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We are pleased to announce the following guests for ApolloCon 2010:
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Propped against the bookcase in Catherine Asaro's home is the diploma of her Harvard Ph.D. in chemical physics. Nearby, dangling from the doorknob, is a bag stuffed with the tights and leotards she wears when she pulls herself away from her writing for ballet class. A former professional dancer, this California native has little time for the ballet barre these days. Instead, she's fielding speaking offers and meeting deadlines for her novels.
Catherine is a bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy. She has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Nebula® for her novel The Quantum Rose and her novella "The Space-time Pool." Her latest book, Diamond Star (Baen 2009), is about a rock star in the future. It tells the story of Del, the renegade prince who would rather be a rock singer than sit on the throne. The royal family wants him to stop, his friends want to use him, his label wants to own him, and his enemies want to kill him. Del just wants to sing-without starting an interstellar war.
In April 2009, Starflight Music released the music CD, also titled Diamond Star, that offers readers a soundtrack for the book. The songs are performed by Point Valid, a vibrant young rock band from Baltimore, with Catherine as guest vocalist. After Point Valid dispersed for the school year, off to college in different parts of the globe, the Diamond Star Project continued with Donald Wolcott accompanying Catherine in a jazz-oriented duo, performing works from the CD and covers of jazz, pop, and classic rock songs.
Keith Thompson's whole life has been spent on art. While conjuring up worlds parallel to our own, Keith's art realizes their strange occupants in meticulous detail.
Keith's artwork appears in a myriad of industries. Author of three art concept technique books from Barron's, Keith has also worked on books published by HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, including the upcoming trilogy Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. Upcoming games Keith has designed for include Borderlands and Aliens: Colonial Marines. Keith's latest movie work has been on an upcoming Miramax feature film being produced by Guillermo Del Toro. His technical concept designs can also be seen in the latest US Airforce tv campaigns. Keith's art is regularly featured in Spectrum: Fantastic Art annuals and was exhibited in their show at the Museum of American Illustration.
Keith currently resides in Canada's capital as an international freelancer. His art can be fully explored on his site.
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Raised on his mom's old Allan Sherman records, David Weingart has been drawn to music off the beaten path for some 30 (very) odd years. He's likely to grab any random musical instrument within reach and start fiddling with it to see what kind of noises it makes. Most of it is probably random enough not to be listenable. Fortunately, he plays passable guitar. He owns six, but swears he'll only bring one.
Active in filk and fandom since 1981, he enjoys helping make cons happen. From locals like Lunacon to big events like Worldcon, he usually prefers to work behind the scenes. This didn't stop him from serving as the filk department head at the Millennium Philcon, but HAS stopped him from ever being on the concom for a filk convention.
In his mundane life, David works for a financial software company out of Long Island, NY. When he's lucky, they send him to really cool places where he doesn't speak the language. It's not unlikely he'll sing in French or German.
David enjoys reading hard SF, poetry and urban fantasy, all of which play out in the songs he writes. Charles de Lint has been a big influence, as have science, computers, space travel and food.
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Who is Pat Virzi (formerly Pat Mueller) and why is she ApolloCon's 2010 Fan GoH?
We have all the basic bio details: birth (Illinois, late 1950s), employment (worked in the game industry in Phoenix and Austin during the 1970s and 1980s, and in the print industry in DFW area after that), personal (married Dennis Virzi 1986, daughter Madeline born 1989).
We know Pat discovered fandom while attending college at Michigan State University, gravitating quickly to APAs and fanzines, then moving on to working on cons, including IguanaCon (the 1978 Phoenix Worldcon) and LoneStarCon (the 1985 Austin NASFiC). She has continued to work cons since, most recently Corflu 24 (as Chair), SMOFCon 27, and the upcoming Instacon 9.
Combining zines with cons led to her editing The Texas SF Inquirer for five years and to Pat's Fanzine Hugo win in 1988. Among her other zine work, she co-edited Fanthology 1986 with Dennis Virzi, co-edited (with Richard Brandt) the Cactus Clipper daily zine for CactusCon (the 1987 NASFiC in Phoenix, Arizona), and produced the fanthology Ah! Sweet Laney! for Corflu 24. Her zine Pirate Jenny, received a Fanzine Hugo Nomination in 1990.
