Elyse Martin is a Chinese-American Smith College graduate who lives in Washington DC with her husband and two cats. She writes reviews for Publishers Weekly, and her essays, articles, interviews, and humor pieces have appeared in Slate, The Toast, Electric Literature, Perspectives on History, The Bias, Entropy Magazine, Publishers Weekly, Smithsonian Magazine, and Tor.com. Her article, “Please Let Women Be Villains,” was listed as one of the “Notable Essays and Literary Fiction of 2021” in Alexander Chee’s The Best American Essays 2022. Her debut graphic novel, Copy Cat, with illustrator Sean Rubin, will be published by HarperAlley in the autumn of 2024. She spends most of her time writing and making atrocious puns—sometimes simultaneously.