Archive: 8Pi-Con Program Participants

Ari Alpert

Ari Alpert fell in love with sci-fi watching Star Trek reruns and Creature Double Feature as a child and dragged his family to Star Trek Lives! in the 1970’s. From as early as he can remember, Ari wanted to be a mad scientist or a DJ. After a brief career in radio, he’s been working on information technology in various roles for the past 20 years. Ari love all things science with a special passion for medical technology.

Lisa Amowitz

Lisa Amowitz was born in Queens and raised in the wilds of Long Island, New York where she climbed trees, thought small creatures lived under rocks and studied ant hills. And drew. A lot. Lisa has been a professor of graphic design at Bronx Community College where she has been tormenting and cajoling students for nearly eighteen years. She started writing eight years ago because she wanted something to illustrate, but somehow, instead ended up writing YA. Probably because her mind is too dark and twisted for small children. Breaking Glass which was released July 9, 2013 from Spencer Hill Press, is her first published work. Vision, the first of the Finder series will be released in 2014 along with an unnamed sequel in the following year. Life and Beth will also be released in the near future. So stay tuned because Lisa is very hyper and has to create stuff to stay alive.

Ed Bishop

Ed Bishop works full time as a consulting systems and software engineer, and part time as a researcher in theoretical and experimental particle physics at the CMS experiment of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) project. During LHC down-time, he also works part-time for a private nanotechnology research and development consortium in theoretical and experimental condensed matter physics on nano-scale photonic components (for applications including light-based communications, conventional and quantum computers) and nano-scale plasmonic components (for applications including hybrid electronic/photonic silicon-based computers, third-generation photovoltaic cells and nano-lasers). Ed is also co-editor of, with his half-brother Doug MacLean, together they have published over 3,000 Film and TV reviews syndicated on several sites including and, and get upwards of 1,000,000 visits per month.

M. L. Brennan

M. L. Brennan is the author of the urban fantasy novel Generation V and its sequel, Iron Night. The third book in the series, Tainted Blood, will be published by Roc in November 2014. She holds an MFA in Fiction and works as an adjunct professor at several New England colleges. Website: Twitter: @BrennanML.

Grant Carrington

Grant Carrington served as associate editor for Amazing/Fantastic magazine from 1974 to1976. He is an alumnus of the Clarion SF&F Workshop (1968, 1969 and 1971). He was a Nebula finalist in 1976. He is the author of Time’s Fool (Doubleday, 1981), which was reprinted as Variations on a Theme in 2013. He has written five plays that have been produced in Baltimore, MD and has self-produced two CDs.

D. L. Carter

D.L. Carter was decanted from her incubation pod in the outback of Australia many decades ago. This terrifying event was closely followed by shrieks of “there, there it goes. Hit it with a brick!” These valiant attempts to correct the existence of D.L. were, unfortunately, unsuccessful and she now resides in New Jersey, US., in a box with her toys, two human beings and three cats.


Vikki Ciaffone

Vikki Ciaffone is a senior editor for Spencer Hill Press and the Editor-in-Chief of Spence City.  She is personally responsible for the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.  She then turned her attention to Troy, and once again, engineered its downfall.  She claims no responsibility for Pompeii or the Fall of Rome, though she might have had something to do with the sun setting on the British Empire.  In her spare time, Vikki has been known to shoot craps with the Fates and the Valkyries for shiny trinkets.

George W. Claxton

George Claxton has graduate degrees in anthropology and archaeology and has done field work in archaeology in both the Old World and the New. He has worked as a science reporter for the Detroit Free Press and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and as a legal affairs reporter for the Newspapers of New England chain and (on one occasion) the New York Times. He currently works for the Department of Homeland Security.

Debi Chowdhury

Debi Chowdhury is a member of Sick Pups, ICG, Northern Lights Costumers Guild, Empire State Costumers and an attending member of LONCON3 and SASQUAN.

Susan Hanniford Crowley

Susan Hanniford Crowley writes science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal romance, is a member of SFWA and RWA, and an associate editor with Space and Time magazine. Susan’s fantasy work appeared in Sword & Sorceress anthologies. Her first paranormal series featured the Vampires in Manhattan.  Her latest novel starting the Arnhem Knights of New York Series is Vampire King of New York. Her website is and her blogs are Her twitter name is SH Crowley.

