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.
Cyd Athens (First Reader)
A sexagenarian, pronoun-fluid, black, gay, speculative fiction enthusiast, Cyd's passions involve such extraterrestrial ambitions as hyperspace jumps, intergalactic relationships, and alien astronomy. Cyd is a University of California, San Diego (UCSD) certified copy editor, an affiliate member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), a former reviewer and assistant managing editor for Tangent Online, and an associate editor for the Unidentified Funny Objects (UFO) humorous science fiction and fantasy anthologies. Originally from 45.5231° N, 122.6765° W, Cyd now resides in 49.2827° N, 123.1207° W and lives online at http://www.cydathens.net/.
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.
Zach Bartlett (First Reader)
Zach Bartlett is a former New Englander living in New Orleans who still uses "wicked" as an intensifier. Northern Dandy, a collection of his short humor from the NOLA-based reading series Esoterotica, was published in 2016. You can find more of his writing at http://zachbistall.wordpress.com.
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.
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.
Noah ben David (First Reader)
Noah ben David is an 8,611m mountain in the Karakoram range, located in the northeast corner of Pakistan, and has never been climbed in the winter. He is also an educator who writes speculative fiction and lives in Chicago with two cats and one husband. Can be found online @noahbendavid and noahbendavid.wordpress.com.
Liliya Benderskaya (First Reader)
Lily was born in Ukraine and grew up in Boston, which probably explains her love of language and linguistics, and definitely explains her tendency to swear like a proverbial sailor when among friends. She has a degree in Counseling Psychology, which she applies to her never-ending quest for psychological realism in fictional characters. She has made it her life's mission to pet every cat or dog she comes across.
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.
Tonya Bezpalko (Proof Reader)
Living deep in moose-infested Canada, Tonya dabbles in text-based gaming, including MUD administration and infrequently making Twine games about petting cats and jewel thievery, though not at the same time. One day, they'll go back to school for that linguistics degree, but until then they know exactly enough to be a danger to themself and others. You can find pictures of their cats and others on Twitter at @neongrey33.
Joyce Chng (Articles Editor)
Joyce Chng is Chinese and lives in Singapore. She writes urban fantasy, YA and things in between, wonders about the significance of female knights, and teaches history at her day job. Also wrangles kids and cats. Her website can be found at http://awolfstale.wordpress.com. (Also likes wolves).
Vajra Chandrasekera (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.
Jane Crowley (Editor-in-Chief)
Jane Crowley is deeply enthusiastic about tea, being in and around water, and things with wings (mechanical or avian). By day she is a marketer for a UK university. By night she writes poetry and other miscellaneous fragments that occasionally find a home and get published.
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.
Ana Curtis (First Reader)
Ana Maria Curtis is from the part of Illinois that's not Chicago but goes to school in Philadelphia. In her fleeting free time, she writes fantasy, gets into fights about 19th century British literature, and gets distracted by dogs. You can find her fangirling on Twitter at @AnaMCurtis.
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.
Kate Dollarhyde (Editor-in-Chief)
Kate Dollarhyde is a rogue editor, narrative designer and writer of speculative fiction. Previously, she was the archivist for Locus Magazine's nonprofit, Locus Science Fiction Foundation. Though she lives in Oakland, California, her true home is on the internet.
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.
Nahal Ghanbari (First Reader)
Nahal Ghanbari is a Lit. major and an accountant, a combination that still surprises her. On her free time she reads, watches too much Netflix and HBO, and travels less than she would like. She resides in Uppsala, Sweden.
Ira Gladkova (First Reader)
Ira Gladkova is a queer and genderqueer SFF lover originally from Russia who now lives in the United States. They write, draw art, and make videos, as well as being an avid reader and gamer. They live together with their partner, four cats, and Corgi dog. Ira blogs about SFF through an intersectional feminist lens at the Hugo-nominated blog, Lady Business.
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.
Besha Grey (First Reader)
Besha Grey lives in a big house with a small dog. She makes health care happen, trains sex educators, and reads an alarming amount of speculative fiction. You can hear her terrible jokes on her podcast at https://ideafactorygiveaway.simplecast.fm, or read them on Twitter at @besha.
