Joseph Aitken (Proofreader)
Joseph Aitken was born in Canada and currently resides in The Woodlands, Texas, where he reads and writes and occasionally does other things. He can be found online at josephaitken.com.
Vanessa Aguirre (First Reader)
Vanessa got into writing after a kid in her fourth grade class said she wouldn’t be able to write as well as everyone else because English was her second language. So she participated in a state essay competition, fell in love with writing, and won first place. She now writes as a struggling college student in Austin, Texas. She has a soft spot for magical realism, but she loves reading anything from space operas to cozy fantasy. If you have any story recommendations, send them her way on Twitter @vnssaguirre.
Rachel Ayers (First Reader)
Rachel Ayers lives in Alaska, where she writes and hosts cabaret shows, daydreams, and looks at mountains a lot. She has a master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences which comes in handy at odd hours. She can usually be found @richlayers.
M H Ayinde (Proofreader)
M H Ayinde was born in London’s East End, and studied English at university. She is a yogini, a weekend warrior, and a screen time enthusiast. She writes fantasy, which mostly involves making pretty spreadsheets and playing JRPGs, for research purposes. She lives in a house full of books with her children, partner, and two imperious felines. Find her geeking out on Twitter @mhayinde and online at www.mhayinde.com.
Tierney Bailey (Proofreader)
Tierney Bailey is a Libra, loves science fiction, is always singing obnoxiously, and studies Korean in her spare time. Tierney is also a Writing, Literature, and Publishing graduate student at Emerson College. As an East Coast transplant, Tierney still smiles upon the slightest bit of eye contact. If you can’t find her on a train, she can easily be found on Twitter as @ergotierney.
Scott Beggs (First Reader)
Scott Beggs writes regularly about movies and culture for Nerdist, /film, Vanity Fair, and other fine sites. He lives in California with his wife and two dogs named after Tom Robbins characters, and wants to be Buster Keaton's best friend. You can find his tweets at @scottmbeggs and read more at www.scottbeggs.com.
Kaitlin Beranek (First Reader)
Kaitlin Beranek is fascinated by words and how human stories create our global narratives. All we really have are our stories, and they are consistently what keeps human culture alive. Kaitlin is currently teaching English in South Korea and, in her free time, traveling, writing, prepping for graduate school, and watching Parks and Recreation.
Drew Matthew Beyer (First Reader)
Drew Matthew Beyer lives in New York where he works as an assistant film editor. He spends his nights fighting blank pages equipped with a good pen (losing more often than he'd like) and practices card magic of the trick, tarot, and Gathering varieties.
Bruhad Dave (First Reader)
Bruhad enjoys talking to new people, but is usually too nervous to actually do so, and will probably confine himself to making observations about them aloud to nobody in particular. He spends his time trying to justify his existence in academia, creating fictional animal species, and writing stories about them, as well as about other things. He thinks Bilbo was quite right to bemoan a lack of handkerchiefs when he set out to go There and Back Again. He lives by the wise words of Kate DiCamillo (‘Every action, no matter how small, has a consequence’) and Douglas Adams (‘Don’t panic’). He is from Ahmedabad but currently lives in Pune, where he is studying for a graduate degree in biology. You can read his writing in Catharsis Magazine and on his blog.
Gautam Bhatia (Senior Articles Editor)
Gautam Bhatia lives in New Delhi, India. He is a lawyer who spends much of his day job sitting in Court and reading the latest sets of SF novels that have been reviewed on Strange Horizons. He blogs about books and poetry at An Enduring Romantic, and tweets @gautambhatia88.
Joyce Chng (Articles Editor)
Joyce Chng is Chinese and lives in Singapore. Qar writes urban fantasy, YA and things in between, and wonders about the significance of female knights. Also wrangles kids and cats. Qar's website can be found at http://awolfstale.wordpress.com. (Also likes wolves).
Vajra Chandrasekera (Senior Fiction Editor)
Vajra Chandrasekera lives in Colombo, Sri Lanka. His work has appeared in Apex, Black Static, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among others. He blogs occasionally at vajra.me and can be found on Twitter at @_vajra.
Liz Christman (First Reader)
Liz Christman is a writer living in the Seattle area. Her work has been featured in several anthologies of short fiction, Unwinnable Magazine, The Bronzeville Bee, and others. When she's not working on scary stories, she enjoys nitpicking her favorite topic to death: cult films. You can see her dumb musings on Twitter at @eew_christman and read her rants on her website: www.eewchristmanwriter.wordpress.com.
