Our Staff

Lynne M. Thomas

Lynne is the ten-time Hugo, British Fantasy, 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 seven times for the World Fantasy Award. She was the co-editor of the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords (2010) with Tara O’Shea, and the Hugo Award-finalist Chicks Dig Comics (2012) with Sigrid Ellis. Along with the Geek Girl Chronicles book series, Lynne was the former Editor-in-Chief (2011-2013) of the Hugo Award-finalist Apex Magazine.  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 got excited about stuff they liked, and she currently 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 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 lives in Champaign, 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.

Michael Damian Thomas


Michael Damian Thomas is the seven-time Hugo, British Fabtasy, 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 seven times for the World Fantasy Award. Michael was a 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. 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 Champaign, 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.


Monte Lin
Managing Editor











While being rained on adjacent to Portland, Oregon, Monte Lin edits and plays tabletop roleplaying games and writes short stories. Clarion West got him to write about dying universes, dreaming mountains, and singularities made of anxieties. He can be found tweeting Doctor Who news, Asian American diaspora discourse, and his board game losses at @Monte_Lin.


Meg Elison
Nonfiction Editor







Meg Elison is a science fiction author and feminist essayist. Her debut, The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, won the 2014 Philip K. Dick award. She is a Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and Otherwise awards finalist. In 2020, she published her first collection, “Big Girl” with PM Press, containing the Locus Award-winning novelette, “The Pill.” Elison’s first young adult novel, “Find Layla” was published in 2020 by Skyscape. Her thriller, “Number One Fan,” will be released by Mira Books in 2022. Meg has been published in McSweeney’s, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Fangoria, Uncanny, Lightspeed, Nightmare, and many other places. Elison is a high school dropout and a graduate of UC Berkeley.


Erika Ensign
Podcast Producer


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


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.


Matt Peters
Podcast Reader











Matt Peters is a passionate Chicago-based voice talent. Having amassed hundreds of hours behind the mic through podcasting, Matt trained with Acting Studio Chicago to improve his skill set. Since then, he’s lent his voice to hosting events, ad campaigns, and audiobook narration. Matt is now a proud member of the Uncanny Magazine family and is excited to share some of our favorite stories with you.


Caroline M. Yoachim











Caroline M. Yoachim is a two-time Hugo and five-time Nebula Award finalist. Her short stories have been translated into several languages and reprinted in multiple best-of anthologies, including three times in Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy. Yoachim’s short story collection Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World & Other Stories and the print chapbook of her novelette The Archronology of Love are available from Fairwood Press. For more, check out her website at carolineyoachim.com.



Tania Chen
Assistant Editor











Tania Chen is a Chinese-Mexican queer writer. Their work has been published in Unfettered Hexes by Neon Hemlock, Strange Horizons, Pleiades Magazine and Baffling. They are a first reader for Nightmare Magazine and a graduate of the Clarion West Novella Bootcamp workshop of January/Feb 2021. They can be found on [email protected]


Submissions Editors:
Cislyn Smith, Dolores Peters, Heather Clitheroe, Heather Leigh, Jay Wolf, Liam Meilleur, Matt Peters, Piper Hale, Tazmania Hayward, C. E. McGill, Rowan MacBean, Genevra Hsu, Marissa Harwood,  Danai Christopoulou, Sylvia Santiago, Jessica E. Moyer, Leon Perniciaro, Isabel Hinchliff, Beesan, Lalini Shanela Ranaraja, Michelle Enehiwealu Iruobe, Surya Hendry


Alumni Staff

Chimedum Ohaegbu- Managing Editor/Poetry Editor

Naomi Day- Senior Assistant Editor

Elsa Sjunneson- Nonfiction Editor

Joy Piedmont- Podcast Reader

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