Jonathan Crowe's fanzine, Ecdysis, is currently an Aurora finalist for Best Fan Publication. He reviews Canadian science fiction for AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review and has published essays in The New York Review of Science Fiction and the Ottawa Citizen. His long-running blog, The Map Room, was called "one of the finest map blogs on the Internet" (Mike Parker, Map Addict); since wrapping it up in 2011 he has been exploring the history and design of fantasy maps, a subject on which he gave a presentation at Readercon 25. Other well-known web projects include DFL, a blog about last-place finishes at the Olympics that made him world famous for 15 minutes in 2004, and Gartersnake.info, a website for garter snake keepers.
Jonathan studied European history at the universities of Winnipeg, Waterloo, and Alberta, which circuitously led to stints as a reporter for a small-town newspaper, a writer of briefing notes, and an editor of government regulations and executive correspondence. He lives in Shawville, Quebec, with his partner, Jennifer Seely, their three cats, and an uncomfortable number of snakes.