Category: Fan Guest

Carl Cipra

Carl started reading F&SF in his pre-teen years and has been hooked ever since. He became involved with fandom back in the 1970s (by way of the SCA in Southern California) and is one of the founding members of Lambda Sci-Fi: DC Area Gaylaxians. He really enjoys moderating discussion panels at conventions and is looking forward to participating in RavenCon again this year. Mundanely, Carl is the program manager for instructor-training in a much-maligned, three-letter government agency.

Carol Cowles

Carol has long been a guardian of Geek Culture in Charlotte. She is currently the Cinemistress on Geek Radio Daily and Carol the Cat on Guardians of the Geekery podcast. She served for over 14 years as the Program Director for ConCarolinas and helped launch the Carolina Renaissance Festival (and worked its sister festival in Arizona) for 15 years. She also is known for her fabulous crafting and ferocious literary appetite. Her fandoms include all things Tolkein, Doctor Who, horror, British melodramas and skulls—lots of skulls.

Hampton Roads Splendid Teapot Racing

We are Hampton Roads Splendid Teapot racing. We started Splendid Teapot Racing at MarsCon and RavenCon in Williamsburg about three years ago. Teapot Racing was also featured at the Steampunk Festival at the Hampton History Museum for the last two years, and at Anime Mid-Atlantic in Virginia Beach and the NASA Makers Fair in Hampton. Splendid Teapot Racing is a steampunk sport that began in New Zealand and has quickly become a worldwide steampunk event. Designed to be accessible for the average person, it features an obstacle course of jumps, ramps, and several delicately-balanced, breakable china teacups and saucers that must be negotiated using a remote-controlled vehicle decorated with a teapot. Check out our FB page, “Splendid Teapot Racing Hampton Roads, Virginia” to see pictures and videos. All you need is a remote-controlled vehicle; removing the top and adding a teapot or tea kettle makes it a Teapot Racer. Other decorations can include most anything, but a teapot must be included. In addition to the timed race, points are awarded for costuming, presentation, and entertainment value. Bribes to the judges are not only encouraged, but expected.

Nate Hoffelder

​Nate has been helping people fix broken tech since 2010. He builds and repairs WordPress sites, and acts as a virtual IT department for authors. He also blogs about the Kindle and indie publishing. His site, The Digital Reader, has been mentioned on news sites such as the New York Times and Forbes.

Nate is the president of the Riverside Writers Club in Fredericksburg VA​, and is on the board of the Florida Writers Foundation​. When he’s not volunteering, he spends his time working on projects such as The Speaker Bureau, Simple Author Websites, and Author Website in a Box.

Nate helps keep the website running for RavenCon.

Bill Lawhorn

Bill Lawhorn is a DC-area fan and convention runner. In addition to chairing the 2009, 2014, and 2019 Capclaves, he is also the current 2020 chair. He was on the committee and performed various duties for the 2010, 2011, and 2015 Nebula awards. He was on staff for the 2003 and 2014 World Fantasy Conventions. He co-chaired the 2018 WFC. He is currently cochairing the 2021 Worldcon, Discon III. In his little free time he reviews books for SFREVU.

Dr. Marie Pouler

I am a career academic and college professor who loves cosplay, fan culture, and educating people on new and exciting ideas and little known facts about humanity. I love running panels and teaching con-goers something about the shows and fanworks that they love and consume. I really believe in academic programming and that everyone can learn something, especially if it is about a more obscure discipline like Queer Theory that is so invisibly entrenched in our culture.

I received my Doctorate from the University of Hertfordshire December 2018, and my Master’s Degree from the University of North Carolina Charlotte in 2015. My a specializations are in Gender and Queer Theory as well as Fan Culture, and Children’s Literature with a minor concentration in Racial Studies and Religious Studies (from a theoretical and historical perspective). I currently work as an English professor at ECPI University in Charlotte, NC.

Bob Snare

Bob has been involved in fandom for over thirty years, as an artist, con runner, department head, con chair, and all-around raconteur. He currently works professionally as an editor for and can be found sharing smoky, peaty single-malts where such things are consumed.

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