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. 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

Ali Trotta is a poet, editor, dreamer, word-nerd, and unapologetic coffee addict. Her poetry has appeared in Uncanny and Cicada magazines, with a forthcoming piece in Fireside Fiction and in The Best of Uncanny Magazine from Subterranean Press. 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, and bursting into song. 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. Two of her past Uncanny poems were a Rhysling Award nominee.

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.

Valerie Valdes

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.

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 reference books in her Midwestern studio. She’s a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Creative Writing program who now writes full-time. Monica’s original work has been published by small presses including Apex Book Company and Stone Skin Press. When she’s not obsessing about deadlines, she designs jewelry and dabbles in watercolors and acrylics. For more about Monica, visit 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 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 Uncanny Magazine, Tor.com, Strange Horizons, Crossed Genres, and in a number of anthologies, including [email protected] Rising (Wings Press; Goodwin, ed.); The Year’s Best Young Adult Speculative Fiction 2015, and Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History (Fox and Older, eds.).

She is freelance bilingual journalist and editor; her pieces have appeared at Philly.com, Philadelphia MagazineCity and State Pennsylvania, NBC Philadelphia, Telemundo 62, and The Guardian US, among others. Follow her on Twitter @followthelede.

Suzanne Walker

Suzanne Walker is a Chicago-based writer and editor. She is co-creator of the graphic novel Mooncakes (Lion Forge, October 2019) with artist Wendy Xu. Part of it can be read on mooncakescomic.tumblr.com. Her short fiction has been published in Clarkesworld, and she is a former contributor to Women Write About Comics. She has also published articles with the journal Classical World and the anthology Barriers and Belonging: Personal Narratives of Disability. She has spoken at numerous conventions on a variety of topics ranging from disability representation in sci-fi/fantasy to the importance of fair compensation for marginalized SF/F creators. You can find her posting pictures of her cat and occasionally yelling about baseball on Twitter: @suzusaur.