I made this list of diverse editors in response to people asking on Twitter, especially after a conversation with Beth Wodzinski. It was also prompted by my recent awful experience with Dash, who edits Expanded Horizons, an explicitly diversity-focused venue.
There have been many lists of diverse writers of SFF, including some by me, but I couldn’t find a list of diverse editors. There is one nohw! You can scroll down and enjoy
Last update: Feb 17 2014
So far the list has 56 editors on it. Thank you everyone for your contribution, recommendations and general signal boosting!!
People need to have at least one project that is
* speculative fiction or poetry (broadly interpreted; magical realism is also included)
* published or upcoming (in the near future)
* available in English
* in a paid venue
* where they were credited as editor
How this list was assembled:
I contacted everyone currently on the list and asked them for their self-identification and any links of their work they would like to share. You can recommend people, but be mindful that 1. some people have already asked not to be included 2. I will need to contact them and ask them myself. So it is best to recommend people in private.
Of course you can also recommend yourself – I just need data in a similar format as below. I am happy to include a link to your work too! Yes, Amazon affiliate links are fine too.
I decide who to include; people who dislike my list are more than welcome to make their own. In addition to people who asked not to be included, I chose not to include people whose sole claim to underrepresentedness is that they are either a woman (lots of women editors) or that they are from a developed (1), white-majority but non-Anglophone country. This is because in my experience people from these groups enjoy by far more privilege, and I’ve had bad interactions with several individuals stemming from this when I was making lists in the past.
Some people on the list are not currently active as editors or are inbetween projects. Also, some people missing from the list have not gotten back to me yet. I did my best to reach everyone, but I did not necessarily succeed.
Fiction, short form (predominantly) – 41 people
* Dean Francis Alfar (Philippine Speculative Fiction – Latest / Best of) – Filipino author and editor
* Nikki Alfar (Philippine Speculative Fiction, Best of Philippine Speculative Fiction, Philippine Speculative Fiction Sampler) – Filipina
* Saira Ali (In Other Words) – a queer/genderqueer mixed-race hyphenate
* Christopher Barzak (Interfictions Online) – a queer male
* Steve Berman (various anthologies) – Gay editor
* Maurice Broaddus (Dark Faith I & II, Streets of Shadows) – black, male and Christian
* Tobias Buckell (Diverse Energies) – a Caribbean born mixed race individual
* Bill Campbell (Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond) – African-American
* Paolo Chikiamco (Rocket Kapre Books) – Filipino male
* Joyce Chng (The Ayam Curtain) – Singaporean Chinese Christo-Pagan bi woman
* Carrie Cuinn (Dagan Books, Lakeside Circus; also edits shorts and novels as a freelancer) – bi, hearing impaired, ADHD/autism
* Hal Duncan (Caledonia Dreamin’ from Eibonvale Press) – Queer
* Fabio Fernandes (We See a Different Frontier, Terra Incognita) – a Portuguese-speaking Latino cis man
* Jaym Gates (War Stories, Rigor Amortis, former Crossed Genres Magazine editor) – queer woman
* Jaymee Goh (Doctor Bill Shakes and the Magnificent Ionic Pentatetrameter: A Steampunk’s Shakespeare Anthology) – Malaysian-Chinese woman
* Edward Austin Hall (Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond) – African-American
* Nin Harris (creator and editor of Demeter’s Spicebox) – Malaysian woman of Javanese, Maduran, Sri Lankan, Fuzhou Chinese heritage
* Nalo Hopkinson (multiple anthologies) – Queer Jamaican Canadian woman, neurodiverse with a chronic condition
* Iulian Ionescu (Fantasy Scroll) – East-European Blue-Eyed Man
