Andrea Hairston is a novelist, playwright, and scholar. Her novel Mindscape (Aqueduct, 2006) won the Carl Brandon Parallax Award, while Will Do Magic for Small Change: A Novel of What Might Have Been (Aqueduct Press, 2016) was a New York Times Editor's Pick and a finalist for the Mythopoeic, Lambda, and Otherwise Awards. Her latest novel, Master of Poisons (Tor.com Publishing, 2020), is on the Kirkus Review's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2020 list. Redwood and Wildfire (originally Aqueduct Press, 2011), which won the Otherwise Award and the Carl Brandon Kindred Award in 2011, will be republished in 2022 by Tor.com.

Her short fiction appears in anthologies such as So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Visions of the Future (eds. Hopkinson and Mehan; Arsenal Pulp Press, 2004), New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color (ed. Shawl; Solaris, 2019), and Trouble the Waters (eds. Morigan, Thomas, and Wiggins; Rosarium Publishing, 2020). A novelette, "Saltwater Railroad," was published by Lightspeed Magazine in 2015. Her collection of essays and plays is Lonely Stardust: Two Plays, a Speech, and Eight Essays (Aqueduct, 2014), while her play Thunderbird at the Next World Theatre appears in Geek Theater.

Andrea received the International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts Distinguished Scholarship Award in 2011 and has gotten grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. In her spare time, Andrea is the Louise Wolff Kahn 1931 Professor of Theatre and Africana Studies at Smith College and the Artistic Director of Chrysalis Theatre. She bikes at night year round, meeting bears, multi-legged creatures of light and breath, and the occasional shooting star.