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Kij Johnson

Assistant Professor

3021 Wescoe Hall

M.F.A. (North Carolina State University, Raleigh)

Areas of Research:
Short and long fiction writing; foundational fantasy, speculative literature, and the irreal.

Selected Honors And Awards:

Hugo Award

  • Winner, 2012, for best novella.
  • Four-time finalist: 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Nebula Award
  • Winner, 2012, for best novella.
  • Winner, 2011, for best short story (tie with Harlan Ellison).
  • Winner, 2010, for best short story.
  • Five-time finalist: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.

World Fantasy Award.
  • Winner, 2009, for best short story.
  • Four-time finalist: 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2011.

Theodore A. Sturgeon Memorial Award
  • Winner, 1994.
  • Shortlisted five times: 1994, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012.

Locus Magazine Reader's Poll
  • Six-time finalist: 2008, 2009, 2010 (for two stories), 2011, and 2012.

Asimov's Magazine Reader's Award
  • Winner, 2012, for best novella.
  • Winner, 2009, for best short story.

William L. Crawford Fantasy Award
  • Winner, 1999.

James A. Tiptree Award
  • Shortlist, 2004.
  • Longlist, 1993.

Mythopoeic Award
  • Finalist, 2004.

Selected Publications
The Apartment Dweller's Bestiary. Easthampton: Small Beer Press, 2013. Chapbook, with artist Jackie Morris.
At the Mouth of the River of Bees: Stories. Easthampton: Small Beer Press, 2012. Print. Tokyo: Tokyo Sogensha, 2013.
Las Chicas Mithicas/Myth Girls. Medellin: Proyecto Liquido, 2010.
Fudoki. New York: Tor Books, 2003.
The Fox Woman. New York: Tor Books, 1999. New York: Doubleday science Fiction Book Club, 1999. As Das Geheimnis der Fuchsfrau. Munich: Piper Verlag, 2007.

Faculty Profile
As a writer I am interested in creating unpredictable fiction: short stories and novels that fall into the gaps between literary and genre fiction. Most of my recent writing has explored the nature of narrative through form or style experiments.
Much of what I write has extrapolative or historical elements; current research that will find its way into books includes Margaret Cavendish, Joseph Priestley, 18th-century science in England, and late 18th-century Tashkent.

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