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OUR RESIDENT EDITORS

Leah Bobet:
Leah Bobet is a Canadian writer of literary science fiction and fantasy with a love for mythic prose and an obsession with the secret hearts of cities. She drinks tea, wears feathers in her hair, and plants gardens in back alleys. She is the author of the novel Above.

Jeanne Cavelos:
Jeanne is a writer, editor, scientist, and teacher. She began her professional life as an astrophysicist and mathematician, teaching astronomy at Michigan State University and Cornell University, and working in the Astronaut Training Division at NASA's Johnson Space Center. Her love of science fiction led her to earn her MFA in creative writing and begin a career in publishing, becoming a senior editor at Dell Publishing, where she created and launched the Abyss imprint of psychological horror, for which she won the World Fantasy Award, and the Cutting Edge imprint of literary fiction. She also ran the science fiction/fantasy publishing program. She edited numerous award-winning and best-selling authors and gained a reputation for discovering and nurturing new writers.

In the mid-1990s she left New York to become a freelance editor and pursue her own writing career. She runs Jeanne Cavelos Editorial Services, a full-service freelance company that provides editing, ghostwriting, consulting, and critiquing services. Since she loves working with developing writers,Jeanne created and serves as director of Odyssey, an annual six-week summer writing workshop for writers of fantasy, horror, and science fiction held at Southern New Hampshire University--the only major workshop of its kind run by an editor. Odyssey is a place where developing writers can focus on their craft and receive detailed, in-depth feedback on their work. Jeanne is also an English lecturer at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, where she teaches writing and literature.

Jeanne's latest SF work is a trilogy, The Passing of the Techno-Mages, set in the Babylon 5 universe. She has written highly-praised books on the science of Star Wars and "The X-Files," contributed a chapter called "Innovation in Horror" to Writing Horror: A Handbook by the Horror Writers Association, and has published short fiction, articles, and essays in many magazines.

Amal El-Mohtar:
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  Goblin Fruit, a quarterly journal of fantastical poetry; and divides her time and heart between Ottawa and Glasgow. Find her on Twitter @tithenai.

Gemma Files:
Former film critic and teacher turned award-winning horror author Gemma Files is probably best known for her Weird Western Hexslinger series (A Book of Tongues, A Rope of Thorns, and A Tree of Bones, all from ChiZine Publications). She has also published two collections of short stories (Kissing Carrion and The Worm in Every Heart, both Wildside Press) and two chapbooks of poetry. Recent and upcoming work can be found in Clockwork Phoenix 4 (Mythic Delirium), Beneath Ceaseless Skies, The Three-Lobed Burning Eye, and The Grimscribe's Puppets, a tribute to the work of Thomas Ligotti (Miskatonic River Press). She is currently hard at work on a fourth novel.

Judith Tarr:
Judith Tarr's first novel, The Isle of Glass, a medieval fantasy, appeared in 1985. Her most recent novel, Forgotten Suns, a space opera, was published by Book View Café in 2015, and she’s currently completing a sequel. In between, she’s written historicals and historical fantasies and epic fantasies, some of which have been reborn as ebooks from Book View Café. She has won the Crawford Award, and been a finalist for the World Fantasy Award and the Locus Award. In her editorial incarnation, she’s taught novel writing at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, has twice been an instructor at Clarion, and for the past decade has been editing and teaching online. One of her client mss., Linda Nagata’s The Red: First Light,was a finalist for the Nebula Award. She lives in Arizona with an assortment of cats, a blue-eyed spirit dog, and a herd of Lipizzan horses.

Previous Resident Editors: Elizabeth Bear, Liz Bourke, C.C. Finlay, Jenni Smith-Gaynor, Susan Marie Groppi, Nalo Hopkinson, James Patrick Kelly, John Klima, Kelly Link, Karin Lowachee, Karen Meisner, and Paul Witcover,.