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.

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.

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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