Ajuan Mance is a Professor of African American literature at Mills College and a lifelong artist and writer. Ajuan’s comics and zines include Gender Studies, the comic strip Check All that Apply, and others. She’s the creator of the 1001 Black Men portrait series, soon to be released as a book from Stacked Deck Press.
Ali ValiAli Vali is the author of The Devil series, the Forces series, and the Call series. She’s written numerous standalones the newest being a novella in Still Not Over You, and the romance Face the Music. Ali currently lives outside New Orleans, where she enjoys cheering LSU and trying new restaurants.
Amy Spalding is the author of several novels for teens, including the bestselling We Used to Be Friends and The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles), which was named a best book of 2018 by NPR, the Boston Globe, Kirkus, Autostraddle, and more. She lives in Los Angeles.
Anne Shade is an incurable romantic who believes there is no limit to love. She is dedicated to writing romances that show women who love women in a beautiful and positive light. Her current release, Femme Tales, A Modern Fairytale Trilogy, is available now. Her upcoming projects include a historical romance, Masquerade, and an anthology with Bold Strokes Books, In Our Voices: Queer Stories from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Writers. She lives in West Orange, New Jersey and when she is not writing about love she reads fantasy novels and helps make couples wedding dreams a reality.
Award-winning author, Ashley Bartlett was born and raised in California. She is the author of the Dirty Trilogy and the Cash Braddock series. She writes and edits for Bold Strokes Books.
Barbara Ann Wright
Barbara Ann Wright writes fantasy and science fiction novels when not ranting on her blog. Her work has made Tor.com’s Reviewer’s Choice Books, been a Foreword Review BOTYA Finalist, a Goldie finalist, and made Book Riot’s 100 Must-Read Sci-Fi Fantasy Novels by Female Authors. She has won five Rainbow Awards and has been a Lambda Award finalist.
I am a women’s history professor, the author of 18 books, and the archivist for Olivia Records, the nation’s first lesbian recording company. My work documents the women’s music movement and women’s sports history. In 2017, I organized the first-ever timeline display of lesbian music albums at the Library of Congress.
Brey Willows is a longtime editor and writer. She lives in the middle of England with her wife and fellow author and spends entirely too much time exploring castles and ancient ruins while bemoaning the rain.
Carsen Taite’s goal as an author is to spin tales with plot lines as interesting as the cases she encountered in her career as a criminal defense lawyer. She is the award-winning author of over twenty novels of romance and romantic intrigue, including the Luca Bennett Bounty Hunter series, the Lone Star Law series, and the Legal Affairs romances. Carsen has won seven Goldie awards and is the recipient of the Alice B. Readers Appreciation Medal for her body of work. Find out what’s she’s working on next at carsentaite.com.
Christine Svendsen / Isabella
An author of award winning fiction, cigar enthusiast, and prankster. I write books, smoke cigars and sometimes I teach college, writing, and how to market and brand your books.
Dana Piccoli is an entertainment writer, pop culture critic and queer traveler. Dana has written for sites like The Mary Sue, The Decider, Curve, NBC, and was a longtime writer and Staff Editor of a formerly popular queer women’s pop culture website, until 2016. She’s the former Managing Editor of the Bella Media Channel, a vertical of Bella Books Publishing that focuses on queer entertainment and pop culture. Dana is also the founder and Editor in Chief of Queer Media Matters. When not writing, you can catch Dana moderating and hosting panels.
Dana was recently named one of The Advocate Magazine’s 2019 Champions of Pride. She was also one of Curve Magazine’s 2017 Pridelist for her work in LGBTQ media.
Elle Spencer is the author of several best-selling lesbian romances, including Casting Lacey, a Goldie finalist. She is a hopeless romantic and firm believer in true love, although she knows the path to happily ever after is rarely an easy one—not for Elle and not for her characters.
When she’s not writing, Elle loves working on home improvement projects, hiking up tall mountains (not really, but it sounds cool), floating in the pool with a good book, and spending quality time with her pillow in a never-ending quest to prove that napping is the new working.
