Nalo Hopkinson

The first woman of African descent to receive the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master award, which is the lifetime honor from Science Fiction Writers of America, Nalo Hopkinson is also the youngest person to be so honored. Jamaican-born, Hopkinson is the lead author of The House of Whispers comics series set in Neil Gaiman's Sandman Universe. She’s written five novels including the award-winning, Brown Girl in the Ring, and her writing often draws on Caribbean language and traditions. She's been a finalist for a Nebula Award, won a World Fantasy Award, as well as the Gaylactic Spectrum Award for positive LGBTQ representation.