Our Staff

Lynne M. Thomas
Publisher/Editor-in-Chief

Eight-time Hugo Award winner Lynne M. Thomas is the Head of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the former Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University, where she was responsible for popular culture special collections that include the literary papers of nearly 70 SF/F authors.

Lynne is the five-time Hugo and Parsec Award-winning co-publisher and co-editor-in-chief of Uncanny Magazine with her husband, Michael Damian Thomas. In this editorial role, they have also been finalists three times for the World Fantasy Award and finalists three times for the Locus Award. She was the co-editor of the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords (2010) with Tara O’Shea, Whedonistas: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon by the Women Who Love Them (2011) with Deborah Stanish, and the Hugo Award-nominated Chicks Dig Comics (2012) with Sigrid Ellis, all published by Mad Norwegian Press.  Along with the Geek Girl Chronicles book series, Lynne was the former Editor-in-Chief (2011-2013) of the Hugo Award-nominated (2012 & 2013) Apex Magazine, an online professional prose and poetry magazine of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mash-ups of all three.  She moderated the Hugo Award-winning SF Squeecast, a monthly podcast (with Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Seanan McGuire, Michael Damian Thomas, and Catherynne M. Valente) in which a group of SF/F professionals get excited about stuff they like, and contributes to the Parsec Award-winning Verity! podcast (with Erika Ensign, L.M. Myles, Katrina Griffiths, Tansy Rayner Roberts and Deborah Stanish),  where a bunch of smart women talk about Doctor Who.

Lynne lives in Urbana, IL, with her husband Michael and their daughter Caitlin. Caitlin has a rare congenital disorder called Aicardi syndrome, and Michael is her full-time caregiver and an advocate for disabled children.

Michael Damian Thomas
Publisher/Editor-in-Chief

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Michael Damian Thomas is the five-time Hugo and Parsec Award-winning co-publisher and co-editor-in-chief of Uncanny Magazine with his wife, Lynne M. Thomas. In this editorial role, they have also been finalists four times for the World Fantasy Award and finalists four times for the Locus Award. Michael was a two-time Hugo Award finalist as the former Managing Editor of Apex Magazine (2012-2013), co-edited the Hugo Award finalist essay anthology Queers Dig Time Lords (Mad Norwegian Press, 2013) with Sigrid Ellis, and co-edited the anthology Glitter & Mayhem (Apex Publications, 2013) with John Klima and Lynne M. Thomas. He has also worked as an Associate Editor on numerous books at Mad Norwegian Press, including the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea, 2010) and Hugo Award finalist Chicks Dig Comics (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Sigrid Ellis, 2012). Michael was additionally a contributor to the SF Squeecast podcast (with Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Seanan McGuire, Lynne M. Thomas, and Catherynne M. Valente)  and was a contributor to the Down and Safe- Blake’s 7 podcast (with Amal El-Mohtar, Scott Lynch, and L.M. Myles).

Michael lives in Urbana, IL, with his wife Lynne and their daughter, Caitlin. Caitlin has a rare congenital disorder called Aicardi syndrome, and Michael is her full-time caregiver and an advocate for disabled children.

Chimedum Ohaegbu
Managing Editor

Chimedum Ohaegbu attends the University of British Columbia in pursuit of hummingbirds and a dual degree in English literature and creative writing. She’s a recipient of both the full 2017 Tan Seagull Scholarship for Young Writers and a 2018 Katherine Brearley Arts Scholarship. She loves tisanes, insect facts but not insects, every single bird and magpies especially, and video game music. Her fondness of bad puns has miraculously not prevented her work from being published or forthcoming in Strange HorizonsTrain: A Poetry JournalThe /tƐmz/ Review, and The Capilano Review.  Find her on Twitter @chimedumohaegbu or Instagram @chimedum_ohaegbu.