Susan Marie Groppi (Advisor, former Fiction Editor, and former Editor-in-Chief)
Susan is a high-school history teacher, a World Fantasy Award winner, and an amateur bread-maker. She lives in Brooklyn, where she loves the city but hates the weather.
Sam Guay (First Reader)
Sam Guay is a scifi/fantasy illustrator living in the forests of New Hampshire. Her work has been featured in publications such as Imagine FX, Nightmare Magazine, and Spectrum. When not immersed in creative plots she can be found wandering the woods, keeping bees, and forcing everyone to listen while she talks about her weird dreams. Find more at samguay.com.
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.
Amanda Jean (Articles Editor)
Amanda spends her days wrangling manuscripts as an editor of queer fiction—usually romance and/or speculative flavored—and her nights devouring true crime podcasts. She co-hosts the queer-media podcast The Hopeless Romantic, is the LGBT Director at Alternating Current, and in her limited free time tries to convince people to go on karaoke adventures. She lives in delightfully dreary Washington state. You can find her on Twitter @amandahjean.
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.
Juliet Kemp (First Reader)
Juliet Kemp lives in London with their partners, child, and dog. Their fiction has appeared in Luna Station Quarterly, The Journal of Unlikely Entomology, and various anthologies. In their free time, they go climbing, knit, tend their towering to-be-read pile, and obsess over fountain pens. They can be found on Twitter at @julietk.
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.
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.
Eli Lee (Articles Editor)
Eli Lee is a writer and editor based in London. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in The Pigeonhole, Delayed Gratification, The Quietus, and the New Statesman, among others. She is inordinately fond of utopias, cultural theory, and romcoms. She is currently writing a novel about none of these. She can be found on Twitter @_els_.
Alan Lin (First Reader)
Alan Lin lives in Santa Barbara, where he writes software and science fiction. A graduate of Clarion 2016, he is a big fan of ginger ale, museums, and the duck-billed platypus.
Monte Lin (First Reader)
Monte Lin lives in Oakland, and never in that overpriced burg San Francisco. He worked in the social and mobile game industry, but now writes and copyedits for tabletop roleplaying games. His hobbies include games, television binge watching, worrying about his next paycheck, and having his third mid-life crisis. He never blogs at www.monte-lin.com and he never tweets @Monte_Lin.
Belle McQuattie (Articles Editor)
Belle McQuattie is a reviewer, Aurealis Awards judge, Continuum Convention committee member. She has been chomping on spec fic since before she could read, occasionally to the disappointment of the next person to pick the book up. Belle can be found sporadically blogging at http://www.thereareinkspotsonmypage.com or on Twitter @theresaninkspot.
Keith Morrill (Copy Editor)
Keith Morrill is part editor, part writer, part educator, and mostly biodegradable. He lives, works, and thinks in Vermont. Online, he exists at www.littlecityediting.com and tweets by the alias @morrillquandary.
Allison Mulder (First Reader)
Allison Mulder grew up in the Midwest and online, writing fantasy, science fiction, and (often by accident) horror. She terrified several neighbors with her first pro sale, a creepy tooth fairy story published in Crossed Genres Magazine. She also has fiction forthcoming in Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. With patience, sensitive equipment, and a fully-stocked backpack of granola bars, you can sometimes glimpse her at allisonmulder.wordpress.com. Or, track her far more easily on Twitter at @AMulderWrites, where she broadcasts any significant life happenings, gushes over her current fictional obsessions, and uses far too many X-Files gifs.
Aubrey Newson (Proofreader)
Aubrey Newson lives in Florida with her partners, her dogs, and an excessive number of cats. She enjoys ancient history, outer space, convincing neighborhood children she's a witch, and tabletop roleplaying.
A.J. Odasso (Senior Poetry Editor)
A.J. Odasso's poetry has appeared in a variety of publications, including Sybil's Garage, Mythic Delirium, Midnight Echo, Not One of Us, Dreams & Nightmares, Goblin Fruit, Strange Horizons, Stone Telling, Farrago's Wainscot, Liminality, Battersea Review, Barking Sycamores, SWAMP Writing, Belmont Story Review, New England Review of Books, and Rascal. 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, The Sting of It (formerly titled Things Being What They Are), was shortlisted for the 2017 Sexton Prize and will be published in 2019 by Tolsun Books. Their prose has appeared in the Hidden Youth (Crossed Genres) and Knowing Why (Autistic Self-Advocacy Network) anthologies, as well as in the Winter 2017 and Spring 2018 issues of Pulp Literature. They hold an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Boston University and have served in the Poetry Department at Strange Horizons since 2012.
