Our Team

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 FIYAH project is 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.


Justina Ireland | Executive Editor

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 forthcoming book Dread Nation will be available in 2018 from the HarperCollins imprint Balzer and Bray. You can find Justina on Twitter as @justinaireland or visit her website justinaireland.com.


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


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.


DaVaun Sanders | Acquiring 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


Brent Lambert | Acquiring Editor & Social Media Manager

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 @RRAPmag


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

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 & 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 an ASL teacher in Florida, sensitivity reads for bipolar representation. Her essays “On Walking My Fault Lines”, “Incidents at the Intersection of Black Mental Health,” and “Things I Learned from Nina Simone” are featured on BlackGirlNerds.com. You can find her novelette CHESIRAH in the inaugural issue of FIYAH. Follow her on Tumblr and Twitter @Ellethevillain.

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