4th Street Fantasy…
continues June 21-23, 2013 in Minneapolis, MN
Alec Austin, Head of Programming
    Alec Austin is a game designer whose fiction has appeared (or will soon appear) in AE, Apex, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, and Strange Horizons. He holds a Masters in Comparative Media Studies from MIT, was a federally licensed nuclear reactor operator as an undergraduate, and is an alumnus of the Clarion West and Viable Paradise workshops. Alec has helped program Fourth Street Fantasy since 2011, and can be found on Twitter as @AlecChaneAustin.
Elizabeth Bear, Board Member, Knower of Everyone
    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, Founding Father, Programming
David Grouchy, Seminar Coordinator
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 2013 and I am, for the fourth 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.
Cathy Hindersinn, Newcomers, Scribe
Ellen Klages, Board Member
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 Necromancer
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 unfamiliar with it. What the hell happened?