About Elsa

PHOTO011With a BA in Theater & History, and an MA in Women’s History, Elsa Sjunneson-Henry is a unique professional working as a writer, editor, historian and theatre professional. Through her education and experience, she can provide services as a writer, editor, dramaturge, public speaker and disability consultant. She was an Industry Insider Guest of Honor at GenCon 2015, and an ENNie Winner 2016 for her work in DRACULA DOSSIER.  Her piece “Seeking Truth” was mentioned in the starred review for UPSIDE DOWN in Publishers Weekly.

Available for Purchase/Reading:

Dracula Dossier from Pelgrane Press, Contributing Writer.

A PLACE OUT OF TIME at Fireside Fiction Company, July Issue 2016

UPSIDE DOWN anthology from Apex with the story SEEKING TRUTH.  December 2016.

Act Up, Rise Up in Uncanny Magazine, on the topic of disability and #resist. March 2017.

Edge of the Unknown in GHOST IN THE COGS from Broken Eye Books, October 2015.

Guest Posts at Terrible Minds (Chuck Wendig’s blog): So You Wanna Write a Blind Character and On Teaching Disabled Representation in Fiction

Guest Post at Disability in Kidlit: Overcompensating: Magical Blindness and Erasure in SFF

Guest Post at Her Story Arc: Daredevil and Disability Politics

Guest Post for Mary Robinette Kowal’s Blog on Writing the Other Master Class

Master Class on Writing Deaf & Blind Characters at Writing the Other

DEAD SCARE, a tabletop roleplaying game of housewives and bloodstained picket fences. February 2017.

Praise:

“Elsa’s work resonates for me because it sings the things my heart screams.” – Summer Plum on A PLACE OUT OF TIME.

Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling on Publisher’s Weekly 

Charles Payseur’s review of “Act Up, Rise Up” on Quick Sips:

“Act Up, Rise Up” by Elsa Sjunneson-Henry
“This is a great and important essay on the need to be inclusive in resistance, to not just value those who are most able to march, or throw a brick, or run from police or harassers. Especially when it comes to civil disobedience, it is important to remember that, as the essay points out, disabled rights are civil rights. And the right to march should not be based on the ability to walk, just as the ability to contribute to resistance should not be based on the ability to speak or see or travel.”

Upcoming publications include:

The Senate of Toys in Threadbare.

A chapter in WRAITH 20th Anniversary Edition from Onyx Path

A section in BLUE ROSES from Green Ronin Publishing

THE FATE ACCESSIBILITY TOOLKIT from Evil Hat

and more to come!

 

Writing

By founding Feminist Sonar, Elsa added a new voice to online feminist blogging, particularly in her coverage of disability issues as related to feminism. Published by XO Jane, Offbeat Home, Offbeat Bride, and Pincurl Magazine, her focus areas include feminism, history, disability issues, and media critique.

Her fiction and games work can be found in Ghost In the Cogs published by Broken Eye Books, The Dracula Dossier published by Pelgrane Press, and upcoming titles including Wraith 20th Anniversary Edition by Onyx Path, and her solo written RPG Dead Scare, which was published by Exploding Rogue Studios in 2017.

 

Editing

Over a range of genres, Elsa can perform developmental edits, as well as copy editing. She can provide editing services for blog posts, long form journalism, narrative non-fiction, fiction and roleplaying games. Her services as a consultant for manuscripts and other content containing disabled characters or disability content is also available. She has also worked as a sensitivity reader for several authors.

 

Public Speaking and Workshops

Elsa can give guest lectures on topics that include but are not limited to the history of obscenity law and performance, burlesque, feminist media critique, performing arts, women’s history, and living with disabilities. Her talks and workshops have been given at multiple conferences and schools, including BurlyCon, Boston Burlesque Expo, Phi Alpha Theta, Gonzaga University, the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington, and the SLC Women’s History Conference. In 2015 she was an Industry Insider at GenCon 2015 where she spoke about disability access, women in games, and alternate history writing. She also teaches as part of Writing the Other.

You can see Elsa at the New York Public Library’s Schwartzmann Building on March 21st as a participant in Periodically Speaking’s panel on Disability and Publishing.

Accessibility Consultation

Elsa is an accessibility coordinator for several gaming cons across the United States. This includes Big Bad Con, Metatopia, Dreamation and Dexcon. In addition, she is the accessibility coordinator for the grassroots organization NJ 11 for Change.

To hire Elsa, you can send an e-mail to elsa.s.henry@gmail.com or use the contact form below.

If you are a member of the press, please state this in the subject line and in the body of the message. Should you be interested in booking Elsa for public speaking or for workshops, please include date, time, location, organization, and if possible, whether the venue is disability accessible.