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Cinepunx is an ongoing conversation about film, art, and culture between knuckleheads. Join Joshua Alvarez and Liam O’Donnell who, along with their menagerie of guests, discuss their passions in cinema and music. With enough taste to be interesting and enough disgrace to be fun, Cinepunx builds it up to break it down, pointing fingers and drinking coffee, discussing both firestorms and camera angles for your enjoyment.

Kenesha Williams, founder of Black Girl Magic Mag

Black Girl Magic Lit Mag is a literary magazine created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority voices and characters in speculative fiction, especially Black women’s voices. Black Girl Magic Lit Mag believes that by showcasing stories featuring Black female voices and characters we can create a reflection of ourselves in the literature that we love, in a world where our images are constantly controlled, shaped, and distorted by those outside of our experiences.

We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) QUILTBAG, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. Our mission is to increase visibility for diverse authors, specifically women of color, and empower a wide variety of readers in the process.

Tarik Davis, actor/filmmaker/writer

Tarik Davis is an actor/writer/teaching artist/avid pop culture consumer based in New York City with a long history of performing improv and writing comedy. He strives to cross-pollinate performance styles and audiences in all his work.

Tawanna Sullivan

Nathan Larson, music composer/author

Nathan Larson is an award winning film composer, author, and former punk rocker. He cut his teeth in the DC hardcore scene in the '80s, was the lead guitarist in math-rock pioneers SHUDDER TO THINK through the '90s, and has gone on to make music for over 40 films. 

Modern Imperial Record Company (@modernimperial)
TONEDEAF Podcast (@tonedeaf_pc)
295 Media Production Company (@295media)

Jamelle Shannon

Jamie Broadnax, founder of Black Girl Nerds

Jamie Broadnax is the managing editor and creator of the online community for Black women called Black Girl Nerds. Jamie has appeared on MSNBC's The Melissa Harris-Perry Show and The Grio's Top 100. Her Twitter personality has been recognized by Shonda Rhimes as one of her favorites to follow. In her spare time, she enjoys live-tweeting, reading, writing, and spending time with her beagle Brandy.

Brit Brinson, Author

Brit Brinson is a twenty-something aspiring author of young adult literature from Ohio. She is a graduate of the Unsinkable Albany State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Brit started writing as soon as she could hold a pencil and hasn’t stopped since. She lives for all things horror, paranormal, and sci-fi and may even be a Trekkie (Live long and prosper y’all). She enjoys doing nerd stuff with her friends and fawning over Chris Evans.

Annette C. Sowell, film sound librarian/editor
Shriekfest staff member

Stephanie Williams, writer/blogger

Musings From a Curly Headed Wife, Mommy, Blerd, and Evolving Human Being.
Host of The Lemonade Show Podcast

Amanda Hobson, scholar

Amanda Hobson's doctoral work at Ohio University’s School of Interdisciplinary Arts centers on issues of intersectionality of identity using sexuality and the erotic within feminist film with a specific emphasis on horror films and pornography. She presents on the construction and portrayal of gender, sexuality, and race within contemporary popular culture and art, such as Sex Magic: Witchcraft, Gender, and Sexuality in Paranormal Fiction and Gender Blending and Genre Bending in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series. Additionally, her work on the vampire narrative covers topics including Apocalyptic Vampires and Vampiric Icons: Visions of Vampires from Dirty to Debonair in Less than 200 Years. She has been invited to deliver lectures on the topic of vampires in popular culture, including one for the BalletMet of Columbus, Ohio, for their production of Dracula.

Calyn Pickens, illustrator

Anisetta Valdez (@avcvaldez)

Shelagh Rowan-Legg, academic, film programmer and critic

Dr. Shelagh Rowan-Legg is the Shorts Programmer for Film4 FrightFest in London, former programmer for Toronto After Dark Film Festival, and a film critic for Twitch. She recently completed her PhD on contemporary Spanish fantastic film.

