Learn about this year’s special guests at Mythmoot

Mythmoot Special Guests

Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas

Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas

Ebony Elizabeth Thomas is the Associate Professor in the Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. A former Detroit Public Schools teacher and National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, she is a former chair of the NCTE Standing Committee on Research, and served on the 2020 National Book Awards Young People’s Literature judges’ panel. Currently, she is co-editor of the journal Research of the Teaching of English. Her most recent book is The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games (NYU Press, 2019) which recently won a 2020 World Fantasy Award.

Carl F. Hostetter

Carl Hostetter

Carl F. Hostetter has, since 1989, been the editor of Vinyar Tengwar, a journal of the Elvish Linguistic Fellowship, devoted to the scholarly study of the invented languages of J.R.R. Tolkien. He is also a member of a team of editors appointed by Christopher Tolkien to edit and publish his father’s linguistic papers, chiefly in the journal Parma Eldalamberon. Most recently he contributed a chapter, “Inventing Elvish”, to the catalogue of the landmark Bodleian exhibit “Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth.” He is also the editor of the forthcoming Nature of Middle-earth, a collection of unpublished late writings by Tolkien on the lands, peoples, flora, fauna, and metaphysics of Middle-earth.

Brenton Dickieson

Dr. Brenton Dickieson

Since 2016, Brenton Dickieson has been lecturing and precepting at Signum University–sometimes as a specialist in Lewis studies, but often as an opportunity to explore a wide swath of imaginative texts, from classical mythology to contemporary speculative fiction. As a theologian of literature, Brenton is intrigued by the ways that authors construct their speculative worlds and infuse them with meaning. As a teacher and writer of popular and academic nonfiction, and as curator of the digital sandbox, A Pilgrim in Narnia, Brenton has written or edited more than 1,100 articles. His research focuses on Inklings like C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as Prince Edward Island author, L.M. Montgomery – who wrote Anne of Green Gables just a couple of miles up the road from where Brenton grew up. His reading, however, includes the work of Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, classic SciFi, and for the last five years, a building fascination with Black women SF writers, like Octavia Butler, Nalo Hopkinson, N.K. Jemisin, and Nnedi Okorafor.

Kyle Latino, artist for "She Dwarf"

Kyle Latino

Kyle Latino is a cartoonist and illustrator from Indianapolis. He has appeared in the pages of comics such as Fresh Romance, Rolled & Told, Outlaw Territories, and many self published projects. Kyle has received a BFA in Biblical Literature from Taylor University (2007) and an MFA in Visual Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati (2020). When he is not at the drawing desk or teaching classes at Herron School of Art, Kyle often wishes he was running a Tabletop Roleplaying Game.

At Mythmoot VIII, Kyle will be presenting a talk and workshop titled “Comics: The Story Is the Art.”

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