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Printer-friendly versionMichael Anderson – Art/Entertainment
Michael Anderson is a First Amendment lawyer. After he takes off his tie, he talks to audiences in ways they don’t allow in federal court. He started in the San Francisco spoken word scene in 1990. He performed in slacker coffeehouses and actual grownup venues. In 1999, he moved to Boston, where he brought his manic political style to storytelling. He wrote and performed Free-Style Shakespeare (2003) and Soccer Nightmares, Soccer Dreams (2007) at Jimmy Tingle's Off-Broadway Theater. Next to his wife and son, he loves the essays of George Orwell, the Queen’s Gambit attack in chess, and the first two Clash albums. Back by popular demand, Michael will be performing "Hallucinating Shakespeare" again at this Arisia.

Kelley Armstrong - Writer GOH, Literature

Kelley Armstrong is a Canadian author, primarily of fantasy works. She has published at least thirteen fantasy novels to date, most set in the world of the Women of the Otherworld series, a crime fiction series, and the Darkest Powers series. Armstrong has confirmed contracts with her American, British and Canadian publishers for novels seven through ten in this series. She has also written several serial novellas and short stories for the Otherworld series, which are available free from her website. Armstrong's first crime novel was released in July 2007. A sequel to that novel was released in 2009. Her next book out will be The Gathering, due in April.

Bob Eggleton – Art, Media
Bob is a Nine-time Hugo Award Winner. He worked on the films Sphere (1997), Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius (2001) and The Any Bully (2006) as well as the independent film The Idol (2007). In 1996, he designed the visual effects for Star Trek. Author or co-author of seven books, the most current one is Dragon's Domain, The Ultimate Dragon Painting Book from Impact Books. See the Wikipedia link for more information.

Eric in the Elevator – Fan, Art/Entertainment, Gaming

Eric Zuckerman was Fan Performer GoH at Arisia 2008, and will be a Special Guest at LunaCon 2011. He has been writing, directing, and starring in the acclaimed fannish comedy talk show, "Eric in the Elevator," since BayCon 2001, and hosts screening parties, mostly at west coast conventions. He also has been known to lead gaming and geocaching events at conventions ranging from the regional level, to WorldCons. If you see him, trade ribbons. Eric also works with Looney Labs.

Shaenon K. Garrity - Webcomics GOH, Art
Shaennon is a webcomics writer and artist, best known as the creator of Narbonic. She is one of the most prominent cartoonists in the Modern Tales network of commercial webcomic sites, and became the site's editor on August 1, 2006. In addition to writing and drawing Narbonic, she writes (and often draws) spinoff series Li'l Mell and Sergio for Girlamatic; wrote Smithson (drawn by Brian Moore, Robert T. Stevenson and Roger Langridge) for Webcomics Nation.  Shaenon is currently working on the comic Skin Horse, which she illustrates and co-authors with Jeffrey Channing Wells. In October 2007, she began a column called "All the Comics in the World" for

Seanan McGuire – Music/Filk, Literature
Seanan McGuire is an American author and filker. She was awarded the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer by the 2010 World Science Fiction Convention. This award was announced at Aussiecon 4 on September 5, 2010. As this award is in the form of a tiara and the award was presented in Australia, Seanan has blogged that this makes her "Officially the Princess of the Kingdom of Poison and Flame". In 2010, McGuire's novel FEED (written under the pseudonym Mira Grant) ranked #74 in an National Public Radio listener poll of the top 100 Thriller novels of all time. McGuire has won three Pegasus Awards and been nominated for 4 more. McGuire was Interfilk guest at Conterpoint 2007.

Hildy Silverman – Literature, Fandom
Hildy Silverman is the publisher of Space and Time, a 4-decade-old magazine featuring fantasy, horror, and science fiction. She is also the author of several works of short fiction, including “Damned Inspiration” (2009, Bad-Ass Fairies, Ackley-McPhail, ed), "The Vampire Escalator of the Passaic Promenade" (2010, New Blood, Thomas, ed.),“The Darren” (2009, "Witch Way to the Mall?", Friesner, ed), and "Sappy Meals" (2010, Fangs for the Mammaries, Friesner, ed). She is the Vice President of the Garden State Horror Writers and member of the literary programming committee for Philcon. In the “real” world, she is a freelance consultant who develops corporate training and marketing communications materials.

Josh Simpson - Artist GOH
Josh Simpson's vision in glass is as vast as the universe, an unlimited landscape that stretches from the mysteries of the ocean to the far reaches of space. Self taught, his work evolved as he experimented, made stupid mistakes, and pursued countless dead ends. In 1976 he began his "Infinity Project" — to leave his small planet sculptures around the Earth, an unsigned gift for future generations. He has deposited nearly 2000 planets (thus far) over the surface of the earth.  Josh's fascination with outer space far predates his marriage to astronaut Cady Coleman.  His fabulous sense of humor appears to have been bestowed upon him at birth.

Cecilia Tan - Literature
Cecilia Tan is "science fiction's premiere pornographer," according to Walter Jon Williams, and "one of the most important writers, editors, and innovators in contemporary American erotic literature" according to Susie Bright. She is the author of many books that combine the erotic with the fantastic, including the novels The Siren and the Sword, The Tower and the Tears, The Incubus and the Angel, Mind Games, and the web serial “The Prince's Boy.” She is the founder and editor of Circlet Press, erotic science fiction and fantasy, and has edited anthologies for Alyson Books, Thunder's Mouth Press, Carroll & Graf, Ravenous Romance, Masquerade Books, and others. Her short stories have appeared everywhere from Asimov's to Ms. Magazine.

Catherynne M. Valente - Literature
Born in the Pacific Northwest in 1979, Catherynne M. Valente is the author of over a dozen works of fiction and poetry, including Palimpsest, the Orphan's Tales series, and the crowd-funded phenomenon The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Own Making. She is the winner of the: Tiptree Award, Andre Norton Award, Mythopoeic Award, Lambda Award, Rhysling Award, and the Million Writers Award. She was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award in 2007 and 2009, and the Locus and Hugo Awards in 2010. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with her partner, two dogs, and an enormous cat.

Rene Walling - Fan GOH
A fan of animation, comic books and science fiction, René Walling chaired Anticipation, the 67th Worldcon held in Montréal in 2009. He writes for FPS magazine, co-owns Nanopress, a small publishing company, helps out with a few conventions, and has occasionally been known to work as a graphic designer. He looks forward to living on Mars where he would benefit from having more than 24 hours in a day. Rene is also well-versed in all things anime.

Frank Wu - Art
Frank Wu is an award-winning artist, writer and animator. He is married to fellow artist / costumer / gamer Brianna ‘Spacekat’ Wu. Frank’s art has materialized in many magazines and books. Frank has won the Illustrators of the Future Grand Prize and four Hugo Awards. He also has four scientific papers to his credit, along with humor  published in The Journal of Irreproducible Results and The Annals of Improbable Research. His current project is Guidolon the Giant Space Chicken, which is a movie about a giant space chicken making a movie about a giant space chicken. When not creating stuff, Frank can be found hanging out with monks, hunting for mastodon bones in New Mexico and dinosaur bones and fish fossils in Wyoming, touching art when the museum guards aren’t looking, searching for a river of molten lava to drop keys into, or walking the earth, meeting people, getting into adventures.