People who know Pat well describe her as witty, intelligent, talented, skilled, energetic, fast-moving, hardworking, and generous. She has been honored numerous times as Fan GoH (Lunacon 1988, CopperCon 1988, NorWesCon 1990, ArmadilloCon 1991, Westercon 1992, Norwescon 1993). Pat is currently a board member of ALAMO, Inc. and a member of the Texas in 2013 Bid Committee.
Pat is many things: zine fan, fan editor, author, Hugo winner, conrunner, graphic designer, friend, wife, mother. Most of all, she is a doer, and we like what she does!
Her fictional biography written by Allen Varney, documenting achievements into 2026, appeared in the Norwescon 12 program book and is more fun than anything we can come up with.
Photo by Debbie Ohi
Rob Balder is a webcomics author and comedy musician. He is co-founder of the Funny Music Project, and his songs are often heard on The Dr. Demento Show. His comic strip PartiallyClips has appeared in newspapers since 2002. In 2006 he began writing Erfworld, an epic fantasy/comedy comic, illustrated by Xin Ye. Time magazine named Erfworld one of its top ten graphic novels of 2007.
Dr. Paul Abell is a planetary scientist assigned to the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Directorate at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He is also a research scientist at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona. Paul has been studying potentially hazardous asteroids and near-Earth objects for over 8 years. He was a telemetry officer for the Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous spacecraft Near-Infrared Spectrometer (NIS) team and is a member of the science team for the Near-Infrared Spectrograph (NIRS) on the Japanese Hayabusa mission. Paul, his wife Amy Sisson, and their feline friends have lived in the Houston area since December 2003.
Lou Antonelli is a long-time newspaper editor who started writing SF and fantasy in 2003 when he was 45. After seven years he's had 48 short stories published in the U.S., Canada, Australia and the U.K. in magazines such as Asimov's, Baen's Universe, Dark Recesses and Andromeda Spaceways. He has had ten honorable mentions in The Year's Best Science Fiction published by St. Martin's Press. His Texas-themed short story collection Fantastic Texas has been published by Fantastic Books. He lives in Mount Pleasant, Texas, where he is the managing editor of The Mount Pleasant Daily Tribune, with wife Patricia and one and a half Labs, Millie and Sugar.
Reverend Keri Bas is an artist, interfaith minister, and tarot reader from Houston. The 1977 release of Star Wars was the first movie she ever saw, and she screamed through the opening until Darth Vader came on the screen. Her family still insists it was love at first sight.
Michael Bracken is the author of 11 books, including Psi Cops and Canvas Bleeding, and more than 800 short stories published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Espionage Magazine, Fantastic, Flesh & Blood: Guilty as Sin, Hot Blood: Strange Bedfellows, Midnight, Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, Northern Horror, Sun, Weirdbook, Young World, and many other anthologies and periodicals. He is also the editor of five crime fiction anthologies, including the three-volume Fedora series.
David H Brummel has been attending SF Cons in and around Texas since 1975 and has worked on ApolloCon since 2005. He is a collector of Celtica, corvidae, kilts, and single malts. Since graduating from Texas A&M in 1979, David has worked for various NASA contractors at JSC on Space Shuttle simulation software development, flight software development, and flight software verification.
A. T. Campbell, III has been active in Texas SF fandom for several years, working on OwlCon, ArmadilloCon, ConDiablo, Worldcon, World Fantasy Con, InstaCon, and ApolloCon. A.T. was the Fan GoH at ApolloCon 2007.
Barrett Canon, a native of Houston with an unhealthy passion for wireless technology, is a co-host of 90.1 FM KPFT's Technology Bytes every Wednesday night from 8:00 to 10:00 PM and author of the GeekSpeak Blog on Chron.com. Barrett weilds both solder and source code in an effort to make the dreams of tomorrow a reality today.
David Bennett Carren has written and/or produced more than 200 films and television shows. His credits include Star Trek: The Next Generation, Stargate SG-1, Buck Rogers, TekWar, Battlestar Galactica, Knightrider, and Beauty and the Beast.
He directed and co-wrote the 2008 feature, The Red Queen, which earned an Honorable Mention in the 2009 Los Angeles Reel Film Festival. Medallion Books released his sci-fi novel, No Power on Earth, and his short story If She Dies was published in Twisted Tales before he adapted it as an episode of The New Twilight Zone.
