Convention Staff

CO-FOUNDER - MIKE HANCE

Mike is currently working on two books and an anthology. He has a BFA in Design. He has been running the Denver Writers Meet-Up for seven years, along with numerous events in the Denver area. He enjoys Film (arthouse and grindhouse) , Art (outsider art, popular illustration, and the great modernists) , a wide range of music, and DJs in his spare time. His favorite short story is Everything that Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor.

 

CO-FOUNDER - JHONETTE PERDUE

Coming from a music background on both sides of her family and growing up in a small town Jhonette always knew she wanted more than the little town life. She found herself involved with music and film but more from an aspect of behind the scenes. With a passion for photography and cinematography, you could say that she is very comfortable and in the moment with the camera as if it is one with her.

PROGRAM DIRECTOR CO-CHAIR - HENRY SNIDER

Henry Snider is a founding member of Fiction Foundry (est. 2012) and a founder of the award-winning Colorado Springs Fiction Writer’s Group (1996-2013). During the last two decades he’s dedicated his time to helping others tighten their writing through critique groups, classes, lectures, prison prose programs, and high school fiction contests. Thirteen years to the month from founding the group, he retired from the CSFWG presidency in January, 2009. After a much needed vacation he returned to the literary world. While still reserving enough time to pursue his own fiction aspirations, he continues to be active in the writing community through classes, editing services, and advice. Henry lives in Colorado with his wife, fellow author and editor Hollie Snider, son – poet Josh Snider and numerous neurotic animals, including, of course, Fizzgig, the token black cat. You can find out more about him at Fiction Foundry.

PROGRAM DIRECTOR CO-CHAIR - HOLLIE SNIDER

Hollie Snider is an Estonian-American in love with the written word. Her dark fantasy novel, For the Rank of Master, is due to be reprinted for the fourth time late 2017, with her newest project also heading to an agent by the end of the year. Her shorter fiction has appeared in anthologies including Carnival of the Damned, Forgotten Places (winning her the year’s Igor Award for Werhekau), and most recently Horrific Beginnings.

With a flair for editing, she’s credited with the anthologies Live and Let Undead, and The Wickeds. Snider sat on the award winning Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group board as editor for ten years, and owned both Swansong Editing and Strigidae Publishing before retiring to pursue her first passion – writing.

This child of the Muses balances her time between writing, lecturing, and editing. When not at the keyboard, she’s usually shooting, spending time with her family, or exploring trails with her neurotic dogs.

You can find out more about her at Fiction Foundry.

PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT - DACIA ARNOLD

Dacia Arnold is an author that struggles to find a balance of work, motherhood, marriage, writing, and the occasional craft. Dacia served 10 years in the U.S. Army as a combat medic and deployed twice to Iraq and often incorporates these experiences into her writings both fiction and non-fiction. She currently lives in Denver, Co with her husband, two children, and a fat beagle named Watson.

PHOTOGRAPHER - ASHLEIGH WRIGHT

Photographer Ashleigh Wright is a recent high school graduate already filling her portfolio. She’s provided photography services including senior photos, weddings, and comic con events. She’s on track to make photography a life-long career and has been offered internships.

VOLUNTEER - JOSH SNIDER

VOLUNTEER - ANNA ZACKER