Uncanny Authors

Michi Trota

Michi Trota is a writer, editor, speaker, communications manager, and community organizer in Chicago, IL. She writes about geek culture and fandom (and occasionally food), focusing primarily on issues of diversity and representation, on her blog, Geek Melange, and is a member of the Chicago Nerd Social Club’s Board of Organizers. Michi is a featured essayist in Invisible: An Anthology of Representation in SF/F (edited by Jim C. Hines). She is a professional fire spinner, often performing with the fire/flow+bellydance showcase, Raks Geek, and at the Chicago Full Moon Jams. Her secret mutant superpower is to make anyone hungry just by talking about food. Michi is also the managing editor for Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Follow her on Twitter at @geekmelange.

Photo credit: Vincent Giovannone

Ali Trotta

Ali Trotta is a poet, editor, dreamer, word–nerd, and unapologetic coffee addict. She is always scribbling on napkins, closing her eyes while crossing the street, and singing along to songs at the grocery store. When she isn’t word–wrangling, you can find her cooking, baking, hanging out in parking lots, or pretending to be a mermaid. She’s currently reviewing television shows for Blastoff Comics. These have included Agent Carter, The Flash, and Supergirl. She’s on Twitter as @alwayscoffee, and you can also read her blog at http://alwayscoffee.wordpress.com.

Ali is also an occasional Companion to the Doctor.

Michael R. Underwood

Michael R. Underwood has circumnavigated the globe, danced the tango with legends, and knows why Tybalt cancels out Capo Ferro. He also rolls a mean d20.

He is the author several series, including the comedic fantasy Ree Reyes series (Geekomancy, Celebromancy, Attack of the Geek) and Genrenauts, a science fiction series in novellas. By day, he’s the North American Sales & Marketing Manager for Angry Robot Books.

Mike lives in Baltimore with his fiance and their ever–growing library. In his rapidly–vanishing free time, he studies historical martial arts and makes pizzas from scratch. He is a co–host on the Hugo–nominated Skiffy and Fanty Show.

Catherynne M. Valente

Catherynne M. Valente is The New York Times–bestselling author of over two dozen works of fiction and poetry, including Palimpsest, the Orphan’s Tales series, Deathless, Radiance, and the crowdfunded phenomenon The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. She is the winner of the Andre Norton, Tiptree, Mythopoeic, Rhysling, Lambda, Locus, and Hugo Awards. She has been a finalist for the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with a small but growing menagerie of beasts, some of which are human.

Monica Valentinelli

Monica Valentinelli writes stories, games, essays, and comics for her original works and media/tie–in properties. For more about Monica and her latest releases, please visit www.booksofm.com.

Ursula Vernon

Ursula Vernon is a children’s book author. She also writes for adults as T. Kingfisher. Her work has won the Nebula, Hugo, Sequoyah, and Mythopoeic Awards. More information can be found at redwombatstudio.com

Nghi Vo

Nghi Vo lives on the shores of Lake Michigan, and her fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Expanded Horizons, Crossed Genres, and Icarus Magazine. She likes stories about things that fall through the cracks and live on the edges, and she has a deep love for tales of revolution (personal and political), transfiguration, and transmutation. She’s a writer by trade, a storyteller by nature, a volunteer by inclination, and a dreamer by design.

Sabrina Vourvoulias

Sabrina Vourvoulias is the author of Ink (Crossed Genres, 2012), a speculative novel that draws on her memories of Guatemala’s armed internal conflict, and of the Latinx experience in the United States. It was named to Latinidad’s Best Books of 2012.

Her short stories have appeared at Tor.com, Strange Horizons, and Crossed Genres, and in multiple anthologies, including Long Hidden: Speculative Literature from the Margins of History and upcoming in the Year’s Best YA Speculative Fiction (Twelfth Planet Press, 2016), and Latino/a Rising (Wings Press, 2017). Read more at www.sabrinavourvoulias.com; follow Sabrina on Twitter: @followthelede.

Photography Credit: Claudia Gavin

LaShawn M. Wanak

LaShawn M. Wanak lives in Madison, WI, with her husband and son. Her works can be found in Strange Horizons, Podcastle, and Daily Science Fiction. She reviews books for Lightspeed Magazine and is a graduate of the 2011 class of Viable Paradise. Writing stories keeps her sane. Also, pie.

Kayla Whaley

Kayla Whaley is a graduate of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop and an editor at Disability in Kidlit. Her work has appeared in Uncanny MagazineThe Toast, and is forthcoming in the anthology Feminism for the Real World (Algonquin Young Readers). She lives outside Atlanta with too many books and not nearly enough cats.