Rosemary Clement-Moore is the author of the smart, funny supernatural mystery novels Prom Dates from Hell (2007), Hell Week (2008) and Highway to Hell (2009). She has an eclectic resume, including jobs as a telephone operator, Chuck E. Cheese costumed character, ranch hand, dog groomer, wedding singer, hair model, actress, stage-hand, director, and playwright. She now writes full time.
Chuck Coshow has been a fanboy since the age of 5, when he discovered Star Trek:TOS and Gerry Andersen's UFO. These days, Chuck is working on his writing, cooking skills, and costuming.
Tammy Coxen is a fan and a foodie. She has worked a variety of cons and was chair of ConFusion in Detroit, MI from 2001-2003. She loves running consuites and hosting room parties. Outside of fandom, she has her own business, Tammy's Tastings, and hosts tasting events.
Bill Crider is the author of fifty published novels and numerous short stories. He won the Anthony Award for best first mystery novel in 1987, and he won the Golden Duck award for best juvenile science fiction novel in 1997. He and his wife, Judy, won the Anthony in 2002 for their short story "Chocolate Moose." He has been nominated for the Edgar award for best short story.
Scott A. Cupp is a short story writer from San Antonio. His most recent print publication Cross Plains Universe: Texans Celebrate Robert E. Howard (co-edited with Joe R. Lansdale) was a World Fantasy finalist for Best Anthology. His most recent story, "Johnny Cannabis and Tony the Purple Paisley (Sometimes) Colored White Lab Rat," is online at RevolutionSF.com.
Inspired by the space program, Marianne Dyson became one of NASA's first women flight controllers. She has won the Golden Kite and American Institute of Physics science writing awards for her children's books about space. A life member of SFWA, she encourages everyone to read her novelette in the July/Aug issue of Analog. A former editor of Ad Astra, the magazine of the National Space Society (NSS), she blogs about shuttle missions and reviews books for NSS. Dyson has a degree in physics and a 2nd degree black belt in Kuk Sool.
Rhonda Eudaly lives in Texas where she's worked in various industries to support her writing habit and her cat, Dixon. She is married with a step dog. She loves all things writing related including unusual writing instruments and notebooks. She's had over a dozen fiction and non-fiction stories published in various anthologies, magazines, and websites.
Gabrielle S. Faust is best known for her dark fantasy vampire series Eternal Vigilance. She is a regular contributor to the websites SciFi Wire, Fear Zone and Fatally Yours, and a member of the Horror Writers Association. She was the Guest of Honor at the Anne Rice Vampire Ball in 2008 and is on the Board of Directors of the Vampire Film Festival.
In addition to writing, Melanie Fletcher does way too many things to be listed here -- let's just say she is Hobby Lobby's beyotch and leave it at that. Her recent writing credits include "The Padre, the Rabbi and the Devil His Own Self" (Helix SF, helixsf.com), "Lost in Whitby" (Fabulous Whitby, ed. Sue Thomason, Shrew Press UK) and Sabre Dance (Double Dog #4, ed. Selina Rosen, Yard Dog Press). An expatriate Chicagoan, she currently lives in North Dallas with a Bodacious Brit, a dollhouse addiction and two fabulous furballs.
Larry Friesen grew up in Kansas, and first became interested in science fiction reading the Flash Gordon comic strip, and by listening to the Space Patrol radio serial (also a TV series). He became hooked on space flight when he received a Big Golden Book on aviation and A Child's Book of Stars, and by reading articles by Werner Von Braun, even forming a Space Club in grade school. He earned a BA in Physics and Math from Kansas University, and a PhD from Rice University in Space Physics & Astronomy. Larry worked at Johnson Space Center from 1976 through 1998, mostly for McDonnell-Douglas and Lockheed-Martin. He currently teaches Astronomy and Physics at the University of Houston - Clear Lake. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
Kimberly Frost was unaware of copyright laws as a child and regularly pilfered famous characters for her stories. Taking fan fiction to new extremes, she once turned Han Solo into an NFL quarterback who married a supermodel. Would-be Witch, her debut novel that combines humor and horror, was released in February 2009. The second book in the Southern Witch series, Barely Bewitched, will hit the shelves September 1, 2009. Unfortunately, neither Han Solo nor any supermodels appear in the series, but she hopes the characters she created from scratch will entertain readers anyway.
