Two-time Hugo Award winner Lynne M. Thomas is the Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL, where she is responsible for popular culture special collections that include the literary papers of over 60 SF/F authors.
She is perhaps best known as the co-editor of the Geek Girl Chronicles book series: the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords (2010) with Tara O’Shea, Whedonistas (2011) with Deborah Stanish, and Chicks Dig Comics (2012) with Sigrid Ellis , all published by Mad Norwegian Press. She also moderates the Hugo Award-winning SF Squeecast, a monthly podcast (with Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Seanan McGuire, and Catherynne M. Valente) in which a group of SF/F professionals get excited about stuff they like.
Lynne lives in DeKalb with her husband Michael (a writer and the Managing Editor of Apex Magazine), their daughter Caitlin, and a cat named Marie.
Born the son of an unemployed coal miner in a tiny Kentucky Appalachian villa named Big Creek (population 400), Jason fought his way out of the hills to the big city of Lexington. He attended Transylvania University (real school with its own vampire) and received a degree in computer science. Since 2004, he has owned and operated Apex Publications. He is the editor of five anthologies, a Stoker Award loser, an occasional writer, and usually can be found wondering the halls of hotel conventions seeking friends and free food.
Along with being the Managing Editor of Apex Magazine, Michael Damian Thomas (AKA Damian Taylor) is an Associate Editor at Mad Norwegian Press where he’s worked on numerous books including the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea). He is currently co-editing the forthcoming Queers Dig Time Lords with Sigrid Ellis.
Michael lives in DeKalb with his wife Lynne, their daughter Caitlin, and a cat named Marie. Caitlin has a rare congenital disorder called Aicardi syndrome, and Michael works as her primary caregiver.
Gill Ainsworth is an assistant editor with Apex Publications, including Apex Magazine. She has been with the company since its inception in 2004. Gill is the author of a number of published short stories and has edited a nice handful of anthologies, the most recent being The Blackness Within. Gill loves to spend her time on the beaches of Cyprus where she keeps a second home to escape the cold British winters.
Maggie’s official title is ‘Assistant Editor’ but ‘Jack-of-All-Trades’ would be more apt, as she fills in all the little gaps. She currently lives in New England with her husband after an extended stay on the West Coast. When not writing (or editing) during her spare time, she has been known to dress as a zombie killer, sporting a buzzing chainsaw and all the accoutrements. Having been with Apex since 2005, she has participated in nearly every side of the business–marketing, design, book production, editing, slush, and other unmentionables that nobody outside of publishing should ever see.
Sarah E. Olson modestly describes herself as a suburban superhero. Noted for her ability to leap small puddles in a single bound, she can also read an entire book in one sitting. By day she disguises herself as a Software Engineer at The Nerdery, by night she dons her cape to draw, paint and write. She lives on the fringe of the Twin Cities area with her husband, adorable daughter and two crazy dogs. Visit her website at: saraheolson.com
Michael Damian Thomas wrangles the submission slush and this group of roustabouts.
Born in the Pacific Northwest in 1979, Catherynne M. Valente is the New York Times bestselling author of Palimpsest and the Orphan’s Tales series, as well as The Labyrinth, Yume no Hon: The Book of Dreams, The Grass-Cutting Sword, and five books of poetry. She is the winner of the Tiptree Award, the Mythopoeic Award, the Rhysling Award, and the Million Writers Award. She has been nominated nine times for the Pushcart Prize, shortlisted for the Spectrum Award, and was a World Fantasy Award finalist in 2007. She currently lives on an island off the coast of Maine with her partner and two dogs.