Dream Foundry is a 501c registered nonprofit.

Read our 2022 Annual Report.

Dream Foundry Board

President: 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.

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: Brandon O’Brien

Brandon O’Brien is a writer, performance poet, teaching artist and game designer from Trinidad and Tobago. His work has been shortlisted for the 2014 Alice Yard Prize for Art Writing and the 2014 and 2015 Small Axe Literary Competitions, and is published in Strange Horizons, Reckoning, and New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean, among others. He is the former Poetry editor of the Hugo Award-winning magazine FIYAH. His debut poetry collection, Can You Sign My Tentacle?, is out now from Interstellar Flight Press.

Treasurer: Helena Lawton

Helena Lawton lives in Durham, NC with her husband and three dogs where she works as a Senior Accountant for DMJ & Co., PLLC. In a prior life she wrote short stories and the occasional poem, but now she spends her days collecting books, reading the tax code, and picking out names for her fourth dog.

Dream Foundry Staff

Art Contest Coordinator: Grace P. Fong

Grace P. Fong is a Chinese-American author-illustrator whose writing and artwork have appeared in Uncanny Magazine, Apex Magazine, Tor.com, Strange Horizons, and others. Her writing has won an award from FIYAH x Levar Burton Reads’s short fiction contest, and her art has been nominated four times for the Best Fan Artist Hugo Award, and won the inaugural Ignyte Award in 2020. In addition, she has worked as a narrative designer in tabletop/trading card games (Magic: the Gathering) and video gaming (Palia).

Con or Bust Program Manager: Alex Jennings

Alex Jennings was born in Germany and raised in Gaborone (Botswana), Paramaribo (Surinam), Tunis (Tunisia), and Columbia, MD. His writing has appeared in Strange Horizons, podcastle, and Uncanny Magazine, and he is a regular contributor to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. He received the inaugural Imagination Unbound Fellowship at Under the Volcano 2022. He lives and writes in New Orleans with his dog, Karate Valentino. (alexjennings.net, @magicknegro on Twitter and Instagram!)

Content Manager: Melissa Ren

Melissa Ren is a Chinese-Canadian speculative writer whose narratives tend to explore the intersection between belonging and becoming. She is also an editor at Tales & Feathers. Her writing has appeared or forthcoming in Factor Four Magazine, Fusion Fragment, Solarpunk Magazine, MetaStellar, and elsewhere. Follow her on Twitter & Instagram at @melisfluous or find her online at linktr.ee/MelissaRen.

Executive Director: Jessica Eanes

Jessica Eanes, also known as Anaea Lay, lives in Chicago, Illinois, where she engages in a numinous love affair with the city. Her short fiction has appeared 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 talked people into buying very nice couches. 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.

Operations 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.

Support Administrator: Ellana Rose Thornton-Wheybrew

With extensive experience in moderating for online gaming communities since 2017, Ellana is a queer, disabled, nonbinary, Jewish person who tries xyr best to make places safe and welcoming to all. Xey have two degrees in classical studies and will endlessly talk about the impacts that storytelling has on political change.

Writing Contest Coordinator: Julia Rios

Julia Rios (they/them) is a queer, Latinx writer, editor, podcaster, and narrator whose fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have appeared in Latin American Literature Today, Lightspeed, and Goblin Fruit, among other places. Their editing work has won multiple awards including the Hugo Award. Julia is a co-host of This is Why We’re Like This, a podcast about the movies we watch in childhood that shape our lives, for better or for worse. They’ve narrated stories for Escape Pod, Podcastle, Pseudopod, and Cast of Wonders. They’re @omgjulia on Twitter.

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.