About

I was born in the UK now in the US.

My six novels, most recently Hild, have all won awards and been translated other languages. Hild is a novel focalised around the woman born more than 1400 years ago who is today known as St Hilda of Whitby. The novel aims to operate as a second-order discourse regarding the “contingency of events” and illusory nature of history’s seeming solidity (Butler and O’Donovan, 2012: 15). It is a serious historical novel in the well-researched, realist mode established by Sir Walter Scott1 that deconstructs the intersectional construction of the oppressive discourse of gender, sexual orientation, and race (Reid, 2015).

In 2015 I founded the Literary Prize Data, an international working group to uncover and tell the story of how gender bias operates within the publishing ecosystem. Direct results of that research include the $50,000 Half the World Global Literati Prize for prose and scripts by and about women (2016), and the new Her Voice literary festival in Toronto (2017). In 2016 I began #CripLit, an online community for writers with disabilities with >1,000 regular participants.

I’m now a dual US/UK citizen, hold a PhD in Creative Writing from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, and married to writer Kelley Eskridge in Seattle.

1 As described by Lukács, as opposed to Jameson’s assertion of Scott’s essential melodrama (Anderson 2011).

Butler, C. and O’Donovan, H. (2012). Reading History in Children’s Books. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Reid, R. (2015). Nicola Griffith’s Hild: the authenticity of intersectionality. In: H. Young, ed. The Middle Ages in Popular Culture: Medievalism and Genre. Amherst: Cambria, pp 75-90.

 

Education

PhD by Published Work, Creative Writing, Anglia Ruskin University. 2017.

Other Publications

Books — First English Language

  • Menewood (2019). New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Novel. Under contract.

  • So Lucky (2018). New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Novella. Forthcoming.

  • Hild (2013). New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Novel. Winner of Washington State Book Award for Fiction. A Best Novel of 2013, Seattle Times, Huffington Post, Historical Novel Review, etc.; ALA Rainbow List; ALA Notable Novel; Tiptree Honor; shortlisted for the Nebula Award, Lambda Literary Award, Campbell Award; novel of the week Publishers Weekly etc; longlisted for Guardian Not the Booker Prize.

  • Always (2007). New York: Riverhead. Novel. Awarded the Alice B. Medal.

  • And Now We Are Going to Have a Party (2007). Seattle: Payseur & Schmidt. Memoir. Winner of Lambda Literary Award.

  • With Her Body (2004). Seattle: Aqueduct Press. Stories. Shortlisted for the Lambda Literary Award and the Spectrum Award.

  • Stay (2002). Nan A. Talese, New York. Novel. Winner of QPB/InsightOut Best Novel award; shortlisted for Lambda Literary Award; Booksense Pick.

  • Bending the Landscape: Horror (2001). New York: Overlook Press. Anthology (co-editor). Winner of Spectrum Award; shortlisted for Lambda Literary Award.

  • The Blue Place (1998). New York: Morrow. Novel. Winner of Lambda Literary Award.

  • Bending the Landscape: SF (1998). New York: Overlook Press. Anthology (co-editor). Winner of Lambda Literary Award; winner of Spectrum Award; ALA Stonewall Honour book.

  • Bending the Landscape: Fantasy (1997). Atlanta: White Wolf Press. Anthology (co-editor). Winner of World Fantasy Award; winner of Lambda Literary Award.

  • Slow River (1995). New York: Ballantine. Novel. Winner of Nebula Award; winner of Lambda Literary Award; shortlisted for Seiun Award.

  • Ammonite (1993). London: HarperCollins. Novel. Winner of Tiptree Award; winner of Lambda Literary Award; winner of Premio Italia; shortlisted for Arthur C. Clarke Award, Locus Award, etc.


Non-fiction — Recent English Language, Selected

 

Projects


  • Norming the Other: Narrative Empathy Via Focalised Heterotopias. PhD dissertation on creating focalised heterotopia to avoid a reader’s aversive emotional response pertaining to specific areas of discourse (such as gender, sexuality, and race) and so maintain narrative empathy sufficient to centre and norm characters who are members of traditionally marginalised groups (2017).

  • Bias in Publishing. Ongoing effort to systematise and tally gender and other biases in the literary ecosystem. A continuation of my already-published literary prize data which resulted in the creation of a new international literary prize, the $50,000 Half the World Global Literati Award (2016), and founding of In Her Voice Festival celebrating female-identified authors, Toronto (2017).

  • Legend: The Literature of Climate Change. Research in progress. The links between migration, climate change, and legendary tales of King Arthur, Gilgamesh, and Moses. I argue that climate change leads to migrations which lead to competition over resources which leads to legends of heroic defenders.

  • The Pleasures and Perils of Cross-Reading. Article in progress. The causes and narrative consequences of ventriloquising male (and/or straight, white, able-bodied) characters in historical fiction by writers such as Sutcliff, Renault, Mantel.

  • #CripLit: Founder and co-host of Twitter community for disabled writers

Memberships


  • Advisory Board, Journal of Historical Fictions (2016 to present)

  • National Association of Writers in Education (2016 to present)

  • Association of Writers and Writing Programs (2016 to present)

  • PEN American Center (2015 to present)

  • International Society of Anglo-Saxonists (2015 to present)

  • Historical Writers’ Association, UK (2014 to present)

  • Contributing Editor, Los Angeles Review of Books (2011 to present)

  • Advisory Board, SF Gateway, UK (2011 to present)

  • Historical Novel Society, International (2010 to present)

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