Kate Cowan (Development)
Kate lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and no, she doesn't mind the weather! Her favorite animal is the wombat, her favorite meal is dessert, and her favorite poet is Daphne Gottlieb. She likes lists, dystopias, and pie, and concedes that sometimes real life is stranger than fiction.
Sarah Davidson (First Reader)
Sarah Davidson is a writer, tutor, and Turkish Delight defender from Edmonton, Alberta. She has a couple of English degrees, a dog that looks like a bear cub, and an appetite for arcane trivia.
Tahlia Day (Copy Editor)
Tahlia is a freelance editor some of the time and an artist the rest of the time. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with two cats, many paintings in varying states of completion, and many books.
Nathaniel Eakman (First Reader)
Nathaniel Eakman is a full-time vampire impersonator currently living somewhere near New York, where his hobbies include sleeping. He is a 2018 graduate of Viable Paradise, and ancient custom requires he mention that he's working on an MFA. He has no children.
Rebecca Evans (Accessibility Editor)
Becca is an eternally exhausted grad student studying writing, rhetoric, and technical communication in Virginia. She enjoys talking comics, cats, queer fiction, and tea. When not in class or hanging out at the local comic book shop, she’s reading a book or working on her latest projects. Find her at @beccae96 or check out her portfolio.
Ciro Faienza (Poetry Podcast Editor)
Ciro Faienza (pronounced CHEE-roh) is an American/Italian dual-citizen currently residing in Boston. He has acted on stages and screens throughout Texas and Massachusetts, and his work as a filmmaker has shown at the Dallas Museum of Art, the Dallas Hub Theater, and the National Gallery, London. His fiction is featured in Daily Science Fiction and the UK-based Kzine. During the day he works as a copywriter for the diversity training company Diversity Wealth and Visiting Artist at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Find him at http://freneticlicense.blogspot.com/.
Lila Garrott (Senior Fiction Editor)
Lila Garrott has published fiction in Not One of Us and Cabinet des Fées, poetry in Jabberwocky, Mythic Delirium, and Strange Horizons, and criticism in The Internet Review of Science Fiction, The Encyclopedia of Women in Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, and at Tor.com. Garrott is also a staff reviewer at Publisher's Weekly, and blogs at rushthatspeaks.dreamwidth.org. They live in Somerville, MA, with one spouse and two cats.
Guananí Gómez-Van Cortright (First Reader)
Guananí Gómez-Van Cortright is a half Puerto Rican half Minnesotan full nerd who teaches children to use microscopes and dreams of writing for animation. She is a fan of benevolent hive minds.
Colette Grecco (Proofreader)
Colette Grecco is a proud grammar and sci-fi/fantasy nerd who enjoys reading about how society's current failings could spell doom for humanity if taken to an extreme in the future (all in good fun, of course!). An aspiring author and editor, Colette has previously served as a fiction screener at Philadelphia Stories and a literary intern at BookEnds Literary Agency. Her hobbies include reading and writing Harry Potter fanfiction and speculative/dystopian fiction, following way too many food blogs, and talking to her cat. You can find her on Twitter here: @ColetteGrecco.
Dan Hartland, (Book Reviews Editor, Reviews Contact Manager - UK)
Dan's reviews have appeared for some years at Strange Horizons, as well as in publications such as Vector, Foundation, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He lives more or less in the centre of England, working as a freelance copywriter and resolutely unsigned singer-songwriter.
Alexandra Hill (First Reader)
Alexandra Hill is a Polish-Canadian writer living in New York City. In her previous lives, she completed a PhD in computational biology, then became a consultant. She tweets into the void at @alexandrahillny and sometimes blogs at www.alexandrahillauthor.com.
Sydney Hilton (First Reader)
Sydney is a thing made of spite, who consumes nothing but chai lattes; their favorite pastime includes buying cheap 90’s horror paperbacks on e-bay and watching films like Five-Headed Shark Attack on Syfy. You can find them and their bad takes @sydyendys.
Angela Hinck (First Reader)
Angela Hinck dreamed of being a magical girl as a kid, but decided to pursue a career in stories when her Sailor Moon aspirations didn’t pan out. It’s what brought her to NYC where she’s currently working to land an editorial job in the book publishing industry (and no, she hasn’t spotted any mythical creatures in the city yet, even though she’s read enough urban fantasy novels to know they’re hidden around here somewhere). When she’s not reading, you’ll find her getting her narrative fix with games, comics, and podcasts. Her preferences skew toward the queer and fantastical and she’s always looking for recommendations, so throw some her way over on Twitter @anhinck.