Elsa Sjunneson
Nonfiction Editor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elsa Sjunneson is a deafblind Hugo and Aurora award-winning editor, whose work has been featured here at Uncanny as Co-Guest Editor in Chief of Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction, and Fireside Quarterly. Her authorial work has appeared on CNN Opinion, Tor.com, The Boston Globe, and many other venues. She travels with a void dog at her side, and writes wherever she lands with all six feet firmly on the ground. (And yes, that math does work out)

 

Erika Ensign
Podcast Producer

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Erika is podcast-happy. In addition to co-producing Uncanny’s monthly podcast (and creating the Uncanny Patreon video), she has two Doctor Who podcasts: She’s technical producer and cohost of the Hugo-nominated Verity!, and she’s half of the Lazy Doctor Who podcast. She cohosts and shares moderation duties on The Audio Guide to Babylon 5. She’s a frequent panelist on The Incomparable. She launched and produced the first 17 months of Hugo Award-nominated Apex Magazine’s short fiction podcast. As if that’s not enough, she plays Dungeons and Dragons online on Total Party Kill (available in both video and audio formats).

You can find her online tweeting about all kinds of things as @HollyGoDarkly and blogging about Doctor Who, knitting, and other random geeky (and non-geeky) pursuits. Her degree in communications, which concentrated on editing and production, is finally serving her in the real world. Podcasts are in the real world, right? Right?

Steven Schapansky
Podcast Producer

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Steven is one of the co-hosts and producers of the long running and popular Doctor Who podcast Radio Free Skaro. He also hosts and produces another podcast, Doctor Who: The Memory Cheats. He’s also Canadian, and thus he apologizes for talking so much about himself right now.

Joy Piedmont
Podcast Reader

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joy’s a librarian and high school technology integrator in Manhattan. She’s lead workshops at conferences on topics such as digital ethics, media literacy, and identity development for transracial adoptees. As a freelance writer, she’s covered pop culture for Entertainment Weekly’s PopWatch and reviewed Young Adult literature for School Library Journal. She co-hosts/co-produces Reality Bomb, a Doctor Who podcast, and in 2018 she was the creator and co-executive producer of #WhoAgainstGuns, a series of podcast commentaries that raised over $20K to help end gun violence. Joy is the co-creator and co-chair of Gallifrey One‘s TARDIS Talks, a special track of programming giving space to big ideas and theories about Doctor Who and fandom. Follow her on Twitter @InquiringJoy.

Caroline M. Yoachim
Interviewer

Caroline M. Yoachim is the author of the 2017 Nebula-finalist short story “Carnival Nine.” Her fiction has appeared in Lightspeed, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Uncanny, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, and Asimov’s, among other places. Her debut short story collection, Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World & Other Stories, came out with Fairwood Press in 2016.  For more about Caroline, check out her website at http://carolineyoachim.com

Naomi Day
Assistant Editor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Naomi Day (she/her) is a queer Black woman who enjoys interrogating the strange ways her mixed-race experience has shaped the way she moves through the world. She primarily writes short Afro-centric futurist fiction, and her work has appeared in Black Warrior Review and The Seventh Wave. She is part of the Clarion West class of 2020/21. She considers herself a lifelong student and much prefers the nomadic life, finding home in cities from Chicago to London.

Submissions Editors:
Andrew Adams, Cislyn Smith, Coral Moore, Dolores Peters, Heather Clitheroe, Heather Leigh, Jay Wolf, Karlyn Meyer, Kay Taylor Rea, Liam Meilleur, Matt Peters, Piper Hale, Renee Christopher, Tazmania Hayward, Zoe Mitchell, C. E. McGill, Nhu Le, Rowan MacBean, Brahidaliz Martinez, Genevra Littlejohn, Sonia Sulaiman, Marissa Harwood

 

Alumni Staff

Angel Cruz- Assistant Editor

Michi Trota- Managing/Nonfiction Editor

Stephanie Malia Morris- Podcast Reader

Mimi Mondal- Poetry/Reprint Editor

Julia Rios- Poetry/Reprint Editor

Amal El-Mohtar- Podcast Reader

C. S. E. Cooney- Podcast Reader

Deborah Stanish- Interviewer

Shana DuBois- Interviewer