Rachel Swirsky

Rachel Swirsky

Rachel Swirsky holds an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers Workshop, and she graduated from Clarion West in 2005. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Hugo, Locus, World Fantasy and Sturgeon Awards. She’s twice won the Nebula Award: for her 2010 novella, “The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers Beneath the Queen’s Window” and her 2014 short story, “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love.”


"If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love" in Apex Magazine"Grand Jete (the Great Leap)" in Subterranean Magazine"The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers Beneath the Queen's Window" in Subterranean Magazine"A Memory of Wind" on Tor.com"Eros, Philia, Agape" on Tor.com

Awards and Memberships

Two-time Nebula winner, with multiple finalists for the Locus Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the Hugo Award, and a nomination for the Sturgeon Award. As a poet, she also came in third for the Rhysling Award. She is a past vice-president and current active member of SFWA.

Related Experience

Rachel Swirsky is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop (MFA) and the Clarion West Workshop. She taught four semesters of undergraduate creative writing at the University of Iowa; three of her former students have gone on to become professional science fiction writers. She's also taught high school students through classroom workshops and at the Alpha Writers Workshop. She's taught workshops for adults at WorldCon, Wiscon, Fencon and Fogcon, online workshops through Cat Rambo's Academy for Wayward Writers, and at Seattle's Hugo House. She's scheduled to appear at 2018's Surrey Writers Conference. She's spoken at libraries, schools, and LGBT resource centers.

Accessibility Needs

None, although an option for natural lighting is preferable if available (due to migraines). The unavailability of such a space is not a barrier.

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