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Ay-leen the Peacemaker

We are proud to announce that Ay-leen the Peacemaker will be a Guest of Honour speaker at the Steampunk Empire Symposium in April 2013.

Ay-leen the Peacemaker (Diana M. Pho) is a fandom scholar, activist, blogger, and general rabble-rouser.  She has traveled the country as a professional convention speaker about social justice issues. Her academic published work can be found inSteampunk Magazine: Issues 1 – 7(Combustion Books, 2011), Fashion Talks: Undressing the Power of Style (SUNY Press, 2012), and Steaming into a Victorian Future (Scarecrow Press, 2012). Ay-leen has been interviewed about steampunk and its evolving subculture for many media outlets, including BBC America, the Travel Channel, HGTV, and the Science Channel; the websites Airship Ambassador, Racialicious, and NerdCaliber; and the books The Steampunk Bible (Abrams Image, May 2011), Steampunk: Reloaded(Tachyon Publications, 2010), and The WisCon Chronicles Vol 5 (Aqueduct Press, 2010). Ay-leen currently lives and works in New York City for Tor Books & blogs for Tor.com. You can follow her academic work on Academia.edu.