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.
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