Our Staff

Lynne M. Thomas
Publisher/Editor-in-Chief

Five-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 two-time Hugo and Parsec Award-winning co-publisher and co-editor-in-chief of Uncanny Magazine with her husband, Michael Damian Thomas. In this role, he has also been a finalist twice for the World Fantasy Award and a finalist for a 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, their daughter Caitlin, and a cat named Marie. Caitlin has a rare congenital disorder called Aicardi syndrome, and Michael is her full-time caregiver and an advocate for children with disabilities.

Michael Damian Thomas
Publisher/Editor-in-Chief

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Michael Damian Thomas is the two-time Hugo and Parsec Award-winning co-publisher and co-editor-in-chief of Uncanny Magazine with his wife, Lynne M. Thomas. In this role, he has also been a finalist twice for the World Fantasy Award and a finalist for a 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 DeKalb, IL, with his wife Lynne, their daughter Caitlin, and a cat named Marie. Caitlin has a rare congenital disorder called Aicardi syndrome, and Michael works as her primary caregiver.

Michi Trota
Managing Editor

Michi Trota is the Managing Editor Uncanny MagazineShe is a two-time Hugo Award winner, and the first Filipina to win a Hugo Award. Michi is an essayist who has been published in The Book Smugglers, The Establishment, The Learned Fangirl, Invisible: An Anthology of Representation in SF/F, and Uncanny. She’s spoken at C2E2, the Chicago Humanities Festival, on NPR, and at universities and other organizations. Michi is a firespinner with the Raks Geek Fire+Bellydance troupe. She serves as president of the Chicago Nerd Social Club Board of Organizers and lives with her spouse and their two cats. (Photo by Patricia Wilson)

Julia Rios
Poetry Editor

Julia Rios is a writer, editor, podcaster, and narrator. Her fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have appeared in several places, including Daily Science Fiction, Apex Magazine, and Goblin Fruit. She was a fiction editor for Strange Horizons from 2012 to 2015, and is co-editor with Alisa Krasnostein of Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories, and the Year’s Best YA Speculative Fiction series. She is also a co-host of the Hugo-nominated podcast, The Skiffy and Fanty Show, and has narrated stories for Podcastle, Pseudopod, and Cast of Wonders, and poems for the Strange Horizons podcast. To find out more, visit www.juliarios.com.

Mimi Mondal
Reprint Editor

Mimi Mondal is a Dalit writer of speculative fiction and social-justice nonfiction. Her first anthology, Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler was published in 2017 from Twelfth Planet Press. Mimi was formerly a Junior Editor at Penguin Random House India; a Commonwealth Scholar in Publishing Studies at the University of Stirling, Scotland, UK; the Octavia Butler Scholar at Clarion West in 2015; and an Immigrant Artist Fellow at the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2017. She also received the Poetry with Prakriti award in India in 2011. Mimi works from New York, tweets from @Miminality, and always enjoys the company of monsters.

Shana DuBois
Interviewer

Uncanny Magazine’s Interviewer Shana DuBois is an extreme bibliophile. She is the social media manager for Serial Box Publishing and shares her bookish musings over at the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog, the Nerds of a Feather blog, and the SF Signal archives. She enjoys talking to anyone who will stand still long enough about all things book-related and when not spending her time around books, tends to her farm’s menagerie.

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.

Stephanie Malia Morris
Podcast Reader

Stephanie works in a bookstore by day and a library by night, which gives her access to more books than she will ever be able to read in this lifetime. She is a recipient of the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship Award and a graduate of the 2017 Clarion West Writers Workshop, and her fiction is forthcoming in the fourth issue of FIYAH. She has narrated short fiction for StarShipSofa, Far Fetched Fables, and all four of the Escape Artists podcasts. You can find her on Twitter at @smaliamorris.

Submissions Editors:
Andrew Adams, Cislyn Smith, Dolores Peters, Eileen Wu, Heather Clitheroe, Heather Leigh, Jaime O. Mayer, Jay Wolf, Jesse Lex, Karlyn Meyer, Kay Taylor Rea, Lena Ye, Liam Meilleur, Matt Peters, Piper Hale, Shannon Page, Susheela Bhat Harkins

Alumni Staff

Amal El-Mohtar
Podcast Reader

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Amal El-Mohtar is an author, editor, and critic: her short fiction has received the Locus Award and been nominated for the Nebula Award, while her poetry has won the Rhysling Award three times. She is the author of The Honey Month, a collection of poetry and prose written to the taste of twenty-eight different kinds of honey; a contributor to NPR Books and the LA Times; and her fiction has appeared most recently in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Uncanny Magazine, and Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories. She is a founding member of the Banjo Apocalypse Crinoline Troubadours, a contributor to Down and Safe: A Blake’s 7 Podcast, edits Goblin Fruit, a quarterly journal of fantastical poetry, and divides her time and heart between Ottawa and Glasgow. Find her on Twitter @tithenai.

C. S. E. Cooney
Podcast Reader

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C. S. E. Cooney is a Rhode Island writer and actor. She is the author of How To Flirt in Faerieland and Other Wild Rhymes, Jack o’ the Hills, The Witch in the Almond Tree, and The Breaker Queen. Her first short fiction collection Bone Swans was published by Mythic Delirium in 2015. She loves to read aloud to anyone who will sit still long enough to listen. Some of her narration work can be found on Podcastle and Tales to Terrify. With her fellow artists in the Banjo Apocalypse Crinoline Troubadours, C. S. E. Cooney appears at conventions and other venues, singing from their growing collection of Distant Star Ballads, dramatizing fiction, and performing such story-poems as “The Sea King’s Second Bride,” for which she won the Rhysling Award in 2011.

Deborah Stanish
Interviewer

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Deborah Stanish the co-editor of the Hugo nominated Chicks Unravel Time: Women Journey Through Every Season of Doctor Who and Whedonistas: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon by the Women Who Love Them.  She’s had essays published in Chicks Dig Time LordsTime, Unincorporated Volumes II and III, Outside In: 160 New Perspectives on 160 Classic Doctor Who Stories by 160 Writers, Famous Monsters of Filmland, Apex Magazine and The Liverpool University Journal of Science Fiction, Film and Television. Deborah is also the moderator of the Hugo nominated Verity! Podcast where six women from around the globe debate and discuss Doctor Who.