Chantelle Aimée Osman is the editor of Agora, an imprint of Polis Books. Agora focuses on crime fiction with unique social and cultural themes. Titles from Agora’s debut list have been nominated for Edgar, Anthony, Lefty, Macavity and Strand Critics awards, and named on multiple best-of lists for 2019 and 2020. The former Editor-in-Chief of RT Book Reviews Magazine and a freelance editor for over 10 years, she is also an instructor at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Authors at Large and LitReactor. Chantelle is the author of the non-fiction series on writing The Quick and Dirty Guides To… and has also published numerous works of short fiction in addition to serving as editor for several anthologies. She was named a Publishers Weekly Rising Star honoree in 2020. Find her online at chantelleaimee.com and on Twitter @SuspenseSiren.
Chantelle Aimée Osman is Editor of Agora, an imprint of Polis Books focusing on crime novels that explore the most important issues of our time and explore “culture, gender, sexuality, society, economy, and politics. She is also co-host of the Crime Friction podcast with author Jay Stringer, and former Editor-in-Chief of RT Book Reviews Magazine.
Outside of her work as an editor, Ms. Osman is also an award-winning mystery writer, whose numerous short stories and flash fiction have appeared in anthologies, literary journals and e-zines. She is an Anthony Award nominee for The Sirens of Suspense website, a former Left Coast Crime Guest of Honor, and has served as editor for several successful anthologies and is an annual judge for ITW Awards. She teaches writing at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University, as well as with LitReactor and the international Authors at Large program.
As former Head of Business Affairs and Development for production companies in Hollywood, Ms. Osman has experience in all aspects of the film industry—from dealing with agents, studios, and independent productions, to casting and editing scripts. In the past, she has greenlit projects ranging from A-list blockbusters to made-for-TV movies. She is a recurring judge for the Phoenix Film Festival screenplay competition.
Prior to working in the film industry, Ms. Osman obtained her law degree, and worked with political campaigns on the state and presidential levels. Moving to Los Angeles in 2004, she served as a federal and state lobbyist, fighting for such issues as awareness for organ donation programs, and gambling addiction prevention. Ms. Osman is a graduate of Arizona State University College of Law, holds degrees in Psychology, French and Art History, and speaks five languages. She divides her time between New York and Arizona.