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
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 | 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
Eboni Dunbar | Acquiring 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, an 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
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.
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 is the author of A Ruin of Shadows (Dancing Star Press, 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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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.
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