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.
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.
I have dreamed of a heaven for writers where we are woken for nothing but gentle praise.
What if you went to space, but your body didn't?
If women wrote men the way men write women, books would be a little different.
Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad is the kind of book I want to shove into people’s hands like an overzealous missionary.
I wrote a story about personal trainers and what it means to have a body. 2016.
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.
I was an editor and columnist at the Daily Californian from 2012-2014. This is the archive of my work there.
I wrote a story for this 2017 anthology featuring tales of strange love about applying Asimov's laws to a dating profile.
This is a horror story about things only the fire can tell you.
Good Days is a story about time and youth and how we spend it. 2017.
Hysteria means the wandering womb. Think about it.
Parody of Gilbert & Sullivan. Talkin' bout my generation.
I wrote about the homeless people who shared my neighborhood in Oakland, back in 2014.
I write about Buffy the Vampire Slayer. A lot. This show featured TV's first technopagan.
I have some freelance articles from 2014 in this Bay Area mag.
My story "The Debt" was included in this issue, about a rescue cat and the magic that all cats posses.
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.
Ugh I really thought it couldn't happen. What a time capsule of dread.
I stole my first diary. But I have kept one faithfully ever since.
Writers of dystopian fiction do not want to be right.
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.
IKEA is not what it seems.
Sandstorm by Darude is the song that never ends.
Literally a 10 Things About Me meme that was actually published.
This is the thing that has gotten me the most hate mail ever. It's about weight loss surgery, and being fat.
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.
I contributed to this nonfiction account of the Free Speech Movement in Berkeley.
I wrote a poem about riding the bus. Yep.
I wrote a short letter to Anais Nin. It's here.
Speaking at my commencement was one of the best moments of my life. Watch me do it here.