Amanda Jean (Articles Editor)
Amanda spends her days wrangling manuscripts as an editor of award-winning queer fiction—usually romance and/or speculative flavored—and her nights devouring true crime podcasts. She was formerly the Acquisitions Editor at Less Than Three Press and co-host of The Hopeless Romantic podcast. In her limited free time, she tries to convince people to go on karaoke adventures. She lives in delightfully dreary Seattle. You can find her on Twitter @amandahjean or at her website amandajeanedits.com.
Lulu Kadhim (Articles Editor)
Lulu lives in London, UK. She writes science fiction and plays board games when she isn’t baking vegan treats. She works in Production at Six to Start, is a board member of Con or Bust, and a graduate of Viable Paradise XXI. Her love of speculative fiction is lifelong, and challenged only by her love of furry animals, of which she has one and a half.
Maureen Kincaid Speller (Senior Reviews Editor)
Maureen Kincaid Speller is by turns SF critic and copy editor, often all in the space of one day. She reviews SFF for Vector, Interzone and Foundation, among other places. She also blogs intermittently at paperknife.maureenkincaidspeller.com. She lives with Paul Kincaid in what the weather forecasters persist in calling 'the extreme south-east' of the UK, and owns three cats with strong views on the timing of breakfast.
Catherine Krahe (Senior Fiction Editor)
Catherine Krahe has been with us since 2011. Her fiction has appeared in Realms of Fantasy, Futures from Nature, Daily Science Fiction, and other venues. She is a 2011 graduate of Clarion West and serves as staff for the Alpha Young Writer's Workshop. Catherine lives in Iowa and plans to save the world by telling stories and planting trees.
Anna Krepinsky (First Reader)
Anna Krepinsky was raised in Toronto, Canada and Auckland, New Zealand. She has two cats and significantly more than two books, but never Quite Gets the Meme of the Moment.
Clayton Kroh (First Reader)
Clayton Kroh is a writer and editor living in the Pacific Northwest. His stories have appeared in Weird Tales Magazine and Flash Fiction Online, among others. He writes speculative fiction, as well as game content for titles like EverQuest and Magic: The Gathering. Find him on Twitter at @claytonkroh and the Web at claytonkroh.com.
Anaea Lay (Fiction Podcast Editor)
Anaea Lay lives in Seattle, Washington, where she goes for long walks and disrupts the weather. When she isn't reading too much, cooking, or playing board games, she earns money by selling houses and wages battle with days of the week. Her work has appeared in places such as Apex, Penumbra, Lightspeed, Shock Totem, and Nightmare. She lives online at anaealay.com.
A.Z. Louise (First Reader)
A.Z. Louise is a lover of birds, a killer of houseplants, and a former civil engineer. Their love of speculative fiction has been lifelong, but they became a speculative poet through pure serendipity. Links to their work can be found at azlouise.com.
Dante Luiz (Art Editor)
Dante Luiz (@dntlz on Twitter) is a Brazilian illustrator and comic artist. His work has appeared before in anthologies from Bedside Press and TO Comix, as well as in several Brazilian venues of speculative fiction. Find him online at danteluiz.com.
Cameron Mack (First Reader)
Cameron lives an unremarkable life in the visible spectrum. His struggles are the usual struggles: for connection with likeminded others; with finding meaningful work. Cameron's inner world is like the one on the outside—beautiful, often, subjectively speaking. It spills painfully out onto unpublished pages, and into the pages others have kindly written. As a Dungeon Master, he finds enjoyment in the slaughter of well-meaning heroes. Cameron's life occurs quietly in Northern Ireland, a fact with which he's very content—until such a time as Earthsea becomes an option. He’s heard the past might be a nice place to live, if anyone can give him a hand with that.
Samantha Manaktola (First Reader)
Samantha Manaktola is a writer, editor, and curator of stories in the Great Lakes Midwest. Her pride and joy is the Space Lesbian Book Club, a weekly online selection of SFF by and about marginalized folks. You can find her around the internet contemplating two of her true loves: space opera and floral prints.
Marisa Manuel (First Reader)
Marisa L. Manuel is an instructor and freelancer in Atlanta, GA. She’s served as an editor for Booth and Novice Writer, and she recently worked as Managing Editor of The Pinch. In her free time, she reads and writes speculative fiction, studies languages, and volunteers as a dog foster.
Jean McConnell (First Reader)
Jean McConnell edits and writes behind the Redwood Curtain in California, where she lives with her family. When she's not huddled under a blanket reading, she can be found in the garage doing woodworking or at the beach … reading. She loves creepiness, cheese, the Norwegian language, and the serial comma. She can be found online at www.thewordforager.com.
