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Shared Worlds' 2014 Visiting Writers Announced 

Carrie Vaughn is best known for Kitty Norville werewolf novels. Recently, Vaughn has published two superhero novels, After the Golden Age and Dreams of the Golden Age. More than 60 of her short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and in such venues as Asimov's Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, Realms of Fantasy, and Weird Tales.

James Artemis Owen will be visiting Shared Worlds via Skype. An internationally recognized illustrator and writer, Owen focused on his 24 issue comic, Starchild, in the 1990's, followed by his Mythworld novels in the early 2000s, and has focused in recent years on The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica series. The seven book series contains over 200 of Owens illustrations and tells the story of Oxford scholars based on J.R.R Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and H.G. Wells, who seek out mythical place.

Steven Barnes is a New York Times bestselling, award-winning novelist and screenwriter. He’s also a martial artist, coach, and the creator of the Lifewriting™ writing course. Barnes has been nominated for Hugo, Nebula, and Cable Ace awards. One of the world's most honored, diverse, and popular writers, Barnes has won an Emmy, the Endeavor, and the NAACP Image Awards. He’s written comic books, animation, newspaper copy, magazine articles, television scripts and three million words of published fiction published in seven languages. This will be Barnes’ first time at Shared Worlds.

Mur Lafferty is an author, podcaster, and editor. Lafferty writes urban fantasy, superhero satire, afterlife mythology, and Christmas stories. She is the author of The Shambling Guide to New York City and the sequel, The Shambling Guides 2: Ghost Train to New Orleans, among other novels and novellas. She has been podcasting since 2004 and has written for several magazines, including Knights of the Dinner Table, Anime Insider, and The Escapist. 2014 will be Lafferty’s first visit to Shared Worlds.

Nathan Ballingrud’s first collection of stories, North American Lake Monsters, came out in the summer of 2013. Several of the stories have been reprinted in Year’s Best anthologies. One of them, called “The Monsters of Heaven,” won a Shirley Jackson Award. Ballingrud is a regular at Shared Worlds.

William Alexander won the National Book Award in 2012 for his first novel, Goblin Secrets, and the Earphones Award for his narration of the audiobook. He also wrote Ghoulish Song (2013) and Ambassador (forthcoming in 2014). He studied theater and folklore at Oberlin College, English at the University of Vermont, and creative writing at the Clarion Workshop.

Kelly Barnhill is the author of the novels Iron Hearted Violet and The Mostly True Story of Jack, as well as many short stories and nonfiction books. Her new book, The Witch’s Boy, comes in the fall of 2014. An experience teacher and adventurer, Barnhill will be visiting Shared Worlds for the first time in 2014.

Jeremy L. C. Jones is a reelance writer, editor, and teacher. Jones writes for newspapers, magazines, and websites, and is the staff interviewer for the Hugo Award-winning Clarkesworld Magazine. He is also the editor of two series of western novels that debut in 2014, the Piccadilly Doubles series from Piccadilly Publishing, the Fight Card Charity anthologies (co-edited with Paul Bishop), and the Western Fictioneers Storytellers series (co-edit with Troy D. Smith). Jones is the founder and co-director of Shared Worlds.

Will Hindmarch is a freelance writer and designer with numerous professional credits as author, developer, producer, and graphic designer on games, books, and magazines, some of them electronic. In the gaming industry, he has worked for White Wolf Game Studio, serving as the developer of the flagship World of Darkness Storytelling Game, Vampire: The Requiem, and he has written or designed numerous game titles for publishers such as Pelgrane Press, Fantasy Flight Games, and Atlas Games. He is co-founder of the gameplay and story outfit, Gameplaywright Press, with Jeff Tidball. Hindmarch has written small-house plays, small-press comics, and award-winning poetry. His writing has also appeared in The Escapist, Atlanta magazine, Geek Monthly, Everywhere and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He co-produces the live-lit storytelling show, Story Club South Side, and is a designer and advisor at Protagonist Labs. Hindmarch has been a part of Shared Worlds since 2008 and has recently been appointed the Assistant Director.

Jeff VanderMeer is a three-time winner, thirteen-time finalist for the World Fantasy Award. His Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction, the world's first full-color, image-based writing guide, is now out from Abrams Image. His Southern Reach trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, Acceptance) will be published by FSG, HarperCollins Canada, and The Fourth Estate (UK) in 2014, as well as 12 other countries. The film rights have been optioned by Scott Rudin Productions and Paramount Pictures. Prior novels include the Ambergris Cycle (City of Saints & Madmen, Shriek: An Afterword, and Finch) and Veniss Underground. His short fiction has appeared in American Fantastic Tales (Library of America), Conjunctions, and many others. He writes nonfiction for The Washington Post, the LA Times, The Guardian, and many others. He has lectured at MIT and the Library of Congress and helps run the Shared Worlds teen SF/Fantasy writing camp out of Wofford College. With his wife Ann he has coedited several iconic anthologies, most recently The Time Traveler's Almanac and The Weird. VanderMeer is the co-director of Shared Worlds.

For 2014, Shared Worlds visiting writers will include Carrie Vaughn, Steven Barnes, Mur Lafferty, Nathan Ballingrud, Will Alexander, and Kelly Barnhill. More information about these authors will be posted soon!


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