Kij Johnson

Associate Professor
Primary office:
3021 Wescoe Hall


Areas of Research

The writing of short and long fiction; experimental fiction; foundational fantasy; speculative fiction; animal narratives.


Hugo Award.
Winner, 2012, for best novella.
Five-time finalist: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.

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.
Five-time finalist: 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2013.

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

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

Kij Johnson focuses on writing experimental and speculative fiction. She is a three-time winner of the Nebula Award, and has won the Hugo, World Fantasy, Theodore Sturgeon, and Crawford Awards for her speculative fiction. Her short-story collection, At the Mouth of the River of Bees, was published by Small Beer Press in 2012, who will be publishing her next novel, The River Bank, in late 2016. She also has two novels, The Fox Woman, and Fudoki, published by Tor Books. Prior to her academic career, she worked in New York publishing, comic books, role-playing and trading-card games, and in tech firms.

Research interests include experimental and formalist fiction; early science fiction and fantasy; animal narratives; 18th-century central-Asian history and natural science; and H. P. Lovecraft. This list changes often.

Teaching interests include fiction writing; slipstream and fantastic literature; heroic fantasy; animal narratives; and other topics.

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