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 funded 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 | Publisher
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
B. Sharise Moore | Poetry Editor
B. Sharise Moore is a New Jersey native, writer/educator, curriculum designer, and host of the YouTube channel: Moore Books with B. Sharise. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in FIYAH Literary Magazine, The Journal of Black Poetry, and The City: Cyberfunk Anthology, among others. Her debut YA historical fantasy novel, Dr. Djinn’s Odd Scholars will be available late 2020. B. Sharise currently resides in Baltimore, MD with her husband and precocious toddler, Peanut. Catch her on Twitter @sharise_b and on Facebook b.sharise.moore.
Eboni Dunbar | Managing Editor
Eboni Dunbar (she/her) is a queer, Black woman who writes queer and black speculative fiction. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner. She received her BA from Macalester College in English and her MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. She is a VONA Alum, a former associate editor for PodCastle and a freelance reviewer. Her work can be found in FIYAH, Drabblecast, Anathema: Spec from the margins and Nightlight Podcast. Follow her on Twitter @sugoionna87 or follow her upcoming work on www.ebonidunbar.com
Brent Lambert | Reviews Editor and 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. He can be found on Twitter @brentclambert
L. D. Lewis | Art Director, Magazine Designer, Special Projects Manager, Web Master, & Doer of Various Other Things
LeKesha is a an award-winning SF/F writer and editor. She also serves as Grant Administrator for the Speculative Literature Foundation and as a researcher for the LeVar Burton Reads podcast. Her novella A Ruin of Shadows was published by Dancing Star Press in 2018, and her published short fiction includes appearances in FIYAH, PodCastle, Anathema: Spec from the Margins, and Fireside Magazine, among others. She lives in Georgia with her coffee habit and an impressive Funko Pop! Collection. Visit her website, follow her on Twitter @ellethevillain and/or support her Patreon.
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Kaleb Russell | Acquiring Editor
Kaleb Russell is an aspiring mech pilot with an insatiable sweet tooth and a disquieting fondness for swords. When he’s not reading manga, binging podcasts, or writing about giant robots, he occasionally tweets @ImpreciseWords.
Danny Lore | Acquiring Editor & Comics Coordinator
Danny Lore (they/them) is a queer black writer/editor raised in Harlem and currently based in the Bronx. They edited The Good Fight comics anthology as well as The Wilds. When not selling comics in their local comic shop they write them (Queen of Bad Dreams, James Bond and Quarter Killer- the last two cowritten with Vita Ayala). Their short fiction can be found in FIYAH, Nightlight, Fireside, And Efniks/Colorbloq.
Emmalia Harrington | Acquiring Editor – Prose
Emmalia (she/her) is a disabled QWOC with a deep love of speculative fiction. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s often sewing, cooking or managing cats. Her work can be found at FIYAH, Glittership and other venues. She can be found on Twitter at @Emmalia_Writes
Genine Tyson | Acquiring Editor – Prose
Genine is an African-American writer who traveled East to West to settle in California for the last several years. Since obtaining her creative writing degree, she has done nothing with it except get a job and write on weekends, but things changed. Embracing her love of monsters, magic, and machines, she is working on two novels at once -because writing one isn’t hard enough—apparently. To connect, find Genine on Twitter @geninet or on her blog.
Tonya R. Moore | Acquiring Editor – Poetry
Nelson Rolon | Technical Assistant
Nelson Rolon is a nonprofit project manager in Albany, NY. He earned his MFA in Television Production from Brooklyn College. His debut novelette, Saudade, was published in FIYAH Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction (2018), reprinted in Lightspeed Magazine (TBD 2021), and mentioned in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy (2019). His writing explores transhumanism, interstellar migration, faith, and desire for catharsis. Nelson lives in a cozy apartment with his wife and two cats. Follow him on Twitter @oldmannelson
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.
Brandon O’Brien | Poetry Editor (2017-2020)
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.
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.
P. Djéli Clark | Co-Founder
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