Guest of Honor: J.M. Frey

J.M Frey is an author, actor, fanthropologist and professional smartypants.  She discusses all things geeky through the lens of academia.

In addition to her novel Triptych, and the Accidental Turn series, Frey’s work encompasses poetry, academic and magazine articles, screenplays, and short stories. Frey calls herself a “professional geek.” Frey’s fiction work generally follows the conventions of literary fiction mixed with the tropes of science fiction and fantasy, and usually focuses on themes of personal merit, family, queerness, gender, and revisionist literature, as well as genre-deconstruction and meta themes.

Her academic work focuses on gender in science fiction, the anthropology of fandom (fanthropology), fanfiction and fanworks (specifically on Mary Sues and Cosplay), as well as the television programs Doctor Who and Stargate: Atlantis.

Based in the greater Toronto area, Frey works for Accessible Media, Inc. as an on-air personality.  She has appeared at Toronto-area science fiction conventions and is involved with charity and community fan groups and initiatives. She regularly appears on radio shows, television talk shows, and podcasts discussing fandom and genre works.

She has her Bachelors degree in Dramatic Arts, and has her Master of Arts in Communication Culture, with her masters project on Mary Sue FanFiction receiving the highest score awarded by Ryerson & York University’s joint program.  She taught English as a second language in Japan, and considers it a life ambition to set foot on every continent (3 to go).

She also has an addiction to scarves, Doctor Who, and tea, which may or may not all be related.

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