Independent Vetting Board
Sirens is in the process of selecting and inviting the members of its independent vetting board for 2017. Our board is responsible for reviewing all programming proposals for Sirens for thoughtfulness, relevance, and inclusiveness, and for selecting those that will be included in the Sirens programming schedule in 2017. We expect that our vetting board will represent experience and achievement in the various areas in which we expect to receive the majority of our proposals, so that the board has direct knowledge of the applicable subjects in evaluating proposals.

In order to give possible presenters an idea of the representative scope and accomplishments of a Sirens vetting board, we have included our 2016 vetting board below. If you have any questions about programming or the vetting board’s selection process, please write us at (programming at sirensconference.org).

Lisa M. Bradley writes speculative fiction and poetry, often inflected by her experiences growing up on the Texas-Mexico border. She now lives in Iowa with her spouse, child, two cats, and a slowly abating sense of alienation. Her work has appeared in venues such as Cicada, Mothering, Strange Horizons, and The Moment of Change: An Anthology of Feminist Speculative Poetry. Her collection The Haunted Girl (Aqueduct Press) features women rebelling against all manners of evil. They don’t always win, but they always put up a damn good fight.

Constance Burris is an author of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband and two kids. When she’s not writing, she’s fighting the good fight as an environmental engineer.

Gillian Chisom is a PhD candidate in history at the University of California, Berkeley. Though she writes urban fantasy rather than historical fiction, Gillian’s scholarly and fictional writings both display passion for women’s voices and stories. A lifelong fantasy reader, over the last few years Gillian has wrestled with the genre’s flaws and possibilities, and has become committed to writing stories with queer teen girls at their centers. When not reading seventeenth-century witch trials or writing about lesbians dealing with supernatural mayhem, she likes to watch TV and make her own clothes (sometimes at the same time).

Rosemary Clement writes supernatural mystery novels for young (and not so young) adults, including Spirit and Dust, Texas Gothic, The Splendor Falls, and others. Her books have won the Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award and the Spirit of Texas Award from the Texas Library Association, and have been included on the ALA list of Best Books for Young Adults, Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers, and TLA’s TAYSHAs list. A recovering thespian with a master’s degree in communication, she now uses her drama queen skills to write novels and Twitter posts. She loves coffee, dogs, Jane Austen, military history, Gilbert and Sullivan, BBC America, Star Wars, books with kissing, and movies with dragons, sword fights and lots of explosions.

Sharon K. Goetz tests software. Too fond of textuality for her own good, she has also worked in scholarly textual criticism and web publishing, written software manuals, and completed a PhD investigating medieval English chronicles amidst their manuscript contexts. As time permits, she reads widely and plays computer games.

Suzanne Rogers Gruber lives on the edge between the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains and has been making things up since she was a small girl in upstate New York. Her day job is helping individuals and organizations research, design, and organize their information. She has an MLIS from San Jose State University and a BA in Literary Studies from Simon’s Rock College. In her free time, Suzi writes fantasy and science fiction, knits, gardens, and hikes in the mountains. She’s been involved with Sirens off and on since 2010 in a variety of roles, mostly recently as a librarian.

Andrea Hairston is author of Redwood and Wildfire, winner of the 2011 Tiptree and Carl Brandon Awards, and Mindscape, winner of the Carl Brandon Award. Lonely Stardust, a collection of essays and plays, was published in 2014. Her latest play, Thunderbird at the Next World Theatre, appears in Geek Theater—15 Plays by Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers. Her third novel, Will Do Magic For Small Change came out in May 2016. In her spare time Andrea is the Louise Wolff Kahn 1931 Professor of Theatre and Africana Studies at Smith College and the Artistic Director of Chrysalis Theatre. She bikes at night year round, meeting bears, multi-legged creatures of light and breath, and the occasional shooting star.

Joy Kim works as a public librarian in Washington. She is a past chair of YALSA’s William C. Morris YA Debut Award and Great Graphic Novels for Teens committees, and even occasionally finds time to read for fun. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, running, and watching Korean reality shows.

Candice Lindstrom is an editorial assistant for a business magazine publisher covering women, LGBT, and minority enterprises. She also edits young adult and adult fiction for a paranormal publisher. When not reading for work, she’s reading for pleasure in almost any genre, but science fiction/fantasy is her first love.

B R Sanders is a white, genderqueer speculative fiction writer who lives and works in Denver, Colorado, with their family and two cats. Outside of writing, B has worked as a research psychologist, a labor organizer, and a K–12 public education data specialist.

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