Cat Sparks, Presenter
Cat Sparks is an award-winning author, editor and artist. She has received a total of 19 Aurealis and Ditmar awards for writing, editing and art.
She is best-known for her 2013 short story collection The Bride Price (Ticonderoga Publications). Her fiction has been published in magazines and anthologies such as Loosed Upon the World: The Saga Anthology of Climate Fiction, Lightspeed Magazine, Solaris Rising 3: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction, Hartwell and Kramer’s Years Best SF Vol 16, Gutshot: Weird West Tales, and PS Publishing.
A graduate of the inaugural Clarion South Writers’ Workshop, she was a Writers of the Future prize winner in 2004. In 2012 Cat received an Australia Council Emerging Writers Grant, and was chosen to participate in Margaret Atwood’s The Time Machine Doorway workshop as part of the Key West Literary Seminars in Florida.
Cat has also worked as a media monitor, political and archaeological photographer, graphic designer, Fiction Editor of Cosmos Magazine and Manager of Agog! Press, an Australian independent press that produced ten anthologies of new speculative fiction from 2002-2008. An active member of Science Fiction Writers of America, Cat’s fiction is represented by Jill Grinberg Literary Management, New York.
Her debut novel, Lotus Blue, will be published by Talos Press in early 2017. It’s been described as “Mad Max meets Terminator meets Ghost in the Shell.”
Cat has traveled through Europe, the Middle East, Indonesia, the South Pacific, Mexico and North America. Her adventures so far have included winning a trip to Paris in a Bulletin Magazine photography competition; being appointed official photographer for two NSW Premiers and working as dig photographer on three archaeological expeditions to Jordan. She’s currently completing a PhD in climate change fiction through Curtin University, specifically examining its relationship to science fiction and the responsibility both genres might have towards the future.