Natalia Theodoridou is a queer writer and editor, the winner of the 2018 World Fantasy Award for Short Fiction, and a Clarion West graduate (class of 2018). Natalia’s stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Nightmare, Fireside, and elsewhere. Rent-a-Vice, Natalia’s first interactive novel, is out by Choice of Games. For details, visit natalia-theodoridou.com or follow @natalia_theodor on Twitter.
Three-time Hugo Award winner Lynne M. Thomas is co-Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction & Fantasy with her husband Michael Damian Thomas. The former Editor-in-Chief of Apex Magazine (2011-2013), she co-edited the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords, as well as Whedonistas and Chicks Dig Comics. She moderates the Hugo Award-winning SF Squeecast, and contributes to the Verity! Podcast . In her day job, she is the Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University, where she is responsible for the papers of over 70 SF/F authors. You can learn more about her shenanigans at lynnemthomas.com.
Lynne and Michael are the Publishers/Editors-in-Chief for the three-time Hugo and two-time Parsec Award-winning Uncanny Magazine.
Seven-time Hugo Award winner Lynne M. Thomas was the Editor-in-Chief of Apex Magazine (2011-2013). She co-edited the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords (with Tara O’Shea) as well as Whedonistas (with Deborah Stanish) and Chicks Dig Comics (with Sigrid Ellis).
Along with being a four-time Hugo Award-winner, Michael Damian Thomas was the former Managing Editor of Apex Magazine (2012-2013), co-edited the Hugo-nominated Queers Dig Time Lords (Mad Norwegian Press, 2013) with Sigrid Ellis, and co-edited Glitter & Mayhem (Apex Publications, 2013), with John Klima and Lynne M. Thomas.
Together, they solve mysteries.
Karin Tidbeck is originally from Stockholm, Sweden. She lives and works in Malmö as a freelance writer, translator, and creative writing teacher, and writes fiction in Swedish and English. She debuted in 2010 with the Swedish short story collection Vem är Arvid Pekon?. Her English debut, the 2012 collection Jagannath, was awarded the Crawford Award 2013 and shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award. Her novel debut, Amatka, was published in June 2017 by Vintage. She devotes her spare time to forteana, subversive cross-stitching, and Nordic LARP.
Photograph by Andreas Ingefjord
Emma Törzs is a writer, teacher, and chronic waitress based in Minneapolis. Her short fiction has been published in journals such as Ploughshares, the Threepenny Review, and Narrative, and honored with a 2015 O. Henry Prize and a 2015 Missouri Review Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize. She’s grateful to the Loft Literary Center, the Jerome Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the MRAC, the MSAB, and Norwescon for financial support through the years, and she was lucky to be part of the Clarion West class of 2017.
Tracy Townsend holds a Master’s degree in Writing & Rhetoric from DePaul University and a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from DePaul University, a source of regular consternation when proofreading her credentials. She has served as chair of the English Department at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, an elite public boarding school, where she currently teaches creative writing, and science fiction and fantasy literature, still recovering from past careers as a martial arts instructor, a stage combat and accent coach, and a short-order cook for houses full of tired gamers. Now she lives in Bolingbrook, Illinois with two bumptious hounds, two remarkable children, and one very patient husband. Her gaslamp fantasy The Nine (a finalist for the Stabby Award for Best Debut) was published by Pyr in 2017 with the sequel, The Fall,coming in June 2019. Tracy is also a columnist for the feminist sf magazine Luna Station Quarterly, where she writes about story craft and world-building. You can find her on Twitter (@TracyATownsend) or online at tracytownsend.net.
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. She is a three-time Hugo Award winner, and the first Filipina to win a Hugo Award. Michi has been published in The Book Smugglers, The Establishment, and Invisible: An Anthology of Representation in SF/F, and the exhibit text writer for Worlds Beyond Here: Expanding the Universe of APA Science Fiction at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle, WA. She’s spoken at C2E2, the Chicago Humanities Festival, and on NPR. She served five years as a member of the Chicago Nerd Social Club’s Board of Organizers, including two years as Board President. She is also a professional fire spinner, often performing with the fire/flow+bellydance showcase, Raks Geek. 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 is a poet, editor, dreamer, word-nerd, and unapologetic coffee addict. Her poetry has appeared in Uncanny and Cicada magazines. She writes television show reviews for Blastoff Comics. These have included Agent Carter, The Flash, and Supergirl. Additionally, for Blastoff, she has written some personal essays. Ali’s always scribbling on napkins, looking for magic in the world, or singing along to songs at the grocery store. When she isn’t word-wrangling, she’s cooking, baking, hugging an animal, or pretending to be a mermaid. She’s on Twitter as @alwayscoffee, and you can also read her blog at alwayscoffee.wordpress.com. One of her past Uncanny poems was a Rhysling Award nominee.
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.
Valerie Valdes lives in Miami, where she writes, copyedits, moonlights as a muse, and occasionally plays video games if her son and husband are distracted by Transformers. She is a graduate of Viable Paradise and her latest work is published in Nightmare Magazine. Once upon a time, she attended the University of Miami, where she majored in English literature with minors in creative writing and motion pictures. Join her in opining about books, BioWare games, and robots in disguise on Twitter @valerievaldes.