Elle grew up in Denver, and she and her wife now live in Southern California.
Erika Turner is a senior editor of original children’s and teen’s content at IDW. She loves unexpected concepts, surly middle grade protagonists, and YA fantasy that focuses on inner strength and human connection.
Fiona Riley is a contemporary lesbian romance writer that lives in Boston and probably talks too fast. She likes to write strong, sexy, independent, and confident female leads that have a silver tongue and Olympic-like levels of stamina. During a podcast this year, a reader referred to Fiona Riley as the “Queen of Steam” and she couldn’t think of a better compliment. When she’s not writing her brand of high heat romance, she’s probably bingeing on Youtube videos.
Franco Stevens founded the most successful lesbian magazine in the world, raising lesbian visibility in a way that connected the lesbian community, created the lesbian market for advertisers, helped the lesbian community accept femme-identifying lesbians, changed the way lesbians are seen by the mainstream, highlighted the transgender experience, brought attention to lesbian families, raised awareness of attacks on LGBT rights, and amplified the work of lesbian activists.
Born and raised in upstate New York, Georgia Beers is a hopeless romantic and is lucky enough to say that she’s shaped that personality quirk into an awesome career of writing lesbian romance novels. A lover of dogs, TV, good wine and sharp cheese, this is her second time at Clexacon. Her latest novel, Flavor of the Month, releases April 14.
Ileandra YoungIleandra Young lives in the East Midlands of the UK and has far, far, far too many names. This name writes urban and traditional fantasies of varying length and occasionally dabbles in contemporary scriptwriting. When not writing, Ileandra can be found LARPing, crocheting, playing Minecraft and suffering crushing defeats at the hands of her twin sons while playing Smash Brothers.
Jane C. Esther
Jane C. Esther is the author of The Universe Between Us, Uninvited, and the forthcoming Convergence, published by Bold Strokes Books. She was named by The Advocate as one of 2018’s Icons, Innovators and Disruptors and writes about love in the uncertain future. She lives with her wife and cats near Boston.
JB Marsden is retired from a professorship in health systems, which has given her a background for writing about a rural health clinic and ranch life. She has five novels and is writing her sixth. She enjoys historical settings, with two of the novels set in the 1800s.
JD Glass is an executive producer/writer (along with Kevin Fox) for the TV series Punk Like Me with OUT-TV, based on her Lambda Literary Award (Literature) and ALA (Stonewall) finalist novel Punk Like Me. Glass is a contributing editor, writer, and illustrator for GO Magazine, with articles published in The Advocate, Reverb, and After Ellen. Having written for several games, Glass is also the author Punk And Zen (Part 1 and Part 2), Lambda Literary Award and Ben Franklin Award finalist Red Light, American Goth, and a host of others (including Nocturnes, Glass Lions, and Drawn Together), as well as the author-artist of the comic All The Things We Said.
Jen JensonJen lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her partner and a rescued pack of senior dogs.
Jen’s directorial debut, AHEAD OF THE CURVE, tells the story of Franco Stevens and the creation of Curve magazine. With her creative partner Rivkah Beth Medow, she runs the production company Frankly Speaking Films to produce media focused on authentic storytelling to address the deep need for representation of queer women’s and nonbinary people’s stories.
With the release of The Last First Kiss in 2020, Julie Cannon has authored twenty romance novels. five short stories and two novellas in her thirteen year writing career. She’s a two-time Lambda Literary Society finalist for Best Lesbian Romance and multi-year finalist and winner of Best lesbian Romance with the Golden Crown Literary Society. JulieCannon.com
Kayden Phoenix is the creator of the Latina superhero universe, A LA BRAVA. In this superhero universe, Latinas of different upbringings fight against female injustices. Each book with their origin story and social cause.
