I have been appointed the “Creative Liaison” for the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts newly formed BIPOC committee. The IAFA puts together an annual conference of academics who study Speculative Fiction and the authors who write it. The BIPOC committee seeks to increase minority participation in the conference and the organization. I will serve as a liaison between the committee and those in the writer community. The position is new, and thus the scope of the duties is somewhat amorphous and undefined. It’s a completely voluntary position, and I hope to become a resource for both communities.