Chaitanya Murali (First Reader)
In another lifetime, Chaitanya Murali was an associate at a law firm in India. Now, he is an SFF writer and editor, courtesy of Emerson College. When he isn’t at his day job, he can be found around Mumbai—either writing, playing Pokemon Go, or engaging in the improv comedy that is Dungeons and Dragons. He is also an editor for Mithila Review, and his writing has appeared in Football Paradise.
Emory Noakes (First Reader)
Emory Noakes is a queer Cleveland-born writer currently living in Columbus, Ohio. With a few miscellaneous degrees under her belt, she now scoops gourmet ice cream for a living. When not writing, you can find her trying to keep her plants alive and daydreaming about giant alien robots. Find her blogging about books at www.sistershelf.com or on Twitter @emorynoakes.
Ekpeki Oghenechovwe (First Reader)
Ekpeki Oghenechovwe is a writer of colour who studied law at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. His short story "The Witching Hour" was published in Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores and made the Tangent Online recommended reading list with two stars and he was longlisted for the 2019 Nommos Award for African speculative fiction organised by the African Speculative Fiction Society. His novelette titled The Diary of The Dark Child also won the honourable mention award for the second quarter of the Writers of the Future contest 2018. He was winner of the Imbube creative writing contest 2017. Some of his other works have appeared in Dwart online and African Writer. He was longlisted for the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize 2017. His poems were published in the Poets In Nigeria (PIN) annual journal 2017. His poem was also published by NAPTIP, National Agency for Probibition of Trafficking In Persons in an anthology to create awareness on the issue. He also happens to be a member of the African Speculative Fiction Society, Codex, and the SFWA.
A.J. Odasso (Senior Poetry Editor)
A.J. Odasso's poetry, nonfiction, and short stories have appeared in an eclectic variety of magazines and anthologies since 2005. A.J.’s début collection, Lost Books (Flipped Eye Publishing), was nominated for the 2010 London New Poetry Award and was also a finalist for the 2010/2011 People’s Book Prize. Their second collection with Flipped Eye, The Dishonesty of Dreams, was released in 2014. Their third-collection manuscript, Things Being What They Are, an earlier version of The Sting of It, was shortlisted for the 2017 Sexton Prize; subsequently, The Sting of It was published by Tolsun Books and won Best LGBT Book in the 2019 New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards. A.J. holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Boston University and has served in the Poetry Department at Strange Horizons since 2012.
Joel Oliver-Cormier (First Reader)
As a reader, watcher, and player of SF, Joel Oliver-Cormier especially loves it when the genre lives up to its anti-anthropocentric potential and asks us to love and empathise with its freakiest monsters and aliens. A life-long student, he holds an MA in Musicology and is about to begin work on a PhD in Cultural Studies, specialising in ecocriticism and sound studies. An English Lit professor once referred to him as an “avant-garde thinker”, and while he’s still not sure whether it was meant as a compliment, it’s pretty much become the mission statement of his academic career and his life in general. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Karintha Parker (First Reader)
Karintha is a writer, reader, and proud-ish renter of an overpriced shoe box in New York. She also has an overpriced law degree, which just means she'll win every debate about why Lestat de Lioncourt is the best vampire to ever not live. When she isn't writing, she's barely surviving kitchen disasters of her own making, exploring the MET or singing the entirety of Phantom of the Opera from memory and off key. She's also got a scheme for immortality. Hit her up on twitter @yokarintha if you want in.
Vanessa Rose Phin (Editor in Chief)
Ness is a queer Baltimorean with a gaming habit and a fondness for green things. At home, Ness works as a learning designer and developmental editor; at cons, ve is the damned morning person and extrovert your mother warned you about. Ve started as an articles editor at Strange Horizons in 2012, and loves interviewing people.
Nicasio Reed (First Reader)
Nicasio Andres Reed is a writer and poet based in Wisconsin, though his heart and his dogs live in Tagaytay. His work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, Uncanny Magazine, Shimmer, and other venues. Find him on Twitter @nicasiosilang.
Natalie Ritter (First Reader)
Natalie Ritter grew up in the far north, but now she lives in Minnesota. She was raised on a steady diet of sci-fi and fantasy, and also likes trying new variations of cheese-on-carbs.
