Staff List and Bios

Joining Our Volunteer Staff

For more information regarding the Speculative Literature Foundation, including information on volunteering as a committee member, contact Dr. Mary Anne Mohanraj at In your letter, please indicate on which of the following committees you would like to serve; you may choose more than one committee, although we recommend no more than three. You do not need to be a paid member in order to serve on one of our volunteer committees. If you are interested in serving on our academic advisory board, please also include an indication as to your college/university affiliation. Thank you for your interest!

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Last updated: August 29th, 2019

Management Team

Dr. Mary Anne Mohanraj, Director
Carly Grant, Development Coordinator
Kirsten Jackson, Financial Director
Karen Murphy, Managing Director

Grants and Awards

Malon Edwards, Grants Administrator

Reading Series Coordinators

Dr. Mary Anne Mohanraj, Coordinator
Chris Bauer, Coordinator


Ellen B. Wright, Social Media Coordinator 
Irene Bruce, Publicist


Gregory B. Banks
Kaolin Fire
Jeremiah John

Site and Graphic Design

Ajapa Sharma, Arts Administrator Intern 



Gregory Banks

Gregory Banks has worked as moderator for Zoetrope All-Story Writers Workshop, as site administrator for Scrawl: The Writer’s Asylum, and as webmaster for WRITER and MARKET Literary Search Engine. He’s now co-Webmaster for the Speculative Literature Foundation. His recent publishing credits include The Rose & Thorn, Story House,, Creative Brother’s Sci-Fi Magazine, and The Writers Post Journal.His first collection, Crossroads and Other Tales, is available from bookstores worldwide or from:

Chris Bauer

Chris Bauer is a writer who is co-hosting Deep Dish with Mary Anne Mohanraj

Irene Bruce

Irene Bruce resides in Brooklyn and has been immersed in science fiction and fantasy her whole life. In college, she interned for Analog and Asimov’s. After college, she worked briefly in science publishing and currently serves as the Project Coordinator for the RCHN Community Health Foundation. In her spare time Irene enjoys reading, writing, and trivia nights!  

Malon Edwards

malonMalon Edwards has been writing short stories since he was eight years old. His first story was about two astronauts who take a rocket ship to the Moon, where one decides to stay, all alone.

These days, his stories—sometimes steampunk and urban fantasy, other times horror and cyberpunk—are often set in an alternate or near-future Chicago and feature people of color. Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Malon now lives in the Toronto area with his wife and their two children. He has volunteered for the Speculative Literature Foundation since 2008.

Kaolin Fire

Kaolin Fire is the founder of Poemranker, co-founder of NFG, long-term guru and moderator of imaginaries (formerly The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Co-operative), and co-webmaster for the SLF. He enjoys creation with pixels, words, oil paints, and generally any other sort of thing he can get his hands on or wrap his mind around. His favorite topics in fiction (and in life) are consciousness, dreams, social networking, artificial intelligence, and software development. You can sample his existence at, see some of his comic thoughts, or help yourself to some of his tools, like writer’s planner.

Carly Grant

Carly Grant is a non-practicing attorney with experience in federal litigation (discrimination, civil rights, federal law), and high stakes commercial disputes. She’s also an event planner and fundraiser who flexes those skills for the SLF.  Carly is also a full-time artist who largely paints acrylic on canvas.

Kirsten Jackson

Kirsten Jackson is an all-around awesome lady who handles the finances of the SLF.

Jeremiah John

Jeremiah John is a writer, activist, poet, and coder; he’s the author of the yet-unsigned novel Thinspace. He has written nonfiction for such outlets as Huffpo, Geez, and Nuvo, started a program at a nonprofit to organize communities around their own mutual aid, and served six months in federal prison for his nonviolent act of civil disobedience to close the notorious School of the Americas.

Mary Anne Mohanraj

mefeb2016_tish-1Mary Anne Mohanraj is author of Bodies in Motion (HarperCollins), The Stars Change (Circlet Press) and ten other titles. Bodies in Motion was a finalist for the Asian American Book Awards, a USA Today Notable Book, and has been translated into six languages. The Stars Change is a Lambda and Rainbow Award-finalist science fiction novella. Previous titles include Aqua Erotica and Wet (two anthologies edited for Random House), Kathryn in the City and The Classics Professor (two erotic choose-your-own-adventure novels, Penguin), The Best of Strange Horizons, Without a Map, (Aqueduct Press, a collection co-authored with Nnedi Okorafor), The Poet’s Journey (picture book), and A Taste of Serendib (a Sri Lankan cookbook).

Mohanraj founded the Hugo-nominated magazine, Strange Horizons, and serves as editor-in-chief of Jaggery, a South Asian literary journal ( She received a Breaking Barriers Award from the Chicago Foundation for Women for her work in Asian American arts organizing, won an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Prose, and was Guest of Honor at WisCon and Maneki Neko Con. She serves as Executive Director of both DesiLit ( and the Speculative Literature Foundation (, and directs the Kriti Festival of South Asian arts and literature (

Mohanraj has taught at the Clarion SF/F workshop, and is Clinical Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Mohanraj lives in a creaky old Victorian in Oak Park, just outside Chicago, with her husband, their two small children, and a sweet dog.

Karen Murphy

Karen Murphy is a freelance consultant/researcher who enjoys art, travel, and food–and any combination of the three.

Ajapa Sharma

Ajapa Sharma began her Arts Administrator Internship in November 2018.

Ellen B. Wright

ebwEllen B. Wright is a book publicist specializing in science fiction and fantasy. She is currently Senior Publicist at Orbit, where her authors include Hugo, Nebula, Edgar, and Philip K. Dick Award winners; World Fantasy and James Tiptree, Jr. Award finalists; and New York Times and USA Today bestsellers. With Faye Bi, she helped fund the first three years of the Diverse Worlds/Writers Grants.