Maria Dahvana Headley is a New York Times and Indie Bestselling author and editor. Her most recent novel is the YA sky kingdom fantasy Magonia (Harper, 2015). With Kat Howard, she wrote the ghost novella The End of the Sentence (Subterranean Press, 2014, one of NPR's Best Books of 2014); the dark fantasy Cleopatra novel Queen of Kings (Dutton/Transworld 2011); and the internationally bestselling memoir The Year of Yes (Hyperion, 2006). She's co-editor with Neil Gaiman on the YA monster anthology Unnatural Creatures (Harper Children's, 2013), which benefits 826DC.
As a short story writer, she's been included in many "Year's Best" anthologies, and was a finalist for both the Nebula Award and the Shirley Jackson Award, with, respectively, "Give Her Honey When You Hear Her Scream," (Lightspeed, John Joseph Adams, ed., July 2012) and "The Traditional," (Lightspeed, JJA, ed., May, 2013). Upcoming are "Some Gods of El Paso" with Ellen Datlow at Tor.com; "The 13 Mercies" at F & SF; "Solder & Seam" at Lightspeed.
Recently: "The Cellar Dweller" (Nightmare Magazine, JJA, ed. June 2015); "The Scavenger's Nursery," (Shimmer Magazine, E. Catherine Tobler, ed. March 2015); "Ivory Darts, Golden Arrows" (Uncanny Magazine, Lynne Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, eds. Feb. 2015); "And the Winners Will Be Swept Out To Sea" (Lightspeed, JJA ed., Feb 2015); "If You Were A Tiger, I'd Have to Wear White" (Uncanny, Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, eds, Nov/Dec 2014); "Who Is Your Executioner?" (Nightmare, JJA ed, Nov 2014); "Taxidermist in the Underworld" (Clarkesworld, Neil Clarke ed, Oct, 2014); "The Cull" (The Toast, Mallory Ortberg, Nicole Cliffe eds, June 2014); "What There Was To See" (Subterranean Online, William Schafer, ed. Summer 2014); "Dim Sun" (Lightspeed, Women Destroy Science Fiction, Christie Yant, ed, June 2014); "The Tallest Doll in New York City" (Tor.com, Liz Gorinsky, ed , Feb 2014); "What You've Been Missing" (Apex Mag, Lynne M. Thomas, ed, Dec 2013); "The Psammophile" (Unlikely Story: The Journal of Unlikely Entomology, A.C. Wise, ed., Nov 2013); "Bit-U-Men" (The Book of the Dead, Jared Shurin, ed. November 2013); "Such & Such Said to So & So" (Glitter & Mayhem, John Klima, Michael Damian Thomas, Lynne M. Thomas eds, July 2013); "The Krakatoan" (The Lowest Heaven, Jared Shurin, ed. July, 2013). "Game" (Subterranean Online, William Schafer ed., Fall 2012); "Seeräuber" (Subterranean Online, William Schafer, ed.; Winter 2012).
Her essays on topics such as ethics of writing about a vulnerable subject, inequitable gender representation in mainstream media, and sexual harassment in geek culture have been published and covered in places ranging from The New York Times to Harvard's Nieman Storyboard.
She grew up in rural Idaho on a survivalist sled-dog ranch, spent part of her teens sewing Shakespearean corsets, part of her 20's in the maritime industry dealing with ships, pirates, and the search for Amelia Earhart's plane, and now lives in Brooklyn with a seven-foot-long stuffed crocodile. Her work has been supported by The MacDowell Colony and Arte Studio Ginestrelle, among other organizations. @MARIADAHVANA at Twitter, or www.mariadahvanaheadley.com