Elizabeth Hand was a Guest of Honor at Readercon 20. She is the author of sixteen novels and five collections of short fiction, including Curious Toys (Mulholland Books, 2019), Wylding Hall (PS Publishing/Open Road Media, 2017; Shirley Jackson Award winner), Errantry: Strange Stories (Small Beer Press, 2012), Radiant Days (Viking, 2012), Illyria (PS/Viking, 2007; World Fantasy Award winner), and Waking the Moon (HarperCollins, 1994; Tiptree Award winner, Mythopoeic Award winner). Her Cass Neary thriller series is currently comprised of Generation Loss (Small Beer Press/Harcourt, 2007; Shirley Jackson Award winner), Available Dark (St. Martin's/Minotaur 2012), and Hard Light (Minotaur, 2016); the series is being developed as a TV show to be set in the UK and Scandinavia. Her short fiction has received numerous awards and appeared in many Year's Best anthologies, and she has also written novelizations and a series of Star Wars juveniles featuring the young Boba Fett.

Since 1988, she has been a regular reviewer for the Washington Post Book World and Los Angeles Times, among many others, and has contributed a review column to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction since 1997. With Paul Witcover, she created and wrote the groundbreaking 1990s DC Comics series Anima, the first series to feature queer characters. Her forthcoming books are The Book of Lamps and Banners, the fourth Cass Neary novel (Mulholland Books, 2020), psychological thriller Baby Go Bang (Mulholland Books, 2021), and a Best of collection of her short fiction (Subterranean Press, 2021).

She is on faculty at the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing and divides her time between the Maine coast and North London.