* Mary Jaimes (Scigentasy) – a white woman of Mexican descent
* Tenea D. Johnson (Heiresses of Russ 2013) – Black lesbian author/editor
* Keffy Kehrli (Shimmer) – Queer / Genderqueer trans* man
* Alex Dally MacFarlane (Aliens: Recent Encounters, The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women) – a white British bisexual genderqueer woman
* Brit Mandelo (Strange Horizons and anthologies including Beyond Binary) – a queer and genderqueer person
* Michael Matheson (anthologies coming up: two from Exile Editions, “Start a Revolution” and “This Patchwork Flesh,” and one from ChiZine Publications, “The Humanity of Monsters”; an editor with ChiZine Publications and a freelance editor as well) – pansexual and genderfluid
* Meghan McCarron (Interfictions, Unstuck) – a queer person
* Mary Anne Mohanraj (Strange Horizons, founder and initial editor-in-chief, Speculative Literature Foundation, executive director) – Sri Lankan-American bisexual woman
* Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Innsmouth Free Press and two anthologies for Exile Editions) – Mexican by birth, Canadian by inclination
* Daniel José Older (Long Hidden, Music issue of Crossed Genres) – Latino
* Alexander Osias (Philippine Speculative Fiction) – a Filipino author and editor
* Kate Osias (Philippine Speculative Fiction vol. 6, vol. 7) – Filipina writer/editor
* An Owomoyela (Strange Horizons) – an asexual, neutrois American of German and Yoruba descent
* Julia Rios (Strange Horizons, Kaleidoscope, In Other Words) – A bisexual half-Mexican (or Mexican-American or Latin@) genderqueer woman
* Nisi Shawl (Bloodchildren) – Bisexual African American woman
* Delia Sherman (Interfictions Online and a handful of anthologies) – a gay white woman
* Rashida J. Smith (GigaNotoSaurus) – multiracial American woman
* Cecilia Tan (anthologies for Circlet Press, Ravenous Romance, Running Press, and others) Chinese-filipino hapa bisexual woman
* Charles Tan (Philippine Speculative Fiction, Lauriat) – Filipino male
* Lynne M. Thomas (Apex) – Bisexual
* Michael D. Thomas (Apex) – Genderqueer and bisexual
* June Yang (The Ayam Curtain) – a queer Chinese Singaporean woman
* Kenneth Yu (Philippine Genre Stories) – Filipino-Chinese editor, publisher, and writer.
Fiction, long form (predominantly) – 4 people
* Rose Fox (edits SF/F/H book reviews for Publishers Weekly, also freelance editing of manuscripts and anthologies including Long Hidden) - Jewish Anglo-American queer genderqueer polyamorous person.
* Liz Gorinsky (novels for Tor Books, short fiction at tor.com) – queer-identified bisexual
* Natalie Luhrs (Masque Books) – a queer polyamorous white woman
* Diana M. Pho (Tor Books) – Vietnamese-American queer woman
Nonfiction (SF-related) – 1 person
* Cheryl Morgan (previously: Emerald City, Clarkesworld, Salon Futura; currently: Wizard’s Tower Press) – Trans woman
Poetry – 9 people
* Amal El-Mohtar (Goblin Fruit) – a bisexual Lebanese-Canadian woman
* Mitchell Hart (Through the Gate) – an asexual genderqueer editor
* Rose Lemberg (Stone Telling) – Russian Israeli immigrant to the US, queer / genderqueer
* Kristine Ong Muslim (Lontar – The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction) – Filipina
* Shweta Narayan (Stone Telling) – a chronically ill agender/genderfluid bisexual Desi person
* Sofia Samatar (Interfictions) – African-American woman
* Lawrence Schimel (Midsummer Night’s Press, also editor of many prose anthologies) – a gay Jew
* Sonya Taaffe (Strange Horizons, Not One of Us) - Queer Jewish woman
* Tori Truslow (Verse Kraken) – a British genderqueer person
Finally, you can also visit a list of my other lists (including further diversity-focused lists, much speculative fiction, and some random lol too).
(1) – I use the CIA definition of developed countries because this corresponds the most closely to my intuition. For example, countries by HDI would also include the Baltic countries.