Speakers


Amanda Holland

Amanda Holland (she/her)

GirlShipTV, Fruity Productions

Amanda Holland is an Ohio born/LA based, super gay, award-winning comedy writer & the founder of GirlShipTV + Fruity Productions. She is a serious writer who has written scripts and produced pilots/short films that have been featured at the New York TV Festival, Austin Film Festival, Frameline San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival and more… But you probably recognize her as that lesbian on the internet who gets drunk and talks about scissoring.

Ashley Bartlett

Ashley Bartlett (she/her)

Cash Braddock

Award-winning author, Ashley Bartlett was born and raised in California. Her life consists of reading, writing, and editing. Most of the time Ashley engages in these pursuits while sitting in front of a coffee shop with her wife.
She is an obnoxious, sarcastic, punk-ass, but her friends don’t hold that against her. She lives in Sacramento.

Barbara Ann Wright

Barbara Ann Wright (she/her)

Coils, Bold Strokes Books

Barbara Ann Wright writes SFF novels starring LGBTQ+ characters and featuring happily-ever-afters. She has won six Rainbow Awards, has been a finalist in the Goldie and Lamda Awards, and her work has made recommended reading lists on BookRiot, Tor.com, and Syfy.com. She is also an editor working for Bold Strokes Books.

Elena Heuzé

Elena Heuzé (she/they)

Heart Shot

Elena Heuzé is the star of the new Netflix short film, Heart Shot. They are originally from from the Philippines and moved to LA to pursue acting at 18. Elena is genderqueer, half-filipino half-french and lives in Los Angeles with their partner, hairless cat and their “big ass dog”.

Georgia Beers

Georgia Beers (she/her)

The Swizzle Stick Romances

Georgia Beers is very lucky woman because she gets to make a living doing what she loves: writing sapphic romance novels, more than thirty of them so far. When not writing, she searches Netflix for a good scary movie, explores the world of wine and cocktails, and takes her dog Archie on long walks around the neighborhood so he can greet his adoring public. She is currently hard at work on her next book.

Giovannie Espiritu

Giovannie Espiritu (she/her)

Dyke Central, Ally 3000

Giovannie Espiritu’s identity is inherently political: A bisexual, once-undocumented immigrant Filipina mom who spent time in a Biblical doomsday cult as a teen. Her first short film, “Ultra-Feminist,” got an Honorable Mention at Outfest:Fusion, and her second film, “ALLY 3000,” won over 12 awards at film festivals mainly in scriptwriting and social justice. Most of her work has taken aim at dismantling the patriarchy, healing generational trauma, and exposing systems of bias with humor. Her IRL and reel life mantra is to “Break Hearts Wide Open and Create More Moments of Joy.” As an actor, she was once nominated alongside Academy Award nominees Alfre Woodard and Amy Irving for Best Supporting Actress, but she didn’t know what to do with that information other than put it on her business card.

Kayden Phoenix

Kayden Phoenix (she/her)

Penance

Kayden Phoenix is a lesbian Chicana writer and director from Boyle Heights, California. Kayden’s queer horror film, Penance was purchased from Gun Powder & Sky’s horror platform, Alter, which boasts over 3 million subscribers. Kayden advocates for diversity through her Latina superhero comics, A LA BRAVA, and her non-profit, Chicana Directors Initiative.

Kimberly Cooper Griffin

Kimberly Cooper Griffin (she/her)

Sol Cycle, Tides of Love

Kimberly Cooper Griffin is an American author of award-winning Sapphic romance who lives in Denver, Colorado with her wife, daughters, and a menagerie of dogs and cats. Her novels explore the complexities of building relationships and finding balance when life has a tendency of getting in the way. Her work includes her June 2022 release, Sol Cycle, and the upcoming first book of the Oceana series, Tides of Love, coming out Feb 2023. She is also a Foreword Book of the Year winner for her debut novel Life in High Def and sophomore novel, Chasing Mercury. Kimberly publishes with Bold Strokes Books.

Kris Bryant

Kris Bryant (she/her)

Bold Strokes Books

Multi-award-winning author Kris Bryant was born in Tacoma, WA, but has lived all over the world and now considers Kansas City her home. She received her BA in English from the University of Missouri and spends a lot of her time buried in books. Kris is currently writing her 19th novel for Bold Strokes Books.

Leah Breuer

Leah Breuer (she/her)

What/If, All Rise, 4400

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Leah moved to Los Angeles with a 3-5 year plan in hopes of getting some real life Hollywood experience. 18 years later and she is still there, editing dramatic television series for TNT (Dallas), WGN (Underground), Netflix (What/If), CBS (All Rise) and CW (4400). She lives in Burbank with her wife Cat, and dog Cooper.

Lise Johnson

Lise Angelica Johnson (she/her)

Upload, Physical, Dollface

When not writing/directing her own queer projects, Lise has been advocating for diverse cutting rooms as an editor in television for the past fifteen years. Her credits include Upload on Amazon, Physical on AppleTV, Dollface on Hulu and she is currently editing Harlem on Amazon.

Marielle Woods

Marielle Woods (she/her)

Heart Shot

Marielle Woods is an award-winning, queer filmmaker who thrives in the high-stakes world of action storytelling. Her original queer-action-romance, Heart Shot, was released in 2022 as part of Netflix’s Emerging Filmmakers Initiative and is streaming worldwide. Woods has directed episodes for Seasons 4 & 5 of Cobra Kai for Netflix, and was a member of the Universal Director’s Initiative, the HBOAccess Fellowship, and the AFI Directing Workshop for Women. She loves puns, Nerf guns, crossword puzzles, and her 7.5 pound, 12-year-old rescue dog, Sasquatch.

Nicole Disney

Nicole Disney (she/her)

The Clinch

Nicole is an award winning novelist whose work spans across multiple genres of lesbian fiction, but thread throughout them all is a curiosity about the unseen underground worlds hidden beneath the ordinary. Nicole’s stories will take you up close to gang life, domestic violence, drug abuse, poverty, and professional fighting. She loves building strong female leads and taking you deep inside their worlds as they find themselves, fall in love, and test the real meaning of family and loyalty. Outside of writing, her other passions include martial arts, traveling the world, connecting with new people, and finding the charm in everyday moments.

Sheri Wohl

Sheri Lewis Wohl (she/her)

Cause of Death

Sheri Lewis Wohl lives in NE Washington State where she’s surrounded by mountains, rivers, and forests. It’s a perfect backdrop for her stories of danger, romance, and all things paranormal. When not writing, Sheri enjoys cycling, running, and hiking with her trio of German shepherds.

Stephanie Neroes

Stephanie Neroes (she/her)

Atypical, All American: Homecoming

Atypical and All American: Homecoming are some of the television shows this 15+ year editor has worked on. She aspires to expand her experience by telling inspiring character-driven yet incredibly impactful stories. Please welcome Stepanie Neroes to ClexaCon 2022

Tracy Dawson

Tracy Dawson (she/her)

Let Me Be Frank, Call Me Fitz

Tracy Dawson is the author of Let Me Be Frank: A Book About Women Who Dressed Like Men to Do Shit They Weren’t Supposed to Do, released in May 2022 from HarperCollins. Tracy began on the mainstage of the renowned Second City in Toronto. Tracy wrote and starred as a lead actor on the Canadian comedy series, Call Me Fitz. She went on to win the Gemini Award and the Canadian Screen Award for Best Lead Comedic Actress for her work opposite Jason Priestley on Fitz. Tracy has sold numerous television projects in The United States and Canada and currently lives in LA with her life partner Isaac, who is a dog.