Thank you, thank you, a million thank yous.

I was sitting in the hallway at Guiding Eyes for the Blind, my guide dog under my chair, when the e-mails started rolling in. First came the Hugo nomination for Fan Writer, and then Hugo nominations in the Semiprozine category for both Fireside and Uncanny, and all I could think was how grateful I am to be seen as doing good and important work by my peers in the genre community.

Both Fireside and Uncanny posted announcements, and I'll let them speak for themselves, but I'm honored to have worked on such remarkable magazines and with such incredible people.

Right now, I want to take a moment to speak to the Fan Writer Hugo nomination. For several years I have worked on raising the visibility of disabled people, and our lack of inclusion (or the poor representation) within the speculative fiction genres I love, I write in, and that I want to see succeed. I am humbled by this nomination because it means people are reading—my essays, my twitter threads, my contributions—and they are listening.

It stuns me that I could be the first Deafblind woman to win a Hugo Award.

Thank you for reading. Thank you for listening. Thank you for sharing my words. Now it's back to writing and sharing the world I see because there's still more work to be done.

Elsa Sjunneson-Henry