriad black identities, LGBTQ distinctions, and intersections with illness and disability. We write, seek, and support stories that reflect all of these experiences.
Troy L. Wiggins | Executive Editor
Troy is a writer and editor of speculative fiction from Memphis, Tennessee. His short fiction and essays have appeared in Griots: Sisters of the Spear, Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction From the Margins of History, Memphis Noir, Literary Orphans, and Book Riot. He blogs about speculative fiction, race, and nerd culture at Afrofantasy. Troy lives in Memphis with his wife and their two dogs. Find him on Twitter @troylwiggins
DaVaun Sanders | Executive Editor
DaVaun Sanders is an indie author and screenwriter currently based in Phoenix, Arizona. His screenplay “Vault of Souls” won the Grand Prize in Phoenix Comicon’s 2014 Short Script Competition. He’s currently editing the remaining three novels of his World Breach series. Catch him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. #twinlife
Brandon O’Brien | Poetry Editor
Brandon O’Brien is a poet and writer from Trinidad and Tobago. His work has been published in Uncanny Magazine, Strange Horizons, and New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean, among others. He has also been shortlisted for the 2014 Alice Yard Prize for Art Writing, and the 2014 and 2015 Small Axe Literary Competitions. You can find him talking about poetry, his novel draft, intersectional politics, and his love of Kamen Rider on Twitter @therisingtithes or on Tumblr at therisingtithes.tumblr.com.
Brent Lambert | Acquiring Editor, Social Media Manager & Reviews Coordinator
Comic books, SFF and good cooking are the essential elements of Brent Lambert. A full-fledged military brat, he is consistently struck by wanderlust and has a keen sense of things never really being permanent. A writer with an insurmountable TBR list, he focuses his blogging efforts on minority fiction at rrapmagazine.wordpress.com. He can also be found on Twitter @brentclambert
Kaleb Russell | Acquiring Editor
Kaleb Russell is a student at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He is a voracious reader and a shameless lover of anime. When he’ is not writing or studying for exams, you can find him on Twitter @thekalebrussell.
Danny Lore | Acquiring Editor & Comics Coordinator
Danny Lore is a queer writer raised in Harlem and currently based in the Bronx. They’ve worked in comic and gaming shops since the beginning of time. Most of Danny’s writing is contemporary fantasy, with a dash of science fiction. Check out their story THE LAST EXORCIST in issue 3 of FIYAH, and follow them on twitter @weredawgz.
P. Djéli Clark | Minister Editor & Self Lord And Master of Getting People to Essay Stuff
Phenderson Djéli Clark is a historian and occasional speculative fiction writer. His short SFF stories have appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Tor.com and elsewhere. He posts on SFF, diversity and more at his blog The Disgruntled Haradrim (www.pdjeliclark.com). He also tweets stuff: @pdjeliclark
L. D. Lewis | Art Director, Web Master, POB Coordinator, & Doer of Various Other Things
LeKesha is a coffee enthusiast and writes mostly novel-length fantasy with a particular enthusiasm for villains (who also drink coffee).
She is author of speculative stories “Chesirah” (FIYAH #1) and A Ruin of Shadows (Dancing Star Press). In 2018 she was awarded the Working-Class Writers Grant by the Speculative Literature Foundation. She lives in Georgia with her coffee habit, her cat Gustavo, and an impressive Funko Pop! Collection. Visit her website and follow her on Tumblr and Twitter @Ellethevillain.
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Over time our staff may need to move on for various reasons. We are no less thankful for the time and energy they were able to give us, and will always consider them part of the FIYAH team.
Justina Ireland | Executive Editor (2016-2018)
Justina Ireland enjoys dark chocolate, dark humor, and is not too proud to admit that she’s still afraid of the dark. She lives with her husband, kid, and dog in Pennsylvania. She is the author of Vengeance Bound and Promise of Shadows, both currently available from Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers. Her essay “Me, Some Random Guy, and the Army of Darkness” appears in The V-Word, an anthology of personal essays by women about having sex for the first time, published by Beyond Words (S&S). Her writing has appeared in Story Magazine, Book Riot, and Fireside Fiction. And her celebrated novel Dread Nation was released in 2018 from the HarperCollins imprint Balzer and Bray. You can find Justina on Twitter as @justinaireland or visit her website justinaireland.com.