2021 Keynote Speaker: Samantha Mabry
Samantha Mabry is the author of three novels, including ALL THE WIND IN THE WORLD, which was published in the fall of 2017 and nominated for the National Book Award for Young Peoples’ Literature, as well as TIGERS, NOT DAUGHTERS, which released in the spring of 2020, received six starred trade reviews, and has been recently been optioned for film. Her debut novel, A FIERCE AND SUBTLE POISON was a re-imagining of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story, “Rappaccini’s Daughter,” set in modern-day Puerto Rico, where her grandmother was born and raised. While not all retellings, Samantha’s novels draw heavily on literary and cinematic influences, as well as her family experiences.
In addition to her book-length works, Samantha’s short fiction has been anthologized and her micro-pieces have appeared for the last four years in D Magazine’s summer fiction issue.
A Dallas native, Samantha graduated from Richardson High School and then Southern Methodist University, majoring in English literature, minoring in Spanish, and taking all of her elective credits in Latin and Classics. After that, she went on to receive a master’s degree in English from Boston College. After teaching for nearly a decade at the El Centro campus of Dallas College, Samantha now teaches the first-year writing courses at Southern Methodist University. She splits her time between Dallas and Mineral Wells, Texas.
2022 Keynote Speaker: Delilah S. Dawson
DFWCon’s 2022 keynote speaker is Delilah S. Dawson! She is the New York Times bestselling author of a long list of works including:
- Star Wars: PHASMA
- The Secrets of Long Snoot
- The Perfect Weapon
- Servants of the Storm
- Wicked as She Wants
- Wake of Vultures
She’s the author of a variety of short stories featured in anthologies including Death & Honey, Robots vs. Fairies, and Hellboy: an Assortment of Horrors, and she is the co-writer with Kevin Hearne of Kill the Farm Boy and No Country for Old Gnomes, the first two titles in the Tales of Pell series.
Her comics credits include Star Pig, Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire, Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, Ladycastle #1-4, The X-Files Case Files: Florida Man #1-2, and Rick and Morty Presents: Pickle Rick.
She is the winner of the 2015 Fantasy Book of the Year from RT Book Reviews for Wake of Vultures and the 2013 Steampunk Book of the Year and May Seal of Excellence for Wicked As She Wants.
Delilah will cover not only starting, but growing a writing career in her keynote address. And she’ll participate in panels as well.