Ghost of a Rose was born after Dene and Sundara met at ApolloCon 2007; they debuted at Fencon IV, three months later. They perform their eclectic mix of music at SCA events, Coffeehouses, cons, and Celtic festivals. The Musical Guests of Honor at Con-Jour 2 and music guests at Comicpalooza 3, Ghost of a Rose will be the Interfilk Guests at FilKONtario in Toronto (April 2011). They have released two CDs: Live at CMA Samhain and Plaid & Personal. Sundara received a BS in Theatre from Illinois State University and is originally from the Chicago Area, where she participated in filk circles at conventions and SCA events. Dene has been playing guitar and singing folk music since 1967. Along the way he received a Bachelor's in Music Education and taught music for a year.
O. M. Grey is rather camera shy and is a complete novice when it comes to modern technology. She prefers to live in the cobwebbed corners of her dark mind writing paranormal romance with a Steampunk twist. She is the author of Avalon Revisited.
Bennie Grezlik has been writing and publishing lies since 1978. In the last few years, Stonegarden.net has released three of his novels, the latest being The Search for Earth. He is also known at ApolloCon as the guy who writes and produces the Skip Thruster, Space Detective plays that are brought to life Saturday night by enthusiastic actors, otherwise known as ApolloCon fans.
In another life back in the psychedelic Sixties, Bennie was a technician at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston from 1966, through 1969. You read that title correctly. This was before the center was named for its mentor, Lyndon B. Johnson. And, yes, Bennie used a slide rule because it was sexy.
Mark B. Hall is an architect with a long-time interest in SF. Other than that, he's very mysterious.
Teddy Harvia (aka David Thayer) is a well-known humorous fan artist from Dallas, Texas. Born in Oklahoma, he soon rectified the geographical error, moving to Texas and becoming a true Texan. In his 20s, Teddy discovered Science Fiction and the world of conventions. Art was an early part of his life and became a central part of his fan life. He has contributed several hundreds of illos and cartoons to hundreds of fan publications. Frequently nominated for the Hugo as Best Fan Artist, Teddy Harvia has won this honor on four separate occasions. Away from the world of Science Fiction, and as a means to finance his participation in it, Teddy writes and edits technical manuals.
W.J. (Bill) Hodgson started writing for national magazines in junior high, and added illustration a few years later. His work includes art for SF, fantasy, and romance novels, CC's, game covers, posters, and astronomicals, using both traditional media and reverse-painting. Most of his current work is for production companies and galleries.
The Houston Browncoats are Houston's own Firefly & Serenity fan club. Shiny!
Born in Texas and educated on both coasts, K. Hutson Price did time through military service, government contractor, recruiter, and currently flings information at prepubescent individuals as a teacher and grade level chair in a low-income public school. Her writing is influenced by Joss Whedon, Robert Heinlein, and the insane things students pull at school every year. Her short fiction has been published by Yard Dog Press and at revolutionsf.com.
Rocky Kelley is an award-winning artist whose paintings have appeared in magazines, galleries, conventions, and even on the David Letterman Show. Rocky received the Director's Award at the 2006 World Fantasy Art Show. Kelley's works include: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Pre-Raphaelite, Surrealism, and more. His Dark Fantasy works are created under the pseudonym of Ashen Gray and he is the founder of the Dark Rose Alliance. Current projects include illustrating graphic novels.
A wandering goofball from the Atchafalaya Basin, Bart Kemper has bounced around the globe with stops including Europe, Asia, Africa, Central America, and the Middle East. He's a licensed professional engineer and consultant in a range of fields, an established journalist, a military officer and combat veteran, an exhibited artist, fan, conrunner, an aspiring SFWAian, and a single parent.
According to Publishers Weekly, National bestselling author Julie Kenner has a "flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations." She writes a range of stories including urban fantasy and "paranormal mommy lit"-the popular demon-hunting soccer-mom series featuring demon-hunter Kate Connor. And don't miss her new urban fantasy series, The Blood Lily Chronicles.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, Julie Kenner is unable to attend ApolloCon 2010.
