Team Scape

EDITOR IN CHIEF: Peta Freestone

Peta is a qualified archaeologist, historian and sociologist and a graduate of the 2011 Clarion Writers’ Workshop (UCSD). Having edited academic serials in the past, in 2010 she embarked upon the adventure of transferring these skills to the fiction world.  When not at her day job or hunched over her PhD thesis, you’ll find her tinkering with Scape or chipping away at a handful of shorts or her first novel.   Her fiction was shortlisted in the 2010 International Aeon Award, has appeared in M-BRANE SF, AntipodeanSF, several small press anthologies, and Things a Map Won’t Show You from Penguin Books.

ASSISTANT EDITOR: Morgan Dempsey

Morgan is a writer and software engineer currently living in Silicon Valley, California, USA. Her fiction has appeared in Broken Time Blues and Redstone Science Fiction. When reading for Scape, Morgan looks for strong voices, rich, unique settings, and interesting, dynamic, fleshed-out characters. She likes stories that speak from a deep and true place, that do more than just try to be cute or clever.

ART EDITOR: Rebecca Ing

Rebecca has years of tertiary training in the fine arts, including the practices of painting, drawing and sculpture.  Her most recent degree was in scientific photography, where she was exposed to a variety of approaches including high-speed photography and digital manipulation.  Now, her practice revolves around developing these two techniques to capture events that are entirely real, yet look out-of-this-world.  In 2011-2012, Rebecca managed a photographic gallery in Darwin, Australia, where she organised and promoted exhibitions nation-wide. Currently, she’s taken a step away from arts management to focus on her own practice.  A long time YA speculative fiction reader, Scape is the perfect opportunity for Rebecca to ‘nerd out’, read amazing stories and showcase amazing art.

POETRY EDITOR: Emma Osborne

Emma is a writer and poet based in Melbourne, Australia. She has studied professional writing and literature and has found publication in various journals and zines, including Deakin University’s Verandah and the Sci-Fi poetry magazine Star*Line.  Emma is fascinated by anything dark, dystopian or experimental, but will give any style a chance. She has a laugh that can be heard a kilometer away, and the only way to shut her up is to put a book in front of her.

SLUSH READER: Miffy Farquharson

Miffy is a teacher-librarian in an Australian secondary school. She has previously been a Children’s Book Council of Australia judge (2008-2009), and also a judge and convenor for the Aurealis Awards (2009-2010). Speculative fiction is her favourite thing to read, but she will read and chat about anything and everything, for any age group (but almost exclusively children’s and YA). Miffy’s passion is putting the right book into the right hands at the right time, so she loves her job and the challenge of getting great YA literature out to the students at her school and beyond.

SLUSH READER: Erika Holt

Erika lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her husband and the world’s sweetest border collie. Her fiction is forthcoming in a number of anthologies including Evolve Two: Vampire Stories of the Future Undead and Tesseracts Fifteen: A Case of Quite Curious Tales (EDGE). She also edits anthologies, interns for award winning anthologist Jennifer Brozek, is a member of her local speculative fiction writing group (the Imaginative Fiction Writers Association, or “IFWA”), and contributes to the Inkpunks blog. She’s excited to be a part of the Scape team and looks forward to reading stories destined to become tomorrow’s YA classics.

BOOK REVIEWER: Jasmine Stairs

Jasmine once accidentally set butter on fire with the static electricity from a blanket. Apart from that, she is an avid reader of Science Fiction, Fantasy and other things wonderful. Apparently when you start reading Adventure tales, move on to Mystery, season with Historical Fiction, graduate to Fantasy and Science Fiction, then repeat for a decade and a half, you’re utterly ruined for watching most television. You have to spend that time in books. A terrible fate, isn’t it? A graduate of the 2011 Clarion Writers’ Workshop (San Diego), she writes speculative fiction when she’s not reading or working on (finally) finishing her BA. Jasmine currently resides in a very small town on the east coast of Canada, which provides lovely views and more incentive to enjoy reading.