About Us

PodCastle is a weekly fantasy podcast producing audio performances of fantasy short fiction, including all the subgenres of fantasy. PodCastle launched on 1 April 2008 as part of Escape Artists, Inc. with Rachel Swirsky as founding editor and Ann Leckie as assistant editor.

Today, the PodCastle Team comprises these fine people:

Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali: Co-Editor

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Khaalidah lives in Houston, Texas with her husband of twenty-five years and three children. By day she works as a breast oncology nurse. At all other times she juggles, none too successfully, writing, reading, gaming and gardening. She has self-published one novel entitled An Unproductive Woman, has published a story at Escape Pod, and has a story in the An Alphabet of Embers anthology. Of her alter ego, K from the planet Vega, it is rumored that she owns a time machine and knows the secret to long youth. You can catch her posts at her website, www.khaalidah.com, and you can follow her on twitter, @khaalidah.

Jen R. Albert: Co-Editor

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Jen Albert is an entomologist, writer, editor, narrator, game-player, cosplayer, streamer, reader of All The Things, and haver of far too many hobbies.

Jen somehow became co-editor of her favorite fantasy fiction magazine and podcast; she now wonders if she’s still allowed to call it her favorite. She is production editor at Toronto-based book publisher ECW Press. Jen lives in Toronto with her very large, very hairy German Shepherd.

Setsu Uzume: Host and Assistant Editor

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Setsu became assistant editor in December 2016 when Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali became co-editor, and took over as the official host in January 2018. Setsu is a nonbinary person who writes and occasionally narrates dark fantasy. In the non-writing world, they are taking a break from swordwork to learn horseback archery, baking, and violin.

Peter Behravesh: Audio Producer

Peter Adrian Behravesh writes flintlock space fantasy stories inspired by Safavid-era Iran. He is an associate editor for Escape Pod and the audio producer for PodCastle. Peter is also the founder of Lit & Lore Editorial, which provides freelance editorial services to small presses, publishers, and writers of all genres and skill levels. Visit www.litandlore.com for more information.
When he isn’t writing or editing, you’ll most likely find Peter hurtling down a mountain, sipping English Breakfast, and brushing up on his Farsi (though usually not all at once). You can read his sporadic ramblings at www.peteradrianbehravesh.com and on Twitter @pabehravesh

Ace Ratcliff: Associate Editor

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Ace currently lives and works in Oakland, CA with her fiancé, Derek, and their pack of wild beasts. She’s an artist, a freelance writer, photographer, and former mortician. Ace writes about disability inclusion and representation and has bylines at io9, Huffington PostSelf MagazineBustle, Bitch Media. She’s also had words in Fireside Fiction and Uncanny Magazine’s Disabled People Destroy SF. When not reading, she’s probably tweeting: @mortuaryreport.

Aidan Doyle: Associate Editor

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Aidan Doyle is an Australian writer and computer programmer. His short stories have been published in places such as Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Fireside, Escape Pod, and PodCastle. He has been shortlisted for the Aurealis and XYZZY awards. He has visited more than 90 countries and his experiences include teaching English in Japan, interviewing ninjas in Bolivia and going ten-pin bowling in North Korea. He is also the author of The Science Fiction Writer’s Hierarchy of Doubt. Follow his exploits at http://www.aidandoyle.net and on Twitter.

Arun Jiwa: Associate Editor

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Arun is a speculative fiction writer with work in The Drabblecast, Easy Street Magazine, and Tesseracts 19. He is a graduate of the Viable Paradise Writing Workshop, and currently lives in Edmonton, Alberta. You can find him online at www.arunjiwa.com and on Twitter.

Devin Martin: Associate Editor

Devin Martin

Devin is a colony of uncooperative cells with a voracious appetite for cheesecake. After studying psychology and computer science, he almost fell into a career teaching robots how to kill, but escaped at the last moment. A number of arcane arts have vied for his attention, including programming and game design (both board and video), but writing has sung the sweetest. He lives with his brilliant scientist of a spouse and they call Cardiff their home. He almost never tweets @devinxmartin and he has a wide range of disturbing cackles.

Eboni Dunbar: Associate Editor

Eboni Dunbar

Eboni Dunbar is a queer, black woman who writes queer and black speculative fiction. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner.  She received her BA from Macalester College in English and her MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. She is also a VONA Alum. Her work can be found in FIYAH Magazine Issue #7: Music. She can be found on twitter: @sugoionna87

Eleanor Wood: Associate Editor and Proofreader

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Eleanor R. Wood writes and eats liquorice from the south coast of England, where she lives with her husband, two marvellous dogs, and enough tropical fish tanks to charge an entry fee. Her stories have appeared in over a dozen venues, including Crossed Genres, Flash Fiction Online, Deep Magic, Daily Science Fiction and the Aurealis-nominated anthology Hear Me Roar.

