4th Street Fantasy Conversation…
continues June 24-26, 2011 in Minneapolis, MN
Elizabeth Bear, Board Member
    Elizabeth Bear was born on the same day as Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, but in a different year. She is the Hugo and Sturgeon-Award winning author of over fifteen novels and seventy short stories. She lives in Connecticut.
Steven Brust, Board Member, Programming
Janet Grouchy, Board Member, Con Chair, Everything Else
    By profession I am a teacher. By avocation I am a needle crafter. By nature I am a volunteer. At heart I am a wife and mother. Surrounding and underpinning it all I am a reader and writer. In 2008 my son told me excitedly about a fantasy convention he was attending. We have shared favorite authors and titles for years, so I was curious about his experience. The next year he insisted I go too. "Mom! You'll love it!" I did. So it's now 2011 and I am, for the second year in a row, co-chairing this egalitarian gathering of people who enjoy fantasy literature, care deeply about the genre, and aren't shy about expressing their ideas. It is a privilege.
Elise Matthesen, Advisor, Lioness
    Elise Matthesen lives in Minnesota, surrounded by beads, metal, words, music, and people she loves. She's been a professional jewelry artist for more than a decade. Her named jewelry pieces have inspired others to write novels, poems and short stories; one of them, "Tideline" by Elizabeth Bear, won the Hugo award for Best Short Story in 2008. Matthesen was nominated for a World Fantasy Award in 2009 "for setting out to inspire and for serving as inspiration for works of poetry, fantasy, and SF over the last decade through her jewelry-making and her 'artist's challenges'." She has a hearing impairment, Crohn's disease, fibromyalgia, arthritis, attitude, ingenuity, numerous publication credits, an unfinished novel set in 1881, and many pairs of pliers.
Lydia Nickerson, 4th Street Resurrector
Brad Roberts, Board Member, Con Chair, Webmaster
    Sometime mid-2008 Steven Brust asked me a seemingly innocent question, "Any chance you'll be at Fourth Street?" To which I had to respond, "I don't know.." being totally unfamilar with it. What the hell happened?
Tom Whitmore, Board Member, Con Chair, Programming
    I started going to science fiction conventions back in 1968. I like working on them. I've helped develop the program for conventions as small as Potlatch and as large as Worldcons. I was a partner in a science-fiction and fantasy bookstore for over 30 years (I now do massage therapy), and I have been both a Worldcon Co-Chair and a Worldcon Fan GoH. 4th Street already has a tradition of a great program, mixing humor and seriousness in a wonderful way, and I want to contribute to keeping alive the art of conversation and discussion about fantasy and what makes it Really Good when it is. If that means we'll end up talking about what can make it Really Bad -- well, we'll go there too. My website is at www.tswhitmore.com.