Nalo Hopkinson, born in Jamaica, has lived in Toronto for more than three decades. She is the author of novels Brown Girl in the Ring (a finalist on CBCs "Canada Reads" in 2008), Midnight Robber, The Salt Roads, The New Moon’s Arms, and Blackheart Man. Her short story collection Skin Folk won the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, and the World Fantasy Award. She is a recipient of the Ontario Arts Council Foundation Award, Canada’s Aurora Award, and the John W. Campbell Award. She edited the anthologies Whispers From the Cotton Tree Root: Caribbean Fabulist Fiction and Mojo: Conjure Stories. She co-edited anthology So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction and Fantasy with Uppinder Mehan, and anthology Tesseracts Nine with Geoff Ryman. She was a founding member and is now on the Advisory of the Carl Brandon Society, which exists to foster discussion on race and ethnicity in science fiction and fantasy. She is a mentor in the Correspondence Program in Creative Writing at Humber College in Toronto, and the editor of Flea Circus Press, an imprint of Red Deer Books.