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 Philip K. Dick finalist in 2017. Both books were longlisted for the James A. Tiptree Award. Her third novel, The Book of Flora (47North, 2019) was published in April. She is also an author of Fifty Years of Free Speech: Perspectives on the Movement that Revolutionized Berkeley (The Daily Californian, 2014).
Her short fantasy story, “Endor House,” appeared in Lightspeed in January 2019. She also appeared in Shimmer (August 2018) 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 giant girl was published by F&SF (“Big Girl,” Nov/Dec 2017). Elison has published two stories on Terraform: “Hysteria,” (2017) and “Next of Kin” (2016). Her work is included in several anthologies, including Wastelands 3: The New Apocalypse, edited by John Joseph Adams (Titan, 2019), Urban Crime Short Stories, (Flametree, 2019), and Do Not Go Quietly (Apex, 2019). An essayist and satirist, Elison has published nonfiction with McSweeney’s, 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-producers of the monthly Bay Area reading series, Cliterary Salon. She is married, living in Oakland, California, and writes like she is running out of time.