Mario Di Giacomo

Mario “DigiCom” Di Giacomo has been studying the weird and the fantastic (or, to use the term he coined, “Memetic Archaeology”) for nearly four decades, and enjoys speaking about his studies at conventions across Southern New England.


Eric has worked as a teacher, editor and public policy analyst. He is a longtime video game and film buff, and an avid reader. He has soft spots in his heart for Citizen Kane, Deus Ex, and Otherland.

Lisa Evans

Lisa Evans is a long-time fan, writer, and quilt historian from Western Massachusetts.  She’s been a panelist at Worldcon, Arisia, Boskone, and Conbust, co-founded the Smith College Science Fiction & Fantasy Society, and has been an active blogger, fan writer, and costumer for over thirty years.   Current projects include writing a popular weekly diary on terrible books for Daily Kos, publishing erotica for Circlet Press under the name Sarah Ellis, and doing her best to keep the raccoons in the attic from invading her luxurious split-level ranch.

Carl Fink

Carl Fink is the founding Chair of LI-CON (series 2). LI-CON 1 was a big success and he’s hard at work on #2. He has worked for several other conventions in several capacities, especially I-CON. Taking Heinlein’s comment about specialization to heart, he has in his life worked on a loading dock, managed a store, been a schoolteacher, worked as a technical trainer, managed corporate Information Technology, and is an occasional freelance writer, appearing in Smart Computing and Linux Journal. A member of the James Randi Foundation and the Skeptics Society, Carl is particularly likely to challenge pseudoscience and superstition. He lives and works on Long Island, New York.

Terry Franklin

Terry Franklin is a sometimes writer and sometimes political activist. He has been a panelist at every Pi-Con since the beginning, and has handled the Con Suite since Pi-Con Two.

Kate Kaynak

Kate Kaynak was born and raised in New Jersey, but she managed to escape. After serving a five-year sentence in graduate school, she taught psychology around the world for University of Maryland. While in Izmir, Turkey, she started up a conversation with a handsome stranger in an airport… and ended up marrying him. They now live in New Hampshire with their three kids, where she founded Spencer Hill Press in 2010 and wrote the Ganzfield series (Minder, Adversary, Legacy, Accused, Operative, and Soulmate). In her spare time, Kate enjoys reading, writing, and fighting crime with her amazing superpowers.

Catt Kingsgrave

Catt Kingsgrave writes prose and verse from her home in upstate New York, which she shares with her partner and four cats.  When not writing, she does all the other things which are artistic and unprofitable.  Except she still does not make jam.

Ken Kingsgrave-Ernstein
Corporate Superhero by day, mild mannered husband, boyfriend and photographer by night, Ken dabbles in many different areas of knowledge and trivia… especially trivia.

David Larochelle

David Larochelle grew up in the D.C. area but moved up to Cambridge in 2004 where he currently resides. His involvement with fandom began when he joined the William & Mary Science Fiction and Fantasy Club (SKIFFY). He served as Vice President and was named Senator for Life upon gradation. He’s worked extensively in information security and is the co-author of Splint, an Open Source tool for detecting security vulnerabilities in C programs. However, more recently he’s focused on understanding and building the Internet rather than attacking and defending it. He currently works for the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

Ellen Larson

Ellen Larson’s first story appeared in Yankee magazine in 1971. She has sold stories to AHMM (Barry Award finalist) and Big Pulp and is the author of the NJ Mysteries, The Hatch and Brood of Time and Unfold the Evil, featuring a sleuthing reporter. Her current book is In Retrospect, a dystopian mystery (Carefully crafted whodunit — PW starred). Larson lived for seventeen years in Egypt, where she developed a love of different cultures. She is editor of the Poisoned Pencil, the YA mystery imprint. These days she lives in an off-grid cabin in upstate New York, enjoying the solitude.

Mike Luoma

Mike Luoma writes science fiction and comics, creates the weekly Glow-in-the-Dark Radio podcast ( and hosts weekdays on The Point, Vermont’s Independent Radio Network ( where he’s also the Music Director. His science fiction Graphic Novel Vatican Assassin with artist Cristian Navarro is out now, adapted from the first book in Mike’s Vatican Assassin Trilogy (by the way, you can get the ebook of the original novel for free at most fine online bookstores). Mike is currently writing the 3rd novel in his new series The Adventures of Alibi Jones, the follow up to Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur, his latest. You can listen to him read his work for free – look for Mike Luoma on iTunes for his Glow-in-the-Dark Radio podcast and free, downloadable audio books.

