Independent Vetting Board
Sirens relies upon the expertise of an independent vetting board to review and select the proposals that will be included in our schedule. 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. Our vetting board, in turn, represents 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.

If you have any questions about programming or the vetting board’s selection process, please write us at (programming at

Dr. Kinitra Brooks is the Audrey and John Leslie Endowed Chair in Literary Studies in the Department of English at Michigan State University. Dr. Brooks specializes in the study of black women, genre fiction, and popular culture. She currently has two books in print: Searching for Sycorax: Black Women’s Hauntings of Contemporary Horror (Rutgers UP 2017), a critical treatment of black women in science fiction, fantasy, and horror; and Sycorax’s Daughters (Cedar Grove Publishing 2017), an edited volume of short horror fiction written by black women. She is the co-editor of The Lemonade Reader (Routledge 2019), an edited volume dedicated to analyzing Beyoncé’s audiovisual project, Lemonade (2016). Dr. Brooks will serve as the Advancing Equity Through Research Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University for the 2018–2019 academic year.

Alyssa Collins is an assistant professor of English and African American Studies at the University of South Carolina. Her work explores 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 working, she writes about race, superheroes, television, and embodiment around the internet.

Ruqayyah Daud is an editorial assistant at Little Brown Books for Young Readers and a graduate of the Pace University M.S. in Publishing program. She is passionate about children's books, especially middle grade and young adult fantasies that take you out of this world. In her free time, she enjoys binging Netflix shows and attempting to be an active member of her local running club.

Sharon K. Goetz is a technical product manager at a real estate brokerage. Too fond of textuality for her own good, she has also worked in scholarly textual criticism and web publishing, tested software, documented software, and completed a PhD investigating medieval English chronicles amidst their manuscript contexts. As time permits, she reads widely and plays computer games.

Joy Kim works as a public librarian in Massachusetts. She is a past chair of YALSA’s William C. Morris YA Debut Award and Great Graphic Novels for Teens committees and a lifelong reader of speculative fiction. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, running, and watching Korean reality shows.

Yoon Ha Lee is the New York Times bestselling author of the middle grade novel Dragon Pearl. His debut novel, Ninefox Gambit, won the Locus Award for best first novel and was a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Clarke awards; its sequel, Raven Stratagem, was a finalist for the Hugo Award. He is also co-author of the Serial Box space opera The Vela with Becky Chambers, Rivers Solomon, and S. L. Huang. He lives in Louisiana with his family and an extremely lazy cat, and has not yet been eaten by gators.

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