Born in Indiana, Katharine Eliska Kimbriel also spent time in Michigan, Ohio, and California before settling in Texas. Her obligatory itinerant occupations have included technical writer, correspondence school instructor, web designer and Licensed Massage Therapist. A nominee for the John W. Campbell Award, her short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Amazing! and various anthologies including Dragon Lords And Warrior Women, the recent e-anthology fundraiser for Book View Cafe. She is the author of five novels. Her Wings of Morning chapbook is available from Yard Dog Press.
Alexis Glynn Latner's science fiction novel Hurricane Moon was published by Pyr in 2007. Her stories have appeared in the magazines Analog, Amazing and Sorcerous Signals and in horror and mystery anthologies. She lives in Houston, works in the Rice University library, and teaches creative writing through Rice University's Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.
Stina Leicht lives in central Texas with her husband. She wanted to grow up to be like Vincent Price. Alas, she'll have to resign herself to going quietly mad while wearing a smoking jacket. Too bad Texas is hot, she doesn't smoke and therefore, doesn't own a smoking jacket. Her novel Of Blood and Honey is scheduled to be released in February 2011 through Night Shade Books.
Julia S. Mandala is a reformed lawyer who does penance by writing fantasy and science fiction. She has published short fiction in various anthologies, including Witch Way to the Mall, Fangs for the Mammaries (October 2010), The Four Redheads of the Apocalypse, Dracula's Lawyer, and International House of Bubbas and the novels The Four Redheads: Apocalypse Now! (coauthor) and House of Doors. She holds degrees in history and law, and is a copy editor, scuba diver, underwater photographer and belly dancer.
A. Lee Martinez has published six fantasy novels. His first novel, Gil's All Fright Diner, won the American Library Association's Alex Award. Gil's All Fright Diner and In the Company of Ogres have been optioned for media productions. In his spare time, Martinez enjoys video games, board games, juggling, and squinting really hard in hopes of one day shooting laser beams out of his eyes.
C. J. Mills has spend most of her adult life in Minnesota, though she grew up all over the Upper Midwest - Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio, Nebraska. She has published an historical-adventure novel, Three Rivers, which was nominated for the Golden Spur award of the Western Writers of America, and five SF novels (the Winter World series). She comes from a line of women writers: her mother and maternal grandmother were journalists; her paternal grandmother and aunt were both short-story writers. Teaching is her other occupation, English (secondary schools and college) and German (grades 2-12). She lives not in Austin with a parrot, a dog, and two cats.
Mythos Houston runs Call of Cthulhu LARPs in the Houston area, most notably at Owlcon.
The first recognizable animal Cat Osborne drew as a child was a horse in crayon, and she has a passion for all things equine that still feature heavily in her artwork and photography. She is also fond of cats, kilts, animals in general, and of the Ukiyo-e style of Old Japan. Her work can be found all over the net, most notably galleried on BigStockPhoto.com, Constant-Content.com, Elfwood.com, DeviantArt.com, ThirdCoastRS.com, Zazzle.com and CafePress.com. She has a long small-press history, most recently art for several privately produced cards in the White Wolf The Rage CCG available from Rainy Day Books.
Katy Pace is a seventh generation Texan who is part mad geophysicist geek girl and part Southern Belle.
Like many aerospace engineers, Scott R. Padget is a frustrated astronaut wanna-be (unlike some, he admits this). Scott has held the world's third-best job, and once received an award for making a planeload of scientists ill. He's also a swashbuckling, tall-ship-sailing, polyamorous vegetarian single parent, just like everyone else.
Bill Parker is a magician, pyrotechnician, movie electrician and Science Fiction fan. He is a long-time member and past-president of HSFA, organizational parent of ApolloCon.
Lawrence Person is a science fiction writer living in Austin, Texas. His work has appeared in Asimov's, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Analog, Jim Baen's Universe, Postscripts, Cross Plains Universe, The Mammoth Book of Extreme Science Fiction, The Mammoth Book of Extreme Fantasy, Locus Online (where he reviews movies with Howard Waldrop), National Review, Reason, Whole Earth Review, Science Fiction Eye, The New York Review of Science Fiction, and Slashdot.org. He is the once and future editor of Nova Express, and the owner of Lame Excuse Books. He owns a large library of SF first editions and makes a mean batch of salsa.