Jennifer Pelland

Jennifer Pelland has published a novel (Machine), a short story collection (Unwelcome Bodies), several dozen short stories, and has essays in a handful of fannish books (Chicks Unravel Time, Queers Dig Time Lords). Two of her stories were nominated for the Nebula Award: “Captive Girl” (2007) and “Ghosts of New York” (2010). Nowadays, she’s a performing bellydancer and an occasional radio theater performer. For more on her writing, visit, and for her dancing, go to

Misty Pendragon

Misty Pendragon is a writer for Carpe Nocturne, and Good to be a  She is a dedicated Whedonite, and is a current Lt in Barfleet.

Dr. James Prego

Dr. James Prego practiced for nine years as a naturopathic doctor, and is currently a professor of Biology at Touro College and Molloy College. He is a past board member of the NYANP, is the current NY rep to the AANP’s House of Delegates, and has won numerous awards for his work in naturopathic medicine.  Dr. Prego is a long time fan of all things science fiction and has interests in acting, shadowcasting, and more.  He has given talks, written articles, and spoken on radio shows, discussing numerous health topics.

Jennifer Allis Provost

Jennifer Allis Provost write about faeries, orcs, and elves, along with the occasional zombie. Her latest novel, Copper Ravens, will release June 17 from Spence City. Find her on the web at,, and @parthalan.

Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert

Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert writes science fiction, dark fantasy, and the occasional poem from her little corner of Massachusetts. Her poetry has been published in Tales of the Zombie War, Strong Verse, The Wayfarer: A journal of Contemplative Literature and Eternal Haunted Summer. Suzanne’s first chapbook of poetry, Interview with the Faerie (Part One): and Other Poems of Darkness and Light was published November, 2013. Suzanne is currently writing a novel, and several short stories. She’s blessed with a tolerant husband, two mischievous black cats, and two amazing kids. Find her online:

Roberta Rogow

Roberta Rogow is a filker, inducted into the Filk Hall of Fame in 2013. She also writes historical mysteries, even when she makes up the history herself.  Her most recent book, Mayhem in Manatas, is a mystery set in an Alternate version of Manhattan: think Last of the Mohicans meets Arabian Nights, with a Spanish Accent.

Kristi Petersen Schoonover

Kristi Petersen Schoonover is a Pushcart nominee. Her short fiction has appeared in countless magazines and anthologies; she has received three Norman Mailer Writers Colony Residencies, has served as a judge for New York City Midnight’s short story competitions, and is a co-founding editor at Read Short Fiction. She lives with her husband Nathan, her housemate, Charles, and three cats in the haunted woods of Connecticut, and still sleeps with the lights on. You can find out more at

Morven Westfield

Morven Westfield fuses her love of computing, vampire mythology, and modern witchcraft in a series set in the suburbs west of Boston. A member of Broad Universe and New England Horror Writers, she keeps a messy office and drinks way too much coffee.

Michelle Wexelblat
Besides attending cons, something she’s done since her teen years, Michelle is a mother, wife, friend, extrovert, self employed clinical social worker, and poi spinner. Her talents include writing poetry, prose, and giving alternate perspective on any issue because she has the ability to see any problem from all sides all at once. Her brain is a very busy place; she’s happy for distractions so feel free to talk to her.

Michael Whitehouse

Michael Whitehouse is a marketing consultant, game designer, and geek now residing in Connecticut. His major project is a game called ConCardia, which is running at this very con. In the past, Michael has owned a game store, run a Rocky Horror cast and started a little convention called Pi-Con that you might have heard of. You can read his blog at and learn about his current project at

Trisha J. Wooldridge

Trisha J. Wooldridge, also  called Madame Prez of Broad Universe, is a faerie food reviewer, freelance editor and educator, kelpie whisperer, Tarot teacher, alien singer, and award-winning writer of short stories, poetry, and essays. Under her child-friendly persona of T.J. Wooldridge, she’s written the novels The Kelpie and Silent Starsong (July 2014), with a few more in the works.  Find out more at

Also Featuring: Rob Caswell, Peter Ellis, Joe Lastowski, Niki Lastowski, Cathy Mcmanamon, Jason Neerenberg, Jonathon Podolski, Jeff Warner