Rebecca Stone Gordon, scholar

Rebecca Stone Gordon is an MA student. She has been interested in the relationship between culture and nature ever since she found a monkey in a tote bag in a fast food restaurant when she was 7 years old. She holds an interdisciplinary MS in Audio Technology and Communications and a BA in American History and Applied Anthropology from American University. As a feminist horror scholar, she is a frequent panelist at Popular and American Culture conferences, discussing the history of Gothic horror, materiality of the body in horror film and literature, depictions of anthropology and archaeology in feature films, and mummy films. Her favorite big-screen archaeologist is Cornelius from the 1968 film Planet of the Apes.
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Colby R. Rice, author

Colby R Rice is a dystopian sci-fi, sci-fi thriller, and urban fantasy novelist! She also moonlights as a screenwriter, game writer & narrative designer, globetrotter, and kitchen ninja.  (@ColbyRRice)

Bryan & Simon Steel, creators of AJ & Magnus

When we were younger, Simon and I would have been thrilled to see a comic strip with gay parents alongside the strips in the newspaper we followed, it could have been life-changing. This is one of the reasons why we created AJ & Magnus; we hope to be a part of exposing people to the non-common gay parent family so they see every family is family, no matter who it's made up of and show LGBT youth that a family of their own is an option for those who want it. The other reason is we just want to add some more laughter to the world, there can never be too many smiles! Our ultimate goal is to get enough support to begin work on an AJ & Magnus animated series!

-Bryan & Simon

Jasmine Keitt, Graphic & Illustrative Designer/Blerd Culture Blogger

This is how I approach design: making sure that your creations are not just beautiful and are concise representations of you--and me--, but are also able to be seen by the world. I graduated from Bronx Community College with my Associates in Advertising Art and Computer Graphics, and just this year, I've graduated with my Bachelor of Science from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Prior to graduating, I've been able to acquire real life experience via freelancing and volunteering my talents for companies such as The Works Personal Training and the Women in Comics NYC Collective International.

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Feminista Jones, writer/activist/feminist

Feminista Jones is a mental health social worker, sex-positive feminist writer, public speaker, and community activist currently residing in Philadelphia. She is an award-winning blogger and author of the popular novel, Push The Button. Her work centers Black American culture, critical race theory, intersectionality, women’s health and well-being (specifically in areas of mental and sexual health). Feminista has been featured in several publications, notably as a contributor to the New York Times, The Washington Post, EBONY, TIME, Essence, and SheKnows.

Website | Twitter

David Demchuk, writer

David Demchuk has been writing for theatre, film, television, radio, and other media for more than thirty years. His reviews, essays, interviews and columns have appeared in such magazines as Toronto Life, Xtra, What! Magazine, and the Toronto Star. The Bone Mother is his first novel.

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Vincent Baker, game designer
A Window Into Game Design

V.V. Gunn, writer/oracle

V.V. Gunn is a creatrix and wordsmith; who spends most of her time conducting occult research during the day and writing during the night. She has studied English Literature throughout the years, graduating with a degree in Creative Writing. Her website, is just a visible footprint of what goes on inside her mind; ranging from erratic rambling to info about new projects to bizarre spiritual breakthroughs.

Cameo Wood, filmmaker

Her debut short documentary film, "Dukha in Summer" was shot solo in Northern Mongolia and premiered at the St.Louis Film Festival. Cameo wrote, produced, and directed "Real Artists", a narrative thriller about Artificial Intelligence and the future of filmmaking. Cameo's career began in 2012 when she produced, and co-directed the web series "The Alternative Guide to Secret Beijing" which was then featured on Atlas Obscura. Cameo has since won awards for her direction, cinematography, and screenwriting. She is currently in pre-production on her first feature.

Branwen Rogers, artist/American Celt

Branwen Rogers is a Gaelic Polytheist with nearly ten years experience serving as a Priestess, creating and supporting sacred experiences through public pagan ritual in the California Bay Area. Hospitality, devotion, and courage are at the heart of her practice, and through them she focuses her love and desire for open-hearted community into the magic she offers.

Adrian Roe, writer/journalist

Author of First Scream To The Last and Second Scream,
both retrospectives about 1980's and 1990's horror films.

Nicole Solomon
Maya Glick
Kebra Mckenzie
Craig Garrett
Summer Brooks
Fiona Wood
Hannah Neurotica
Shareef Jackson
Knight Of Swords
Shawn Pryor
Rod T. Faulkner
The Tannex
E. Bonnie Boykin
Naomi Hartman

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