She blogs at https://creativepanoply.wordpress.com/

Elora Gatts: Associate Editor

Elora Gatts

Elora is an editor with a startup in the Midwest. In the 1960’s, her father’s family immigrated to the United States from Sasebo, Japan, and eventually settled down in Appalachia. When her parents met years later, it was love at first sight, and in the year they conceived a daughter, they apparently also fell for George Lucas’s Willow. (Yes, those nerds really named her after the baby in Willow.) That love of fantasy proved hereditary.

She is also a copy editor for Strange Horizons and acts as a first reader for Liminal Stories. Believe it or not, Elora still has enough spare time to contemplate the intricacies of literature, history, and perfectly soaked tiramisu. You can find her on Twitter at @thegreatgattsby.

Hamilton Perez: Associate Editor and Proofreader

Hamilton Peres

Hamilton is a writer, freelance editor, and aspiring creature from the black lagoon. He lives in Sacramento, California with a very good dog. His stories have appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Metaphorosis, and Mad Scientist Journal, and he occasionally blogs about writing at hamiltonperez.wordpress.com.

Julia Patt: Associate Editor

Julia K. Patt

Julia is a writer and teacher from Maryland. Her fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Escape Pod, Luna Station Quarterly, and other places. When she isn’t working on stories or terrorizing her composition students, she gardens, does yoga, games, reads as much as she can, and, in the summer, attends an inordinate number of baseball games. Visit juliakpatt.com or follow her on Twitter (@chidorme) for more.

Julian K. Jarboe: Associate Editor

Julian K. Jarboe

Julian K. Jarboe is from Massachusetts. They are a graduate of the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop and a fellow at the Writers’ Room of Boston, where they also sit on the board. Their writing can be found in The AtlanticStrange HorizonsThe Fairy Tale Review, and anthologized in the LAMBDA award-winning Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction series, among others. They also produce and co-host Mothers & Others, “the podcast about maternal figures and mommy issues,” and tweet @JulianKJarboe.

Krystal Claxton: Associate Editor

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Krystal Claxton writes speculative fiction in the sliver of time between being a parent and a full-time computer technician. She lives in Georgia with her long-suffering spouse, a dog who thinks she’s a cat, and a number of children that is subject to change.

She enjoys breaking Heinlein’s Rules, getting distracted by Dragon Con, and feverishly researching whichever random topic has just piqued her interest. Keep up with her at krystalclaxton.com and on twitter @krystalclaxton.

Matt Dovey: Associate Editor and Social Media Manager

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Matt Dovey is very tall and very English and is most likely drinking a cup of tea right now. A wise woman once told him the scar on his arm was the Sign of Prophecy and marked him for greatness, but he’s not so sure. He now lives in a quiet market town in rural England with his wife and three children, and despite being a writer, he still hasn’t found the right words to properly express the delight and joy he finds in this wonderful arrangement.

His surname rhymes with “Dopey”, but any other similarities to the dwarf are purely coincidental. He is the Golden Pen winner for Writers of the Future volume 32 (2016) and was shortlisted for the James White Award in 2016. He has fiction out and forthcoming all over the place, including on PodCastle; you can keep up with it all at mattdovey.com, or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

Orion Rodriguez: Associate Editor

Orion Rodriguez

Orion Rodriguez is a visual artist, writer, and radical queer activist whose fiction and essays have appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Salon, and more. They live in Portland, Oregon with their two neurotic cats. Catch their latest art, writing, and slam poetry on Twitter and Instagram at @MxOriJay.

Ocicat: Community Manager and Associate Editor

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Craig Jackson, known on the forums as Ocicat, is usually found wandering the woods outside Seattle. He studied astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz, and convinces people to give him money for breaking their computer programs. He is the founder and president of the Coalition to Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO). He’s also a community organizer involved in Seattle’s Sex Positive and Polyamorous communities. In addition he has a passion for partner dancing, is a WA state forest steward, plays roleplaying and other games, and studies religion and folklore. Anything for a weird life.

Graeme Dunlop: Tech Barbarian

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Graeme has co-edited, hosted, and protected the PodCastle, and has stepped back to spend more time on narration, and other projects.

He lives in Melbourne, Australia with his lovely wife Amanda. They have a crazy boy dog called Jake. They believe Jake may rival Jen’s dog for hairiness, but definitely not size.