Sonya Taaffe reads dead languages and tells living stories. To date, her short fiction and poetry have been collected in Postcards from the Province of Hyphens (Prime, 2005), Singing Innocence and Experience (Prime, 2005), A Mayse-Bikhl (Papaveria Press, 2011), Ghost Signs (Aqueduct Press, 2015), and most recently the Lamba Literary Award-nominated Forget the Sleepless Shores (Lethe Press, 2018). Honors include the long-form 2003 Rhysling Award for her poem “Matlacihuatl’s Gift” and reprints of “On the Blindside” in Fantasy: The Best of the Year 2006 (Horton, ed.), “Another Coming” in The Best of Not One of Us (Benson, ed.), “The Dybbuk in Love” in Best New Fantasy (Wallace, ed.), “The Depth Oracle” in Best New Romantic Fantasy 2 (Guran, ed.), “Follow Me Home” in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror: 21st Annual Collection (Datlow, Link & Grant, eds.), “The True Alchemist” in Wilde Stories 2015 (Berman, ed.), “When Can a Broken Glass Mend?” in Heiresses of Russ 2016 (Berman, ed.), “Skerry-Bride” in Transcendent 2 (Takács, ed.), and “The Face of the Waters” in Transcendent 4 (Takács, ed.). Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, most recently Machinations and Mesmerism: Tales Inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann (Smith, ed.) and Mythic Journeys: Myths & Legends Retold (Guran, ed.); less recently Dreams from the Witch House: Female Voices of Lovecraftian Horror (Jamneck, ed.) and People of the Book: A Decade of Jewish Science Fiction & Fantasy (Swirsky and Wallace, eds.); and most distantly Nebula Awards Showcase 2005 (Dann, ed.) and Mercy of Tides: Poems for a Beach House (Wizansky, ed.). She holds Master’s degrees in Classics from Brandeis and Yale, formerly edited for the Hugo-nominated Strange Horizons, and lives with her husband and two cats in Somerville, Massachusetts, where she writes about film for Patreon ( and remains proud of naming a Kuiper belt object.