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 and photographs that you are welcome to use for articles and interviews.

Short Biography

Theodora Goss was born in Hungary and spent her childhood in various European countries before her family moved to the United States, where she completed a PhD in English literature. She is the World Fantasy, Locus, and Mythopoeic Award-winning author of the short story and poetry collections In the Forest of Forgetting (2006), Songs for Ophelia (2014), and Snow White Learns Witchcraft (2019), as well as novella The Thorn and the Blossom (2012), debut novel The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter (2017), and sequels European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman (2018) and The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl (2019). She has been a finalist for the Nebula, Crawford, and Shirley Jackson Awards, as well as on the Tiptree Award Honor List. Her work has been translated into fifteen languages. She teaches literature and writing at Boston University and in the Stonecoast MFA Program. Visit her at

Biographical Information

I was born in Budapest, Hungary. My family left the country when I was five, and I lived for two years in Milan, Italy and 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 and work in Boston, where I moved for graduate school.

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, and have been publishing steadily since.

I currently teach writing and literature in the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing and the Boston University College of Arts and Sciences 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, 2019, for European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman.
Finalist, Locus Award, 2019, for “Queen Lily.”
Winner, Locus Award, 2018, for The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter.
Finalist, Locus Award, 2018, for “Come See the Living Dryad.”
Finalist, Nebula Award, 2018, for The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter.
Winner, Audie Award, 2018, for The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter (audiobook).
Finalist, Compton Crook Award, 2018, for The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter.
Winner, Rhysling Award, 2017, for “Rose Child.”
Finalist, Locus Award, 2017, for “Red as Blood and White as Bone”
Finalist, Seiun Award, 2016, for “Beautiful Boys” (Japanese).
Finalist, Mythopoeic Award, 2015, for Songs for Ophelia.
Finalist, Seiun Award, 2014, for “Christopher Raven” (Japanese).
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.”

My publications have been translated into Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Czech, French, Greek, Hungarian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, and Turkish.


Through the Twisted Woods with Derek Newman-Stille (podcast), August 7, 2016.

Boskone Mini-Interview, January 28, 2016.

Lightspeed Magazine Spotlight for “Beautiful Boys”, January 2015.

Interstitial Arts Foundation, November 3, 2014.

Lightspeed Magazine Spotlight for “Cimmeria: From the Journal of Imaginary Anthropology”, July 2014.

Virtual Memories Podcast (podcast), August 3, 2013.

Lightspeed Magazine Spotlight for “Princess Lucinda and the Hound of the Moon”, June 2013.

The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination Q&A for “The Mad Scientist’s Daughter”, February 13, 2013.

Oz Reimagined, January 10, 2013.

Lightspeed Magazine Spotlight for “Child-Empress of Mars”, January 2013.

Lightspeed Magazine Spotlight for “Singing of Mount Abora”, July 2012.

LibraryThing, 2012.

SF Signal, January 25, 2012.

The Quillery, January 24, 2012.

Daemon’s Books, January 23, 2012.

Booklife, December 1, 2010.

Clarkesworld Magazine, December 2010.

Realms of Fantasy, July 25, 2010.

Fantasy Magazine, 2010.

Locus Online, May 2008.

Yatterings (with Delia Sherman), June 12, 2007.

The OF Blog, April 17, 2007.


If you need photographs of me for articles or interviews, here are some author photos that you are welcome to use.

These photographs should be credited to Matthew Stein Photography. They can be used and shared under a Creative Commons License.