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

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Michi Trota is the three-time Hugo Award-winning Managing Editor/Nonfiction Editor of Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasyand the first Filipina Hugo Award winner. She is also an essayist, public speaker, and fire performance artist in Chicago.

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Michi Trota is the Managing Editor/Nonfiction Editor of the Hugo Award-winning and World Fantasy Award finalist Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy. She is a three-time Hugo Award winner, and the first Filipina to win a Hugo Award. Michi is also an essayist who has been published in The Book Smugglers, The Establishment, and Invisible: An Anthology of Representation in SF/F, and the exhibit text writer for Worlds Beyond Here: Expanding the Universe of APA Science Fiction at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle, WA. She’s spoken at C2E2, the Chicago Humanities Festival, and on NPR. Michi is a firespinner with the Raks Geek Fire+Bellydance troupe, past president of the Chicago Nerd Social Club Board of Organizers, 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/Nonfiction Editor of the Hugo Award-winning and World Fantasy Award finalist Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy, a three-time Hugo Award winner, and the first Filipina to win a Hugo Award. She’s a past president of the Chicago Nerd Social Club Board of Organizers; and a resident fire performer/object manipulation artist with the Raks Geek performance troupe. Michi was featured in the 2016 Chicago Reader People Issue, the exhibit text writer for Worlds Beyond Here: Expanding the Universe of APA Science Fiction at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle, WA, and 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 Bitch Media and NPR.

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.

Committees/Organizations Served
Chicago Nerd Social Club, Board of Organizers (2013-2018), Board President (2016-2018)
Uncanny Magazine Managing Editor/Nonfiction Editor (2014-present)
Chicago Full Moon Jam Core Organizer (2009-2018), Communications Manager (2010-2018)
Full Moon Jam Foundation Board (2016-2018)

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E-mail michi@geekmelange.com

Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy
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Twitter: @UncannyMagazine
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Chicago Nerd Social Club
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Facebook (page): Chicago Nerd Social Club
Twitter: @chicagonerds

Raks Geek / Raks Inferno
Facebook: Raks Geek
Twitter: @RaksGeek 

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

Photo credit: Braden Nesin

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Permission is granted to freely use the following photograph for promotional or press purposes so long as it is credited © 2016 Patricia Wilson.

Photo credit: Patricia Wilson

Permission is granted to freely use the following photographs for promotional or press purposes so long as it is credited © 2016 Bill Whitmire

photo credit: Bill Whitmire

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Permission is granted to freely use the following photograph for promotional or press purposes so long as it is credited © 2017 Grace Fong

photo credit: Grace Fong

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