An Owomoyela (Senior Fiction Editor)
An (pronounce it "On") is a neutrois author with a background in web development, linguistics, and weaving chain maille out of stainless steel fencing wire, whose fiction has appeared in venues including Clarkesworld, Asimov's, Lightspeed, and a handful of Year's Bests. An's interests range from pulsars and Cepheid variables to gender studies and nonstandard pronouns, with a plethora of stops in-between. Se graduated from the Clarion West Writers Workshop in 2008 and attended the Launchpad Astronomy Workshop in 2011, and is in a constant state of learning and revising ser understanding of the world.
Vanessa Rose Phin (Associate Editor)
Ness is a queer Baltimorean with a gaming habit and a fondness for green things. Ve works as a developmental editor, learning designer, and writer, with the occasional calligraphy commission on the side. Ve started as an articles editor at Strange Horizons in 2012.
Eloise Phipps (Proofreader)
Eloise Phipps is from the UK, lives in Mexico, and spends most of her time in imaginary places. She likes trees and magic, believes in humans, despairs a lot, and buys too many books. She funds the latter as a freelance writer and editor on science, agriculture, and human development. Find her lurking at @hellowheeze.
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.
T. Rios (First Reader)
T. Rios is a writer, pacifist, and public-transit enthusiast. In the eighth grade, she tried to lead an uprising against her math teacher. It didn't end well. She has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and can be found on Twitter at @InSetsofThree.
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.
Hazel Seanor (Accessibility Editor)
Hazel Seanor is a programmer, cosplayer, and language nerd who likes reading weird fiction and weirder comics. They grew up in Vancouver, but currently live 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.
Alex Stanmyer (First Reader)
Alex grew up in a small Massachusetts town that might as well have been Derry, ME. Now he lives outside of Boston and teaches middle school English by day and writes by night. He spends his summers helping his wife with her archaeological research in Greece. Whenever he can, Alex enjoys drinking local beer, hiking the New England wilderness, and playing overly complicated board games. He tweets at @StannyLeroy.
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.
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.
Aïcha Martine Thiam (First Reader)
Aïcha Martine Thiam is a cinephile, artist, poet, and musician from around the world, who goes where the waves take her. She is studying/has studied at the University of Montréal and Columbia College Chicago. Her writing has notably appeared in Hair Trigger, L’ARgot, Bright Wall/Dark Room, Medium and her own website, Maelstrom. You could find her at @Maelllstrom, but she's probably away in the TARDIS at the moment.
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.
Joanna Z. Weston (First Reader)
Joanna Z. Weston lives outside Boston, where she writes, reads, and reviews fantasy and science fiction stories. When not engaged with the written word, she knits socks, goes for long walks in her local cemetery, and gazes at the moon. You can find her on Twitter at @jzweston, and she sometimes remembers to blog at www.joannazweston.com.
Lis Wheeler (First Reader)
Lis lives in Boston, where she chases mail carriers for a living and chases her toddler for fun. In her occasional free time, she reads books about infrastructure and bureaucracy and writes as Valentine Wheeler. Her tweets can be found at @ghostalservice.
Dianne Williams (First Reader)
Dianne Williams lives with her cat in Lawrence, Kansas. She has a degree in Classical Antiquity from the University of Kansas, which turned out to be less useful than she'd imagined in her twenties. She works at a desk by day and dreams up bizarre aliens and cozy monsters at night.
Aigner Loren Wilson (First Reader)
Aigner Loren Wilson is a 27-year-old writer whose name is pronounced onyay. She grew up on the Jersey Shore but has called Olympia, WA home since 2008. When she is not working on writing projects in her closet-office, she can be found slinging books and pounding the pavement for something interesting.
For former staff member bios, see the Staff Emeritus page.