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.
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
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 (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. 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.
Kena Chavva (First Reader)
Kena Chavva is a student and writer in New Jersey, where she spends her days paying library fines and searching for perfect sentences instead of studying. She is a graduate of the Alpha Young Writer's Workshop. One summer she will take a cross-country road trip and end up in California.
Li Chua (Poetry Editor)
Li Chua was born in Malaysia and her family left for colder pastures in Canada at the age of two, where she remains to this day. She is fluent in both French and English, and hopes to master more. She loves words, food, wandering in glittering cities far from home, and books, more than what the shelf space at home can contain.
Jane Crowley (Associate Editor)
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.
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 (Associate Editor)
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.
M. Hope Echales (First Reader)
M. Hope Echales earned degrees in biology and political science when she wasn't editing for the independent book company [Press]. She lives in Philadelphia, with her girlfriend, where she can usually be found first reading for Inscription Magazine, listening to a staggering number of podcasts, or attempting to disentangle her cat from her own toys.
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.
Sarah Goldman (First Reader)
Sarah is a sociology student in the Philadelphia area who spends her time writing, petting cats, and listening to too many podcasts. She can be found on Twitter @sarahwhowrites.
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.
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
Niall Harrison (Editor-in-Chief)
By day, Niall is a mild-mannered medical writer; by night, an sf fan, editor, and would-be critic. He has written for Interzone, Foundation, Vector, Bookslut, and The Internet Review of Science Fiction, among others. He lives in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.
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 Helms (First Reader)
Amanda Helms is a native Coloradan who doesn't ski or snowboard (such creatures are more common than you think). She works in educational publishing. When she's not doing that, she can often be found walking her dog, baking, or writing speculative fiction.
Lauren Hinkle (First Reader)
Lauren is a PhD student in Michigan. There she studies artificial intelligence in robotics, tries to convince people not to fear a robot revolution, and misses the desert and mountains of the west. She enjoys pondering the future of science, technology, robotics, and humanity and likes reading what other people envision
Dustin Katz (Proofreader)
Dustin Katz lives in San Francisco and spends all his free time reading and writing. He has a Twitter account @dustinkatz, which technically counts as "writing."
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.
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.
KC Mead-Brewer (First Reader)
KC Mead-Brewer is a writer and editor living in beautiful Baltimore, MD. Her writing appears or is forthcoming in Fiction Southeast, NANO Fiction, Cold Mountain Review, and elsewhere. For more information, visit: kcmeadbrewer.com or follow her @meadwriter
Coral Moore (First Reader)
Coral writes character-driven fiction, mostly of the speculative variety. She loves aquariums, rides a motorcycle, and thinks there is little better than a good cup of coffee. She lives in the woods of Washington state with the love of her life and two dogs who don't get along. Her online residence is http://www.coralmoore.com/.
Tim Moore (Senior Webmaster, Reviews Contact Manager - US)
Tim Moore lives in northern Maine. He is a: fantasy and science fiction author; freelance writer and editor; tech geek; and stay-at-home father. You can find him online at Dreaming of the Things In Between or on Twitter.
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.
Stephanie Morris (First Reader)
Stephanie Morris is a professional fangirl by day and the lone library assistant staffing a college circulation desk at night. She has narrated short stories for PseudoPod, PodCastle, EscapePod, Cast of Wonders, and StarShipSofa, guest-blogged on subjects ranging from book recommendations to zombie turkeys, and performed Shakespeare in a handful of weird churches. Until she suppresses her inner perfectionist enough to create a website, you can find her on Twitter at @smaliamorris.
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.
Emily Natsios (Copy Editor)
After many years of adventures in retail bookselling, Emily now works for a scholarly book publisher in Maryland. This is a good outlet for her red pen, as it is rather frowned on to make corrections in bookstore merchandise. She also loves fencing and hiking, which make her sound very athletic, when really, she's a big nerd and loves nothing better than curling up and burying her nose in a good book, preferably sci-fi/fantasy. She hates writing about herself in the third person.
A.J. Odasso (Senior Poetry Editor)
A.J.'s poetry has appeared in an eclectic variety of publications, including Sybil's Garage, Mythic Delirium, Jabberwocky, Cabinet des Fées, Midnight Echo, Not One of Us, Dreams & Nightmares, Goblin Fruit, Strange Horizons, Stone Telling, Farrago's Wainscot, Through the Gate, Liminality, inkscrawl, Battersea Review, Barking Sycamores, and New England Review of Books. Her début collection, Lost Books (Flipped Eye Publishing), was nominated for the 2010 London New Poetry Award and for the 2011 Forward Prize, and was also a finalist for the 2011 People's Book Prize. Her second collection with Flipped Eye, The Dishonesty of Dreams, was released in 2014. She holds degrees from Wellesley College (B.A. in English), University of York (M.A. in Medieval Studies), and Boston University (M.F.A. in Creative Writing). She has served in the Poetry Department at Strange Horizons since 2012. You can find her on LiveJournal and Twitter.
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 (Senior Articles Editor)
Vanessa is a Hoosier Baltimorean with a gaming habit and a fondness for pithy sentences.
Allysha Pillay (Proofreader)
Allysha Pillay is a South African writer and reader of fantasy. She can be found at @teacup_magic where she tweets her favourite music and artwork.
Jennifer Regehr (First Reader)
Jennifer lives in Kitchener, Ontario. Outside of work she can usually be found reading (and having opinions). She also enjoys singing, spending time outdoors, and learning new things.
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.
DaVaun Sanders (First Reader)
DaVaun Sanders currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, toddler twins, and a turtle named Slickback. When he's not working on his World Breach series or sneaking away for a nap, you can catch him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Will Scilacci (Copy Editor)
Will is an erstwhile would-be who one day ran afoul of a trap door in the Academy's basement and just kept falling. He hopes to see the light of day again someday soon and meanwhile lives and teaches and reads in Boston, Massachusetts.
Karissa B. Sluss (First Reader)
Karissa lives with her family in North Carolina. If you ever lose her, she's probably buried under the avalanche of books she has bought but has not yet found time to read. Her short fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Every Day Fiction, and Luna Station Quarterly, and her urban fantasy novel will be available in the summer of 2015. You can find her online at karissalaurel.com and on twitter @karissalaurel.
Romie Stott (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.
Sonya Taaffe (Senior Poetry Editor)
Sonya Taaffe's short fiction and poetry can be found in the collections Ghost Signs (Aqueduct Press), A Mayse-Bikhl (Papaveria Press), Postcards from the Province of Hyphens (Prime Books), and Singing Innocence and Experience (Prime Books), and in various anthologies including The Humanity of Monsters, Genius Loci: Tales of the Spirit of Place, and Dreams from the Witch House: Female Voices of Lovecraftian Horror. She holds master's degrees in Classics from Brandeis and Yale and once named a Kuiper belt object. She lives in Somerville with her husband and two cats.
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.
Lalith Vipulananthan (Webmaster)
Originally from London, Lalith now works in Tokyo where he struggles to get to grips with both casual and formal Japanese, sorting rubbish for disposal and restaurant menus.
Feiya Wang (First Reader)
Loves to volunteer and put her energies into projects that help others, whether it be a friend’s career, side projects, or whatever else needs help. Based in Seattle. A list of projects can be found at https://feiyawang.wordpress.com
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.
Robyn Webb (First Reader)
Robyn Webb spends her days surrounded by books, whether working as a freelance proofreader, as a comics retailer or making her way through her never-ending to-read pile. Currently without animals of her own, Robyn makes up for it by doting on everyone else’s pets and being a bad plant mother.
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.
For former staff member bios, see the Staff Emeritus page.