Ethan Rose is an author, producer, carpenter, dreamer, & feral hippie who loves to read, especially fantasy and he loves to write it, too. He is a co-author with his wife Christine Rose of the Rowan of the Wood YA fantasy series.
Patrice Sarath is the Austin-based author of the adventure fantasy Gordath Wood and its sequel, Red Gold Bridge, published by Ace. Her short stories have appeared in Weird Tales, Black Gate, Realms of Fantasy, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Year's Best Fantasy 3, and other magazines and anthologies.
Rie's short stories appear in the Double Dragon's From Within the Mist ebook and The Stygian Soul as well as Yard Dog Press' A Bubba In Time Saves None. Her anthology RieVisions is available from Mundania Press and novel The Lute and the Liar is under their Awe-Struck Books imprint. Midnight Showcase carries romantic fantasy Sidhe Moved Through the Faire. Writer's Exchange has re-released her Young Adult fantasy, The Right Hand of Velachaz, and Yard Dog Press is also home to humorous horror chapbooks Tales from the Home for Wayward Spirits and Bar-B-Que Grill and Bruce and Roxanne Save the World...Again.
Amy Sisson is a writer, book reviewer, academic librarian, crazy cat lady, and graduate of the Clarion West writers workshop. Her fiction has appeared in. Stories in her "Unlikely Patron Saints" series have appeared in Strange Horizons, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and Irregular Quarterly.
Starbase Houston is a long-running Star Trek fan club in the Houston area.
Robert Stikmanz is the creative identity of an author and artist long resident in Austin, Texas. He is the author of the fantasy series The Hidden Lands of Nod.
Lee Thomas is the Bram Stoker Award and the Lambda Literary Award-winning author of Stained, Parish Damned, and The Dust of Wonderland. In addition to numerous magazines, his short fiction has appeared in the anthologies A Walk on the Darkside (Roc), Horror Library, Vol. 4 (Cutting Block Press), Darkness on the Edge (PS Publishing), and Inferno (Tor), among others. His short story collection In the Closet, Under the Bed, was released on the last day of 2009 by Dark Scribe Press and was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award and named a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Under a variety of pseudonyms he writes suspense thrillers for the young adult market. Lee currently lives in Austin, Texas, where he's working on a number of projects.
Kathy and Derly have been active in fandom since dinosaurs roamed the earth. They are one third of the notorious Cat Boxe Theatre and have both worked at the Texas Renaissance Festival for more than 20 years.
They have attended, run and guested at cons. They love to be involved, have fun, see old friends and make new ones!
Chosen by small press Champagne Books to lead their foray into the science fiction genre, Kerry Tolan's first novel Blade Dancer quickly made the publisher's best seller list and was the third-highest rated novel at Fictionwise.com in its first twenty days of sale.
Val Villarreal is a fan, avid costumer and kitchen goddess. She's also the best kind of evil genius.
Willing to pay in livestock, 1st born children and monkey paws.
Mel. White is the author of a number of science fiction short stories as well as a cartoonist and graphic novel artist. She is probably best remembered for her Duncan and Mallory graphic novel series with Robert Asprin. Her most recent work includes a chapter on the anthropology of the World of Warcraft in Battle For Azeroth (Benbella press) and a story in A Bubba In Time Saves None (Yard Dog Press).
Mother, combat vet, mechanical designer, artist of many trades, costumer, gamer, advocate for real solutions to the energy issues: Krista Wohlfeil is one of those people who have led a life others find unbelievable.
Donald Wolcott started lessons in classical piano at age 5, expanding his musical horizons when he joined his middle school's jazz band.
A top soloist in the University of the Arts in Philadelphia annual jazz festival in 2005, he was accepted as a bassist into Montgomery County's Honors Jazz Ensemble in 2006. He earned an honorable mention for performance in the 2007 National Distinguished Scholar Competition and was one of only four musicians to receive the coveted "Maestro Award" for individual performance at the 2008 Washington D.C. Heritage Music Festival.
After his high school graduation in 2008, Donald accepted a scholarship to Towson University, where he majors in Jazz Performance and is the pianist for the Towson University Big Band, a premiere jazz ensemble in Maryland. An in-demand pianist in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area, he also teaches private piano, bass, guitar, and drum lessons.
As Catherine Asaro's accompanist, Donald showcases the Diamond Star Project with his exciting arrangements and delightfully jazzy style.
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