Amy K. Rothermel (First Reader)
Amy is an audiologist occasionally and a writer always. She is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop and writes short and flash fiction under the name A. Katherine Black. She adores multicolored pens, giant spiders, and everything at 2am. She lives in Maryland with her family, their cats, and her coffee machines. Her thoughts occasionally land at flywithpigs.com and on twitter @akatherineblack.
Abbey Schlanz (First Reader)
Abbey is a sometimes-writer, sometimes-editor, sometimes-human currently living in Wisconsin. In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking, doing tarot readings, and falling deeper down the rabbit hole of fiber arts. Her work has been published in Ohio's Best Emerging Poets: An Anthology, The Sandy River Review, and Calliope, among others.
Clark Seanor (Accessibility Editor)
Clark Seanor is a programmer, cosplayer, and language nerd who likes reading weird fiction and weirder comics. He grew up in Vancouver, but currently lives in the U.K.
Alyn Spector (First Reader)
Alyn is a envirogeek with a passion for speculative fiction. He reads for Strange Horizons and Diabolical Plots. His work can be found in the Molotov Cocktail Magazine; Five2One Magazine; and the Mad Scientist Journal. Alyn lives in the Pacific Northwest with his spouse and two kiddos.
Melody Steiner (First Reader)
Melody Steiner is an Indo-Guyanese American, a virtual reference librarian (yes, you can be a librarian from home) and a writer of speculative fiction, with works in Star*Line and Newmyths.com. She publishes under her real name and as S.R. Tombran. She is based in Ohio.
Romie Stott (Senior Poetry Editor)
Romie Stott is a filmmaker and closed captioner. Her poems have appeared in inkscrawl, Dreams&Nightmares, Polu Texni, and Liminality, but she is better known for her essays in The Toast and Atlas Obscura, and a microfiction project called postorbital. She has been a guest artist of the National Gallery (London), the Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Dallas Museum of Art. You can find her fairly complete bibliography here.
Aishwarya Subramanian (Book Reviews Editor)
By day, Aishwarya Subramanian is a PhD student who researches and writes about children's literature, fantasy and postcolonialism. By night, she's an SFF reviewer and editor (who writes about children's literature, fantasy and postcolonialism). She lives in India (Delhi) and the UK (Newcastle-upon-Tyne), blogs at Practically Marzipan, and spends far too much time on Twitter.
Luke Tolvaj (First Reader)
Luke Tolvaj is a Hungarian-American speculative fiction writer who enjoys critiquing the media he consumes. He writes fiction that centers queer trans people and explores deconstructing toxic masculinity. You can find him blogging at http://www.luketolvaj.com/ or on twitter @LukeTolvaj.
Ben Tyrrell (First Reader)
Ben Tyrrell is a writer from the South, but that doesn’t necessarily make him a Southern Writer. Honestly, he’s more interested in the Weird than he is in Faulkner or Carson McCullers. Recently, he earned an MFA in Fiction from Brown University, and has since retreated home to North Carolina to figure out what to do next. His work has appeared most recently in The Hong Kong Review. Check out his Instagram for pictures of plants and kitties @theEmporerofIceCream.
Renee Van Siclen (First Reader)
Renee Van Siclen lives in Minneapolis with her partner and fur children (two cats and two guinea pigs). She has a Master's degree in Public Policy, and when she's not reading genre fiction, she's usually listening to political podcasts, lifting weights, or working on a quilt depicting Edward Gorey's Gashlycrumb Tinies. She tweets at @SiclenAdAstra.
Kathryn Weaver (First Reader)
Kat Weaver is an illustrator and writer whose work has previously been published in Lackington's, The Toast, and Apex Magazine. She lives in Minneapolis with her girlfriend and two birds, and her portfolio can be found at http://www.kathrynmweaver.com.
Aigner Loren Wilson (Copy Editor)
Aigner Loren Wilson is a PNW writer originally from the Jersey Shore whose love of speculative fiction propels her through her everyday life. Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction has appeared in Arsenika, Terraform, Nightlight, and more. She is a volunteer slush reader for Strange Horizons and the horror podcast Nightlight, and is also a member of the Codex Writers Group. Currently, she is working on a novel, the endless submission grind, and becoming a better writer than the day before.
Fred G. Yost (Webmaster)
Fred G. Yost lives in Austin, Texas, where he spends his days coding, his nights writing, and most of his remaining free thought on board games, ttrpgs, escape rooms, and mental health advocacy. He can be found at yostworks.com or on Twitter at @waidr. He attended Viable Paradise in 2016 and assures you that any rumors about him being a werewolf are patently untrue.
For former staff member bios, see the Staff Emeritus page.