Author, editor and poet Guest of Honor Catherynne M. Valente is the author of Palimpsest,
a 2010 Hugo Award and Locus Award finalist for best novel and winner of the Lambda Literary Award,
The Orphan's Tales duology (In the Night Garden and In the Cities of Coin and Spice),
The Labyrinth, The Grass-Cutting Sword, Yume no Hon: The Book of Dreams,
Under in the Mere and five books of poetry. Her crowd-funded e-novel The Girl Who Circumnavigated
Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making won the Andre Norton Award and was published in dead tree
version this year from Feiwell and Friends, a Macmillan imprint.
Catherynne Valente has won the Tiptree Award, the Mythopoeic Award, the Rhysling Award and the Million
Writers Award. She has been nominated nine times for the Pushcart Prize, shortlisted for the Spectrum
Award, and was a World Fantasy Award finalist in 2007.
Her short fiction can be found in magazines such as Clarkesworld, Weird Tales,
Lone Star Stories, Electric Velocipede, and Lightspeed and in anthologies
such as Haunted Legends ed. by Ellen Datlow and Nick Mamatas, Dark Faith ed.
by Maurice Broadus, By Blood We Live ed. by John Joseph Adams, Paper Cities: An Anthology of
Urban Fantasy ed. by Ekaterina Sedia, Clockwork Phoenix and Clockwork Phoenix 2 ed.
by Mike Allen, and Salon Fantastique ed. by Ellen Datlow. Her first short story collection,
Ventriloquism, is available for pre-order from Subterranean Press and her novel Deathless,
a retelling of the Marya Morevna and Koschei the Deathless fairy tales, set in Stalinist Russia will be
published by Tor later this year and The Habitation of the Blessed: A Dirge for Prester John Volume One
was released by Night Shade Books in October 2010. She is the fiction editor for Apex Magazine.
Catherynne Valente graduated from high school at age 15, going on to UC San Diego and Edinburgh
University, receiving her B.A. in Classics with an emphasis in Ancient Greek Linguistics. She
currently lives on an island off the coast of Maine with her partner, two dogs and a Main Coon cat.
You can follow her on her website, on
live journal on
Facebook and on twitter (@catvalente).