Carolyn Kay

From an early age, Carolyn Kay’s been steeped in the worlds of fantasy and science fiction. She watched Star Wars at the drive-in and viewed Star Trek (TOS and TNG) religiously with her parents (yes, she’s that old). Legos and Star Wars figures were her favorite toys, and Madeleine L’Engle and Tolkien graced her bookshelves at a young age. So it’s no surprise that she writes stories in a variety of genres, or that her first novel was an Avengers-Star Wars crossover fanfic.

Carolyn melded two of her favorite genres—Steampunk and fantasy—into a series, Galessel’s Tale, set in the world of Ashelon, co-created with her husband, award-winning illustrator Chaz Kemp. She’s also authored several short stories and a sci-fi novelette.

A government drone, she carves out time to write in between the day job, belly dancing, gardening, photography, and herding two very independent felines.

1:00 PM | Location: Boomer B

Top Priority: Self-Care for Artists

If you want to be a productive and happy artist, self-care is a must! If you're not healthy, happy, rested, fed, and hydrated, your work can suffer. Our panel discusses things to do to make self-care a part of your daily routine!

Moderator: Sara Felix

Panelists: Sara Felix, Blair Bartlett - Alternate Realities Studio, Rubiee Tallyn Hayes, Carolyn Kay, Tall Chick Cosplay, Scott Zrubek

Tracks: Art, Health & Wellness

5:00 PM | Location: Boomer A

Mapping Out Magic

Making sense of how a magic system works. What are the limits of magic in a fantasy world? How do those boundaries enrich the story?

Moderator: Julia S. Mandala

Panelists: Julia S. Mandala, David Carrico, J.H. Fleming, Carolyn Kay, Dennis McDonald, Bradley H Sinor

Tracks: Fantasy, Supernatural & Paranormal, Writing & Publishing

10:30 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Crimson Meeting Room

Late Night Artists Chat Vol. 1

This is a chance for artists and fans to meet in a relaxed setting to talk all things art! Ask questions, share ideas, and socialize. (Hotel side)

Moderator: Crazy Red Artist

Panelists: Crazy Red Artist, Cal Custard, Brenna Deutchman, EBA Comedy, Hall of Femme, Lyde Van Hoy, Carolyn Kay, Kekkuda, Chaz Kemp, Knightmage, Lollalotus, Madi, Mimic Rae, Moe, Michael Mosley, R Karch Photography, WandererTJ, ET Wardwell, Mel. White, Scott Zrubek

Tracks: Art, General Interest, Meetup

11:00 AM | Location: Sooner A

Writing Nonhuman Characters (for Humans)

Writing nonhuman characters can present its own set of challenges. What works well and what is just, no.

Moderator: Steven E. Wedel

Panelists: Steven E. Wedel, J.H. Fleming, Carolyn Kay, A. Lee Martinez, Selina Rosen, Mel. White

Tracks: Writing & Publishing, Science Fiction, Fantasy

7:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Interior Courtyard - Atrium

Literary Beers

Join panelists in the hotel lounge for lively conversation. BYO beverages, please.

Moderator: Rosemary Clement-Moore

Panelists: Rosemary Clement-Moore, Daniel Erickson, Everyday Futurist, Shai Fenwick, Mark Finn, Dara Fogel, PhD, Tyrell Gephardt, Sally Hamilton, Sheila Hartney, Carolyn Kay, Chaz Kemp, vickey malone kennedy, Melinda LaFevers, Julia S. Mandala, A. Lee Martinez, Tracy S. Morris, Michael Mosley, Ethan Nahté, Ted Pennella, Rook Riley, Rie Sheridan Rose, Seth Skorkowsky, Karen Thrower, Mel. White, Craig Wolf

Tracks: Food & Drink, Writing & Publishing, Meetup, General Interest

10:00 AM | Location: Sooner A

Serial Star Wars

Perhaps Star Wars was always destined for TV. In such an expansive universe of media tie-ins, why not? First The Mandalorian, then, uh, The Book of Boba Fett, then Obi-Wan Kenobi, then Andor. Are the possibilities truly endless, or will we need more feature films to sate our cravings for the onscreen stories from a galaxy far, far away?

Moderator: Tracy S. Morris

Panelists: Tracy S. Morris, Michael Cross, James Dock, Carolyn Kay, Matthew Price, Karen Thrower

Tracks: Film & TV, Fandoms, Writing & Publishing, Pop Culture & Entertainment

Noon | Location: Sooner B

Entertaining the Climate Crisis

According to the 2022 World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report, climate change is THE greatest global threat today. Speculative fiction is uniquely suited to explore these issues. From the wry satirical allegory of Don't Look Up, to Solarpunk futures, to biodiversity and ecosystem loss, natural disasters, survivalism, and what hope the future holds, how can we explore climate change in our specific media?

Moderator: Tyrell Gephardt

Panelists: Tyrell Gephardt, Tim Frayser, Brian A. Hopkins, Carolyn Kay, Caleb Masters, Selina Rosen

Tracks: Film & TV, General Interest, Science Fiction, Writing & Publishing, Pop Culture & Entertainment, STEM, Culture & World Affairs