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Julia Rios is a queer, Latinx writer, editor, podcaster, and narrator whose fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, and Goblin Fruit, among other places. Currently a Hugo Finalist as the Fiction Editor for Fireside Magazine, Julia won the Hugo award in 2017 and is a Finalist again in 2018 as Poetry and Reprint editor for Uncanny Magazine, as well as being a previous Hugo Finalist as a Senior Fiction Editor for Strange Horizons. Julia is a co-host of The Skiffy and Fanty Show, a general SF discussion podcast, and has narrated stories for Podcastle, Pseudopod, and Cast of Wonders.

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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.