Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Faerie Escape: Delia Sherman

Changeling (Firebird Fantasy)

Delia Sherman and I also appeared on a panel together although I attended most of the panels she sat on and enjoyed every single one.

From her Faerie Escape progam bio:

Delia Sherman was born in Tokyo, Japan, and brought up in New York City. She has spent a lot of time in schools of one kind or another: Vassar College for undergrad, then Brown University where she earned a Ph.D. in Renaissance Studies. While she was writing her dissertation, she started teaching, first at Boston University, where she taught Freshman Composition and Fantasy as Literature, and then at Northeastern University, where she was a Lecturer in Composition. She also worked in a bookstore for a while, and her short fiction appeared inWeirdBook and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

The Magic Mirror of the Mermaid Queen

While she was still teaching, she wrote her first novel, Through a Brazen Mirror, which led to a 1990 nomination for the Campbell Award for Best New SF Writer. Her second novel, the historical The Porcelain Dove, was listed in The New York Times Notable Books, and won the Mythopoeic Award in 1994.

Porcelain Dove

Delia also publishes short fiction for adults, most recently in Realms of Fantasy and Poe. Her short stories for younger readers have appeared in numerous anthologies. “CATNYP,” a story of a magical New York Between, inspired her first novel for children, Changeling. The sequel, The Magic Mirror of the Mermaid Queen followed in 2009. The Freedom Maze, a time-travel fantasy set in Louisiana, will be published by Big Mouth Press in 2010.

Through a Brazen Mirror: The Famous Flower of Servingmen (The Ultra Violet Library , No 3)

Delia has judged the Crawford Award for Best First Fantasy Novel, The James Tiptree, Jr. Award for Fantastic Fiction, and the World Fantasy Award. She has served on the Motherboard of the James Tiptree Jr. Award, and is a founding member and past officer of the Interstitial Arts Foundation.

The Essential Bordertown (Borderlands)

As an editor of books and anthologies, Delia’s continuing quest is to get more of the kind of fantasy she likes out to readers. She has worked as a contributing editor for Tor Books and has co-edited the fantasy anthology The Horns of Elfland with Ellen Kushner and Donald G. Keller, as well as The Essential Bordertown with Terri Windling. She had co-edited two anthologies of Interstitial fiction: Interfictions 1, with Theodora Goss, and Interfictions 2, with Christopher Barzak. She continues to teach SF and Fantasy writing, including at Odyssey: the Fantasy Writing Workshop, the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers’ Workshop, and workshops at colleges and science fiction conventions all over America.

Interfictions: An Anthology of Interstitial Writing

Delia lives with fellow author and fantasist Ellen Kushner in a rambling apartment on the Upper West Side of New York City. She is a social rather than a solitary writer, and can work anywhere, which is a good thing because she loves to travel, and if she couldn’t write on airplanes and in noisy caf├ęs, she’d never get anything done.

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