Professional Staff

DongWon Song

dongwon-song-literary-agentDongWon Song is a literary agent with Howard Morhaim Literary Agency. He was formerly an editor at Orbit, an imprint of the Hachette Book Group. He was the first hire at a publishing startup, Zola Books, and while there oversaw content and eventually became the head of product for the ecommerce and ebook apps. He is a graduate of Duke University and joined HMLA in 2015.


Jaye Wells

Jaye Wells

Jaye Wells is the author of several speculative fiction novels. She is best known for writing urban fantasy with her USA Today bestselling Sabina Kane series and the Prospero’s War series. In 2012, she won the Best Urban Fantasy Reviewers’ Choice Award from RT Book Reviews for Blue-Blooded Vamp, and her novels Dirty Magic and Silver-Tongued Devil were also nominated for the award.

Before she became an author, Jaye was a magazine editor and freelance writer. She earned her B.A. in Art History from Southern Methodist University, and holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She belongs to International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime, and Horror Writers Association.

In addition to writing, Jaye is also a sought-after speaker and teacher on the topics of writing craft and the writing life. She has served as faculty for the Paradise Lost writing retreat, taught writing at sea for Cruising Writers, and also ran the writers’ workshop for FenCon. Jaye also serves as a mentor for Horror Writers Association’s mentorship program.

When Jaye is not writing or teaching, she loves to travel and cook. She lives in Texas.


Mary Anne Mohanraj

s-tish20_12715-604x270Mary Anne Mohanraj is author of Bodies in Motion (HarperCollins) and ten other titles. Bodies in Motion was a finalist for the Asian American Book Awards, a USA Today Notable Book, and has been translated into six languages.  Previous titles include Aqua Erotica andWet (two erotica anthologies edited for Random House), Kathryn in the City and The Classics Professor (two erotic choose-your-own-adventure novels, Penguin), and The Best of Strange Horizons. Mohanraj founded the Hugo-nominated magazine, Strange Horizons. She was Guest of Honor at WisCon 2010, received a Breaking Barriers Award from the Chicago Foundation for Women for her work in Asian American arts organizing, and won an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Prose. Mohanraj has taught at the Clarion SF/F workshop, and is now Clinical Assistant Professor of fiction and literature and Associate Coordinator of Asian and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She serves as Executive Director of both DesiLit ( and the Speculative Literature Foundation (  Recent publications include the collectionWithout a Map, Aqueduct Press, co-authored with Nnedi Okorafor.  Mohanraj’s newest book is a Kickstarter-funded Lambda-award-finalist science fiction novella, The Stars Change, November 2013 from Circlet Press. She serves as editor-in-chief of Jaggery, a South Asian literary journal (  Mohanraj lives in a creaky old Victorian in Oak Park, just outside Chicago, with her partner, Kevin, two small children, and a sweet dog.


Guest Lecturer

Justin Landon

Justin Landon

is a consulting editor for Publishing and the host of Rocket Talk, a Podcast. Prior to his work with, Justin was a blogger best known for his commentary on the publishing industry and broken literary awards. He was nominated for a few of those broken awards in 2013, losing the Hugo Award for Best Related Work and winning the British Fantasy Award for Best Non-Fiction. He once published a short story under a pseudonym. Never again.