Guests of Honor

Tim Pratt

Principal Speaker

Tim Pratt

Tim Pratt is the author of more than 20 novels, most recently the Axiom space opera series, including Philip K. Dick Award finalist The Wrong Stars, The Dreaming Stars, and forthcoming third volume The Forbidden Stars.
He's a Hugo Award winner for short fiction and has been a finalist for Nebula, World Fantasy, Sturgeon, Mythopoeic, Stoker, and other awards. He also just won the Parsec Award for his short story podcast Six Jobs. He works as a senior editor at Locus Magazine.

Stephanie Law

Artist Guest of Honor

Stephanie Law

Stephanie Law's work is an exploration of mythology mixed with her personal symbolism. Her art journeys through surreal otherworlds, populated by dreamlike figures, masked creatures, and winged shadows.

In her early career, she worked with various fantasy game, magazine and book publishers as an illustrator. She created the Shadowscapes Tarot, a bestselling deck that has been translated into over a dozen languages, and is the author of the series of watercolor technique books, Dreamscapes.

She currently focuses on working with galleries for showcasing her personal work, and with botanical gardens and environmental organizations for her botanical art, while continuing to publish projects like her recent art book Descants & Cadences that features her aesthetics of mythos woven with movement and the natural world, and Succulent Dragons with combines her love of the intricate patterns of nature and whimsical fantastical creatures.

This Way to the Egress

Musical Guest of Honor

This Way to the Egress

If Tom Waits and Patti Smith made a musical lovechild it would sound a little like EGRESS. Whether you know them as the “dance band to ring in the end of the world with” or by their “raise a glass and drop a beat” attitude, they will leave their mark on you. EGRESS is equal parts unruly vaudeville, ebullient world-beat and three ring circus all the while playing an amalgamation of worldly genres. They catapult the audience with their rambunctious stage show while generating enough energy to light up a small city.

Formed in 2008, This Way to the EGRESS is a 6-piece accordion led ensemble hailing from Bethlehem, PA, comprised of Taylor Galassi (lead vocals, accordion, piano); Sarah Shown (vocals, piano, violin); John Wentz (tuba); Joe Lynch (trombone); Jaclyn Kidd (guitar, banjo) and Nick Pecca (drums). With a wide variety of musical backgrounds and a diverse array of influences, EGRESS crafts intricately arranged audible cocktails which will be sure to make you move. Together they form a tapestry of worldly influences and an alchemy of sounds modern and past, familiar and forgotten.

Heather Shaw

Special Guest

Heather Shaw

Heather Shaw is an editor, writer, performer, mother, lindy hopper, and bookkeeper living in Berkeley, CA, with her husband and son. In addition to editing Persistent Visions, she has in the past edited poetry, erotica, catalog copy, and technical manuals. Her fiction has appeared in nice places like Strange Horizons and The Year’s Best Fantasy, and she’s performed everywhere from small stages in San Francisco to the Lollapalooza poetry tent back in the ’90s. In her spare time, she enjoys rehearsing jazz numbers from the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s with the Someday Sweethearts, a chorus girl group she belongs to, making up games with her son, and sewing all the things.