Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018) has published twenty-one novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry, and four of translation, and has received the Hugo, Nebula, Endeavor, Locus, Tiptree, Sturgeon, PEN-Malamud, and National Book Award and the Pushcart and Janet Heidinger Kafka prizes, among others. In recent years she has received lifetime achievement awards from World Fantasy Awards, Los Angeles Times, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, and Willamette Writers, as well as the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Grand Master Award and the Library of Congress Living Legends award. Le Guin was the recipient of the Association for Library Service to Children's May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award and the Margaret Edwards Award. Her recent publications include the novel Lavinia, Words Are My Matter, an essay collection, and Finding My Elegy, New and Selected Poems. Her website is UrsulaKLeGuin.com.
Charles Vess is an artist and comic book illustrator. Vess is known for working with Neil Gaiman, Susanna Clarke, George R.R. Martin, Terri Windling, Ellen Datlow, and many other big names in the literary industry. Educated at Virginia Commonwealth University, Vess is primarily known for his work in fantasy, with many of his designs and drawings being implemented within major mythological based comic books and pieces. Vess is perhaps best known for Sandman, Stardust, and Bone.