Anuja Varghese is a QWOC Pushcart-nominated writer whose work appears or is forthcoming in The Malahat Review, The Humber Literary Review, Hamilton Review of Books, THIS Magazine, Best Women’s Erotica of the Year Volume 6, and others. In 2019, she was shortlisted for the Pigeon Pages Fiction Contest and took third prize in the Alice Munro Festival Short Story Competition. Anuja holds a degree in English Literature from McGill University and is currently pursuing a Creative Writing Certificate from the University of Toronto while working on a collection of short stories.
Elizabeth Hirst is a Canadian horror author, graduate of the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop Class of 2006, and an Assistant Editor of Amazing Stories Magazine. Her writing on LGBT themes in horror fiction has appeared on Tor.com and The Scariest Part, and her most recent novel, The Face in the Marsh, is available from Renaissance Press.
Jen Brown is a queer, Black speculative fiction writer and academic librarian whose work has appeared in FIYAH Literary Magazine and PodCastle. When not writing, she’s either playing visual novels and tactical RPGs, caring for an impressive collection of house plants, or desperately tackling her “To Be Read” pile.
Dorianne Emmerton – Curator
Dorianne Emmerton writes queer speculative fiction and is co-curator of the Brockton Writers Series, as well as working on the Bi+ Arts Festival team. She grew up in small town Northern Ontario amidst rock outcrops, jack pines, and pigeon-sized mosquitoes but now calls Toronto home. She has a flash piece in the most recent issue of Room Magazine, and other stories in The Fantasist, Daily Science Fiction, the Bronzeville Bee, Nevertheless (Tesseracts Twenty-One) and Ink Stains Volume Seven: Decay.
Stephen Harvey – Bi+ Beats
Stephen Harvey is a longtime member of Toronto’s bisexual community, where he has organized and facilitated numerous events since 1990. He was one of the Co-Coordinators of the 9th International Conference on Bisexuality held at Ryerson University in 2006, where he was responsible for community outreach. For over ten years, he has been the chief contributor to Bi Beats, an ever-expanding playlist of bisexual music on Youtube and Spotify.