Ellen Kushner

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Ellen Kushner
Ellen Kushner Finncon.jpg
Kushner at Finncon in 2010
Born October 6, 1955
Washington, DC
Nationality American
Alma mater Bryn Mawr College and Barnard College
Genre Speculative fiction
Notable awards 1991 World Fantasy Award, 1991 Mythopoeic Award, and 2007 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel
Spouse Delia Sherman
Ellen Kushner at Wiscon, 2006

Ellen Kushner (born October 6, 1955) is an American writer of fantasy novels. From 1996 until 2010, she was the host of the radio program Sound & Spirit, produced by WGBH in Boston and distributed by Public Radio International.[1]

Background and personal life[edit]

Kushner was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. She lives in New York City with her wife and sometime collaborator, Delia Sherman (they were married in 1996[2][3]).

Writing career[edit]

Kushner's first books were four Choose Your Own Adventure gamebooks, after which her first novel, Swordspoint was published in 1987. Swordspoint and its sequel (co-authored by Sherman) The Fall of the Kings (2002), are mannerpunk novels set in a nameless imaginary capital city and its raffish district of Riverside, where swordsmen-for-hire ply their trade. A sequel set 18 years after Swordspoint, called The Privilege of the Sword, was published in July 2006, with a first hardcover edition published in late August 2006 by Small Beer Press. In 2011, the audiobook version of Swordspoint was produced under the label of Neil Gaiman Presents.[4]

Kushner's second novel, Thomas the Rhymer, won the World Fantasy Award[5] and the Mythopoeic Award[6] in 1991. She has also published short stories and poetry in various anthologies, including The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror and The Borderland Series of urban fantasy anthologies for teenage readers.

In 2002, she released a CD of her story "The Golden Dreydl: A Klezmer Nutcracker," which uses music from Pyotr Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" to tell a Hanukkah story. The music on the CD is performed by Shirim Klezmer Orchestra. "The Golden Dreydl" won a Gracie Award from American Women in Radio and Television.[7]

With Sherman and others, she is actively involved in the Interstitial art movement. She is also a member of the Endicott Studio.

Published novels[edit]

Choose Your Own Adventure books[edit]


Other novels[edit]



  1. ^ Final "Sound & Spirit" broadcasts
  2. ^ Bickelhaupt, Susan; Maureen Dezell (1996-10-25). "Will Klein Sign His Letters From Washington?". The Boston Globe. 
  3. ^ Simon, Clea (2004-09-01). "It was love, but now it's gone". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2007-08-10. 
  4. ^ http://blog.acx.com/2011/10/25/neil-gaiman-presents-launches-on-acx/
  5. ^ "1991 World Fantasy Award Winners and Nominees". Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  6. ^ "Mythopoeic Awards - Winners". Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  7. ^ "People and Publishing: Awards," Locus, May 2002, p.14

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