Our Staff

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:

Jen R. Albert: Co-Editor (she/her)

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Jen Albert is an editor, writer, and former entomologist. She became co-editor of her favorite fantasy fiction podcast in 2016; she now wonders if she still allowed to call it her favorite. Jen works full-time as an editor at ECW Press, an independent publishing house based in Toronto, where she enjoys working on books of all kinds and co-chairs Toronto-based reading series ephemera. Along with her co-editor, Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali, Jen was nominated for the World Fantasy Award for her work on PodCastle in 2018.

Cherae Clark: Co-Editor (she/they)

Co-editor Cherae Clark

Cherae graduated from Indiana University’s creative writing MFA. She’s been a personal trainer, an English teacher, and an editor, and is some combination thereof as she travels the world. When she’s not writing or working, she’s learning languages, doing P90something, or reading about war and [post-]colonial history. Her work has also appeared or is forthcoming in FIYAH and Uncanny. You can follow her on twitter @c_l_clark.

Setsu Uzume: Host and Assistant Editor (they/them)

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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 (he/him)

Peter Adrian Behravesh writes flintlock space fantasy stories inspired by eighteenth-century Iran and songs about the technoapocalypse. By day, he edits manga and light novels for Seven Seas Entertainment. 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 on Twitter @pabehravesh or at peteradrianbehravesh.com.

Ace Tilton Ratcliff: Associate Editor (they/them)

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Ace Tilton Ratcliff lives and works in south Florida. They made the move to freelance writer, artist, and disability consultant at Stay Weird, Be Kind Studios in 2017. They have bylines at Huffington Post, io9, PopSci, Fireside Fiction, and more. Their meatcage struggles with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and other comorbidities. With their husband, they co-own Harper’s Promise, an in-home veterinary practice focusing on euthanasia. When not creating, they’re reading, and sometimes tweeting @mortuaryreport.

Aidan Doyle: Associate Editor (he/him)

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Aidan Doyle is an Australian writer and editor. He is the co-editor of the World Fantasy Award-nominated Sword and Sonnet and the author of The Writer’s Book of Doubt. He has visited more than 100 countries and his experiences include teaching English in Japan, interviewing ninjas in Bolivia, and going ten-pin bowling in North Korea. Follow his exploits at http://www.aidandoyle.net and on Twitter.

Craig Jackson (Ocicat): Community Manager and Associate Editor (he/him)

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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.

Devin Martin: Associate Editor (he/they)

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.

Eleanor Wood: Associate Editor and Proofreader (she/her)

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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 Deep MagicDaily Science Fiction, Galaxy’s Edge, Diabolical PlotsPodCastle, and various anthologies, among other places.

She blogs sporadically at creativepanoply.wordpress.com.

Emmalia Harrington: Associate Editor (she/her)

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Emmalia Harrington is a nonfiction writer with a deep love of speculative fiction.  When she isn’t writing, she can be found sewing, knitting, cooking or suffering from idle hands. She’s a member of the Broad Universe writing guild. Her work has previously appeared in FIYAH, Glittership, Anathema, and other venues. Follow her on Twitter @EmmaliaWrites.

Hamilton Perez: Associate Editor and Proofreader (he/him)

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 (she/her)

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 (they/them)

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.

Kai Hudson: Associate Editor (she/her)

Kai Hudson lives in sunny California where she writes, hikes, and spends entirely too much time daydreaming of far-off worlds. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in ClarkesworldPseudoPodMetaphorosis, and Anathema: Spec from the Margins, among others. You can visit her website at www.kaihudson.com.

Kathryn McMahon: Associate Editor (she/her)

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Kathryn McMahon is a queer cross-genre writer who divides her time between the Puget Sound and southwest England. Her flash fiction has won or received nominations for various literary awards and her speculative fiction has appeared here in PodCastle as well as in places such as Luna Station Quarterly, Syntax and Salt, The /tƐmz/ Review, and the food and horror anthology Sharp & Sugar Tooth: Women Up to No Good (Upper Rubber Boot, 2019). If she’s not writing, she’s probably in the woods with her wife and dog. Follow her on Twitter @katoscope and find more of her work at www.darkandsparklystories.com.

Kaitlyn Zivanovich: Associate Editor (she/her)

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Kaitlyn is a former Marine Corps intelligence officer and current speculative fiction writer. She is a graduate of the Viable Paradise Workshop and writes short stories to avoid editing her novel. Currently living in Japan with her husband and four loud children. Pre-coronavirus she spent her free time hiking, traveling, and learning new languages. Now she stress-bakes and binges Turkish TV shows.

Matt Dovey: Associate Editor and Social Media Manager (he/him)

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Matt Dovey is very tall, very British, and most likely drinking a cup of tea right now. A village elder once told him the scar on his arm 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 still struggles to express his delight in this wonderful arrangement. Although his surname rhymes with “Dopey”, any other similarities to the dwarf are coincidental. He has fiction out and forthcoming all over the place: keep up with it at mattdovey.com, or find him timewasting on Twitter as @mattdoveywriter.

Shomari Kirkwood: Associate Editor (she/her)

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Shomari Kirkwood is a recent graduate from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She currently is a trainee in the Tessera Editorial BIPOC program. When not writing or editing, she streams on Twitch under the handle MxOberon and leads an actual play tabletop RPG podcast as its GM. You can find her on Twitter or Twitch as @MxOberon.

Sofía Barker: Associate Editor (she/her)

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Sophie Barker studied to become a doctor but was rescued by translation before there was too much damage done. She has worked with authors such as Lucy Taylor, Priya Sharma, and Kelly Robson in bringing their work to Spanish readers. She is very lucky to be surrounded by a great community of literary friends that keep reminding her that she is loved. She lives in Madrid, but her Scottish blood keeps calling her to Edinburgh. You can find her fangirling about one female writer or another on Twitter @PitiFlusi.

Srikripa Krishna Prasad: Associate Editor (she/her)

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Sri is a recent university graduate, hailing from near Toronto, Ontario, who is (metaphorically) wandering the world, searching for purpose. She is deeply fond of reading and writing speculative fiction, especially fantasy, and is working on several stories to hopefully publish one day. Outside of writing, she is learning how to play the guitar, practicing the violin, daydreaming, and trying to motivate herself to finish any of the numerous projects she has going. You can find her on Twitter at @sriative, where she rarely tweets but lurks in the shadows, casting her judgmental yet benevolent eye over the world.

Tierney Bailey: Associate Editor (she/her)

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Tierney Bailey is a Libra, a lover of science fiction and poetry, and is a dice-collecting gremlin. Currently, Tierney is Associate Poetry Editor with Sundress Publications, a copyeditor at Strange Horizons, Associate Editor with PodCastle, and a freelance graphic designer. She has earned a BA from the University of Indianapolis and a Masters Degree in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College. Tierney is most easily found screaming into the void on Twitter as @ergotierney.

Ziv Wities: Associate Editor (he/him)

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Short fiction snuck into Ziv’s life in his teens. It struck a tent, has been entrenched ever since, and sometimes throws parties. Outside the Castle, Ziv is a programmer, a source-control evangelist, and Assistant Editor at Diabolical Plots. He spends much of his time lovingly fending off his three children. Check out zivwities.com for Ziv’s expert overanalyses of Knives OutToo Like The Lightning, and Star Trek: Discovery, for some writerly Q&A, and for whatever he does next. He tweets, vaguely, as @QuiteVague.

Graeme Dunlop: Tech Barbarian (he/him)

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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.