Andrea Hairston is a playwright, novelist, and scholar. Her novels: "Redwood and Wildfire," winner of the Otherwise and Carl Brandon Awards; "Master of Poisons," on the Kirkus Review’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2020; "Will Do Magic For Small Change," a New York Times Editor’s pick; "Mindscape," shortlisted for the Phillip K. Dick and Otherwise Awards and winner of the Carl Brandon Parallax Award. Andrea received the International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts Distinguished Scholarship Award and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, and Ford Foundation. In her spare time, she is the Louise Wolff Kahn 1931 Professor of Theatre and Africana Studies at Smith College and the Artistic Director of Chrysalis Theatre. She bikes at night year-round, meeting bears and seeing the occasional shooting star.