Kimberly Cooper Griffin
Kimberly Cooper Griffin, a Foreword Book of the Year award winner, lives in Denver with her wife and daughters where they enjoy the outdoors, the company of their two cats and two dogs, and hanging out with friends and family. Her romance novels explore the complexities of building relationships and finding balance when life has a tendency to get in the way.
Award winning author Kris Bryant writes contemporary lesbian romance for Bold Strokes Books. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri and enjoys photography, reading, and binge-watching movies and shows including Wynonna Earp, Stranger Things, The Walking Dead, Killing Eve, and Star Wars. She is currently working on her twelfth novel, Scent, and her second Christmas novella.
Lea SantosLea Santos/Lynda Sandoval is the author of five novels for Bold Strokes Books and about 19 additional titles for publishers such as HarperCollins, Avon Books, Harlequin/Silhouette, Simon & Schuster, Houghton Mifflin/Harcourt, and more. She lives with her spouse in western New York and owns a cat spa and hotel, runs a couple of Etsy shops and a YouTube channel, and occasionally sleeps.
Melissa Brayden is the multi award winning author of sixteen published romance novels and enjoying the ride. She’s a dedicated storyteller, having studied with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon as well as Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. Though she now writes full time, much of it is spent on coffee, wine, donuts, and staring off into space. Kissing scenes remain her favorite.
McGee Mathews won the 2019 Lesfic Bard Awards for new author. Her latest book Keeping Secrets is a historical romance set in the civil war, available from Sapphire Publishing. She finds inspiration for her historical characters in her lifelong hobby of genealogy. In her more contemporary works, she is drawn to blue-collar gals with sass.
McGee and her wife of over 27 years raised three children on a farm in South Carolina.
Mel lives in LA with their partner and menagerie of dramatic pets. They can usually be found playing roller derby or face down in their phone writing gay shit. Every queer word they write is a petty ‘fuck you’ to everyone who told them gay doesn’t sell.
Missouri Vaun is a two-time Golden Crown Literary Society award-winning lesbian romance writer published by Bold Strokes Books. Her latest novel, CHASING SUNSET, is a sexy rom-com road trip. She and her wife live in northern California.
Nell Stark is an award-winning author of lesbian romance, published by Bold Strokes Books. Her 2010 novel everafter (with Trinity Tam) won a Golden Crown Literary Award for paranormal romance. In 2013, The Princess Affair was a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Her most recent novel, The Princess Deception, came out in 2018.
Nicole is a lifelong storyteller who loves exploring the hidden corners of the human experience. She writes novels that dive into the emotional, the uncomfortable, and the unseen. She lives in Denver, Colorado, where she is a collector of jobs and hobbies that inspire her writing. She has worked as a 911 operator, police dispatcher, and martial arts instructor.
Olga Talamante is Executive Director Emerita of the Chicana Latina Foundation (CLF). She became the first Executive Director of CLF in January 2003 serving in that position until March of 2018. CLF’s mission is the Empowerment of Chicanas/Latinas through their Personal, Educational, and Professional Advancement. In her position she oversaw the granting of thousands of dollars to Latina college students and founded the organization’s pioneering Leadership Institute that has graduated over 400 Latina social justice leaders.
Ms. Talamante’s family migrated from Mexico to Gilroy, California in the early 1960’s where they worked in the farm fields for several years. Those formative years formed the basis for her activism as an organizer and supporter of the nascent United Farm Workers labor union.
She is widely respected for her community activism and leadership. During the mid-seventies, she became well known for her experience as a political prisoner in Argentina. As a result of a successful grass-roots campaign, she was released after spending 16 months in an Argentine prison. Since her return to the United States, she has remained active in the Chicano, Latin American solidarity, LGBTQ and progressive political movements.
Among her various awards, she was recognized as one of the most influential Hispanics in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the San Francisco Business Times. She received the Latino Heritage Community Award from the City of San Francisco, and in 2011 she received the prestigious OHTLI award from the Mexican Government.
