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Solomon Robert Nui Enos is a Native Hawaiian artist, illustrator, and visionary. Born and raised in Makaha Valley (O‘ahu, Hawai‘i), Solomon hails from the well-known Enos ‘ohana. Solomon has been making art for more than 30 years and he is adept at artistic expression in a wide variety of media including oil paintings, book illustrations, murals, and game design. A self-described “Possibilist” Solomon’s art expresses an informed aspirational vision of the world at its best via contemporary and traditional art that leans towards Sci-Fi and Fantasy. His work touches on themes like collective-consciousness, ancestry and identity, our relationship with our planet, and all through the lens of his experience as a person indigenous to Hawai’i.

Solomon has exhibited in Biennial X (Honolulu Museum of Art), 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (Queensland Art Gallery), CONTACT art exhibitions, and others. His work is held in private collections and in the public collections of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and Hawai’i State Art Museum. He has led numerous community mural projects and has received art commissions for hotels, corporate offices, public buildings, and schools in Hawai’i. His latest works include murals and augmented-reality installations for Google and Disney.


A/V – Narrative

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Helen (she/he/they) is a millennial, which means they have many jobs. They are a writer, editor, sensitivity consultant, speaker, Twitch streamer, and part of Rusty Quill Ltd.

They moved to London in 2013, where they got involved in the local indie TTRPG scene. This led to her contributing to projects from Rowan, Rook and Decard; Black Armada Games; Game And A Curry; MacGuffin & Co.; Golden Goblin Press; and many more. She is also currently working on her own tabletop game, which is about surviving a dinner party with a cannibal chef.

From 2016 onwards, he has worked as a sensitivity consultant, with clients including major international publishers, editorial agencies, and independent authors.

She has appeared on panels or delivered talks at many conventions and events, including Nine Worlds, Eastercon, Chillercon, Dragonmeet, and the London Podcast Festival. 

His work with Rusty Quill has included voice acting on several of their podcasts (mainly the Rusty Quill Gaming podcast), being the host/director of the chat show Enthusigasm, and script editing for their Patreon-only show Inexplicables. They are also Rusty Quill’s Head of Inclusion.

You can find out more about them via their Carrd: https://helengould.carrd.co/


A/V – Commentary

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Either you want to dance the night away or you would rather read your book of the month quietly in a corner. This is one myth that has been perpetuated over and over again. But Shelvi Garg, a.k.a. the Dancing Bookworm, disproved this assertion by finding equal enjoyment in each. Her Indian origins and exposure to different cultures shaped her into a social butterfly who adores her family and friends. Her humorous remarks and the daily dose of humor are always appreciated. Giving a glimpse into her life through her vlogs is what makes her a complete package.


Comics

Rumours suggest that Sloane Hong [they/them] is an illustrator, comic artist and tattooer who lurks somewhere deep within the agonising, suburban sprawl of Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa. However, these claims have yet to be verified.

Documented photo evidence of their work may be found on plaest2k.me or on twitter and instagram using the handle @plaest2k.


Translation

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Xueting C. Ni was born in Guangzhou, during China’s “re-opening to the West”. Having lived in cities across China, she emigrated with her family to Britain at the age of 11, where she continued to be immersed in Chinese culture, alongside her British education, realising ultimately that this gave her a unique a cultural perspective, bridging her Eastern and Western experiences. After graduating in English Literature from the University of London, she began a career in the publishing industry, whilst also translating original works of Chinese fiction. She returned to China in 2008 to continue her research at Central University of Nationalities, Beijing. Since 2010, Xueting has written extensively on Chinese culture and China’s place in Western pop media, working with companies, theatres, institutions and festivals, to help improve understanding of China’s heritage, culture and innovation, and introduce its wonders to new audiences. Xueting has contributed to the BBC, Tordotcom Publishing, and the Guangdong Art Academy. Her first book, From Kuan Yin to Chairman Mao, is published by Weiser Books. Her new anthology Sinopticon: A Celebration of Chinese Science Fiction came out in November 2021. Xueting currently lives just outside London with her partner and their cats, all of whom are learning Chinese.


Writing

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Sarah Gailey is a Hugo Award Winning and Bestselling author of speculative fiction, short stories, and essays. They have been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards for multiple years running. Their bestselling adult novel debut, Magic For Liars, was published by Tor Books in 2019. Their most recent novel, Just Like Home, and first original comic book series with BOOM! Studios, Eat the Rich, are available now. Their shorter works and essays have been published in Mashable, The Boston Globe, Vice, Tor.com, and the Atlantic. Their work has been translated into seven different languages and published around the world. You can find links to their work at sarahgailey.com and on social media at @gaileyfrey.