Shared Worlds' 2013 Visiting Writers Announced
For 2013, Shared Worlds visiting writers will include Holly Black, Karen Lord, and Kathe Koja. Students will also participate in group Skype sessions with Rose Fox and Jake Von Slatt. In addition to our visiting writers, Ann VanderMeer (editor-in-residence), Jeff VanderMeer (Shared Worlds co-director along with founder Jeremy L.C. Jones), Will Hindmarch, and Nathan Ballingrud will all return to the program in 2013. Here is more information on all of our participants.
Nathan Ballingrud won the Shirley Jackson Award for “The Monsters of Heaven.” His stories have appeared in Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy, Lovecraft Unbound, Teeth: Vampire Tales, and Inferno: New Tales of Terror, among other places, and have been reprinted in Year’s Best anthologies several times. His first book, North American Lake Monsters: Stories, is due from Small Beer Press in 2013.
Holly Black is the author of the New York Times bestselling The Spiderwick Chronicles series and other contemporary fantasy novels for teens and children. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, The Good Neighbors graphic novel trilogy (with Ted Naifeh), the Curse Workers series, and her new ghostly middle grade novel, Doll Bones. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award, a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award.
Rose Fox wears many hats at Publishers Weekly: SF, fantasy, horror, and romance reviews editor; SF/F/H blogger for PW's Genreville and PWxyz blogs; presenter on the regular PW's Week Ahead feature of Copyright Clearance Center's Beyond the Book podcast; and co-host of Publishers Weekly Radio, a weekly book news and gossip show on SiriusXM Book Radio (channel 80). Rose also provides freelance editing services to unpublished authors and nonfiction presses, and helps to run the annual Readercon speculative literature convention.
Will Hindmarch is a Chicago-based freelance writer and designer with numerous professional credits as author, developer, and graphic designer on games, books, and magazines. He is currently working with Green Ronin Publishing as developer of the likes of the Dragon Age RPG, in addition to toiling away on numerous freelance contracts. Will’s writing has appeared in The Escapist, Atlanta magazine, Geek Monthly, Everywhere and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He was a judge for the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning competition in 2007, 2010, and 2011.
Kathe Koja is an award-winning author of novels and short stories. Kafkaesque, transgressive novels such as The Cipher (1991), Bad Brains (1992), Skin (1993), and Strange Angels (1994) established her as one of weird fiction’s most innovative practitioners. Story collaborations with science fiction writer Barry Malzberg broadened her oeuvre, and as Koja moved into the realm of young adult novels her work continued to evade easy categorization. In 2010 her first historical novel, Under the Poppy, was published, with the sequel published this year.
Karen Lord has been a physics teacher, a diplomat, a part-time soldier and an academic at various times and in various countries. She is now a writer and research consultant in Barbados. Her debut novel Redemption in Indigo won the 2008 Frank Collymore Literary Award, the 2010 Carl Brandon Parallax Award, the 2011 William L. Crawford Award and the 2011 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature. It was also longlisted for the 2011 Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, nominated for the 2011 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel and shortlisted in the Best Debut Novel category of the Kitschies Awards. Her latest novel The Best of All Possible Worlds won the 2009 Frank Collymore Literary Award.
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Ann VanderMeer currently serves as an acquiring short fiction editor for Tor.com, Cheeky Frawg Books, and Weirdfictionreview.com. She was the editor-in-chief for Weird Tales for five years, during which time she was nominated three times for the Hugo Award, winning one. Along with nominations for the Shirley Jackson Award, she also has won a World Fantasy Award and a British Fantasy Award for co-editing The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories. Other projects have included Best American Fantasy, two Steampunk anthologies, and a humor book, The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals. Her latest anthologies include Steampunk III: Steampunk Revolution, The Time Traveler’s Almanac, and an as-yet anthology of feminist speculative fiction.
Jeff VanderMeer has been published in over twenty countries. He recently signed a three-book, six-figure deal with Farrar, Straus & Giroux. His novels have made the year's best lists of the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle, and he is the recipient of both an NEA-funded Florida Individual Writers' Fellowship and Travel Grant. VanderMeer is a three-time winner of the World Fantasy Award and has been a finalist for the Nebula, Hugo, Philip K. Dick, and Shirley Jackson Awards, among others. He also regularly reviews books for the New York Times Book Review, the Guardian, Los Angeles Times Book Review, and the Washington Post. He has lectured at MIT, the Library of Congress, and many other institutions.
Jake Von Slatt is a Steampunk contraptor and proprietor of the popular website The Steampunk Workshop. He has built many of the iconic computer and keyboard mods widely circulated on the internet and has had his projects featured numerous times on BoingBoing, Make and Wired Magazine's Blogs as well as countless others. Jake has been interviewed on the subject by The New York Times, the journal Nature, Newsweek, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, PBS’s Wired: Science television show and has been profiled on American Public Television’s Make:TV series.