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.
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; The Thorn and the Blossom (2012), a novella in a two-sided accordion format; and the poetry collection Songs for Ophelia (2014). She has been a finalist for the Nebula, Locus, Crawford, Seiun, and Mythopoeic Awards, as well as on the Tiptree Award Honor List. Her short story “Singing of Mount Abora” 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 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.
I currently teach 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, 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, Hungarian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Serbian, 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.
Virtual Memories Podcast (podcast), August 3, 2013.
Oz Reimagined, January 10, 2013.
Lightspeed Magazine Spotlight for “Child-Empress of Mars”, January 2013.
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.
This is my official author headshot:
Here are some alternative, more casual photos:
And if you want something fantastical, here you go: