J.R. Blackwell

Her work centers around creating compelling stories though photography and fiction. As a photographer for Philadelphia Weekly, J.R. regularly attends events around the Philadelphia area. In 2013, she documented 24 hours in the city, staying awake for that time and capturing photos from around the city, including dawn over the Ben Franklin Bridge, the aftermath of a concert on South Street and a burning parking kiosk. She has photographed authors, dancers, politicians, drag queens and monsters. J.R. has produced the covers to the novels Playing for KeepsThe Case of the Singing Sword, The Case of the Pitchers Pendant. Her photography ranges from the journalistic to the fantastical, but all of her images aim to tell stories to the viewer.

At the age of 24, J.R. founded 365 Tomorrows, a group flash fiction website dedicated to producing a new piece of science fiction daily. It continues that mandate to this day.  J.R. wrote the zombie survival game called Shelter In Place, which won a Judge’s Choice ENnie award in 2012.  Her essay “Evidence of a Baker” was published in the Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster in March 2006. Her stories have been published by Escape Pod Magazine, Aoife’s Kiss, Kaleidotrope, Bewildering Stories, Static Movement Magazine, EMG Magazine, HeavyGlow Magazine and in the first Podiobook anthology “Voices: New Media Fiction”.  Her board game, Velociraptor! Cannibalism!, raised over $43,000 on Kickstarter and is published by Game Salute. J.R. was a founder of the Voices of Tomorrow podcast, along with Jared Axelrod.


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