About

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Hugo Award winner Michi Trota is a Filipina-American essayist, speaker, firespinner, and the Managing Editor of Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

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Michi Trota is the Managing Editor of the Hugo Award-winning and World Fantasy Award finalist Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the first Filipina Hugo Award winner. She is an essayist, public speaker, fire performance artist, and serves on the board for Chicago Nerd Social Club.

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Michi Trota is the Managing Editor of the Hugo Award-winning and World Fantasy Award finalist Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy. She is the first Filipina to win a Hugo Award. Michi is an essayist who has been published in The Book Smugglers, The Establishment, Invisible: An Anthology of Representation in SF/F, and Uncanny. She’s spoken at C2E2, the Chicago Humanities Festival, and on NPR. Michi is a professional firespinner with the Raks Geek Fire+Bellydance troupe. She serves on the board of the Chicago Nerd Social Club and lives with her spouse and their two cats.

Long form bio
Michi Trota is a Chicago-based Filipina American freelance writer/editor, communications & content development manager, community organizer, and firespinning geek who collects projects like the Dominion conquers quadrants. She’s the Managing Editor of the Hugo Award-winning and World Fantasy Award finalist Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the first Filipina to win a Hugo Award. She’s also a member of the Chicago Nerd Social Club Board of Organizers; a lead organizer and communications manager for the Chicago Full Moon Jams; and a resident fire performer/object manipulation artist with the Raks Geek performance troupe. She was also a featured essayist in Invisible: An Anthology of Representation in SF/F (edited by Jim C. Hines).

Raised on a steady diet of 80s cartoons, anime, and classic sci-fi/fantasy literature and soundtracks, she’s almost been banned from playing Star Wars Trivial Pursuit with her friends, can quote from The Simpsons at the drop of a hat, never forgets to bag and board her comics, and refuses to acknowledge the existence of a fourth Indiana Jones movie. She loves Chicago and while she complains bitterly about the weather, she wouldn’t call any other city in the world home (well, except for maybe a tropical island in the Caribbean, but only for part of the year).

Discussions about geek culture, feminism and intersectionality are guaranteed to get Michi talking for hours. She’s organized discussions and participated as a panelist at events such as the Chicago Humanities Festival, Chicago Wizard World, C2E2, and WisCon, been a guest lecturer at the University of Chicago and DePaul University, and has appeared on the Chicago-based podcasts, Loot the Room and CNSC Podcast.

Michi is also both a gourmet cook and a gourmand: she eats like a hobbit, loves food, and will geek out about it at the slightest provocation. In fact, she’s been told more than once that if she had a mutant superpower, it would be making people hungry just by talking about food. Especially if it has to do with chocolate or bacon. But mostly bacon.

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Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy
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Chicago Nerd Social Club
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Raks Geek
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Chicago Full Moon Jam
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Twitter: @FullMoonJam
Instagram: @fullmoonjam

Permission is granted to freely use the following photograph for promotional or press purposes so long as it is credited © 2015 Braden Nesin.

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