Independent Vetting Board
Sirens is in the process of selecting the members of its independent vetting board for 2019. 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 2019. 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 2018 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).

Amy Boggs recently joined the contracts department at Kensington Books after eight years as an agent at the Donald Maass Literary Agency. She is a devoted fan of fantasy, science fiction, and all the wibbly-wobbly of speculative art. In her spare time, she tiptoes through fandom and rants about media on Twitter @notjustanyboggs.

Daniella Bohill is a Massachusetts-born transplanted Coloradan with a passion for buying, reading, and talking about books of all kinds. When she isn’t reading you can find her gardening, baking, or drinking tea (okay okay, wine).

Jennifer Marie Brissett is a writer, an artist, a former bookstore owner, a former web developer, and current faculty for the Gotham Writers’ Workshop. She is British-Jamaican American (born in London, England), and immigrated to the U.S. when she was about four before growing up in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In her late twenties, she moved to Brooklyn, NY, and for three and a half years, she owned and ran the indie bookstore, Indigo Café and Books. Jennifer has a master’s in creative writing from the Stonecoast MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine, with a concentration in speculative fiction, and a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary engineering (electrical engineering with a concentration in visual art) from Boston University. Jennifer’s short stories have been included in The Best of Halfway Down the Stairs, 2005–2010, and have been a finalist for the 2013 storySouth Million Writers Award. Her debut novel, Elysium, received the 2014 Philip K. Dick Special Citation Award, was a finalist for the 2015 Locus Award for Best First Novel, and placed on the Honor List for the Tiptree Award.

Gillian Chisom is a PhD candidate in history at the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently writing a dissertation about gender and embodiment in the early Quaker movement. A lifelong fantasy reader, over the last several years she has wrestled with the genre’s flaws and possibilities and become committed to writing fantastical stories which center queer voices. She was a Lambda Literary Fellow in Young Adult and Genre Fiction in 2013, and her work has appeared in The Toast, Global Comment, and Specs Journal.

Alyssa Collins is a PhD candidate in the English department of the University of Virginia and a 2016–17 Praxis fellow in the digital humanities. Her dissertation “Racing the Posthuman: Examining Representations of Technological and Virtual Embodiment” looks at the intersections of race and technology as depicted in 20th century and contemporary African American literature, digital culture, and new media. When she’s not writing her dissertation, she writes about race, superheroes, and embodiment around the internet.

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.

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.

s.e. smith is a Northern California-based writer and journalist who has appeared in Bitch Magazine, Rolling Stone, Vice, Teen Vogue, Rewire, Esquire, The Guardian, Pacific Standard, and many other fine publications, in addition to several anthologies, including The Feminist Utopia Project and the upcoming (Don’t) Call Me Crazy (Algonquin Young Readers, Fall 2018). smith’s work focuses on an intersectional social justice-based approach to exploring social issues, with a particular interest not just in diversity and representation, but in those acting as creators, editors, and gatekeepers of media and pop culture.

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