Four years ago, she was honored to be a Community Grand Marshall for the San Francisco LGBTQ Pride Parade. Currently she serves on the Boards of El Concilio of San Mateo County and the Greenlining Institute. She recently served on the boards of Horizons Foundation, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights where she held the position of co-chairs. In 2016 she received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the School of Education at the University of San Francisco and most recently the Cesar Chavez Legacy Award.
Upon her retirement from Chicana Latina Foundation in March of 2018, Ms. Talamante has continued her involvement with board volunteer positions, support for community-based organizations, and especially initiatives addressing the crisis at the border. She opened a consulting practice, Nopalera Consulting, to work with select organizations on organizational/leadership development and strategic solutions for organizations dedicated to equity, peace and social justice.
Radclyffe is the multi-award winning author of over 60 lesbian romance novels and as many short stories. Her latest romance, Love on the Night Shift, is another of her popular medical romances featuring sexy, passionate women discovering love in the fast-paced world of the ER and first responders. She is also the founder and president of Bold Strokes Books Inc, one of the world’s largest independent queer publishers.
Robin Lowey is the author and designer of the award-winning book Game Changers – Lesbians You Should Know About and co-creator of the 12-part short film series Game Changers – Impacting LGBTQ Culture. She is the founder of Epochalips.com and has been Editor in Chief since 2010. Her writing has appeared in The Advocate, Lesbian.com, and Epochalips.com. Honored in Go Magazine’s 100 Women We Love issue, Robin was a featured speaker at Talks at Google and the Michelle Meow Show on The CW Network. Robin’s work donating Game Changers 300 books to local schools was covered on CBS news during their Pride Special Report in June.
Sallyanne Monti is a award-winning author, editor, and storyteller.
She’s Producer, Partnerships and Book-to-Film, for Nicole Conn Films Global.
Her Memoir Light at the End of the Tunnel, a suspenseful, page-turning, true love story, for all people, won the 2019 Imadjinn Awards Nonfiction Book of the Year, and is under film consideration. Her new book, Poems and Provocations…Love’s Pain and Pleasures, packed with sexy, sultry truths, releases in 2021.
Sallyanne and her wife Mickey have four adult children and three grandchildren. They live in Sedona, AZ and Palm Springs, CA. Sallyanne enjoys composing music, playing guitar, and singing.
Sandy Lowe has a master’s degree in publishing from the University of Sydney, Australia, and is the senior editor at Bold Strokes Books. Party of Three is her first novel.
Sheri Lewis Wohl
Vampires and witches and werewolves oh my! Such are the books written by Sheri Lewis Wohl.
Tara Madison Avery is the publisher of Stacked Deck Press an imprint devoted to comics and coloring books of LGBTQAIU+ interest. As a cartoonist she is known for the webcomics Dirtheads and Gooch as well as contributions to several anthologies. Avery also is a board member of Prism Comics, a non-profit organization devoted to advancing queer comics and fandom.
Tanai WalkerAuthor of Lesbian Spec-fic, Sci-Fi and Paranormal novels. Rise of the Gorgon and Sacred Fire.
Taylor has been working as a Caricaturist for the last 8 years. She has recently decided to go back to school to pursue a Certificate in Storyboarding and a degree in Studio Arts. She enjoys making Slice of Life comics, “Casual” Cosplay, and bad cover songs on her ukulele.
A native Californian, Terri Furuya lives in Los Angeles and works as a Business Applications Analyst. She has been published in two volumes of the Clexacon Anthology Series Fandom To Fantasy, published by Sapphire Books. An insatiable writer of fanfiction, Terri has written and posted over 700,000 words on Archive of Our Own for multiple fandoms in eighteen short months.
Virginia Black writes women-loving-women tales of romance and speculative fiction while sipping fine whiskey. She believes in gritty stories of lustful angst with happy endings. Her works include the contemporary romance novella Big City Blues, and the short story “Love Undaunted” in Volume 3 of the Fandom to Fantasy anthology.