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About Meg Elison

Meg Elison is a science fiction and horror author, as well as a feminist essayist and cultural critic. Her work has been on the  Tiptree long list, nominated for the Audie Award, and won the Philip K. Dick Award. She has also been published in McSweeney’s, Shimmer, Fantasy and Science Fiction, Catapult, Terraform, and many other places. Elison is a high school dropout and a graduate of UC Berkeley.

I'm a member of SFWA and AWP

There's lots more to it, of course. But people keep badgering me to write a memoir. 

If you prefer a bio written by someone else, try this

Fantasy & Science Fiction

The best story I've ever written was published in this issue. It's about a girl who wakes up to find she's 350 feet tall. There's also an interview about it here

Shimmer Magazine

I have dreamed of a heaven for writers where we are woken for nothing but gentle praise. 

Terraform

What if you went to space, but your body didn't?

McSweeney's

If women wrote men the way men write women, books would be a little different

Tor.com

Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad is the kind of book I want to shove into people’s hands like an overzealous missionary. 

Compelling Science Fiction

I wrote a story about personal trainers and what it means to have a body. 2016. 

Strange California

I wrote a story about the cursed town where I went to high school, and how nobody ever gets out. It was published in an anthology called Strange California in 2017. 

The Daily Californian

I was an editor and columnist at the Daily Californian from 2012-2014. This is the archive of my work there. 

Hardened Hearts 

I wrote a story for this 2017 anthology featuring tales of strange love about applying Asimov's laws to a dating profile. 

Liquid Imagination

This is a horror story about things only the fire can tell you. 

Empyreome Magazine

Good Days is a story about time and youth and how we spend it. 2017. 

Terraform

Hysteria means the wandering womb. Think about it. 

McSweeney's

Parody of Gilbert & Sullivan. Talkin' bout my generation. 

Fair Observer

I wrote about the homeless people who shared my neighborhood in Oakland, back in 2014. 

Sanctuary

I write about Buffy the Vampire Slayer. A lot. This show featured TV's first technopagan

7x7

I have some freelance articles from 2014 in this Bay Area mag. 

The London Reader

My story "The Debt" was included in this issue, about a rescue cat and the magic that all cats posses. 

Unbound Worlds

When The Book of Etta came out, I was thinking hard about one particular scene in The Handmaid's Tale. Let me tell you why

Bustle

Ugh I really thought it couldn't happen. What a time capsule of dread

Lit Hub

I stole my first diary. But I have kept one faithfully ever since. 

The Mary Sue

Writers of dystopian fiction do not want to be right. 

Electric Literature

I have read Gone With the Wind over 100 times. That's how long it took me to pull apart the mythology of whiteness in that book. 

McSweeney's

IKEA is not what it seems. 

Memoir Mixtape

Sandstorm by Darude is the song that never ends

Female First

Literally a 10 Things About Me meme that was actually published. 

The Establishment

This is the thing that has gotten me the most hate mail ever. It's about weight loss surgery, and being fat. 

Red Room Magazine

I published my first-ever horror story here. It's about YouTube stardom and the lengths people will go to to get it. I also have an interview in this issue. 

Fifty Years of Free Speech

I contributed to this nonfiction account of the Free Speech Movement in Berkeley. 

Alternate Lanes

I wrote a poem about riding the bus. Yep. 

From the Four-Chambered Heart

I wrote a short letter to Anais Nin. It's here

UC Berkeley Class of 2014

Speaking at my commencement was one of the best moments of my life. Watch me do it here