Bringing their own experiences as a marginalized author to the page with flawed and genuine characters, O.E. Tearmann’s work has been described as “Firefly for the dystopian genre.”
Tearmann lives in Colorado with two cats, their partner, and the belief that individuals can make humanity better through small actions. They are a recipient of the 2023 Feathered Quill award, a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America, the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and the Queer Scifi group. In their spare time, they teach workshops on writing GLTBQ characters, plant gardens to encourage sustainable agricultural practices, and play too many video games.
Rimi B. Chatterjee is a screenwriter and novelist currently working on the Antisense Universe, a storyworld focused on climate action, social justice and civilisational redesign. She is writing a number of animated feature films set in this universe for a YA audience. She is also a career academic and lives in Kolkata, India.
Joanna Michal Hoyt is a community volunteer, farmer, and freelance writer currently living and working in Massachusetts. As a celibate bisexual Christian who enthusiastically supports marriage equality, she fits oddly in most political groups but has good connections with a wide variety of friends and neighbors. This story was inspired by that, and by her time living and working with migrants and asylum seekers, and also by her relationships with preppers and her wish to envision a more communal and generous response to disaster.
Her labor-history novel Cracked Reflections was published by Propertius Press in 2021. Her short speculative stories have appeared in publications including Mysterion, On Spec, and Daily Science Fiction, and also in the single-author collection Believing Is Seeing, published by WolfSinger in 2022.
Something that has been so rewarding about working on WE CAME TO DANCE, is seeing how many different, beautiful stories were born from our simple request for queer joy. Though many are set in worlds that, like our own, are shadowed with fear and uncertainty, each piece shows how even in the darkest places, joy--our joy, the joy of authenticity, of truth, of diversity--truly shines.
Stories of joy, music, and community.
Amphibian Press welcomes you to stand up with us as we support Club Q through storytelling. On November 19, 2022, an LGBT community hub and nightclub called Club Q in Colorado Springs was attacked. Five beautiful, vibrant people were lost. Someone silenced the music everyone in the club had come to celebrate with gunfire
We came together with a dozen authors from around the world to share a diverse array of characters and worlds: a found-family in the post-apocalypse; excited teen couples attending a hopepunk concert; the otherworldly experience of base-heavy queer club; a tender proposal almost-spoiled by hijinks; and a sci-fi medic trying to remember how to trust after a decade on the run. These are stories of queer joy, filled with gender and culture-diverse characters, found family, community solidarity, love, comfort and hope.
We won't let the music be silenced.
All proceeds will be donated to the Club Q community via the Colorado Healing Fund.
Adam Gaffen is the author of the near-future, LGBTQ-inclusive science fiction series The Cassidy Chronicles. The heart of the universe is the indomitable Kendra Cassidy and her wife, Aiyana, as they struggle to drag humanity to the stars. The series The Artemis War consists of four books, concluding with the award-winning “Triumph’s Ashes.” A prequel, a memoir (written by Kendra), and a collection of stories round out the Cassidyverse. A new series in the universe has been launched with “The Ghosts of Tantor,” which was recognized as one of the top 25 Indie Books of 2022. He lives in Colorado with his wife, five dogs, five cats, and wonders where all the time goes.
V. S. Holmes is an international bestselling author. They created the BLOOD OF TITANS series and the NEL BENTLY BOOKS. Smoke and Rain, the award-winning first book in their fantasy quartet, became an international bestseller in 2018. Travelers is also included in the Peregrine Moon Lander mission as part of the Writers on the Moon Time Capsule. In addition, they write game content for Stone Blade Entertainment. As a disabled and non-binary human, they work as an advocate and educator for representation in SFF worlds. When not writing, they work as a contract archaeologist throughout the northeastern U.S.
We've been teasing the character art for a while now, and we're finally ready to share! The lovely Olivia Wylie--author of "Paradise City" and half the duo of O. E. Tearmann--put together these amazing retro-style character cards for each of the stories in We Came to Dance.
Not only that, but the anthology will feature the art as title pages for each of the pieces in black and white.
Those who support We Came to Dance at $25 or more will receive postcards versions of some of the art, so be sure to check out the project.
K.L. Noone teaches college students about superheroes and Shakespeare by day, and writes LGBTQ+ romance – frequently paranormal or with fantasy elements, and always with happy endings – when not grading papers or researching medieval outlaw life. She has been a Rainbow Award winner and a Queer Indie Book Award winner, and a runner-up in the Good Sex Awards. She also likes cats, craft beer, and the sound of ocean waves.
We've known Jason's work for some time now, and we were thrilled to have him join us for this project! Jason writes speculative fiction with a literary bent, always taking aim at the human condition. His autism gives him a unique outsider perspective, a position from which to ask questions others might not have thought of. When he isn’t turning blank space into prose, Jason teaches psychology at a local community college, trains Chinese psychotherapists in Beijing, and lives an otherwise quiet life with his wife and son in Colorado Springs, Colorado.