Who We Are

The Dream Foundry is a 501c registered nonprofit.

Dream Foundry Board

President: Jessica Eanes / Anaea Lay

Jessica Eanes, also known as Anaea Lay, lives in Chicago, Illinois, where she engages in a numinous love affair with the city. She’s the fiction podcast editor for Strange Horizons, and has had her short fiction published in a variety of venues including Lightspeed, Apex, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Pod Castle. When she works for money she has sold real estate, wrangled IT as a PM, and currently talks people into setting appointments where there is no tea. She drinks too much tea. For fun she reads, cooks, eats, plays board games, interrogates people about the logistics of their chosen field, and forms intricate business plans over brunch.

Secretary, Social Media Manager: Cislyn Smith

Cislyn Smith is a poet and short story writer who calls Madison, Wisconsin home. Her wordy work has appeared in Diabolical Plots, Strange Horizons, and Daily Science Fiction. When she’s not helping to wrangle Dream Foundry things, she has been known to crochet tentacles, write stories at odd hours, play ridiculous numbers of games, make lots of lists, and study stone dead languages. She is occasionally dismayed by the lack of secret passages in her house. She lives with the amazingly photogenic kitties that appear in the Dream Foundry newsletter, and also some nice humans.

Chief Compliance Officer: Deanna Rymaszewski

Deanna Rymaszewski is a social worker from Madison, Wisconsin. She has worked in many different nonprofits and has a strong interest in various areas of nonprofit management, especially regulatory compliance. When she’s not getting excited by regulations and paperwork, she spends her time volunteering at the local wildlife rehabilitation center, petting her pets (2 cats, 2 dogs, 1 snake), playing board games, watching reruns of old shows, and starting, but not always finishing, craft projects. She is proud of the fact that due to her wildlife work, she has more than one story that starts with “I was wrestling with a raptor…”

Member at Large: Coral Alejandra Moore

Coral Alejandra Moore has always been the kind of girl who makes up stories. Fortunately, she never quite grew out of that. She writes because she loves to invent characters and the desire to find out what happens to her creations drives her tales. She is a 2013 alum of the Viable Paradise writer’s workshop and she has been published by Diabolical Plots, Zombies Need Brains, and Secrets of the Goat People. Currently she lives in the beautiful state of Washington with the love of her life and a dangerously smart Catahoula Leopard Dog where she rides motorcycles, raises chickens, and drinks all the coffee.

Treasurer: Mandi Gausewitz

Mandi Gausewitz lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where she serves as Chief Operating Officer at a wealth management firm.  She also serves as Treasurer on the board of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO) and holds a position on the WYSO Foundation Board. Mandi has a musical background, playing various instruments and still enjoys playing her piano and directing the Lake Edge Handbell Choir. Outside of work, Mandi is a runner, having conquered three half-marathons, and attends various beer and wine tasting festivals with her husband. In her free time, Mandi is an avid board-gamer, and very much enjoys games of economy and especially cooperative games. She also is an avid knitter and a collector of LEGO, going so far as to decorate the house for various holidays. Cheese is the best food.

Dream Foundry Staff

Art Contest Coordinator: Dante Luiz

Dante Luiz is an illustrator and occasional writer from southern Brazil. He is one of the two Art Directors for Strange Horizons, and his first graphic novel was published in 2020 by comiXology Originals (“CREMA”, written by Johnnie Christmas).

Writing Contest Co-coordinator: William Ledbetter

William Ledbetter is a Nebula Award winning author with more than sixty speculative fiction stories and non-fiction articles published in markets such as Asimov’s, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Analog, Escape Pod, Baen.com, Daily SF, the SFWA blog, and Ad Astra. His new novel “Level Five” is available from Audible Originals.
He’s been a space and technology geek since childhood and spent most of his non-writing career in the aerospace industry. He has administered the Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award contest for Baen Books and the National Space Society for twelve years, is a member of SFWA, the National Space Society of North Texas, and is the Science Track coordinator for the Fencon convention. He lives near Dallas with his wife, a needy dog and two spoiled cats.

Writing Contest Co-coordinator: Vajra Chandrasekera

Vajra Chandrasekera is from Colombo, Sri Lanka. His work has appeared in Analog, Clarkesworld, and Nightmare, among others, and he is a fiction editor at Strange Horizons.

Content Manager: Ashley Deng

Ashley Deng is a Canadian-born Chinese-Jamaican writer with a love of fantasy and all things Gothic. She studied biochemistry with an interest in making accessible the often-cryptic world of science and medicine. When not writing, she spends her spare time overthinking society, culture, and genre fiction. Her work appears at Fireside Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, Augur Magazine, and Queen of Swords Press. You can find her at aedeng.wordpress.com or on Twitter at @ashesandmochi.

Support Administrator: Tiffany Stockham

Tiffany Stockham sharpened her legendary personal assistant skills during a BFA in Professional Writing, and now wields them to wrangle two young children and a host of volunteer work. She has served as Vice President of the Wasatch Writers Fellowship and helped publish the Inspired Writer magazine. Her current extensive hat collection includes Kickstarter fulfillment, copy editing, grant proofing, craft supplies organization, and Discord moderation. Give her some hot cocoa and a couple days, and she’ll need to call the millinery again. She also has a nat 20 in Charisma. Ask her about her latest TTRPG story, social justice project, or adorable emoji on Discord, or stop by @WordsmithAtPlay on Twitter.

Copyeditor: April French

April French, also known as A.F. Linley, was born in Connecticut and raised in New York’s Capital District. She is a long-time proofreader and copy editor, and a casual writer of various types of fiction (including government copy). She wrote her first story when she was nine and decided to pursue writing as a career when some well-meaning but foolish elementary school teacher assured her that she could make a living at this. She lives with her partner near Saratoga, New York, where she spends her free time reading and recreating medieval recipes, and is frequently mistaken for a competent adult.

Logo Design: Autumn Evelyn

Autumn Evelyn is a professional illustrator, painter, and designer from Philadelphia, PA.  She’s a BFA graduate of the University of the Arts, where she studied illustration and animation.  Her style applies surreal imagery to convey thematic resonance.  She brings to life images the camera could never capture.

Webmaster: Stewart C Baker

Stewart C Baker is an academic librarian, speculative fiction writer and poet, among other things. His fiction has appeared in Nature, Galaxy’s Edge, and Flash Fiction Online, among other places. Stewart was born in England, has lived in South Carolina, Japan, and California (in that order), and currently resides in Oregon with his family­­—although if anyone asks, he’ll usually say he’s from the Internet.