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Julia Rios is a writer, editor, podcaster, and narrator. Her fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have appeared in several places, including Daily Science Fiction, Apex Magazine, and Goblin Fruit. She was a fiction editor for Strange Horizons from 2012 to 2015, and is currently the poetry and reprints editor for Uncanny Magazine and co-editor with Alisa Krasnostein of Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories, and the Year's Best YA Speculative Fiction series. She is also a co-host of the Hugo-nominated podcast, The Skiffy and Fanty Show, a general discussion, interview, and movie review show. She has narrated stories for Podcastle, Pseudopod, and Cast of Wonders, and poems for the Strange Horizons podcast.

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I write non-fiction, poetry, and prose. My fiction often tends towards (but is in no way limited to) contemporary fantasy. I didn't exactly mean to become an activist, but one can only do so many diversity-promoting things before embracing that label seems inevitable. I'm most active in the QUILTBAG and POC speculative fiction community, but I'm also very interested in other aspects of diversity, both in the context of speculative fiction, and out in the world at large. Intersectionality is important to me since I think people are complex. I'm bisexual and half-Mexican, but those aren't the only things that make up my identity. Among other things, I love walking (and as of 2015, much to my surprise, I love running, too), taking random pictures, travel, eating delicious food, and doing vaguely craftish things like making the occasional birthday card for a friend. I also love cats, and currently live with one black cat named Desdemona.