If you need information on me for an article or interview, this page contains a short biography as well as basic biographical information. It also contains links to interviews I have done. The Photos page contains photographs that you are welcome to use for articles and interviews.
Theodora Goss was born in Hungary and spent her childhood in various European countries before her family moved to the United States. Although she grew up on the classics of English literature, her writing has been influenced by an Eastern European literary tradition in which the boundaries between realism and the fantastic are often ambiguous. Her publications include the short story collection In the Forest of Forgetting (2006); Interfictions (2007), a short story anthology coedited with Delia Sherman; Voices from Fairyland (2008), a poetry anthology with critical essays and a selection of her own poems; and The Thorn and the Blossom (2012), a novella in a two-sided accordion format. She has been a finalist for the Nebula, Locus, Crawford, and Mythopoeic Awards, as well as on the Tiptree Award Honor List, and has won the World Fantasy Award.
I was born in Budapest, Hungary. My family left the country when I was five, and I lived for two years in Brussels, Belgium. My family immigrated to the United States when I was seven. I grew up in Maryland and Virginia, around the Washington D.C. area. I now live in Boston, where I teach literature and writing at Boston University.
I have a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Virginia, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature from Boston University. I am also a graduate of the Odyssey and Clarion writing workshops. I sold my first published story, “The Rose in Twelve Petals,” while a student at Clarion.
I currently teach in the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing and the Boston University CAS Writing Program. I have also taught at the Odyssey writing workshop, the Alpha writing workshop for young writers, and at writing workshops at Readercon, Boskone, and Wiscon.
I have received the following awards and honors:
Finalist, Locus Award, 2011, for “The Mad Scientist’s Daughter.”
Winner, World Fantasy Award, 2008, for “Singing of Mount Abora.”
Finalist, Mythopoeic Award, 2008, for In the Forest of Forgetting.
Tiptree Award Honor List, 2008, for Interfictions.
Finalist, Crawford Award, 2007, for In the Forest of Forgetting.
Finalist, Nebula Award, 2007, for “Pip and the Fairies.”
Finalist, World Fantasy Award, 2005, for “The Wings of Meister Wilhelm.”
Winner, Rhysling Award, 2004, for “Octavia is Lost in the Hall of Masks.”
Virtual Memories Podcast
Lightspeed Magazine for “The Mad Scientist’s Daughter”
Lightspeed Magazine for “Princess Lucinca and the Hound of the Moon”
Lightspeed Magazine for “Singing of Mount Abora”
Girls in the Stacks Podcast
Realms of Fantasy
The OF Blog
Locus Online (Excerpts from “Theodora Goss: On Shifting Ground,” interview in Locus, May 2008)
At the Arkansas Literary Festival, I was interviewed by Today’s THV, a morning show in Little Rock. Here is the clip: Reading Up a Storm at Arkansas Literary Festival.