Meg Elison is the author of The Book of the Unnamed Midwife (Sybaritic, 2014/47North, 2016), winner of the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award. The sequel, The Book of Etta (47North, 2017), was a PKD finalist in 2017. Both books were longlisted for the James A. Tiptree/Otherwise Award. Her third novel, The Book of Flora (47North), was published in 2019. In 2020, she published her first YA novel, Find Layla, with Skyscape, and her first collection, Big Girl, with PM Press. Pieces from the latter were finalists for the Nebula, Locus, and Hugo Awards. Her forthcoming novel, Number One Fan, will be published by Mira in 2022.
She is also an author of Fifty Years of Free Speech: Perspectives on the Movement that Revolutionized Berkeley (The Daily Californian, 2014).
Elison published a fantasy short, "Dresses Like White Elephants," in Uncanny Magazine in 2020; it was a finalist for the Locus Award for best short story. She has also published horror stories in Fangoria ("Bridesmaid," 2019), and Nightmare Magazine ("Familiar Face," 2020). Her short fantasy story "Endor House" appeared in Lightspeed in January 2019. She also appeared in the Best of Shimmer collection (2019) with her short elegiac fantasy, "Rapture." In May 2018, she was one of the featured authors in Slate magazine's Future Tense science fiction series with her story titled "Safe Surrender." Her story about a pizza boy in space was published by F&SF ("The Pizza Boy," March/April 2021). Her work is included in several anthologies, including Wastelands 3: The New Apocalypse (ed. Adams; Titan, 2019), Urban Crime Short Stories (Flame Tree, 2019), and Do Not Go Quietly: An Anthology of Victory In Defiance (eds. Conner and Sizemore; Apex, 2019). An essayist and satirist, Elison has published nonfiction with Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Electric Literature, Catapult Story, The Establishment, Tor.com, The Mary Sue, SyFy Fangrrls, and BoingBoing.
Meg Elison is a high school dropout and a graduate of UC Berkeley. She was the spring 2019 Clayton B. Ofstad endowed distinguished writer-in-residence at Truman State University, and a co-producer of the monthly Bay Area reading series Cliterary Salon. She is married; lives in Oakland, California; and writes like she is running out of time.